Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! It has been wonderful to see the children return to school happy and full of enthusiasm and we are delighted to have all of them back in their new classrooms. We are writing to share some information about life in year 2.
Our two classes are Squirrels Class with Miss Thouless and Hedgehogs Class with Miss Lymer. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Perrett, Mrs Rogers and Mrs Cecil.
Things have been a little bit different coming back to school this year, with some classrooms set up in slightly different ways and new routines that the children are adapting well to.
September will begin with settling the children back into the classroom. We launch with the question ‘What makes us strong?’ We will be thinking about the physical and emotional qualities that make us strong. The term will begin by learning about knights. The children will be set the challenge of finding out all about castles to help a Lord and Lady rescue their captured prince. We will be reading a range of information books about castles and plan to write our own information pages. Our learning will then progress into the fantasy side of castles. We will be reading different stories about dragons and writing our own imaginative stories. Towards the end of term we will be thinking about what makes us strong on the inside and exploring the lives of many important heroes and heroines in history.
In Maths we will be progressing the children’s key skills in place value and then moving onto number and calculation. In art we will be creating our own mythical creatures and in science we will be investigating the most suitable materials that can be used to build our own castles. In R.E. our key question this term is ‘What is the good news that Jesus brings?’ An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at: https://www.stwilfrids-hh.school/web/curriculum/363101
Forest School sessions for year 2 are on a Tuesday. Further details will be sent to the children participating in the first block of sessions in a separate letter.
Homework and Reading at home
Children will continue to bring their book band reading books home from school and they should be reading for 10 minutes every day. Please fill in their Reading Record each time you read at home, filling in the title and page numbers. If you would like to write a brief comment about how your child got on that is always helpful. The children will again be taking part in the reading challenge where they will be earning certificates for reading 20, 50, 100 times and beyond and these will be awarded to the children at school.
Whilst we are getting used to new routines, the children will be asked to just concentrate on their reading at home. From the week beginning the 21st September onwards, the children will start receiving homework. Further details about this will follow.
This term, PE in year 2 is on a Tuesday and Wednesday and on these days, children should attend school in their PE kit. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know via the year group email address. PE is only cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions. Therefore, a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are useful. If your child does not have an alternative sweatshirt, they will have the option of wearing their school one. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape provided from home. Long hair should also be tied back.
Water bottles and Snacks
Please remember to bring in a named water bottle every day. Children will be provided with their fruit snack for playtimes however if they would like to bring in an additional healthy snack for break time they can (for example, fresh fruit, a bagel and raisins). Please ensure any snacks are both nut and egg free.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day as children will only stay inside at playtimes if it is raining heavily. All clothing, including PE kit, should be clearly labelled with your child’s name. In addition to this your child only needs their water bottle and bookbag. We are trying to reduce the cross contamination of things travelling from home to school and back again so we ask please can backpacks be left at home wherever possible.
We are really looking forward to a great Autumn term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please contact us through the year group email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as we can.
Miss S Thouless and Miss L Lymer