Welcome to Year 2

Year 2 Spring 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you have enjoyed your week off and feel refreshed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you are doing at home to support your child/children. As I have said on many occasions, it is an absolute delight and privilege to see what your children have been learning and completing at home. Please continue to do this and hopefully things will get back to normal quickly.

For the time being, we will continue with our remote learning. You will be able to access the videos for maths, reading, writing and topic work on Microsoft Teams. As we have been doing this for a while, we would like to ask that you return work on Microsoft teams on the same day preferably by 3pm. This helps us to monitor, evaluate and feedback to you. If you have any difficulty or any questions about returning work on Microsoft teams please get in contact with us via Class Dojo.

We will continue to use Class Dojo for messages and for rewards. The children have already earned several treats which I will implement when we return to school. You can see their progress on the Class Story page of Class Dojo. Don’t forget that on Friday I will post our ‘Lockdown Learners of the week.’ We really want your child to stay motivated and on track during these tricky times.

As far as the Curriculum is concerned, we will be continuing with our theme: ‘Wriggle and Crawl’.

Writing

In writing, our focus will begin on instructions and the children will learn to write instructions for making a bird feeder before moving on to write their own instructions for making a bug hotel. We will then move onto Poetry and write our own poems.

Reading

We will read and explore instructional texts and then move onto poetry to complement our writing work. We will continue to build and learn new vocabulary.

Just a reminder to continue to support your child by hearing them read. It really is one of the most influential ways that you can support your child. We would like to encourage your child to read every day. On Class Dojo there is a reading check-in page. Let us know what books your reading and why you like or dislike them.

PE

Don’t forget it is really important that you include some sort of exercise into your day at home. This might be putting on some music and having a dance, going for a walk, run or bike ride. We will being to look at ball skills related to football and when we get back to school we will be having some mini football matches.

Math

In Math, we will continue to work on money and then move onto 2D and 3D shapes. Each day your child can complete the Fluent in Five quiz on teams. This really helps to reinforce past concepts, build fluency and confidence.

Times tables

The children have really been enjoying using TTRockstars, please continue to keep accessing this at home if really helps to boost their knowledge and skills and provide a good foundation for further mathematical work.

Art

We will be looking at the work of the artist ‘Kathushika Hokusai’ and in particular, his printing work: ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ I will be encouraging the children to collect printing work and they will be developing their own work. Hopefully when we get back to school the children will be able to practise some different printing techniques.

Music

We will be learning the song ‘Tinga layo’ and thinking about duration of notes. We will be encouraging the children to make a ‘shaker’ to play along with this song. We will try to make our own music inspired by the song ‘Tinga Layo.’

Geography

We will continue our work on the United Kingdom. We will also be investigating weather patterns in the UK and how this affects our animals.

We will then move on to learning about the 7 continents and weather patterns in other parts of the work and how this affects animals in these countries.

Science

We will continue our work on living things and their habitats. Naming and sorting a variety of animals and plants. Looking a different habitats and why they are suitable for the animals that live there.

PSHE

We will be learning about where money comes from and how to keep our money safe to complement our maths work. We will then look at the people who help us in our community and revisit what we would do in an emergency.

RE

We will be learning about Judaism. We will explore their beliefs and the way they belong to the Jewish faith.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns please contact me via Class Dojo.

We can’t wait to get started!

Thank you for your support,

Miss Yeoman and Miss Thomas

Y2 Teacher

Year 2 Spring 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing and peaceful break.

As we enter lockdown, most children will access remote learning from home. Please engage with Class Dojo as I will be setting daily work from here, including adding pre-recorded video sessions each day for Maths, Reading and Writing. These lessons are the same lessons that I would have taught face-to-face in school so are a part of your child’s curriculum.

Year 2 Curriculum

Wriggle and Crawl

Our topic this term has a strong animal theme. We will be learning about animals and their habitats and how animals adapt to different climates. We will also be looking at animals native to England and those further afield.

Writing

In writing, our focus will begin on Non- fiction and the children will learn to write a Non-Chronological report about nocturnal animals. In the second half of the term, we will return to narrative and write stories about animals. We will continue to build our word wall and learn new vocabulary.

