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Welcome 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. We have lots of new strategies in place to keep you safe, as well as our usual hand washing routine.
A very warm welcome to Year 2. We hope you enjoy reading our class page, especially finding out about all the wonderful things we will be doing throughout the year. Latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event.
During the Autumn Term, it will be important to both consolidate and build upon learning from the previous term and year. We will start by exploring 'lifelong learning' and becoming confident, resilient learners so that we are ready to get stuck into the Year 2 curriculum. We will be spending time recapping Year 1 skills in maths and English and covering some transition work for Year 2.
We realise it's still all a bit strange so please don't hesitate to get in touch if you any queries or questions.
Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half term. Latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event.
Your teaching team will be Mrs Hughes, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Meek. Mrs Shaw will be our teaching assistant and she will be with us Monday – Friday mornings. Mrs Meek will teach Year 2 on a Tuesday afternoon. Mrs Lowe and Mrs King will also be supporting us throughout the week.
PE will be on a Monday and Friday afternoon. The first PE session will be Friday 11th September so children will need to come to school in their PE kit on the first Friday back. Monday PE sessions will be dance with a dance coach.
So that you can take your learning as far as possible, this page will be updated regularly with all the learning and events that will be taking place. Each half term our learning objectives will be put up so that you know what we will be doing and fortnightly we will be updating you on all the latest news and any upcoming events that you need to be aware of.
We are really looking forward to our time in year 2 this year, and hope that you are too!
Mrs Hughes, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Meek, Mrs Lowe and Mrs King
The Year 2 Team
Monday 7th September 2020 - Training Day
Tuesday 8th September 2020 - School opens for Autumn term
It has been a great start to the year and we are all settling into the new routines now. There is an awful lot of handwashing going on of course, but we are really enjoying getting stuck into new learning.
We are reading George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl as our class novel and have done some fabulous art work in the style of Quentin Blake who illustrated for Roald Dahl.
We have also been learning about the Christian 'The Creation Story' in R.E. and have done some gorgeous pastel pictures showing God's beautiful world.
We have started the Year 2 RWInc spelling programme in English which is quite complicated. Each unit takes a week to complete and begins with a test of the previous week's Red Words and Unit words. The 2 spelling lists for this coming week are on the homework sheet in the homework section below. We will check up on the spellings each Monday morning before we start the new unit. The first check up (test) will be on Monday 5th October to give us time to learn the words. The children get some chance to practise their spellings in school but they need to learn them at home as well to help them 'stick'. The Year 2 spelling lists are the biggest in school so we need all the time we can get to practice. Thanks so much for your help with spellings. Please don't worry about the weekly check ups. We try to make them fun and we get to be grown up and mark our own spellings (under my watchful eye). Any that aren't correct just get added to the children's spelling log where they can do extra practice.
These are just some of the highlights of a great start to the year. Do give us a wave at drop off or pick up if you get chance - it's not easy with all the staggering! I am missing not getting to see you all at the start and end of the days.
Do take care,
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 sessions.
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. It will take a little while to reintroduce reading books/reading records and your patience is appreciated. We have a new scheme in school and we have some new phonics books for practising particular sounds. We will be changing reading books on Monday and Friday. Update: no reading records will go home now so 'post its' are being used. Please keep the 'post it' attached so we quickly know whose book is whose in the quarantine box. Thanks so much.
In Year 2, homework is set each Friday and should be returned before or on Thursday of the following week.
It is really important that Year 2 pupils work on their spellings at home. There will be weekly spelling check- ups. 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 :)