A warm welcome to Year 2.
Below we have compiled some information you may find useful to help you and your child begin their journey in Year 2.
The following information will cover:
- Who is who in Year 2
- Timetable - PE and games
- School uniform
- Curriculum coverage
- Spellings/Multiplication - dates out/in
- Lunches, snacks and water
- Helping at home
- Trips and forthcoming dates relevant to year group
- Pupil Premium - benefits and how to apply
Who is who in Year 2?
2JH – Mr Hawes (Key stage 1 Leader and Year Group Leader)
2SL – Miss Lomas (Handwriting Leader)
2CM – Mrs Marchand (Pupil Premium Leader)
Mrs Van Kleek
We have a busy timetable in Year 2 that is flexible to allow us to react to the children’s learning needs. We open our doors at 8:40am and registration closes at 8:55am. Each morning there will be an activity for the children to start straight away after they have put their book bags, coats and water bottles away.
P.E. and Games
Where possible P.E. and games will be kept to their usual weekly slots which are:
2JH – games Wednesday and P.E. Thursday
2SL – games Wednesday and P.E. Tuesday
2CM – games Wednesday and P.E. Monday.
For each games lesson, children need to have their full kit with them which is clearly labelled.
On games and P.E. days, children with long hair will need to have this tied up and, ideally, no earrings (earring tape can be used).
As part of our high standards we expect children to adhere to the school uniform policy. We are pleased to see how smart all of the children look in their winter uniform.
Here is a reminder of the uniform:
- Children should be wearing navy blue jumpers or cardigans, white shirts with grey and red striped tie (shirts tucked in!) with grey or navy blue socks.
- All uniform needs to be clearly labelled.
- Children should not wear nail varnish or jewellery (earrings need to be small studs) and no large or oversized headbands.
Book bags: Please refrain from attaching large keyrings as the children often find it difficult to fit them into their trays.
Our first theme, this year, is ‘Carry on Exploring’ which has a geography focus.
The children will be learning about human and physical features and map reading skills, whilst looking at Buckingham. We will then travel further afield and focus on the United Kingdom, learning all about the different countries and their capital cities. Following this, we will investigate different parts of the world. After Christmas we will be investigating Victorians, focusing on Sir George Gilbert Scott (a famous local architect) and Florence Nightingale. In the Summer term, we look at the seaside from a geographical standpoint and an historical one.
Our first science topic this term will be called ‘Materials’ , where we will be investigating different properties of materials. We will be doing lots of practical science this year and the children are going to have the opportunity to attend a science fair involving collaborative and experimental work in line with the curriculum requirements. Information on this day will be shared with you via email and our notice board.
We start the year off with a fiction unit. We are looking closely at the book ‘Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs’ by Ian Beck. We are taking a talk for writing approach so we have been learning the text through text maps and actions. In this unit we will cover descriptive writing with the end result of describing a setting the children have created. We will also look at specific skills including word classes, punctuation and sentence construction. We then move to poetry before starting instructions after half-term.
As you are probably aware by now, we have moved to a cursive handwriting approach. We feel this style of writing helps improve presentation and fluency of writing. It helps to give each child a known start point for each letter as well. One of the expectations for Year 2 children across the county is that they can demonstrate these initial joins in their writing. So we are encouraging the children to have a go alongside our handwriting sessions.
Maths will also be taught in line with the National Curriculum and we will be covering place value, addition, subtraction and word problems as well as multiplication and division. We will be applying these concepts in weekly investigations and throughout our lessons; allowing the children to explore possibilities and deepen their mathematical understanding. The children have met their set teachers and have settled in very well. We would like to point out that maths groups are fluid and not set in stone. Children can move depending on their need at that time.
Art and Design Technology
We begin the year with a Design Technology unit. Focusing on vehicles, we will look at the technical names for different parts of a vehicle and look to see how axles and wheels help them to move. We will end this unit by designing and building our very own moving vehicle.
After Christmas we will investigate the art work of Victorian artist William Morris before ending the year with Vincent Van Gough.
Spellings, reading books and multiplication homework
We will be continuing with the phonics programme ‘Sounds Write’ and we will be investigating spelling conventions through the ‘No Nonsense’ spelling programme.
