Year 2

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Mrs Helen Thompson

Mrs Helen Thompson

Year 2
Science co-ordinator.
Mrs Nari Bailey

Mrs Nari Bailey

Year 2
History co-ordinator.
Mrs Philippa Blackmore

Mrs Philippa Blackmore

Year 2
Computing Co-ordinator.

September 2017

Welcome to Year Two

The children certainly seem to have settled really well and are finding their feet and continuing to develop independence as responsible Year Twos. We will be holding a short meeting on Monday 18th after school in the Year Two building, to enable you to meet the Year Two staff and allow us to share information about the way we work. Unfortunately we are unable to provide child care during the meeting. If you are unable to come to the meeting we are often available for informal ‘chats’ either before or after school to answer any questions you may have. Hopefully you will continue to notice your child becoming more grown up and independent as the year progresses. As always we will do all that we can to ensure that your child is happy at school, please to come and talk to us about any worries you might have. To help us to keep your child safe at the end of the school day please remember to inform us if your child will be collected by somebody different. The Year Two teachers have PPA (Planning, preparation and assessment time) together on Monday afternoons. During this time the children will be taught by Mr Hill (PE) and Madam De Jager (Spanish). We now have a child who has been confirmed to have a peanut allergy in our year group, please could you ensure children are not bringing any products containing peanuts in to school (including snacks for afterschool clubs).

Curriculum

English

Reading – The children will also be reading throughout each day, whether it is to read instructions for a task, labels around the classroom or to share a book with friends.

Each week your child will take part in a weekly Guided Reading session, as part of a group of children with similar reading ability focusing on developing comprehension, expression and deepening their understanding of literature genres. This will be recorded in their reading record. As always we encourage the children to read regularly at home as really does make a big difference in supporting fluency, developing confidence and reading ability. Please ensure reading records are in school daily so that any adult reading with a child can record their progress, this can also be used to communicate the progress they make or any difficulties they may encounter during reading at home. If your child has completed their book please sign their reading record so we can change it. Please ensure they are confident at reading it, this may mean reading it several times, before signing to say it is complete. Please remind your child to put their book and reading record in the box when they need their book changing.

Phonics – As part of teaching children to read and write we continue to have regular Phonics sessions during which children will be working in groups with either Mrs Bailey/Mrs Blackmore, Mrs Thompson or Mrs Carrington. In Year Two your child will also bring home a wallet with their weekly spellings in, these will be tested each Friday. This is not a formal test but this helps us and you as parents to see what the children need to work on to progress. Spellings will sometimes include some of the common exception words (words that don’t follow rules and con not be sounded out) which they will be expected to know (and use independently) to achieve expected standards by the end of Year 2.

Writing – Children will have the experience of writing for a variety of purposes extending their skills and deepening their understanding of key concepts. We will be continuing to work using the school cursive handwriting policy to develop writing skills. In Year Two we also have a greater focus on SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and will be working to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of key concepts in these areas. The children will continue have many opportunities at various points each day to read, spell and write across all curriculum areas.

Maths – This term the children have started to look at time and will then continue to build on their knowledge of place value and the number system using all four operations. The children will be working with larger numbers across their maths topics and will further extend their problem solving, reasoning and fluency skills. Each week the children will be set a piece of Maths homework which will be sent home in their homework folder. This will be sent home each Friday to be returned no later than the following Thursday. Homework will usually consolidate the work we have completed in class, please support your child with homework as required and sign and date the front sheet once the work is completed. 

Topic – Our topic this term is ‘Marvellous Me’ building upon the work they completed last year. Incorporated in this are elements of the Geography, History and Art curriculum, along with links to other curriculum areas. Throughout the year we are planning some trips and local walks and as always would be very grateful for any volunteers to come with us.

The children will have plenty of opportunity to further develop their computing skills in all areas, as we have many different programs to support the curriculum. This year we will be introducing the children to ‘Purple Mash’ which has a huge range of computing opportunities to support all areas of the curriculum. 

Science – Once again Mrs Thompson will teach Science for both the Year Two classes. We will continue to explore the world around us, asking and answering questions, making observations and finding and recording information. We have already begun our new topic looking at Living things and their habitats and throughout the year we will also cover Animals including humans, Plants and Uses of everyday materials. 

