A very warm welcome from the Year 2 team, Mrs Charlesworth, Mrs Farmer, Miss Gillberthorpe and Mrs Williamson and thank you for visiting our class page.
Mrs Charlesworth- Class teacher: I have been at Travis for all my teaching career and have taught nursery through to Year 3. Every year is different and brings with it with new challenges and new experiences.
Mrs Farmer- Class teacher: I am still a new member of the Travis team as I have only been teaching here since Autumn 2020, however I am really enjoying being part of Year 2 and sharing my enthusiasm for learning new things with the children.
The classrooms (2C and 2F) can be found on lower site to the left hand side of the main reception. The environments we aim to create are clean bright and child centred enabling children to develop their independence. We are particularly pleased with our learning walls and interactive whiteboards.
We work hard to ensure we are polite and always use good speaking and listening skills. We believe and aim for every child to stay safe, happy and learn to their full potential. We always try our best. We all take responsible for keeping our classroom and school clean and tidy.
If your child is isolating and is completing work from home a member of the Year 2 team will be in touch on Class Dojo to set up work. On here you can share any completed work with teachers either by attaching a word document or by uploading photos of work. Please see the guidance below for information on learning that will take place in school this term and for ideas of possible activities that can be completed at home.
Please try to read with your child at least three times a week and record it in their reading record book. This can be the school banded book or a book from home. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events. Encourage children to develop empathy by focusing on characters' emotions and motivations.
It is important that your child has their reading record in school every day so that adults within school can also record in them. In school it is our aim that each child reads with a school adult at least once a fortnight. We ask that at home, reading is valued and a high priority too. Each week we record on our displays how many times children have read at home and each child moves their name accordingly. Children who show great improvement or hit the highest number of reads receive reading certificates to share with their families. Regular reading is one of our main class challenges this term.
We encourage a love for reading and aim for our children to be lifelong readers. The children are encouraged to read and enjoy the books in our book area within the school day. Children are welcome to bring their own reading book from home as long as it is of an appropriate level for them to read and enjoy independently. Children will be able to change their reading books to take home each morning during our morning task. Please encourage your child to do this independently.
Initially in Year 2 we do spelling through our daily Read Write Inc reading sessions and focus heavily on spelling phonetically. Later in the year we look use the Read Write Inc Spelling programme and look more closely at spelling patterns. We inform parents in our weekly class story on dojo of the spelling patterns that we are studying. Unfortunately there are many words, that are refered to as common msiconception words, that are not spelt phonetically. A set of these words are sent home for your reference and reading and studying these can be beneficial for your child.
Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by using them in sentences and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation.
Home learning Logs
Please hand in homework logs on a Wednesday where they will be marked, shared and given back home on a Friday. At the beginning of each topic you will be given a knowledge organiser which will have key facts and vocabulary to help with the any home learning activities and learning within school. You will also be given a home learning menu of activities to complete at home. They are created by the Year 2 team to cover different areas of the curriculum in a fun and engaging way.
Our Topic Titles
Autumn Term: Why do animals live in different habitats (A geography and science topic)
Spring Term: Was the Great Fire of London really great? (A history based topic)
Summer Term: How can you make a difference to save the world? (A science led topic)
We have a Maths Mastery lesson daily which often involves practical maths equipment as well as recording our knowledge. We also have a daily Maths Meeting which is a ten to fifteen-minute meeting which focuses on consolidating key learning.
The initial Year 2 focus in maths for the Autumn term is recognising, writing ordering and understanding the value of digits in numbers to 100. We then focus on addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers and apply this to problems.
In Year 2 the children get the opportunity to log in to Times Table Rockstars. This is a fun away for children to consolidate their times tables. Please encourage your child to log in little and often. Their log in codes can be found in the front of their reading record books. The Rockstar games will help them become fluent in their tables and also help prepare them for their multiplication screening test in Year 4. In Year 2 we will be focusing on our two, ten, five and three times tables.
PE is usually on a Monday and Friday. We recommend the children come in their PE kits on PE days. If they are attending a physical after school club they come to school in their normal school uniform and change into a PE kit at the end of the school day.
Outdoor kit: t-shirt, dark shorts or jogging bottoms, a hoody if it's chilly and socks and trainers.
Indoor kit: t-shirt and dark shorts.
Please ensure no earrings or other jewellery are worn on PE days. Thanks.
In addition we regularly do physical games and activities both in the classroom and outside to encourage health and fitness.