Welcome back to school after the Easter holidays. We hope you had a lovely break and managed to send some time with friends and family. This half term children will be extremely busy in school preparing for and partaking in their Secret Agent Training (SATs). SATs will commence on 2nd May and children will sit the papers in small groups at different stages throughout the month of May. Remember, children do NOT know they are taking their SATs! Please continue to work on the targets I discussed with you during parents evening to support your child's learning this half term.
Maths Booster club will continue every Monday after school from 3pm - 4pm. This will run up to when we break up at the end of May.
If you need to contact me for any reason please do so on our class email: email@example.com
and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Johnston & Mrs Beck.
Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of Year 2!
Bizarre Friday Morning in Year 2!!!
As I'm sure most of you have heard, we have had a very strange morning in Year 2! When we arrived to school this morning we found some rope suspended from our ceiling, tiny footprints leading through the classroom, gooey slime blocking the way to our drawers and an old tattered map which showed a planned journey from space to Earth! If that wasn't enough, Mr Ross alerted us to a huge metal wing that had crashed onto the school field which was beginning to go on fire! Around the wing lay some walkie talkies, an empty petrol can and some tools. Year 2 became detectives. We labelled the evidence, bagged it up and sent it off to the police to have a look at. What a chaotic but thrilling morning we've had!
The school day
Timings: Drop off/Pick up point:
Year 2 start time: 8:50am Drop off: Main playground
Year 2 finish time 3:05pm Pick up: We will meet you on the playground at Year 2's gate and send children
one by one to parents as we see them arrive.
What will my child need to bring to school?
Full school uniform - All items labelled
A warm coat (labelled)
A water bottle (water only)
A small healthy snack
A lunch bag (if needed)
Please ensure all personal items are labelled before sending them into school.
Children will take part in PE on a Monday morning with Premier Sports from 11am - 11:50am. Children should come to school on a Monday in their PE kit and they will wear it for the remainder of the day. Year 2 will also have PE again on a Friday afternoon with me, therefore should wear their PE kit to school on a Friday too. Please don't send children's uniform in a bag on the days they have PE as they will not be getting changed back into their uniforms.
Read Write Inc
Read Write Inc is the program we have chosen as a school to teach children the sounds needed to read. There are 44+ sounds that children need to know so they can sound out/Fred talk any unknown words. As children build their knowledge of these sounds, they will in turn develop their fluency. This means children will be able to read words, with the sounds they know, at a glance. It is vital children can read fluently in order to understand what they have read.
See below for a list of all the sounds children need to learn in Year 1 and a video on how to correctly pronounce them
Homework in Year 2
This half term we are continuing with the homework grid approach that you will now be familiar with. Just like the previous terms, the tasks given will be linked to our class text. The tasks will cover a broad range of the curriculum including English, Maths, Science, Art/DT, History and Music activities. Children can complete as many tasks as they wish, choosing ones that interests them most. This will further their understanding/learning on our termly topics.
Spelling homework will be sent home every Thursday. Children will get 8-10 spellings per week to learn and they can practise these on their weekly spelling grid. We will have a spelling test every Thursday afternoon. The spellings given each week will link to our literacy lessons. Please return your child's spelling grid in their reading folder every Monday.
Children will be given their own login details for MyMaths. I will stick these in the front of their homework book as well as instructions on how to navigate the MyMaths website if you are not familiar with it. Each week I will allocate a task for children to complete at home online - linked to our maths learning that week. Children will have a week to complete the task set. Please encourage this at home as it will further their understanding/consolidate maths learning.
Children will be given reading books to take home every Monday.
Our reading focus in Year 2 begins with developing children's fluency in line with their knowledge of sounds. Children will use Book Bag Books in order to do this. It is highly recommended that you and your child work through the activities suggested to support their fluency when reading and understanding of the text.
Please use the SWAYs below to refresh your memory on how to use Book Bag Books effectively and the previously mentioned activities.
In addition to their Book Bag Book children will be brining home a Bingo Book. More information regarding this will be available soon.
Finally, children will have a non-fiction book which they can choose from our class library. These books are sent home with a view for you to enjoy them together. It is not expected that your child will be able to read these books independently.
Children should read at least 3 times per week and this should be recorded in their reading diary. Each reading activity from the Book Bag Books counts as a read alongside any other reading experiences e.g. sharing a Bingo Book. The name of the book title and a signature is all that is required when recording your child's reading. Children who read at least 3 times per week will earn a sticker on our class reading chart weekly.
Useful Information on how to use your Book Bag Book at home!
We are encouraging children to continue with their use of Get Epic. To login to access your child's books , go to www.getepic.com/students. Then click on students and enter our class code jel1264 and read as much as you like! I will assign some new reading material on here weekly in line with the topic we are learning about.
It has also come to my attention that the terms and conditions of GETEPIC have changed since June. There are now 2 options to explore the website:
- During school with Epic School: From 7am to 4pm, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7am to 4pm. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day. Epic School is always free for our educators.
- After school with Epic Free: In addition to all the reading time that they get with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4pm for free on Epic Free. Epic Free is also available for students to access at any time on the weekends. But unlike Epic School, there is a time duration limit! Students can read on Epic Free for up to 2 hours per week. Also, students will need their parents’ help to unlock Epic Free with a parent email. Parents only need to provide their email address once during sign-up. There is no fee for for Epic Free. After the first log in, students can freely access Epic Free using the class code. They will transition between Epic School and Epic Free, depending on the time of day.
Unfortunately, this change in terms means that some books are not accessible on the Epic Free version.
This half term our topic is:
Ready, Steady.... GROW!!!
As Scientists... we will explore different types of plants (wild plants and garden plants). We will learn about the parts of a flowering plant and the function of each part. We will also learn about trees and how we can identify a tree based on its leaves. We will move on to learning about seeds and bulbs. Just like Jack and the Beanstalk, we too will plant our own beans and learn about what seeds need to grow. We will recognise our plants (beans) as living things, learn about the lifecycle of a bean and how eventually we can eat what we have planted.
Our class text this half term is 'Jack and the Baked Beanstalk' written by Colin Stimpson.
As writers... we will continue to learn new and adventurous vocabulary. We will recap on conjunctions and how to use them appropriately to expand our sentences. We will also recap on using past tense correctly and using different sentence types. This will lead us up to writing a character description of the giant in the story! Following on from this, we will begin learning about suffixes and when we add them to any root word it changes its meaning (eg: happy - happiness, joy - joyful...). All our learning will lead up to us planning our own story mountain to retell part of the story of Jack and the Baked Beanstalk.
Summer Term 1 - Whole Class Reading
Summer Term 1 - Poetry and Songs
As Mathematicians... we will begin the term by recapping on dividing by sharing. We will also learn about how we can divide by grouping. Once secure, we will apply our knowledge of division to help us solve more complex problems including word problems. We will explore the relationship between multiplication and division before moving on to learning about fractions. We will learn the names of 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 and how they make up a whole. We will learn how to find fractions of numbers and of shapes. We will also explore how 1/2 is equivalent to 2/4 through the use of lego and use this knowledge to consolidate our learning and future applications.