Welcome to Year 2!
We have a fantastic team of dedicated staff in Year 2. Our team includes four class teachers and three teaching assistants:
Mrs Hoodless and Mrs Grant teaches 2HG.
Mrs Buckingham teaches 2B.
Mrs Ingleson teaches 2I.
Miss Shaban, Miss Lam and Mrs Shale support these three classes.
We will all work tirelessly to be the best that we can be for your children.
Ask your child to name as many staff as they can. Can they describe what we look like too?
1. Please clearly label every item of clothing that your child brings in to school, we can not return clothing which has not been labelled.
2. Classroom doors open at 8:50 am. Your child will be marked as late if they arrive after 9am. Your child should be collected from their classroom at 3:15pm.
3. Please ensure that your child is suitably dressed, this includes suitable shoes which are comfortable and keep their little feet warm and dry, and a warm and waterproof coat.
4.Please teach your child to tie their own laces and their own school tie. Whilst we will support them in this we can not tie 30 ties and 60 shoe laces each PE lesson!
In KS1 we teach PE twice a week, sometimes this is taught by Mr Connelly and sometimes it is taught by the class teacher. Although each class has specific PE days please can we encourage you to bring your child's P.E kit in to school on a Monday and leave it here for the full week, that way you don’t need to remember specific days and if additional events are planned your child will always have the correct clothing.
PE kits should include
· White t-shirt
· Black pumps for indoor P.E
· Trainers for outdoor P.E
· Black or navy short for indoor P.E
· Black or navy leggings or jogging bottoms for outdoor P.E
· A jumper or hooded top to wear outside if it is chilly.
2B: Tuesday & Friday
2K: Wednesday & Thursday
2H: Monday & Thursday
Reading is crucial to the development of all children’s basic skills. Reading is taught well in KS1 and our daily phonics sessions help children to learn new sounds and practise their skills.
Children often feel more motivated to read when there is someone sitting with them, they feel like they can 'show off’ their reading skills while asking for help if they are stuck on a word. Did you know that reading aloud also helps to develop understanding of punctuation, develop use of expression and improve fluency. These are vital skills in reading development. Time spent between a child and their parent at home is invaluable. Therefore, in KS1 we expect that all children read for a minimum of 5-10 minutes at least 5 times a week.
In KS1 all of our children bring home a home reader book.
In Year 2 books are changed once a week. We encourage children to develop their confidence, expression and comprehension skills. Your child will need to read the same book 4-5 times in order to develop these skills effectively.
Night 1: Read the book and identify any new or tricky words.
Night 2: Rehearse reading the book aloud with confidence and expression.
Night3: Read the book with increased fluency and expression.
Night 4: Talk to you about the book, what they like or dislike and give a detailed reason.
Night 5: It would be really helpful if you could ask you child some questions about the book they have read, Can they answer the questions you have asked?
Common Exception Words are words in which the English spelling code works in an unusual or uncommon way. They are not words for which phonics 'doesn't work', but they may be exceptions to spelling rules, or words which use a particular combination of letters to represent sound patterns in a rare or unique way.
Following the success of using study guides as homework books in year 2 last year, we are going to continue to use study guides as homework this year. These books are produced by CGP, a reputable study aid company and support the skills that your child needs.
The books are to be returned each Thursday when we will go through each task. Your child will then bring them home each Friday with a new selection of pages to complete.
Please remember: Only do the specific pages your child has been asked to complete, allow your child to work independently as much as possible and where your child has needed your support, please write S next to the activity.
Your child should work in pencil only.
Last year our Year 2 pupils enjoyed learning about Space! We even witnessed a solar eclipse which was spectacular! Enjoy our facts about the first man to step foot on the moon.
In year 2 our new topic is all about space! We have also been learning about Neil Armstrong. We designed our own rockets and tested them to see how aerodynamic they were. We had great fun! Here are the pictures…