Welcome to Year 2!
I will be using provision to extend children's learning with areas set up to develop children's independent learning skills, creativity, resourcefulness and social skills.
This half term we are rewarding children with dojo points for following our new school rules - be kind, be respectful and be responsible. Please let me know if you are not connected to dojo and I will print off a joining instructions letter for you.
In English we will be exploring our wonderful unit of Traditional Tales with a Twist. Within the unit, children will be given many opportunities to use the key skills of writing that they have been taught so far and they will be building their independent writing confidence.
Our outcomes for the unit will be:
This half term, we will be focussing on addition and subtraction.
Children will continue to build on their knowledge and understanding from Year 1 and prior learning in Year 2.
Within addition and subtraction we will cover:
The children are still able to access Numbots at home and we have seen a huge improvement in children working through the levels regularly. NumBots is an online game that playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths and we are already excited by the impact NumBots is having with the children already using it. The children will use Numbots each day within provision and are able to access the programme at home. For those who have completed Numbots, they are able to access TTRS which focusses on their multiplication and division understanding.
This half term, the focus will remain on Everyday Materials.
The children will be able to:
This half term in RE we will be focussing on Advent. The children's learning objectives will be:
The children will be writing an article for the newsletter giving reasons why Catholics came together to celebrate the birth of Jesus at mass at Christmas.
In Geography we will be learning about maps and the skills needed to read maps.
The children will be able to:
The will also learn how to asking geographical questions – Where is it? What is this place like? How near/far is it?
Children will be given a set of spellings to learn each week based on different spelling patterns. Please help your child to learn their spellings each week. Children will also be given the opportunity to practice their spellings within the classroom during provision.
Year 2 have started with an excellent attitude to reading. They are really enjoying reading every day at school and we can tell that reading at home is really helping them develop too. The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy. Just as children walk, talk and grow at different times, so their progression through the skills of reading will be at different rates. The key is for your child to feel positive about themselves as a reader right from the start. To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to attitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them. We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week. Children will be supplied a reading book, however to keep them engaged feel free to read with them the books that interest them, those that take them to a world of make believe, that encourage them to dream and introduce them to the amazing vocabulary that surrounds them. Children's books will be changed regularly.
PE sessions will take place each Tuesday afternoon for the year. Please ensure your child comes dressed in their PE kits on this day. This should consist of black shorts or trousers and a red t-shirt. Children can wear a dark coloured tracksuit during the winter months.
Snack & Water
Toast is available to children for snack. Children must pay £1 at the beginning of the week for a slice of toast each day. Children are able to bring in their own snack for playtime. This can be a cereal/breakfast bar (please no sugary cereal bars), fruit or veg. We would really like to encourage children to bring in their own water bottles each day. This ensures that they are able to have a drink regularly and not having to use the schools cups. Although we will ensure cups are cleaned regularly and only 1 child is using each cup it would be more beneficial if each child had access to their own bottle. Please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child's name.
If you have any queries, please feel free to phone the school. Alternatively, please make an appointment with me through the school office if you feel the issue is of an urgent or sensitive nature.