Welcome to Year 2
Autumn 1 2021
Welcome to Year 2! We hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday with your children.
As always, the children will be reminded of our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty and they will continue to earn dojo points for good behaviour, attitudes and effort.
Staffing in Year 2 is:
Mrs May - Class Teacher
Mrs Ali – HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Maqsood - Special Support Assistant
Homework is set on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Wednesday. Your child can expect to receive homework for practising spelling patterns/common exception words, reading, times tables and vocabulary. It is important that your child learns their vocabulary as this is linked to the book that they will be reading in class the following week. Look out for online homework too through Purple Mash, Spag.com and TT Rockstars. You can find links to these websites in the websites star. Parental support at home is vital in helping your child to progress with their reading and complete their homework successfully.
PE this half term will be on a Monday afternoon so please make sure your children come to school in their full P.E kit. Please also ensure that earrings are removed or covered with plasters from home on this day. The correct PE uniform is: yellow PE shirt, school green sweatshirt/cardigan, black PE shorts or jogging bottoms and black pumps or trainers.
Our topic this half term is ‘The Place Where I Live’.
In English we will be reading stories with a familiar setting and this will lead to the children writing their own imaginative stories based on The Jolly Postman. We will then move on to writing simple poems based on models.
Phonics will continue on a daily basis and all pupils will be taking the Year 1 phonics screening test before the Christmas break. There are some links in the website star for you to support your child at home. We will also begin to look at spelling patterns and rules using the Read Write Inc Spelling scheme. Whole class reading will continue to take place every day. This gives extra phonics practice as well as learning new vocabulary and understanding a variety of texts. In addition, the school is continuing to be part of the project called Voice 21 which will support your child to improve their oracy skills.
It is very important that by the end of Year 2 the children know their x2 table, x5 table and x10 table. There is also an expectation that the 3 and 4 x tables are learned. It would be beneficial for these to be practised at home. Our main focus during our maths lessons will be ensuring children have mastered numbers to 100 and addition and subtraction.
For science, we will look at ‘Biology: Animals including Humans’. This will involve finding out about and describing the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival and also looking at the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.
In PSHE, we will be studying a unit on Mental Health. Pupils will have opportunities to share their feelings and be taught strategies to effectively manage and address feelings, emotions and circumstances.
We hope your child has an amazing half term being the best that they can be. As always,
From all the Year 2 team: Mrs May, Mrs Ali and Mrs Maqsood