Yew Class – (Year 2)
September 2023 Welcome Letter
Welcome to Year 2! I hope you enjoyed the Summer break. We have a very exciting year ahead. All of the children have settled in well and are raring to go!
In Maths, our learning begins with Place Value, building on knowledge and skill they have acquired in Year 1, before progressing on to Addition and Subtraction and Shape.
We have started our English lessons this term learning based on the story; ‘Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth’ by Jarvis. Yew Class are thoroughly enjoying this book and as a result are producing some wonderful writing. Soon, they will begin to research facts and create a non-chronological report about alligators.
This term in Science, we are learning about Seasonal Changes. The children will observe changes across the four seasons, observe and describe weather associated with each season and look at how day length varies. After half term, we will move on to study Living Things and Their Habitats.
Our Topic this half term is linked to History! We will be finding out about ‘The Great Fire of London’ followed by learning about ‘The Gunpowder Plot, just in time for Bonfire Night!
PE will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. However, please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school at all times as occasionally this may change. This term, the focus of our lessons will be Multiskills and Dance. Please make sure your child has the correct P.E. kit, consisting of blue or black shorts, white T-shirt, Velcro trainers, spare socks and, when the weather gets colder and wetter, tracksuit bottoms, fleece and coat. Children need trainers as opposed to pumps as we aim to be outside for P.E. as much as the weather will allow. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly named. Long hair must be tied back and all jewellery removed for P.E. If earrings cannot be removed, they must be covered with tape, which needs to be provided please.
Throughout the week, Yew Class is extremely lucky to be supported by Mrs Hall (Monday/Wednesday all day and Tuesday/Thursday mornings). Mrs Livesey will also provide cover on Wednesdays, before and after lunch, whilst I have my planning and assessment time. She will be teaching English (SPaG), RE and PE.
We continue to encourage reading at home. It would be wonderful for the children to read with an adult as often as possible – ideally daily. Every book should be read more than once to help improve fluency. Please fill in and sign your children’s Reading Records whenever they have read. We look forward to seeing everyone is getting on with their reading books. Reading books should be brought to school every day and books will be changed on Wednesdays. We are lucky to have governors who come and listen to the children read on a regular basis, however, we are always on the lookout for parent volunteers so please let me know if you are able to come in and help.
Each member of Yew Class has also been given a home learning/ spellings book. Please can this be kept safe in your child’s reading wallet. Spellings for the term have been stuck in the front. Please use the book to practise these with your child ready for our weekly spellings quiz which will take place every Friday.
If you have any queries or concerns, as always, please do not hesitate to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Class Dojo.
Miss Wilson and the Year 2 Team.