PE – The children will have PE and Games on Monday afternoon and Tuesday mornings. Please ensure that they have a pair of shorts to wear for gymnastics as it is dangerous for the children to wear jogging bottoms on the apparatus. If it is outdoors the children will need full kit, for further details please see the ‘Welcome to KS1’ booklet.

Please do not hesitate to come and see us if there is a problem, no matter how small. Likewise we will inform you if we have any concerns.

Yours sincerely,

The Year Two team

Mrs Thompson                        Mrs Bailey                   Mrs Blackmore

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The Key Stage One team are looking forward to this year!

In KS1 you will be expected to:

  • Bring in your reading book and record every day.
  • Practise your spellings each week and in Year 1 bring in your folder each Tuesday. Year 2 will be set different spellings to learn each week.
  • Read daily to an adult at home.
  • Complete any homework given to you. This means reading every day and completing a Maths or English activity each week.

Things you will need in Key Stage One…

P.E. kit – shorts, jogging bottoms, t–shirt, jumper and plimsolls, in a small bag, drawstring if possible.  (Please select ‘uniform’ tab here for colour details.)

A school book bag – please do NOT bring rucksacks or large bags to school – we haven’t room!

Please put your name on everything – especially clothing, socks and plimsolls!

PLEASE BRING IN A WATER BOTTLE EVERY DAY.

A piece of fruit is provided for you each day which you will be encouraged to try.

Special Person

In each class, one child will be chosen to be the ‘Special Person’ for the day. On the following day you may bring in something for ‘Show and Tell’ from home, if you wish.

What will we be learning?

We will enjoy Maths and English activities which will build on your knowledge from the previous year. We will read a range of texts and learn lots of new ways to tackle mathematical problems.

We will be learning more sounds and spelling strategies. Children throughout KS1 are split into groups for a regular
20 minute phonics session. This may mean that you are taught by another member of the KS1 team for the session. In Year One you will bring home a book to practise your spellings, please look in the front of the booklet for more information.

This year all KS1 will also be learning Spanish with Madam De Jager!

We have a wonderful creative curriculum. Our topic for the Autumn term is Marvellous Me . Children in Year 2 will continue and develop this topic from Year 1. Your ideas and questions will help and guide our planning.

Download Key Stage 1 information for 2017/18 here

June 2017

We were inspired by the work of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.  Using manipulation and joining techniques we created our own sculptures.

January 2017

Dear Parents / Carers,

Welcome back to the Spring Term. We hope that you had a peaceful and restful Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year.

In the Spring Term in Year 2 routines will continue as they did in the Autumn Term. P.E. will still be on Mondays and Thursdays and Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Blackmore and Mr. Posnett will continue to teach on the same days as last term.

This term we continue to work on a range of skills in English and Mathematics. Mrs. Blackmore will continue working with the children of both classes to develop their spelling skills.

In our topic work we will be looking at maps, atlases and globes in Geography, particularly learning the names and locations of the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world. We will also be learning about directional language including the points of the compass. This work will be supported in computing by programming the Beebots to follow a course! We will move onto looking at Buxton and using our mapping skills to map parts of Buxton, including special buildings in the town. We hope to also learn about the history of some of these buildings.

Mrs. Blackmore will be teaching a topic on materials in Science. Mr. Hill will develop the children’s skills in passing and receiving a ball and will work on their tactics and teamwork in his P.E. lessons.

In RE we will consider what it means to belong to a faith group and in Music the children will learn how to play the glockenspiel with Mrs. Shaw.

Homework this term will be the following:

Reading – please try to read with your children frequently at home. Please discuss their reading with them and encourage them to ask and answer questions about what they have read and to read with expression.

Spellings – Mrs. Blackmore will provide weekly spellings and will test them the following week.

A homework activity each week – This will either be some Maths or some English work.

We are sure that the Spring Term will be an exciting one for all of us in Year 2. As always, if you have a worry please pop in to school to chat to us about it. Thanks for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Blackmore and  Mr. Posnett

The Year 2 Team