PE

It is really important that you include some sort of exercise into your day at home. This might be putting on some music and having a dance, going for a walk, run or bike ride. You might also want to join Joe Wicks again as he is going live from Monday 11th January on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am.

Reading

Just a reminder to continue to support your child by hearing them read. It really is one of the most influential ways that you can support your child. We would like to encourage your child to read every day. Let us know about the books you are reading on Class Dojo.

Maths

In Maths, we will begin by recapping division before moving onto length, mass and temperature. We will continue to reinforce past concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division during our fluency sessions.

Times tables

The children have really been enjoying using TTRockstars, please continue to keep accessing this at home if really helps to boost their confidence and fluency.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns please contact me via Class Dojo.

I can’t wait to get started!

Thank you for your support,

Miss K. Yeoman

Y2 Teacher

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Home learning update

Dear parents and carers,

As we are now into our third lockdown, I just want to update you on how we are making preparations to continue your child’s learning.

Currently, I am in the process of making videos for daily reading, writing and maths lessons. These will be uploaded onto class dojo for you to access. A work pack for every child is being made and I will be contacting you to arrange a time to come and collect. Within the pack will be essential items that your child will need to complete the work. It is hoped that from Monday 11th January your child will be able to access teaching and get back on track.

Our topic for this term is ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ so there will be a strong link to animals. Here is a brief outline as to what we will be covering this term.

Reading- We will be reading some information texts about nocturnal animals. We will then move onto narrative. This is our class reading session. You will still need to read daily with your child individually.

Writing- We will be writing a non-chronological report. I will be guiding the children in preparation for independent writing by writing a report about cheetahs. The children will then plan and write a non-chronological report about nocturnal animals.

Maths- In maths we will be continuing our work on division, before moving onto length. There will be a daily maths session, but also a fluency session where we will recap prior learning. Remember, you can always access Times Table Rockstars and really get to know those times tables.

In additional to this, there will also be a handwriting session. This will be taught by Miss Thomas and also available through Class Dojo.

Children will need to complete work and upload onto Class Dojo. We would appreciate it if you could send photographs so we are able to give your child feedback. Your child will receive dojos for completing work.

Please keep in contact with us either via class dojo or via my email: KYeoman@firbeck.org.uk

We understand this is a tricky time for you and want to support you as much as possible. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

We are all in this together and hopefully if won’t be like this forever.

Best Wishes

Karen Yeoman and Charlie Thomas

Year 2 Autumn 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back! I hope you have enjoyed the break despite the weather and enjoyed some time together.

This term will be continuing our topic on Explorers but there are a few changes to the curriculum which have been outlined below.

Year 2 Curriculum

Phonics

Your child will be completing the phonic screener this term. Your child will be asked to read real words and fake words to assess their phonic knowledge. The children have all completed a mock phonics assessment so they know what to expect. Phonics is practiced every day in class.

Art

We will continue our work on explorers and will be looking at the work of Charles Darwin in Art. Hopefully, this will inspire the children to experiment and explore different drawing techniques. They will draw their own imaginary land using these techniques.

History

In History we will be learning about ‘The Gunpowder Plot.’ Obviously, this is to coincide with ‘Bonfire night’ this term. This will help the children understand why it is celebrated.

Science

We will be continuing to explore materials and complete several investigations. The children will be finding out about the properties and suitability of materials.

Writing

In writing our focus will begin with Poetry and then move on to Narrative. We will be reading a range of poems, practice some writing techniques for poetry e.g. making rhyming strings, using adjective etc. We will write our own poems and stories.

PE

Due to the children having completed their ‘Outdoor Learning’ we will now have PE on Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon. The focus for PE will be dance and gymnastics. Please make sure that your child comes with the appropriate full kit on the day. This will be sent home at the end of the day. It can be so disruptive to everyone’s learning when children come without P.E. kit. We assume if your child is well enough to attend school, they are well enough to do PE, unless you tell us otherwise.

Reading

Please continue to support your child with their reading. It really is so important for their future. Encourage them to read every day, if they cannot read to an adult than a sibling, cuddly toy or pet can be a good alternative. Record when you have read with your child in their school diary. I will be assessing reading again as soon as I can to see if your child is ready to move up the reading bands. This will be indicated in their school diary.

