Welcome to Year 2

We hope you had a fantastic summer.

This term our new curriculum will be focusing on the circus! Please find attached our curriculum map, highlighting what your child will be learning in each subject.

PE​

This half term, we will be having PE sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that children have their PE kits in school on all days, as PE sessions may take place during none scheduled days. PE kits consist of black shorts, a white top (no logo please), suitable trainers or pumps and all jewellery must be removed. I will suggest that children should have a pair of plain black jogging bottoms or leggings and a fleece for our outdoor sessions.

After half term, on a Thursday afternoon, we will be swimming. Could you please make sure swimming trunks/a costume and a towel are in a small bag.

Homework

I would also like to take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of children reading for at least 20 minutes every evening. Reading is vital for your child’s success and it helps enormously in their writing. Either myself or another adult in the class will be reading with your child weekly and we will be rewarding those children who read five or more times a week at home every half term.

In order for us to monitor and inform you on reading, homework tasks and school events, each child has been issued with a personal planner. It is an easy and effective way for us to communicate. Please sign the Home/School agreement.

Children are given spellings every Monday and will be tested upon these the following Monday. In order to help children learn their spellings, parental/carer involvement is essential. Therefore, please check your child’s planner on a daily basis. Children must look after their planners because if they lose/damage them, a new one will be issued at a cost of £3.

Behaviour and Reward Systems

The Reward System is based on earning ‘Firbeck Pounds’. Children will be issued a ‘Firbeck Pound’ by any member of staff when they exhibit excellent behaviour and excellent work. Children can ‘buy’ rewards from their class ‘Rewards Menu’. The rewards given range from extra football time to choosing their own lesson. Costs do vary!

In order to help children behave positively around school, we are following a ‘Traffic Light System’. Children who are having a perfect day are on a ‘green’. Children can also now ‘move up’ the behaviour chart by having an Amazing Day, An Extraordinary Day and a Golden VIP Day which involves many exciting privileges. Please ask your child for more information! When a child misbehaves they are given a verbal warning followed by a move on the ‘yellow’, if the inappropriate behaviour persists, children are given 10 minutes time out. Failing to turn it around when back in class, children will miss a playtime. After four warnings, if the child continues to misbehave, they are moved to ‘red’ which involves a phone call home.

As a reminder, the school will be opening its doors at 8:50 in the morning for children to enter the building. Morning break is at 10:50-11:05 so please can you either provide your child with a mid-morning snack or money for toast/drink.

Grammar and maths

We have also attached 2 documents which we thought you might find useful as parents/carers of children in year 2.

Thegrammar glossary explains the meaning of words which we will be beginning to use in our English lessons this term.

The calculations mat covers units of work that we will be teaching your child this academic year in maths. It provides examples of the types of questions that we would expect children to be able to answer by the end of the year.

We would really appreciate it if you are able to discuss these with your children throughout the year. Any practising of grammar and mathematics that they are able to complete at home will greatly benefit them in class.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We very much look forward to working with you this year.

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