Welcome to Year 2
Welcome back to school! What can I say other than how super excited I am to be welcoming you back to school after such a long time at home for some of you. It has been a very unusual time and I am sure you are maybe a little apprehensive as to what school will look like. Please rest assured that we have been working really hard to make sure that you settle back in quickly, safely and happily.
On this page you will find lots of information, events and news about our class, our topics and most importantly the wonderful work we produce! You will also find important information about our daily routines, homework and dates for your diaries.
If you have any concerns, questions or worries please leave a message via our class email firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Year 2 finished off this half term with some Mad Science!
We conducted the walking water experiment and also had some fun investigating the term 'static energy'.
Have a lovely half term and I will see you all on the 2nd of November.
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 their uniform in a bag on the days they have PE as they will not be getting changed back into their uniforms.
This term we are trialing a new homework approach. Children will be given a homework book with a grid of 20 tasks liked to our class text 'Ocean Meets Sky' written by the Fan Brothers. The tasks will cover a broad range of the curriculum including English, Maths, Science, Art/DT, French and Music activities. Children should be encouraged to complete 6 of the tasks from the grid (completely their own choice) and record them as creatively as they can (eg: photos, collages, drawings...). This half term I would like this back on Friday 16th October for a celebratory class exhibition.
Spelling homework will be sent home every Friday in your child's reading folder. Children will get 8 spellings per week to learn and they can practise in their spelling books. We will have a spelling test every Thursday afternoon.
Read Write Inc
As I'm sure some of you are aware, Year 2 children will now sit their phonics screening test in December as they have missed it in Year 1. In your child's homework book are the list of RWI sounds children are expected to know in order to pass the screening.
Each week I will upload the sounds we have learnt/revised with a list of words which include the sound. I would encourage your child to practise these as much as possible to help with their fluency with reading.
*** I have sent you all an email with your child's current RWI set. Please see below the weekly sounds they have learnt and practise these at home.
Group 1 sounds to practise (week ending 16/10/2020)
Group 2 sounds and words to practise (week ending 16/10/2020)
This week group 2 have been looking at split digraphs and how they make the same sound as some of our special friends from Set 2.
Group 3 sounds and words to practise (week ending 16/10/2020)
This week group 3 have been looking at split digraphs and how they make the same sound as some of our special friends from Set 2.
Children will be given 2 reading books to take home every Friday. One will be a book bag book which is based on their current phonic level. The other is an oxford reading tree book. Both books should be returned every Friday in their reading folders and new books will be given out. I ask that parents/carers listen to their child reading at least 3 times per week and record it in their reading diary.
Please don't feel that your child needs to read 3 full books every week. They may wish to read parts of the book/read other books from 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.
A huge well done to everyone this week. We have red 140 as a class and a total of 796 minutes. We have now achieved our green badge on our readapillar!
This half term our Learning Challenge is:
''Commotion in the Ocean''
As Geographers... we will be having lots of fun learning about the seven continents and five oceans of the world. We will identify where we live on the map and learn about the capital cities of the 4 UK countries. We will also be taking a look at physical features that often surround oceans such as cliffs, islands and mountains. Children will learn about the dangers of plastic pollution in our oceans and sustainable ways in which we can help save our planet.
As writers... we will explore the books 'Ocean Meets Sky' written by Eric Fan and 'The Big Book of Blue' written by Yuval Zommer. We will make our own boats and write instructions on how we made them. We will also be learning how to write an information text. Children will learn how to use effective sentence openers, commas in a list and adventurous vocabulary in their writing
As Mathematicians... we will begin this half term looking at numbers to 100. We will learn about place value and partitioning using practical and written methods. We will use our knowledge of numbers and place value to begin counting in steps of 2s, 5s and 10s. We will also be learning about number bonds to 10 and 20 and using these number bonds to made addition and subtraction number sentences. All children will experience problem solving, fluency and reasoning tasks to ensure they gain an in-depth understanding of number and place value.
Year 2 Timetable