Welcome to Year 2

Welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing summer break and are feeling ready for a new school year! After briefly working with your children in Reception, I am looking forward to getting to know them all again in Year 2!

The Autumn term is going to be a busy one as we begin lots of exciting topics. In English we will be reading and writing stories in familiar settings, exploring ‘shape poems’ and looking at explanation texts. In addition, all the children across Key Stage 1 will continue with daily sessions of ‘Read, Write Inc.’ to progress their phonic knowledge which in turn, will further develop their skills in reading and writing.

In Maths, we will be focusing on counting, partitioning and calculating. Maths challenge cards will be sent home as homework to supplement and support the children’s learning in school, as in Year 1. We would really benefit from having some parent helpers to assist with testing, so if there are any volunteers who would be willing to spare some time to help with this (or any other activities in the classroom!) this would be much appreciated.

In Science, the children will study two topics this term: ‘Animals, including humans’ and ‘Everyday Materials’. In History, we will be looking at the work of Florence Nightingale. A ‘History off the Page’ visiting group will be booked for a day towards the end of October. In previous years, this has been extremely popular and has not only enhanced and enriched the topic for the children, but has also been lots of fun! Further details will follow but the approximate cost for this experience is expected to be about £10.00.

Topics to be covered in other subjects across the curriculum include ‘Signs and symbols’ in R.E, where we will look at the symbols of the six major faiths, ‘Getting Creative’ in Computing where the children will be introduced to word processing and different tools in paint/graphics packages, ‘Illustrators and Illustrations’ in Art, and ‘Puppets’ in D&T.

P.E. is timetabled to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons but please have a named kit in school all week in case we need to reschedule.

Reading books will be changed on a Monday and a Thursday. Children will need to ensure that they put their book bags in the book bag box on those days. It makes a significant difference when parents are able to hear their children read on a regular basis at home, to promote a love of books. We will also endeavour to hear your children read frequently in school, so please ensure your child brings their book bag into school every day.

Helping me to teach your children this year will be Miss Yaxley, who will provide teaching support every morning, Mrs Woollard, an experienced Year 2 teacher, who will take the class on Friday afternoons while I take my PPA time, and Mrs Cohen, who will take the children for French (starting after half-term).

A ‘Parent Presentation Evening’ has been arranged for Tuesday 17th September to introduce and inform parents about new initiatives across the school which will also include an opportunity for you to ‘meet the class teacher’. It is very much hoped that you can attend. Our parent consultation evenings this term will take place on the 19th and 21st November (4.00-7.00pm).

I hope your children will have a happy and successful time in Year 2 but if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs Kerr (Year 2, Class teacher)