Year 2 2018 to 2019
Welcome to Year 2!
It has been fantastic to spend the week getting to know the children. I have been really impressed by the positive attitude, independence and courage they have shown adjusting to the new school year. It has also been fascinating to hear and read about all the experiences the children have enjoyed this summer.
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 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, squash 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 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 fairy tales, character descriptions and riddles. 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 really develop the children’s PE skills, the subject will be taught by PE specialists this year. This will mean that the children will have a double PE session with our sports specialists Mr Goddard and Mrs Kay. The children will still complete the daily mile each afternoon. PE kits should be sent into school on a Monday, although their normal PE day will be Thursday.
Home learning will be slightly different this year. We have decided to focus on the key skills. Children will be given access to Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rock Stars. These are both game based but allow children to develop their skills continuously. Children will be expected to complete a minimum of 20 minutes on each platform weekly. The children will also continue to receive the Topic Challenges. This will allow the children to respond by completing a challenge to suit their interests.
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. 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. Where we believe children would benefit from further development, we may also send phonics reading books home to supplement their reading achievements,
We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Thank you for your support.
Mr Longley, Mrs Vockins and Mrs Jones.