Welcome back to the new school year! I am really looking forward to teaching you in Year 2. I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and have enjoyed getting out and about over the past 6 weeks.
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 The Way Home for Wolf as the stimulus for our writing. Within the unit we will be:
During the unit we will be taking part in a range of reading response lessons and creating opportunities for short pieces of writing based on what we have read. As part of the gathering content section, we will be focussing on non-fiction where children will create a page for an information book based on a chosen animal. Children will then use this content to inform the writing of their own story based on the original text, The Way Home for Wolf.
This half term, we will be focussing on Place Value. Children will continue to build on their knowledge and understanding from Year 1. They will continue to practise their 2, 5 and 10x tables and we will beginto look at the 3's and 4's.
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 Science this term, we will be looking at 'Everyday Materials'. Over the course of the term we will be investigating how all objects are made of one or more materials that are chosen specifically because they have suitable properties for the task. We will look at how when choosing what to make an object from, the properties needed are compared with the properties of the possible materials, identified through simple tests and classifying activities. We will then be able to explain that a material can be suitable for different purposes and an object can be made of different materials. We will carry out investigations to show that objects made of some materials can be changed in shape by bending, stretching, squashing and twisting and explain why we think this may be the case.
In RE this half term, we will be looking at 'Chosen People'.
Within this unit, children will talk about what it feels like to be chosen and to think of the words that describe how this feels. They will think about the various things they have been chosen to do and why. Children will begin to explain that God not only chooses us, he gives each one of us gifts. They will discuss what these gifts are and how they use them for good. Within the lessons, the children will look at Abraham and discuss how he felt being one of the 'Chosen Ones'. They will try to answer searching questions such as:
This half term we will be focussing on Local History with a particular focus on the cotton mills. We will be discussing the local mill, Tulketh, and thinking about how the locality has changed over the past 100 years. Children will think about what life was like for a worker during these times, for both the men and women and also the children. They will look at how they were treated and the consequences for not working hard enough.
The children will look at the cotton famine and the impact this had on the world and also the local mills.
Phonics and Spellings
Children will continue on their phonics journey from where they left off in Year 1. At the end of the Autumn term, the children will carry out a phonics screening to check their progress. To help your child with their phonics, please read with your child regularly. Ask them to make predictions at the beginning of a book and ask them questions based on what they have just read. Encourage them to explain their likes and dislikes about stories and share your thoughts and feelings.
Children will be given a set of spellings to learn each week based on their phonic level. Please help them to learn these weekly.
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 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, 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.