Welcome from Mr Longley
Year two is a fantastic year for the children and presents many exciting learning opportunities. Our first topic this year is Muck, Mess and Mixtures. This is certainly a mega-marvellous topic and a clear favourite for both the children and the adults. During this topic the children will be able to get their hands and feet sticky and covered in paint, play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods. We will be writing recipes, which are revolting and nice, describing messy mixtures and writing revolting riddles. The children will also be creating amazing art work inspired by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Carl Warner.
Throughout the year we will be focusing on the basic skills across the curriculum. We will be encouraging the children to continue developing skills such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term the children will be writing their own version of the Great Chapatti Chase and writing letters which are inspired by the amazing story ‘The day the crayons quit’. In maths the focus will be on place value, addition and subtraction. Reading will see children build on the phonics skills they worked so hard on last year, as well as developing the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss.
In order to allow the children to develop their skills in art this year and produce really amazing pieces, Miss Yates will be working with the children. This will see the children learning, refining and showcasing new and existing skills. To really allow the children to get stuck in we have decided to spend a full afternoon every two weeks on this area of their learning. This will mean that the children will also have a double PE session with our sports specialist Mr Goddard, every other week, instead of the hour a week. The children will still have a weekly PE session with me and complete the daily mile each afternoon. PE kits should be sent into school on a Monday.
Home learning will be slightly different this year. To allow us to personalise the spelling lists the children will bring home their spellings in a green book. This will have the day of their spelling test on the front of the book. It would be greatly appreciated if their book could be sent into school each day in their book bags. The children will still have a week to learn their spellings. Maths, English and Reading home learning will still be sent home on a Friday and should be returned on a Thursday. This will be brought home in their special home learning bag.
We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading the children can once again choose their own main reading book. We will continue to send home a phonics book. Once the children have completed this book they can place their book bag in the ‘change my book’ box and staff will endeavour to change this book. Reading, just 10 minutes a day, has a real impact on children’s learning. To encourage the children to read as much as possible we will be running a reading challenge in class. In order to complete the challenge children will need to read at home at least 3 times a week. This should be recorded on their home learning sheet.
We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Thank you for your support.
Mr Longley and the KS1 team.