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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

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