A very warm welcome from your new Year 2 team, Mrs Charlesworth, Mrs Farmer and Mrs Gillberthorpe and thank you for visiting our class page.
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 new windows 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.
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 each week and we ask that at home reading is valued and a high priority too. Children who show great improvement or hit the highest number of reads receive reading certificates to share with their families. Regular reading is also one of focus 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.
Spellings will be sent home each half term and will focus on spelling year 2 common exception words in the Autumn Term and then rules/patterns investigated and taught during our phonics sessions. We will have a spelling quiz every Thursday or Friday. The spellings for each week can be found in the front of the homework books but beware we also drop in year 1 spellings too to ensure the children are still able to retain this knowledge!
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 writing a few sentences using these words 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 catalogue of activities to complete at home. They are created by the Key Stage 1 team to cover different areas of the curriculum in a fun and engaging way.
Our Topic Titles
Autumn Term: Why do you think you are? (All about ourselves)
Spring Term: Who put the Great in Great Britain? (All about our country and transport)
Summer Term: Are pirates fact or fiction? (Our pirate 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 Tuesday (2F) and Wednesday (2C). We recommend the children bring their PE kit on a Monday and leave it in school until Friday in case we have extra opportunities to take part in additional sports activities.
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.