Learning Support Assistants:
Mrs Appleton and Mrs Ransted
Welcome to Year Two! It is wonderful to have all the children back in school and so eager and enthusiastic to learn. We have a busy half term ahead. In English, we will be focusing on the book ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Thompson and the children will build up to write an exciting report all about owls. In Maths, we will be focusing on addition and subtraction, before moving on to measurement with money and then we will begin our topic of multiplication and division. We will also continue to learn our times tables. By the end of Year 2, children should know their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
In History, we will be learning all about The Beatles! We will be looking at who they are and where they are from, listening to and discussing their music and why they were so iconic. In Science, we will be learning about diet and health. During this topic, the children will learn about different food and exercise to stay healthy. In RE, we will be learning about Christianity and Jesus.
Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19 and social distancing measures, we will not be holding our usual ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting. Alternatively, I have created a PowerPoint Presentation with all of the information on that would have been discussed as well as a voice-over from myself explaining some of the points. The link for this is here (please select start slideshow from beginning and it should start automatically going through the slides with a voice-over):
If you have any questions then please, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
10 spellings to be tested every Friday through a dictation exercise. Sentences including the weekly spellings will be read out slowly where your child will need to write only the spelling they have practised. This year, the children have spelling books to record their spelling tests in and these will be sent home in their reading packs so you can see how your child is progressing.
Your child should read at least 3 times a week for 15-20 minutes. Learning to read and understand what we read is paramount and, for children and adults alike, it opens up doors to endless opportunities. Read, Write Inc is our Phonics programme that focuses on developing children’s reading, fluency and understanding. With its repetitive nature it quickly develops the children’s ability to decode unfamiliar words as well support them through any writing process. With this in mind, it is essential that the children read as much as possible at home and ensure that they bring their reading book and record into school on a daily basis. This enables us to change their books regularly and give them access to a wider range of genres whilst developing their love of reading.
Your child should access Numbots regularly throughout week. This gives them the opportunity to develop their skills within number.
PE lessons are on a Tuesday morning and a Wednesday afternoon. Children are required to have their full PE kits in school on these days or they will not be allowed to participate in the lesson. If there are reasons why your child cannot take part in these lessons, a written note must detail the reasons why.
On a Wednesday afternoon, Miss Cashman is out of class for her planning and preparation time. Therefore our sports coaches will teach PE and Mrs Greaves will teach Music.