Welcome to Year 2
What a super start to the school year!
We have had a wonderful first week back. It has been lovely to see so many smiles and see how enthusiastic the children are in the classroom.
We have been busy this week introducing our new story - The Colour Monster - in Literacy and the children have amazed me with their knowledge of number in Maths. We have been doing lots of dancing, art and sharing stories.
We are really enjoying our new class novel, The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark.
All About Year 2
Year 2 will be taught this year by Miss Bell and supported by Mrs Kerr, Miss Pickering and Mr Barrick. We will also have Miss Day teaching us on a Monday. She will be sharing lots of mindfulness activities with us such as dance, yoga, music and art.
Subjects will be taught in a variety of different ways to support the needs of every learner. We will be working hard to encourage engagement and motivation from every child and are dedicated to support our children to instill lifelong love of learning.
Phonics, Maths and Literacy are taught during the morning which leaves our afternoons open to explore the rest of the curriculum, following the interests of the children where possible.
Every child in school has a Learning Journal. This is to assist them with their learning. There is a section in this for parents and teachers to use to communicate and also a reading record section. If you have a message for us, please leave the learning journal open on the page and encourage your child to hand it to an adult first thing in the morning so we can get back to you with any queries. Learning Journals must be brought to school every morning and taken home at the end of every day.
PE will be on a Wednesday morning and Monday afternoon this year. It is very important that you have a PE kit in school every day. Please ensure you have a white T shirt, black shorts/track suits and trainers in school. You may also want a purple hoody for when we are outside.
Home Learning will be sent home on a Friday via Google Classroom. We will revisit how to access this during lesson time. Children will have weekly spellings to practice linked to the common exception words and any new spelling rules we learn about during the year. They will also have key number facts to practice at the beginning of each half term.
Please continue to read with and to your child too. Children will be sent home 2-3 reading books, as well as a library book on a Thursday. These will be collected and changed weekly so they can be quarantined in school before being sent out again.
Y1 National Phonics Screening Test
Children that are currently in Year 2 were unable to undertake their phonics screening test in June 2020. In Autumn 2 (subject to confirmation) your child will take part in this screening. The Year 1 phonics screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning. You can find out more about the screening and also how best to support your child by clicking the link below.
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