Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic holiday. It is 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 Mrs Paxton and Squirrels class with Miss Thouless. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Rogers and Mrs Downs. Mrs Jones and Mrs Perrett will be supporting our learning in the afternoons.
Curriculum and key dates
September begins with ‘Smoke and Sparks!!’ We read a range of stories and information books about fire; we discover facts about the Great Fire of London and the importance this played in how towns were designed. This culminates in building our own city of London out of boxes and then burning it! We learn about Samuel Pepys and his diary, and in Art we enjoy painting a range of fire pictures. In R.E. we learn about the Bible and why it is important to Christians. In Science we investigate materials and in DT we build our own skateboards. After half term our topic is 'Superheroes' where we read a range of superhero stories and learn about real life heroes e.g. Florence Nightingale. We create our own superhero story with our own superhero! Another favourite activity is designing and sewing our own puppets, getting our inspiration from a range of texts we read in class. In R.E. we learn about Christmas and Incarnation and play the main parts in the nativity play.
Forest School sessions for year 2 are on a Thursday. Further details will be sent to the children participating in the first block of 6 sessions in a separate letter this week.
We will be having an Open Classroom on Wednesday 12 September from 3:20-4:15 where you will be able to meet the teacher and see your child’s new classroom. We will also be having a Great Fire of London day and will let you know the details closer to the time.
KS1 - Special assembly - This is on a Friday from 9.00 – 9.20am. The class teacher will send you an invitation when it is your child’s turn. Each week a different class will lead the assembly and 6 children will sit at the front. Every child will have a chance to share their work giving an opportunity to celebrate achievements and find out about the exciting learning that has been going on in each classroom. Parents, siblings and extended family are invited. We try to invite the siblings within the school as well.
Homework and reading at home
Children will bring 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 and we will send more information about this shortly.
Maths and English homework is set on alternate weeks on a Thursday and needs to be handed in by the following Tuesday. 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 Tuesday. They 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. This year, year 2 will be participating in the ‘Times Table Rockstars Challenge’ which will focus on children being secure in their 2, 3, 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 Wednesday and a Thursday. Please can your child have their 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 contact book. 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.
Water bottles and snacks
Please remember to bring in a 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 surname. 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.
Mrs S Paxton and Miss S Thouless