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Welcome back to Year Two
Welcome to Year 2. We are so pleased to be back together in school this term and we cannot wait to get started.
A very warm welcome to Year 2.
Your teaching team is Mrs Hughes, Miss Ghassempour, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Bolton. Mrs Shaw will be our teaching assistant on Monday – Wednesday mornings alongside Mrs Hughes. Mrs Bolton will be our teaching assistant on Thursday and Friday Morning alongside Miss Ghassempour.
We are really looking forward to getting back to normal in school - fingers crossed! We have lots of exciting topics this year enhanced by trips that we've missed over the last 18 months. We'll keep you posted in the 'Upcoming events'. Year 2 has a lot of learning and the children become very skilled and grown up by July. We can't wait to meet you all - children and parents - and get Year 2 off to a great start! :)
Update Autumn 2 - PE will be on a Monday indoors and Friday - outdoors (weather permitting). Please can long hair be tied back as per the PE policy, thanks.
Reading books - 2 reading books will be sent home every Wednesday. 1 reading book will be matched to their current phonic level and the other will be a comprehension and vocabulary book. Children will need to return their books the following Tuesday. Books will be changed if the Go Read app has been updated by 8.50am on the Tuesday morning.
The first set of reading books will be sent home on Wednesday 15th September.
‘I hope you enjoy reading our class page. Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half term. Photographs will be updated after an event.’
We hope you are all well and have had a great summer..
Mrs Hughes, Miss Ghassempour, Mrs Shaw, and Mrs Bolton
The Year 2 Team
Update on Homework - 11/11/21
We have started practising our Christmas play and each child in Year 2 took home lines and a letter about costumes ( which is party clothes for Year 2) today. The lines can stay at home for practice as we have copies to use in school.
Today the children have all taken home the year 1 common exception words to practise. The yellow highlighted words are words they need to practise reading, and the green highlighted words are words they need to practise writing.
We would like to welcome trainee teacher Mrs Jabas to Year 2 who will be with us until Christmas. She is very much looking forward to her placement at Collingham and getting to know and work with Year 2. Do say 'Hi' if you see her around school. :)
Update - Bulbs for Science
Science - we have started to plant the bulbs in our class tubs. We have such a huge variety of bulbs - Thanks so much :)
We are really going to enjoy watching them grow.
Parent Event 20/10/21
Thank you so much for joining us to build vehicles. The children had a fabulous time and the vehicles were totally amazing. There were so many D.T. skills being discussed - brilliant! I am busy sorting photos now and will post them here soon :)
Thanks again for coming,
Wed 8th September 2021 - welcome back after summer
Wed 6th October 2021 2.15 pm - Parents Welcome Meeting
Thur 7th October 2021 Trip to York Transport Museum
11/10/21 - whole school assessment week
Wed 20th October 2021 (morning 9:15 am) - Harvest Celebration
Wed 20th October 2021 (afternoon) - Parent Event - Transport Topic - D.T. making vehicles. Parents A-L 1.15 - 2pm. Parents M-Z 2.15 - 3pm.
Friday 22nd October 2021- close for half term
Tuesday 16th November - Parents evening
Wednesday 17th November - Parents evening
Wed 23rd March 2022 pm - Parent Event - Habitats - Science
Wed 27th April 2022 pm - Parent Event - Healthy picnic - Science/D.T.
Autumn 2 - Phonics screen
May 2022 is the Year 2 SATs assessment window. We will use the whole month to complete the assessments.
1st homework will be set 14th October 2021
Homework is set on a Thursday to be completed by the following Tuesday.
Reading - Daily reading is the most important homework.
Other homework includes spelling practice for a check up each Monday for Mrs Hughes English group. There will also be maths linked to the week's focus and sometimes Big Talk prep for our writing sessions on Tuesdays.
Spelling - It is really important that Year 2 pupils work on their spellings at home which are written weekly in the spelling logs. They are included on the homework for information too. There will be weekly spelling check- ups on Monday. Times tables will be introduced later in the year.
Please do get in touch if you have any questions about homework. Hopefully it all makes sense and is easy to follow :)
Our new topic is Families. Science is the driver this half term and we will be studying 'Animals, including Humans' (as well as planting our bulbs which is part of the 'Plants' unit). We will find out what the stages are in human life as well as about other animal life cycles and animal families. We will also be asking 'How do we stay healthy?' and 'What are basic needs?'. We will be reading about Clarice Bean and her 'crazy' family and also that very special family from 'The First Christmas'.
We will spend time initially recapping phonics, spellings, handwriting and grammar from Year 1. There will be an emphasis on reading and we will be sharing texts in class in guided reading and at 'Storytime'.
Reading - Reading at home is very important. Please encourage your child to read aloud each evening and discuss what they have read. You can support your child by asking them questions about what they have read, help them to make predictions and explore what a character is thinking and feeling. Inference is a 'BIG' Year 2 skill so discussing texts is super important with those 'why' questions. Do use the question suggestions in lots of the new reading books. They are varied and can guide your discussions.
Spelling - Mrs Hughes' group spellings are in the spelling logs weekly (and on the homework weekly as well ). Spellings are tested on a Monday.
See below for English Term by term in Year 2.
We are studying 'Animals Including Humans' in science this half term as part of our Families topic. We will find out about different animal life cycles and how to stay healthy.
See below for science term by term in Year 2.