Welcome to Year 2!
I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are feeling refreshed and ready for the school year ahead.
This year we have lots of very exciting learning opportunities planned!
The class teacher is Mrs Ashe and the Year 2 teaching assistants are Mrs Evans and Mrs Williams.
We are going to be starting a new Geography topic ‘Street Detectives’, which is all about where we live.
Our PE day is Monday or Tuesday this half term and our swimming day is Wednesday. Please ensure PE and swimming kits are in school with names on ALL items of clothing.
Homework is given out on Fridays and is due in on the following Tuesday. Your child will be sent home with a list of spellings to learn every Monday for an informal test on Friday. Please complete all homework in pencil.
Your child will have as set reading day when their reading books will be changed (two books per child). Reading and spelling are very important aspects of learning. Please send reading bags into school every day along with the reading record book which has been sent home. We actively encourage you to read every night with your child, and please make sure to record any reading in the reading record.
We will be looking at materials this autumn term. We will investigate and classify a range of materials and carry out experiments to investigate their properties and suitability for different tasks. We will use the knowledge we have learnt to design a new suit for Traction Man.
Our texts for this term will be linked to our topic 'Street Detective' (local area). We will be studying On the Way Home by Jill Murphy, Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack and the Meanstalk as well as looking at information texts. We will be looking at the characters in these stories, looking at plot, sentence structure as well as pinching good words and phrases to use in our own writing.
Please listen to your child read, help them to decode tricky words by sounding out the letter sounds but also try to ask them a question about what they have read. ( Which character did you like best? Why? Was there any where in the book you felt sad? Which words made you feel this way? etc)
We will be focusing mostly on number this autumn term, consolidating their reading and writing of numbers to 50 and then 100.We will be reinforcing their place valve skills and how to use these skills to order, add and subtract numbers. We will be counting in steps of 2, 5 10 and eventually 3 and be looking at creating number sequences and patterns.
Some numeracy skills need to be practiced regularly so the children internalise them such as number bonds for 10 or 20 (1+9, 2+8, 13+7 etc) , double facts up to 20 (1+1=2, 2+2=4, 6+6=12 etc) or subtraction facts up to 20.(10-5=5, 7-3=4 etc) Counting in steps of 2, 5 or 10 as this help them learn their times tables.
We will be learning about religious festivals such as Diwali and Christmas. . We will be looking at citizenship and the importance of looking after others and our local community.
We have drawn up our own class rules and throughout the year we will be learning about the importance of democracy and the Rights of the Child. Each day we will elected a best boy and girl because they have displayed the values that are important to us; kindness, friendship, equality, inspiration, outstanding attitude, resilience or respect.
This term will be taking part in Beth Tweddle's Gymnastics. We will be going swimming this autumn term on Wednesday afternoons so all children will need a swimming costume (one piece) or swimming trunks, a swimming bag and a towel. Girls must wear swimming hats in the pool.
Please make sure you have your P.E kit in school
and that it has your name in!
So as you can see it is going to be a really busy term and any support you can offer will be greatly appreciated.