Welcome to Year 2
Welcome to Year Two! We hope you have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer break. The first few days back to school have gone very smoothly and all your children have settled in well to their new classes. In order for you to find out more about Year 2 and meet the Year 2 team, we will be holding an informal parents meeting on Tuesday 17th September at 4pm. This meeting will take place at Webbs for 2P, 2B and 2W in the 2P classroom. On the same day at 4pm we will hold a meeting at Meteor Street for 2SB and 2C in the 2SB classroom. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
Please find below an overview of the topics that we will cover this half term. We hope you will find this useful.
Word and phonic skills
Spelling and handwriting
Nonsense poetry based on Michael Rosen’s Book of Nonsense
Non-fiction – writing a non-chronological report about London and we will start instruction/explanation writing about our upcoming history topic, The Great Fire of London.
In the guided reading books children will have words to learn each week. Please ensure that the children practice these at home to be able to write them correctly in class the following week.
The children will be learning about numbers to 100, addition and subtraction.
Our topic will be Taking Care and we will be thinking about the importance of staying healthy. We will be learning about different food types, exercise and growth. In addition, we will be starting an ongoing topic of Our Changing World and will revisit this each half term, looking at how the animals and plants in our local habitat change throughout the year.
In geography we will be starting our topic on London and we will explore and consider why people should visit different London landmarks. During this unit, the children will go on a trip to central London where they will view popular landmarks from the London Eye. More information will be provided closer to the time.
Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)
Our PSCHE theme this term is ‘Understanding our feelings’. A range of feelings (e.g. happy, sad, brave, afraid, angry, calm, generous, selfish) will be explored through storybooks, poetry, roleplay and discussion activities. The children will be taught what skills make an excellent learner and how they can improve. They will also be learning about self-esteem as well as bullying and friendship.
The children will also have a weekly Circle Time session. This is a structured class discussion which helps children to understand and support each other. The children have been introduced to Sage, the Circle Time puppet, and will be sharing their ideas about a range of themes, for example: saying good things about ourselves, cooperating with others in work and play, learning from mistakes, knowing what to do if anyone is being hurt, trying to be fair, how to show we are sorry, what makes us all special.
The children will be learning how to hold and blow the Ocarina and be able to play a B sound and an A sound to play simple songs. They will also be learning how to read simple rhythm notation such as crotchets and quavers and be able to compose, improvise and perform their own simple patterns using these notes.
The children are learning how to use the sketch book app to draw London landmarks.
Children will learn the days of the week, names of colours and numbers to 20.
The children will learn about celebrations across a range of different religions including Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism.
Year 2 will be taught outdoor games and gymnastics this term.
Please ensure that your child has suitable clothes and trainers for outdoor P.E. and that everything is clearly labelled.
Please note if your child has P.E. period 1 or period 2 they are to come to school dressed in their P.E. uniform with their school uniform in their P.E. bags.
Monday period 2 - Gymnastics
Wednesday period 2 - Outside games
Monday period 1 - Gymnastics
Wednesday period 1 - Outside games
Monday period 3 - Gymnastics
Wednesday period 3 - Outside games
Monday period 3 - Outside games
Wednesday period 2 - Gymnastics
Monday period 2 - Outside games
Wednesday period 1 - Gymnastics
Children will be set English and Maths homework online every Wednesday, it should be completed by the following Monday. Further information with log in details will be sent out next week. Children will also receive weekly spelling words to learn.
Your child will have a weekly guided reading homework given on the day they read with their teacher. It is expected that they will do their reading homework before the following session. To help support your child with their reading, please hear your child read regularly. Any comments in your child’s record regarding their progress, difficulties and discussions are welcomed. Please ensure the book is kept safely and brought in daily. Guided Reading books will be given out next week as well as reading and spelling homework.
The children are provided with fruit everyday as a snack for playtime. Therefore, no additional snack is needed. We encourage children to bring a small, labeled bottle of water to drink in the classroom that is separate to the drink they may have in their lunch box.
Please ensure your child has a full P.E. kit, including suitable shoes for outdoor games. Also, please remember no jewellery may be worn and earrings need to be removed.
Please make sure all school uniform, including PE kit, is named.
As you are aware the end of the school day is a very busy time and the playground becomes very crowded. Please ensure you tell your child’s teacher before collecting them to avoid any confusion. Please note: at Webb’s we line up in the bottom playground.
We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the meetings.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 2 team
Sarah Peach Sam Bevan Hayley Williams-MacPherson Samantha Burst Rachel Carruthers