Maths

In Maths we will start by going over column addition with renaming. We will then be moving on to subtraction. This will be followed by Multiplication and Division.

Times table

You can continue to support learning of times tables at home using the online game called TTRockstars. This is a fun, interactive game that can be played on a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Login details for this game are in their diaries.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns please come and see me or write a note in the school diary.

Thank you for your support,

Karen Yeoman

3rd September 2020: Welcome Back Newsletter

Year 2 Autumn 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carer

It is so nice for us all to be together again. Please be assured that we are doing everything to keep your child safe with regard to coronavirus but with all other safety issues as well. If you have any concerns please contact me either by email KYeoman@firbeck.org.uk , via class dojo, or in person.

Our day will begin at 8:50am when the door to our classroom will open. Please ensure your child arrives promptly. The school day finishes at 3:05pm.Please ensure your child comes prepared for the day. They should bring the bare minimum to school. This should be a book bag and a packed lunch unless they are having a lunch provided by school.

Year 2 Curriculum

Explorers

I am especially excited about the term ahead and the curriculum I have planned. This term we will be learning about ‘Explorers” The topic will have a strong History foundation with links to Neil Armstrong and African- American women Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan who worked within NASA supporting space exploration.

Writing

In writing our focus will begin on story. Our emphasis will be on story plot development, vocabulary and grammar.

PE

We have PE on Monday afternoon please make sure that your child comes with the appropriate full kit on the day. This will be sent home at the end of the day. It can be so disruptive to everyone’s learning when children come without P.E. kit. We assume if your child is well enough to attend school, they are well enough to do PE, unless you tell us otherwise.

Outdoor Learning

For this half term on Wednesday afternoon year 2 will be having ‘Outdoor Learning.’ They need warm clothes and a change of shoes (ideally wellies.) They can bring a healthy snack and a bottle of water to drink. These sessions will begin on Wednesday 9th September 2020.

Reading

One of the most influential ways that you can support your child is to read with them. Please remind them to bring their reading folders to school every day. We would like to encourage your child to read every day. Please record when you have read with your child in their school diary. I will be assessing reading in the first few weeks to see where your child is at and allocate appropriate reading material. I will send you more information if necessary.

Your child will receive a reading diary for this year. It would be helpful to spend a bit of time looking through this for yourselves. It includes lots of useful information both at the front and the back. Please make particular time to read through the Home School Agreement and to sign the appropriate sections together with your child by the end of this week.

Maths

In Maths we will begin by going over number facts and place value before moving on to calculation.

Times tables

In Year 2 we officially start learning the times ta To begin with your child will be expected to learn the multiplication and division facts for the 2’s, 5’s and 10’s times tables. We will be rehearsing these tables in school and a useful tool to support this learning at home is an online game called TTRockstars. This is a fun, interactive game that can be played on a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Login details for this game will be placed in the diary. Further details to follow.

Design and Technology

We will be investigate the ways flags have been used by explorers and looking at different flags. We will discuss the purpose before designing and making our own flags. Children will be using felt and attaching this using sewing techniques.

Behaviour

Our behaviour system in school has change slightly, it still looks at the children’s attitude to learning. For example: Do they bring everything they need for school every day? Are they listening and following instructions? Are they maintaining the school rules? Every day your child will start off on green on a chart, this means they are ‘Ready to Learn’. It is totally acceptable for a child to stay on green all day, every day. However, there will be times when your child will have an ‘Amazing Day’ or even better. This means your child will move their name up to ‘Blue’, ‘Gold.’ or onto the rainbow. They will receive different awards accordingly. If you child breaks a school rule or is not doing the right thing then their name will move down the chart accordingly too. This may result in them having some time out of class, missing a play time or being sent to the Deputy Headteacher. If they are sent to the Deputy Headteacher you will be notified by a phone call. All children have the ability to rectify behaviour and move back to ‘Green’ throughout the day.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns please come and see me or write a note in the school diary.

As you can see there is a lot to do already. It’s going to be a busy, busy, busy term!

Thank you for your support,

Karen Yeoman

May 2021

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