Year 2 Newsletter - Terms One and Two
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 Weller will be in class every morning. Miss Roebuck and Mrs Mills will be in class on a Monday afternoon and Mrs Goodwin will be in class on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday afternoons. In Year 2 the children will learn to be much more independent with their learning.
If you have a concern or query that you wish to discuss in detail, please email the office as I am happy to speak to you on the phone, under the current circumstances. Messages can also be given to the member of staff at the door before school. I am also able to talk to you for shorter concerns or queries (socially distanced) at the end of the school day.
Home Contact Books:
Book bags and Home Contact Books need to be brought to school on a Monday and Friday.
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. 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. The expectation is that they read for at least ten minutes a day. 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.
Other messages, for example different arrangements for pick up, may also be written in the home contact books. If you have written a message please ask your child to put their book in the class reading box when they arrive at school, to ensure we see the messages.
Initially the children will take a reading scheme book home every Monday and Friday. Books will also be set on the ‘Rising Stars' website for additional reading on Wednesdays. If your child has completed their book they may bring their book to school during the week to be changed, but they need to put their book in the classroom reading box when they come into school so we know the books that are ready to be changed. We are encouraging the children to be more independent with handing their books in.
In Term Two the children will also have opportunity to take a ‘choosing book’ home with them for extra reading. Each reading group will have 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. The school library will not be used in Terms One and Two, due to the current covid situation. We are currently informally assessing the children on their reading and sound knowledge so that we ensure they receive reading/ phonics activities that are relevant to their next steps in learning. We will be reading with the children regularly in school in addition to the books that they bring home.
We will hold a ‘Birthday Assembly’ in our Year Two class every Monday morning. following a child’s birthday. The children will be given the opportunity to talk about their birthday, however we ask that they do not bring in items to show, due to the current covid situation.
Achievements outside school:
On a Friday the children will be invited to share their achievements outside school with the class, for example if they have received a certificate or cup, again we ask that the children do not bring these in, but talk to the class about these.
Homework will work very similar to Year 1. It will be set on a Monday on our class page on the website, to be completed the following Monday. As part of this homework, the children will be given spellings from our new school spelling scheme. ‘Sirlinkalot.’ Initially we will be working on six words from this scheme every week.
The children will generally receive one piece of Maths and English each week, occasionally with a short topic or science based task if appropriate. Maths homework will be set from the website 'Diagnostic Questions.com' in Term One. Homework is set for the child to complete independently and it is helpful if you can indicate where support and guidance has been given. If it is online work, you may wish to write a comment in your child’s home contact book. Please encourage your child to complete their homework by the deadlines. In addition to this, your child will have a reading book with the expectation that they read for at least 10 minutes per night.
During term One the children will be taking part in PE on a Wednesday. Please can the children come to school dressed in their PE kits, If your child cannot participate in PE for any reason please send in a message 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 our PE day.
Dates and events
Year 2 will have their end of Key Stage assessments during term 5. We will send details of these later in the year.
Children are in ability groups for the work given for Reading, Writing and Maths – these groups are pretty flexible and will change regularly. These groups are to ensure that the children are given work relevant to their needs The children are in mixed ability groups for the foundation subjects.
Learning and behaviour 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, being star of the day, 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 also try to ensure your child always has a filled water bottle in school and that all snacks brought in must be fruit. The children can alternatively have fruit that is provided by the school.
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 children this term.
Best wishes from Miss Dargie