Year 2

Year 2

I hope you had a good summer and that your child is feeling settled into Year 2. We have already had a fantastic start to the year and I am looking forward to getting to know your children even more as the year progresses. Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to the information session yesterday afternoon – hopefully it gave you an insight into the year ahead for your child. If you weren’t able to join us yesterday and have a few questions after reading this letter, please don’t hesitate to pop in and ask me.

HOME LEARNING – Click this link to find Year 2’s Home Learning List – a menu of activities to complete at home that link to our learning in school.

This term, we have 2 main topics:

  • Pirates (first half term) – This topic is based around Science and explores pushing and pulling, however it draws on all aspects of the curriculum including using geographical skills to read maps and compass points, as well as a basis for our learning in English.
  • The Spirit of Christmas (second half term) – As we lead up to Christmas, we will be comparing how Christmas is celebrated in this country with other areas of the world. We will keep you up to date nearer the time regarding the Christmas concert etc.

English:

Our English lessons will often be linked to our topics, however there will be continuous learning of grammar. Initially we will have a strong focus on writing sentences which include capital letters and punctuation as well as including description in sentences by using adjectives. Your child will receive new spellings every Friday (starting in the next few weeks) which will be tested the following Friday.

Reading:

To help your child’s reading, it is important that they are encouraged to read at least 5 times a week at home. Please can you continue to record this in their reading diaries so that we can have an on-going record of your child’s progress. Your child will be able to change their school reading book on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, however if it needs changing at a different time we will do our best to get it changed.  Even if it doesn’t need changing, please could you ensure your child brings their book to school every day so that they are prepared to read to an adult.

Maths:

Throughout the year, we will be exploring all areas of Maths, however to start with there will be a focus on place value and calculations. With this letter is a Maths overview with the key facts that you can help your child with learning at home.

Home learning:

We have made some changes to our expectations for home learning. At the beginning of every half term, your child will be given their home learning book with a choice of activities to complete. I would like them to complete and 2 activities of their choice at any time before the end of half term. I will then give them a new list to choose from next half term. As well as this, your child will receive about 2 structured maths activities each half term.

PE:

Thank you to everyone who sent your child with their PE kit at the beginning of term. PE will be on Tuesdays and usually Thursdays, which will include some lessons outside. Please can you continue to ensure your child has their PE kit in school throughout the week, as there may be a need for it on a day that doesn’t normally include PE. PE kit includes: Shorts and a T-shirt for inside. Trainers, jogging bottoms and a jumper are needed for outside.

 

If you have some spare time and would like to help out in the classroom or in other areas of the school, please come and see me as we always value help from parents.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to pop in and see me or call the school office. I look forward to meeting you all more throughout the year.

Mr Neal Banner

Click on this link to see our Curriculum Map for the whole of Year 2.