Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic holiday. It has been wonderful to see the children return to school happy and full of enthusiasm. We are writing to share some information about life in year 2.
Our two classes are Hedgehogs class with our teacher Miss Johnson and Squirrels class with Miss Thouless. It is wonderful that Mrs Rodemark will also be teaching in the afternoons in year 2 on Thursdays and Fridays. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Rogers, Mrs Downs and Mrs Bulla.
Curriculum and key dates
September begins 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. We have already completed a knight training day to test our perseverance, agility, stamina and problem solving. 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. We will also be visiting a real castle to help us learn more! 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. 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?’ In computing we will be exploring algorithms and designing our own computer games. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at
Forest School sessions for year 2 are on a Tuesday. Further details will be sent to the children participating in the first block of 6 sessions in a separate letter.
We will be having an Open Classroom on Tuesday 17th September from 3.30 – 4.00pm where you will be able to meet the teacher and see your child’s new classroom. We will also be having a royal banquet later on in the term where the children can dress up in ‘medieval’ clothes.
To support our learning, will be visiting Bodiam Castle for the day on Monday 30th September. An additional letter will follow shortly with more details.
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 home school book 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 during assembly times.
Maths and English homework is set on alternate weeks on a Friday and needs to be handed in by the following Wednesday. This will be linked to the learning that we have been doing in class.
In addition, children will be set spellings to practise and these will be tested on a Wednesday. These will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns. These words will be tested in the back of their homework books, so that you can see how your child is progressing.
Times tables and related division facts should be practised on an on-going basis, ideally a few minutes daily. Year 2 will also be participating in the times tables ‘Rockstar Challenge’ which will focus on children being secure in their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
If you have any questions about your child’s homework please come and ask.
PE in year 2 is usually on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Please can your child have their named PE kit in school every day. PE kits will be sent home to be washed on the last day of each half term. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know through the home/school diary. 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.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s name. Lost property is located in the first aid area, which can be found near the infant toilets.
We are looking forward to a great Autumn term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please write it in their home/school diary as they are checked at the start of each day.
Please do contact us if you have any questions.
Miss S Thouless and Miss S Johnson