WELCOME TO YEAR 2
Miss Pickford's Class
Year 2 Summer Term I 2017 Information Letter
Dear Parents and Guardians
A warm welcome back to you all, we hope you enjoyed the Easter break and festivities and are ready for an exciting term ahead.
As you are aware, this term, in the third week of May, we will be completing our SATs tests. All the relevant information can be found in the separate letter regarding these tests.
As we are hoping to see some more of the sunshine, please could you ensure that children are sent into school with a hat and water bottle every day. If they do not have a hat, they will not be able to spend their lunchtimes outside. We recommend that you leave a hat in school with your child so that they are easy to hand. If you would like them to be wearing sun screen, please apply it before school in the morning.
Please make sure that all reading homework, in the reading records, is completed to a high standard and up to date. We have been really impressed with the quality of some of the pieces in the reading records, it is clear to see how much effort and time many of your children have taken in completing these to the best of their ability. All of the activities are able to be completed at all reading levels so please ensure your children are completing every task. If your child is reading other books at home, please do not feel limited to only completing activities based on your child’s school reading book. We are always happy to see that children are reading other genres and authors at home.
A big thank you to everybody who has already been so kind and given up their time to come in and help us. This is really greatly appreciated. If anybody has any time to spare, you are always welcome to help as there is such a lot to do at this time of year.
See your child’s class teacher for details.
Please find below the combined studies overview for the term ahead.
Thank you again for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated.
Miss Pickford and Mrs Burridge
Notices from Miss Pickford:
PE Notice: (13.10.2016)
After half term Year 2 will be changing our P.E day to a Tuesday. We will still be taking the whole afternoon on this day for our session. The swap is to help accommodate timetabling changes across the school.
I am sure many will want to take P.E kits home over the holidays to give them a wash and air, please can I ask that they come back in promptly on Monday 31st October, the start of our next term.
In addition, as the weather is turning ever more autumnal and wet, may I request that you send your children in with an extra plastic bag in their P.E bags into which they can place their wet shoes. It just makes the whole process of packing our bags after P.E much smoother and limits the spread of muddy footprints.
Many of you have already done so, thank you.
Thank you all for your cooperation.
Welcome to Miss Pickford's Year 2 Class
A very warm welcome back to you all! I hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful summer holiday and amongst the energetic activities that you managed to spend some time relaxing and resting as well in preparation for the new school term. This information is aimed to provide you with an overview of Year 2 routines. Here you will also find a class timetable, homework timetable, and curriculum overview.
Miss Pickford will be teaching Year 2 this year, with Mrs Proctor covering all day on a Thursday. Working alongside us we are lucky enough to have Mrs Stanley (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Siddiq (EAL Specialist Teaching Assistant).
Our class will be taking P.E on Wednesday afternoons, but if there are opportunities for extra sessions during the week I will be taking full advantage of them. Therefore may I ask that P.E kits are brought in on a Monday and taken home on a Friday (if needed). Indoor and outdoor sessions will both be running on Wednesday afternoons. As the weather turns colder it will be vital that your child has a tracksuit and appropriate footwear as we will still have outdoor P.E.
Regular reading practice and time spent sharing books with others will benefit children at every stage in their reading, boosting their confidence and fluency. Reading books will be changed regularly (at least 3 times a week) so please ensure that children have their book bags in school every day with their book, reading record and spelling book.
Please remember to sign your child’s reading record each time you hear them read, not just when they finish a book.
Homework will start the week commencing 19th September and will consist of English, maths, specific counting activities, spelling and times table work.
Big Write and Talk Homework
Many of you will already be familiar with our Big Write sessions from Year 1 and experience with children further up the school. These extended writing lessons focus on Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation (V.C.O.P) and take place on a Friday morning.
Talk homework will be sent home on a Monday, explaining our Big Write topic for the Friday. Please talk to your child about this topic throughout the week so that they feel confident and have clear ideas for their writing.
Spellings will be given out and then tested on a Thursday, every week. The children are put into different groups. Please encourage the children to practice every night. They should not only learn the word, but make sure they are clear on the meaning and be able to put it into a sentence.
Read, Write Inc
Children involved in the RWI programme will continue these sessions 4 times a week. These smaller phonics groups allow for focussed sound and reading teaching. These groups are based on children’s knowledge of phonics, for this reason your child may be working with children from a range of year groups and with a different member of staff.
In RE, we will be exploring the key questions 'Does going to the mosque give a sense of belonging?' and 'Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?'
We will be looking at a World map, learning the names of the continents (ask the children to teach you our song!) and exploring the varying climates. In addition, we will label a map of the UK, create our own weather maps using symbols and give weather reports.
Children are encouraged to borrow a book of their choice from our school library; they will get a chance to change their books on a Monday before lunch. Please make sure your child has their library book in their book bag on a Monday if they wish to change it.
If your child requires medication, including inhalers and allergy medicines, please ensure that you hand them to me personally and that everything is clearly labelled with their name and class.
Water bottles should be in school all year round and clearly labelled with your child’s name.
It’s all in the name
Please make sure that all of your child’s belongings (clothing – coats, jumpers, ties, P.E kits, as well as their rucksacks, book bags, lunch boxes, water bottles etc) are clearly marked with their name to make sure they are easily recognisable wherever they are found around the school and grounds. It is important that the children know that it is their responsibility to look after their own belongings. If an unnamed item of clothing does go missing, the school lost property can be found in the hall.
Thank you all for your support and cooperation with all the above points – it is really appreciated by all of us here at Churchend and is invaluable to the children. All the Year 2 staff are greatly looking forward to working with you and your children this year, and giving them the opportunities to experience new and wonderful things. If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see me to discuss them after school.
Miss Pickford and the Year 2 Team
Physical Education in Year 2:
Here is an overview of what we will be doing in our PE sessions this term.
Testing - Each child will be given 3 tests in PE across the year on 6 different areas - 30m Sprint (Speed), 2.5 minute run (Stamina), Bench Balance (Balance), Forward Roll (Flexibility and Co-ordination), Jump from one foot/land on two (Co-ordination), Skip (Co-ordination), Hop on both Legs (Co-ordination), - Tests will be in September, January and June.
Outdoor PE: Invasion games
Football - We will be working on Dribbling, Passing, Shooting, Goalkeeping, Tackling and Game Understanding.
Rugby - We will be working on Running with the ball, Passing, Tagging, Game Understanding.
Hockey - We will be working on Dribbling, Passing, Shooting, Tackling and Game Understanding.
Gym - We will be working on Space & Shapes, Balances, Travel & Jumps and Sequences