Welcome back to Summer 2. I hope you all had a super half term holiday and are looking forward to carrying on the amazing work you have been doing so far this year.
You may still have your worries and concerns about the current situation, but let me assure you that we are still taking every precaution around the school and within our classroom. The new routines continue to incorporate the advice that schools have been given and will not impact on the children's learning in any way.
Within Year 2, we will continue to use provision to extend children's learning with areas set up to develop children's independent learning skills, creativity, resourcefulness and social skills.
I will continue to use class dojo for our rewards system within the classroom. We use Dojo throughout the school as this allows the teachers to reward children in different areas e.g. helping others, persistence and teamwork. Each child is set up with an account and a letter has been sent home to you explaining how you can join our Dojo community. I believe that the benefits to connecting with parents are:
✓ Parents are in the know about their child and are able to provide better support at home
✓ Sharing moments from school fosters a sense of community
✓ Messaging directly (in 50+ languages) breaks communication barriers
If you have not already joined us, please let me know and I will print you off the letter. Particularly at this time, this is an excellent way to keep in contact with each other. If you have any queries or questions you are able to ask these on Dojo and I will reply to you as soon as I can.
This half term we will be using Aladdin as our stimulus for our writing. Within the unit we will be revisiting many of the objectives we have looked at over the course of the year.
During the unit we will be writing a setting description whilst developing our vocabulary. We will look at facts and opinions and think about how the character of Aladdin may have felt at different times during the story. We will recap work done on diaries and again imagine we are a character to build on these skills. Finally we will talk about our own personal experiences and then use this information to create a persuasive leaflet.
This half term, we will be focussing on Time. Children will continue to build on their knowledge and understanding from Year 1. They will continue to practise their 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10x tables and we will begin looking at the 6x tables.
Children will learn to:
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.
In RE this half term, we will be looking at 'The Church is Born'.
Within this unit, children will continue to build on their undertsanding of the Holy Spirit. They will discuss the Apostles and their struggle to know what was expected of them once Jesus left them. The children will discuss their fear turning to joy and how this helped them become brave and begin to tell the stories of Jesus.
Children will look at some stories - 'The man who could not walk' and 'Peter escapes from prison' and discuss the messages these taught us. They will discuss in more detail how the Holy Spirit helps people make decisions nowadays and shows that Jesus lives within us.
This half term we will be focussing on WWI - Evacuees. Children will be looking at the reasons children were evacuated and the logistics of how this took place. They will learn that parents who chose for their children to be evacuated were given a list of items their child would need. These items included a gas mask in case, a change of underclothes, night clothes, plimsolls (or slippers), spare stockings or socks, toothbrush, comb, towel, soap, face cloth, handkerchiefs and a warm coat. Children will find out how evacuees and their hosts were often astonished to see how each other lived. They will learn that some evacuees flourished in their new surroundings but others endured a miserable time away from home. Children will hear how many evacuees from inner-city areas had never seen farm animals before or eaten vegetables.
Children are working through the spelling scheme the school uses from Oxford Owl. Sessions will take place 4x a week and their weekly spellings will be related to these. Children will be given their spellings for Summer 2 on the first day of term and the spelling test will still take place on a Friday. Within our independent learning in class, the children are given the opportunity to practise their spellings but can i please ask that you practise the spellings with your children at home throughout the week.
This year, Year 2 have made excellent progress in their reading. This is due to us listening to the children read each day alongside them reading at home. 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 term. Please ensure children's PE kits are in school on this day and each item is clearly labelled.
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, then feel free to use ClassDojo to send a message or phone the school. Alternatively, please make an appointment with me through Mrs Thompson in the school office if you feel the issue is of an urgent or sensitive nature.