Welcome to Year 2 - 2019
We are looking forward to a fun-filled year. The children will work with increasing independence and will develop as confident, resilient learners as they make their way through this pivotal year.
The main theme this term will be ‘Fire’; we will follow the children’s interests and we are excited to work with the children to see which direction their questions will take us. It will begin with The Great Fire of London and then perhaps volcanoes or dragons depending on the children’s ideas. We will be studying some fantastic texts in our English work which will focus on writing in role and about the lives of others. We will write a range of fiction and non- fiction pieces to include biographical writing about famous historical figures. As Artists we will be learning how to mix colours to create tints and tones as well as learning to select and use the correct grade of pencil. As Musicians we will be performing simple rhythmic patterns and singing a range of songs linked to our topic. As Scientists we will thinking about what humans need to survive. As computer users we will be controlling a programmable toy. As Historians we will be recounting interesting facts from a historical event.
Some lessons will be taught discretely such as RE and PSHE. In PSHE we will be learning how to look after our bodies. In RE we will learning about special celebrations across a range of faiths. In PE we will focusing on our personal skills with our new realPE programme alongside our Commando Joe unit based on Samuel Pepys.
We are constantly reviewing our curriculum to ensure all children are able to enjoy a wide range of activities and work across the year group. On a Friday afternoon the children will be split into groups that are a mix of children from all three Year 2 classes. They will then take part in planned learning opportunities designed to enrich our curriculum and further develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding across a wide range of subjects. This year these activities will include Forest School, performance poetry, science, French and craft. This rotation will begin after half term and you will be made aware of when children need to bring Forest School kit in.
Your support at home is invaluable and greatly appreciated. Listed below are a few ideas for you to help with your child’s learning:
- The children will be given a list of common exception words to learn to spell each term. In order for the children to spell these words consistently and independently, they need to repeat them regularly and apply them in their own writing. Please see the spelling letter for a detailed explanation of our approach to spellings this year.
- Daily reading is essential in developing children’s fluency. The class teacher supervises the reading books taken home, but the children will choose their own books. These may not always be at your child’s reading level but are to share at home with you. It is important to encourage children to read a wide variety of different texts including non-fiction and poetry. Books do not have to be returned daily.
- Your child will also have access to an online programme called ‘mathletics’ and ‘spellodrome’. More information will be provided in September.
- If you wish, you could send a postcard from somewhere you visit in the holidays. We will then share these as a class in September. Completing a postcard will then form an ongoing part of our curriculum ‘As Geographers’, allowing us to expand our knowledge of the local, national and international environment.
- Attached to this letter you will find some holiday challenges your child might like to work through.
Equipment in School
Our storage space is limited in key stage one and we therefore ask you to only bring a book bag into school rather than large backpacks. Children must have named PE kit in school at all times, to include trainers/daps, long jogging bottoms and a jumper as we regularly go outside for PE lessons. Please ensure children have a water bottle in school at all times.
School begins at 8.50 each morning. Please ensure children are lined up ready to enter the classroom just before this time. Phonic teaching begins immediately so it is essential that children arrive at school punctually.
Dates for your Diary
9th (2.30pm) or 10th (9am) October – Parent Workshop (Phonics)
19th/20th November – Parents Evenings
13th December – Festive Friday (Christmas Fayre and open classroom)
19th December (2.00) OR 20th December (9.30) – KS1 Nativity