Welcome to Year 2!
This year will be a very exciting year, with lots of new opportunities for learning. In Year 2 we will revisit your learning from year one, and build upon some of the learning you did at home. Our first term will focus on embedding our writing structures and promote a love of reading, which we can adapt for many audiences and reasons.
In Year 2 we are lucky enough to be continuing with the support of Mrs Fordham on a Wednesday. This will alternate between Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs Fordham will be covering science objectives throughout the year, and she is in contact regularly to find out what we have been up to!
The rest of the afternoon will be spent with All Star sport who will be doing some great team building and skills activities throughout the year.
Show and Tell
Due to the ongoing restrictions put upon us we will be unable to have show and tell sessions in school. However the children will be given a short amount of time to talk about any of their achievements from the previous week during a small, in class celebration assembly on a Monday, but we do ask that the children do not bring in items from home.
As throughout any year group in the school, reading is going to be of significant importance throughout year two. Over the last two years the children have been working hard on gaining the foundations for their reading during their phonics sessions, and now we will be looking more into the comprehension of what the children are reading. Understanding the context of both fiction and nonfiction texts and being able to explain clearly what is being read.
Children will be taking part in guided reading sessions during the school day every day, but it is also vital that the children are given opportunities to read at home on a regular basis. The children must have their reading records and reading books in school every day, and we would appreciate your co-operation in writing a small comment on how the children have read at home throughout the week.
The children will also be sent home with spellings on a Monday, which we then use during our spelling/phonics time throughout the week.
The children will continue with their Song of Sounds journey in phonics. In year 2 the children learn stage 3, however to ensure we have covered all of our sounds we will be revisiting some of the sounds which they would have already covered in year 1.
As the children would have missed their phonics screening in the Summer term, the children will be sitting a phonics screening at some point in the Autumn term. From this we will then be able to collate the results and should any children not have reached the required pass mark, then they will resit their screening in the Summer term of 2021 as they would have done anyway.
We will continue to support phonics progression through in depth intervention which will be done on a whole class basis, as well as small group support. Flash card sounds will be used regularly in class, and the children will be supported throughout lessons in order to embed their phonetic knowledge.
PE is a vital part of the school curriculum, teaching the children how important it is to lead a healthy lifestyle, as well as keeping their bodies and minds active.
Throughout Year 2 we will be progressing the children’s skills from last year and beginning to adapt these into game scenarios to build team co operation and stamina.
As PE is such a major part of the curriculum it is important that, unless otherwise stated, children take part in every PE lesson we teach. PE will be taught on a Monday and Wednesday, but this may differ if we have outside agencies in for coaching, so please ensure your children arrive at school in appropriate PE wear - we will be outside as much as we can be, even this term!
As we would like to limit the amount of resources which are transferring from home to school at the moment we will be setting spellings and reading as the children's only homework.
Spellings will be stuck into spelling books on a Monday, and these will then be used during phonics throughout the week, and the children can practice them at home. They will not be tested on their spellings.
Children will also be required to read daily at home, and have their reading record filled out accordingly. Children will change their books with an adult once a week, but if necessary they can ask to change their books before their time. Once reading books are bought back into school they will be kept secure until they are able to go back into circulation on the shelves.
On a final note, I would like to remind you to please name all items that belong to your child and are coming into school – PE kits, Jumpers, drink bottles, lunch boxes, etc.
I look forward to continuing our learning journey together, and I am very excited for what the new school year has to offer for us in Year 2!
Miss Daniels & The Year 2 Team