Welcome to Year 2

We are delighted to welcome you to the Year 2 web page - this page will develop with more information over the school year. We hope that you will find all the information here that you require, if you have any suggestions we will be pleased to hear from you.

Mrs Wood - Year Leader

Newsletters

Newsletter – Spring Term 1st half 2019

Dear families,

We hope you all had a great Christmas break and wish you a very Happy New Year. We are looking forward to another exciting, hardworking and busy term. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information and reminders about year 2, which we hope you and your child will find useful.

In our year group this term we will have the following adults;

  • Juniper – Mrs Wood/ Mrs Cookson and Mrs Bradford

  • Cherry - Mr McMahon and Mrs Haider

  • Elder – Mr Fuller and Miss Kearns

  • Lime – Ms Martin and Mrs Bazeley

  • Miss Durham is our new Lead TA across all classes

  • Mrs Hodgman will be supporting pupils with their phonics in the afternoon

Maths

From January we will be streaming the children for Maths, so they may be taught by any of the Year 2 team.  This enables us to cater for all of our children’s needs as closely as possible, offering them a more bespoke curriculum to ensure they achieve their personal best.

This half term we will continue to work on consolidating our arithmetic skills on Fridays by tackling a variety of questions using all four operations. We will also be working on time, money, shape and fractions.

English

In our English lessons this half term we will use some well-loved Roald Dahl books to inspire our writing and develop our reading skills. These include The Enormous crocodile, The Magic Finger, Revolting Rhymes and The Twits. We will also find out about Roald Dahl’s amazing life.

Science

Our focus will be Growing Up; we will consider the basic needs of humans for survival and additional need for health and wellbeing. We will identify simple differences between living and non-living things and then explore the sequence of the human life cycle. It would be great for the children to see a real baby and find out from its Mum what a baby needs. If you are in a position to come into school with your baby and talk to us all please get in touch with your class teacher, we would love to see you.

Cornerstones Curriculum

Our topic is ‘Biffsquiggling whizzpooping gobblefunk’. During this half term, we will be making dream jars, tasting a variety of chocolates and designing and making our own chocolate creations. We will also be creating adverts for our bars. We plan to have a Roald Dahl day on Friday 8th February and will be inviting you in to our gallery to share our work at the end of the day (more details to follow).This half term we recommend reading  Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl and visiting  the brilliant website  www.roalddahl.com.

P.E.

Our focus will be gymnastics in our inside lessons. We will be looking at different shapes, travels and sequences with a partner. During our outside PE session, we will continue to work on ball skills and team work. Don’t forget jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt in these colder winter months.

The children will need to ensure they have their full P.E. kit:  Please make sure the children’s P.E kits are named, along with all of the following contents:  Shorts, t-shirt, long jogging bottoms, sweatshirt, t-shirt, socks and plimsolls.  Children must be able to remove and replace earrings independently.  If your child has only just had their ears pierced, they will need to bring in medical tape to cover their earrings themselves, not plasters.  

Lessons take place on the following days:

  • Juniper – Thursday and Friday

  • Cherry – Tuesday and Friday

  • Elder – Tuesday and Wednesday

  • Lime – Monday and Thursday

Homework

Children need to be able to recall quickly their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables both in and out of order. We will be supporting the children with this in school and would ask for your help in this at home.

My Maths - As a year group we will set a number of tasks for the children to do across the half-term which will be related to work we complete in class. These can be accessed with a log-in on the internet. If you need a reminder, please let your class teacher know.

We will also set the children a research task each week that they may wish to complete. This is entirely optional and is just there to give you some ideas that you may wish to explore together.

Reading

Children are expected to read for 20 minutes every evening either to themselves, an adult or another child, and it is vital that this happens regularly. We would like all pupils to read for twenty minutes a day, discuss their reading and then record that they have read in their reading record.  We would ask that you sign this at least once a week. The children will have opportunities to change their home readers every day and they are encouraged to change their book at least two to three times a week.  Class teachers will remind children to change their home readers, but it is their responsibility to remember when they are due for a new home reader. If you feel that your child is a particularly fluent reader, then you may want to encourage them to begin reading books to themselves, and you may only hear them read out loud occasionally.  Obviously, you should continue to question your child about the stories they are reading to check their understanding.    

Please remind children that their reading books and reading record books should be in school every day.

Water Bottles

Please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day. It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general well-being.

SATs Testing

Children will undertake a variety of standardised assessment tasks and tests (SATs) after the Easter holidays, in May.  Please particularly bear in mind the school’s attendance policy at this time, as absence could have an impact on the pupils and their outcomes.