Spellings will relate to our phonics sessions. They will follow a three weekly cycle (where possible) for the first two weeks children will be required to complete two word maps and in the third week they will be tested on the 10 spellings they have learnt. (There is more information on the school website and on the spelling sheet you will receive.)
Reading books will be changed every Monday, where possible. Children will receive a decodable phonic book linked to the sound they are learning and a colour band book. As the year progresses this may change to just a colour band book as children come to the end of learning their sounds. We do encourage reading aloud to someone so that misconceptions can be addressed and comprehension questions can be asked to check for understanding.
Multiplication homework will begin in the coming weeks. We will give the children a multiplication to learn and each Friday they will be tested in a timed test. If they complete the sheet correctly in the given time they will move onto the next stage. More information can be found on the school website.
Lunches, Snacks and Water
As a school, we have a healthy lunch policy. We have universal free school meals for children in our year group. This will change when they leave Key stage 1. We would like to remind you that we only allow water in water bottles; no juice is allowed. We are a nut free school, as there are a number of children with severe nut allergies.
We provide a fruit snack for the children in Year 2. If your child is bringing their own snack in, it needs to be a healthy snack. No chocolate or sweets please.
Helping at home
- Daily (where possible)
- Comprehension questions (check understanding not just word reading)
- Opinion – ask what your child thinks of the book and how different characters act. What would they change or improve?
- Phonics – encourage children to sound out any unfamiliar words and then blend sounds together.
- Fluency and expression – with practice, encourage children to change their voice in line with punctuation.
- Accurate sentences – encourage your child to reread their writing to check for any mistakes. Ensure basics of punctuation are being applied.
- Applying spellings and phonics – encourage your child to use their spellings when writing. Use phonics to help sound out words. Understanding the use of suffixes, prefixes and apostrophes is a requirement for the end of year 2.
- Knowing word classes – knowing the function and recognising nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives is a requirement for the end of Year 2.
- Handwriting – using cursive writing should be encouraged.
- Multiplication – It is important for children to learn their times tables of by heart. This helps them with lots of aspects of maths. As set out in the curriculum, children need to learn up to 12x a number.
- Handling money – Give your child the opportunity to handle money, knowing the different coins and their worth is very important and allows children to practise their adding and subtracting skills.
- Time – talk about time with your child. Ask them to help tell the time with you, using both analogue and digital clocks.
Science Fair – In conjunction with the Royal Latin School, we will host the science fair this year. Children will get to have ago at various experiments with the expertise of the Royal Latin science teachers and some of their students. It is a great day and it really brings science to life! This will take place on Tuesday 31st October.
Claydon House – We will go to Claydon House, where Florence Nightingale used to stay in the Summer months. The children get to experience life as a soldier during the war and see how Florence changed nursing. It is a fantastic experience for the children. This takes place in March.
Visitor – In the summer, we usually have a visitor to come in and give the children an experience based on our theme. In the past, we have had our very own Punch and Judy show and last year we had a drama workshop. We will update you with this over the course of the year.
Home School Organisers – You can use your Home School Organiser to communicate with your child’s teacher. If a note has been written in the organiser, we ask that the child brings it straight to the teacher.
Reading Record Books – use these to record any reading your children have done or they can record themselves.
There is some useful information regarding phonics and ideas for when listening to your child read in the middle of the book.
Show and Tell – We are very busy in Year 2 and we do not always have time for show and tell, although we do make room for it where we can. We would ask that toys are not brought in for show and tell.
We have celebration assemblies every two weeks on a Wednesday – any achievements, medals, trophies or certificates can be brought in for this assembly.
Phone call – You can call or email the school to talk to your class teacher or to book an appointment.
The government is currently allocating additional funding to schools in the form of the ‘Pupil Premium’. This allows schools to offer a range of extra provision to all children eligible. This provision is based entirely on children’s individual needs and will be provided to enhance their progress and learning experiences.
In order to receive Pupil Premium funding, there are certain criteria which need to be met – to check if you meet these you need to see the School Office or Mrs Marchand. Pupil Premium needs to be applied for and application forms can be obtained from Mrs Joubert in the office.
We hope that this letter provides you with all the information you require for your journey with us in Year 2. Please feel free to ask your class teacher any further questions.
Mr Hawes Miss Lomas Mrs Marchand