Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter 2018
Welcome to Wonderful Year 2!
In Year 2 the structure of the day will be quite similar to that of Year 1, with a few changes. Mrs Mills will be in class every morning alongside Mrs Tracey. The children will learn to be much more independent with their learning.
They will need to remember to hand in their Home Contact Books every morning and collect their Homework every Monday. This is encouraging the children to develop greater independence in organising themselves for the day ahead and ensuring that they have everything they need at home-time. This is a process that we believe the children are ready for and will actually find quite grown up and exciting!
Home Contact Books:
Book bags and Home Contact Books need to be brought to school every day. Home contact books will be checked by Mrs Mills every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If the children have a note that we need to see, they will need to hand their home contact book into the ‘Home contact book box’ which will be put out every morning. This is a good way to start developing the children’s independence. However, if there is a particularly urgent letter or note, then this can be passed to the adult on duty at the side door. If you have a concern or a more detailed query, it is preferable to speak to me after school or at another mutually convenient time.
Please write the title of the book and date in the contact book each time your child brings a new book home and make a note of when the book is complete. This helps us keep track of how regularly the children are changing their books. A brief comment on their reading experience is useful but is not always necessary. As the children are now in Year 2, it would be lovely to see the children writing these comments themselves.
Please encourage your child to share a book with you every day to ensure they progress well. Where confident readers are enjoying reading children’s novels independently, it is not necessary to ask them to read aloud on a daily basis. However, it is still important to spend time discussing their reading, to develop their comprehension skills, and exploring the meaning of more complex vocabulary.
The children will continue to take a reading scheme book home every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The children will also have opportunity to take a ‘choosing book’ home with them for extra reading. They can change this as regularly as they like. Each reading group as a relevant book box to choose from, which includes some assorted reading scheme books but also a range of ‘real’ books. The children are not expected to read the latter completely independently as they may be more challenging than the scheme books that they are used to.
Some of the children will have reached a level of reading where they will not need to take a scheme book home. These children will choose a book to take home from their book box, as regularly as they please.
Show and tell:
There is a ‘Show and tell’ session on Monday afternoon. As we usually have time for no more than six children, our reading groups take it in turns to participate. This information will be on the end of the homework every week. Please encourage children to bring items related to our class themes.
Birthday Assembly: We hold a ‘Birthday Assembly’ every Monday afternoon for KS1. Birthday gifts can be bought in and shown at the Birthday Assembly on the Monday following a child’s birthday and achievement certificates can be brought in on a Friday to be shown in Celebration Assembly.
Homework will work very similarly to Year 1. It will be set on a Monday to be completed the following Monday. As part of this homework, the children will be given a spelling pattern to take home to investigate and I will assess their learning of this on a Friday. This will be done by a mini dictation/investigation.
Please ensure that your children have their PE kits with them every day (and that their names are in each item of clothing). If your child cannot participate in PE for any reason please send in a written note on the day. Please ensure that children with long hair have a hair band. Finally, for health and safety reasons, earrings and other jewellery should be left at home on PE days – which are Tuesday and Thursdays in term 1.
Dates and events
Year 2 will have their end of Key Stage assessments during term 5. We will have a meeting later in the year to discuss this format.
Children are in mixed table groups for registration and for cross curricular work. They are in ability groups for Reading, Writing and Maths – these groups are pretty flexible and will change regularly. Children will get used to this and enjoy working with different children.
Learning and behavior expectations:
We set high standards for children in the learning environment. It is important for your child to remember that they are now the oldest children in Key Stage One, therefore setting an example to the younger children. Good behaviour and learning are rewarded with house points, extra Golden Time, stickers, and Gold Star awards. Sanctions will be used if children repeatedly misbehave, or do not listen to adults/follow instructions. Such consequences will include losing a proportion of Golden Time or missing minutes from their playtime. Children always have the opportunity to gain time back for Golden Time when they are behaving in a positive way.
Snacks and lunches
As per the healthy eating policy, please ensure that your child's snacks and lunchboxes do not contain any nuts, as there are children who are allergic to them. Please try to ensure your child always has a filled water bottle in school and that all snacks brought in must be fruit.
Our Learning in Year 2
A brief description of the Year 2 curriculum can be found under the ‘curriculum’ tab on the website. This outlines what we will be learning each term throughout the year in all subjects. However, please note that our assessments guide our planning and teaching for the class, so some pupils may require further support with the Year 1 objectives before they can successfully access the Year 2 curriculum, whereas others will need extending and challenging.
I am very much looking forward to working with you and your child this year.
If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate in speaking to me.