We will be holding a workshop at 9.15 am and 5.00pm on Thursday 24th January   to share with you some SATs style papers and ideas about how you can help and support your child’s preparation for these tests.

Dates for your diary

  • Monday 21st January – bring a clean glass jar to school to turn into a Dream Jar!

  • Thursday 24th January – SATs work shop- letter to follow.

  • Friday 8th February Roald Dahl day – come to school as your favourite Roald Dahl character – Parents are invited in to school to view our class galleries at 2.45pm - letter to follow.

We look forward to another hardworking term ahead.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Cookson, Mr Fuller, Ms Martin, Mr McMahon - Class teachers and Mrs Wood - Year Leader

Newsletter - Autumn Term 2nd half 2018

 Dear families,

 We hope you all had a great half term holiday. We are looking forward to an exciting, hardworking and busy term. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information and reminders about year 2, which we hope you and child will find useful.

In our year group this term we will have the following adults; Juniper - Mrs Wood/ Mrs Cookson and Mrs Bradford. Cherry - Mr McMahon, Miss Withers and Mrs Haider. Elder - Mr Fuller and Mr Lambourne. Lime - Ms Martin. 

Maths

Our focus will be place value in the first two weeks , then we move on to consolidating methods for adding and subtracting which we will then apply in word problems. Finally we will move on to multiplication and division.

 English

In our English lessons this half term we will begin by using the book ‘The Pirates Next Door’ by Jonny Duddle as a stimulus to write character descriptions, diaries and a story. We will also complete a biography of James Cook. Finally we are planning on finding out about festivals of light and using our knowledge of these to write non-chronological texts.

 Science

Our focus will be staying healthy. We will be looking at diet, exercise and how to stay happy.

 Cornerstones Curriculum

Our topic is ‘Land Ahoy!’ During this half term, we will use our topic ‘Land Ahoy’ as a stimulus to help improve our writing. We will explore the seas and oceans of the world, and then use our scientific skills to think about floating, sinking and suitable materials to make a boat. We will also be finding out about the explorer Captain Cook. This half term we recommend ‘The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates’ by Caroline Carson or ‘How I Became a Pirate’ by Melinda Long.

 P.E.

Our focus will continue to be collaboration – we will be working in teams and focusing on our ball skills.

The children will need to ensure they have their full P.E. kit:  Please make sure the children’s P.E kits are named, along with all of the following contents:  Shorts, t-shirt, long jogging bottoms, sweatshirt, t-shirt, socks and plimsolls.  Children must be able to remove and replace earrings independently.  If your child has only just had their ears pierced they will need to bring in medical tape to cover their earrings themselves, not plasters.  

 Lessons take place on the following days: Juniper - Thursday and Friday. Cherry - Tuesday and Friday. Elder - Tuesday and Wednesday. Lime - Monday and Thursday,

 Homework

Children need to be able to recall quickly their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times table both in and out of order. We will be supporting the children with this in school and would ask for your help in this at home.

 My Maths -As a year group we will set a number of tasks for the children to do across the half-term which will be related to work we complete in class. These can be accessed with a log-in on the internet. If you need a reminder, please let your class teacher know.

 We will also set the children a research task each week that they may wish to complete. This is entirely optional and is just there to give you some ideas that you may wish to explore together.

 Reading

Children are expected to read for 20 minutes every evening either to themselves, an adult or another child, and it is vital that this happens regularly. We would like all pupils to read for twenty minutes a day, discuss their reading and then record that they have read in their reading record.  We would ask that you sign this at least once a week. The children will have opportunities to change their home readers every day and they are encouraged to change their book at least two to three times a week.  Class teachers will remind children to change their home readers, but it is their responsibility to remember when they are due for a new home reader. If you feel that your child is a particularly fluent reader, then you may want to encourage them to begin reading books to themselves, and you may only hear them read out loud occasionally.  Obviously, you should continue to question your child about the stories they are reading to check their understanding.    

Please remind children that their reading books and reading record books should be in school every day.

Water Bottles

Please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day. It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general well being.

SATs Testing

Children will undertake a variety of standardised assessment tasks and tests (SATs) after the Easter holidays, in May.  Please particularly bear in mind the school’s attendance policy at this time, as absence could have an impact on the outcomes.

 We look forward to another super term ahead.

 Yours sincerely

 Mrs Cookson, Mr Fuller, Ms Martin, Mr McMahon and Mrs Wood