Welcome to Year 2C
A warm welcome to Year 2 where we have an exciting year ahead. We hope you have had a fantastic summer and have enjoyed spending time with your families. We would like to welcome you all back and hope that you are excited to begin the new year with great enthusiasm.
Learning logs will be shared in class on a Thursday afternoon, allowing children to celebrate their home learning with the class.
In the event that your child is unable to attend school due to isolation, please use the links below for appropriate activities, these activities can be used in conjunction with the websites listed in the subject sub-headings to continue children’s learning journey.
Please see the link to Year 2's Home Learning pages:
We would advise that all children have a water bottle for use in the school day, water bottles should be brought into class on a Monday and these will be sent home on a Friday. St Mary’s is a healthy school we ask the children that they bring water to school in a reusable bottle clearly labelled with their name. If children bring in a different drink, they will be asked to put it in their locker to take home.
Our PE days are Monday and Thursday. Children should arrive at school wearing their PE kits on these days. Please ensure your child's name is clearly written in all items of clothing including their basic school uniform. If your child's name is not on their items of clothing this makes it very difficult for staff to locate lost items. If you are unsure of what your child needs for their PE kit, please see our School Uniform Policy.
Reading is an integral part of the school day and children are given opportunities to access a wide range of texts throughout the curriculum. Please try to read for 10 minutes with your child daily. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they have read, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book after and during reading in relation to characters, setting or main events. Children are encouraged to develop empathy by focusing on characters' emotions and motivations during reading.
Your child will read with an adult in school at least once a week during a guided reading session.
Please can you sign children’s reading records as these will be checked to support development once a week. Reading books and records should be brought into school every Thursday and new books will be sent home on the following Monday.
The children will have reading and Phonics tasks set on Reading Eggs to support development and consolidate in class learning at home.
Children can also read along and listen to stories in conjunction with the ten minutes of reading, a useful website with free books to read online is the Book Trust.
This term we will be looking at New Beginnings and how God created the world. Children will consider how each day presents us with different opportunities for beginnings and how we can approach beginnings with a wide range of feelings and attitudes. We will be learning to write our own prayers and to praise and thank God. We will learn about the importance of belonging and the role families play in our lives.
In English we will be developing our reading, writing, spellings and grammar skills through a range of fiction and non-fiction writing opportunities. Key speaking and listening skills will be extended through role plays, hot seating and outdoors which will impact on the children's writing.We are currently developing children’s grammar and writing skills in Literacy lessons, children have been focusing on the story Somebody Swallowed Stanley, children have been writing sentences, asking questions, making inferences, punctuating texts and writing to an audience. We will continue to develop, progress and add to these skills this term with our next focus text The Pirates Next Door. Below is a link to BBC Bitesize with some great activities that children can do at home to support their Literacy skills.
Spelling and Phonics
Spellings will be sent home once a week, usually on a Monday, and be tested the following Friday. We will be using the Spelling Shed platform to support learning this year. The spellings are based on patterns that we have investigated in class during phonics and No-Nonsense spellings lessons; children should be encouraged to observe how the pattern fits into the word to help them remember it.
Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation. We welcome your support in helping your child to learn the spelling rules.
Below are some phonics game websites that can act as a fun and engaging way to support reading and spelling in addition to the main websites above.
In Maths this term we will be consolidating children's understanding of Place Value and then use this knowledge to solve addition and subtraction problems. Children will be doing arithmetic focusing on counting skills and then using this to help understand how to solve mental arithmetic problems. A key focus area will be to challenge children to apply the skills learnt to gain a deeper understanding of the application of mathematical concepts in the real world.
The school currently uses White Rose to support the Maths Delivery in school, below is a link to the scheme of learning, home learning and parent workbooks that you may find useful in supporting your child from home.
Maths home learning activities will be set weekly on MyMaths and will need to be completed by the date indicated. Children have been given their log in details for this. Activities are given with a supporting lesson that children may work through before attempting their homework if they feel they need a little more support and guidance in this area.
Our topic this half term is Buried Treasure where children will be acquiring key geographical skills. In Topic this term we will be researching a variety of maps before creating a map of our school. We will identify human and physical features and the different uses of land through an interactive walk around the local area. Children will use their maths skills to create a tally chart of the different buildings in the local area, this will lead to children creating a leaflet about the use of buildings in the local area to reinforce learning.
In Science we will be learning about Animals including humans. Children will investigate the impact of exercise on the body and will record their findings in a table and then onto a bar graph. Throughout our lessons we will be asking lots of questions, observing and performing simple tests, identifying and classifying and gathering and recording data. We will also be learning about how a healthy diet and hygiene are essential in order to keep our bodies healthy.
Key dates for events throughout our new school year will be confirmed in September 2020.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.