Year 2 Summer Term 2019

We hope that you have all had a good Easter and are ready for a very busy and important term for our Year 2 children.

Summer Term Learning

Our topics for this term will be:

‘We are all Animals’ and 'Circle of Life'

Key Stage 1 Assessments

This term is very important as it is the children’s final term in Key Stage 1. As a school we are required to undertake formal Key Stage 1 Assessments / Tests (SATs). All year there has been on-going assessment of your child in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science but during the month of May the class will be completing ‘special work’ in these areas which will help us to make final decisions on how each child is performing against Age Related Expectations.

As parents we ask you not to worry about these assessments. Our approach in school is low key and often the children are not even aware that they are even completing their ‘special work’. All we do ask is that you continue to help with their normal homework, ensure they are in school every day, especially during May and bring them to school well rested and having had a good breakfast as this will support and aid their concentration whilst in school.

Thank you

Welcome to Year 2

Panda class is taught by Mrs. Gilham on a Monday and Tuesday and by Mrs. Strudwick on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are supported by our fantastic Teaching Assistant Mrs Fiona Palmer.

If you would like to talk to us, then we are usually available at the beginning of the day (before 8.45) and at end of the school day to discuss your child’s education.

Encouraging Independence

 

In Year 2 the children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own possessions. This includes making sure their reading folder with reading book and Reading Journal is in school every day.

The children will need their P.E. kits in school at all times. this consists of shorts, T-shirt, plimsolls and socks to wear for their indoor lessons. Some lessons will be outside so your child will also need tracksuit bottoms, jumper and trainers. Our PE sessions may change days so please ensure that their kit is in school at all times.

Please make it easier for your child to look after their belongings by naming everything clearly.

In the mornings, after the bell has gone, the children line up and bring their belongings into school by themselves. They hang their coats, bags and PE bags on their named peg in the cloakroom area, snacks are put in their own tray along with their book bags, any water bottles are put by the sink.

Please note that before the bell goes no one should be in school putting things on pegs.

 

Homework

Your child will benefit from any help that you can give them with their learning at home. Your child will also enjoy talking about and sharing with you the things that they are learning in class.

Reading

All children are expected to read 5 times every week and to complete 1 reading activity per week.  Reading journals are checked regularly and a new record sheet and activity will be put in the journal every Thursday. After reading a book with your child there is a sheet for you to record the date, title of the book read and any comments you would like to make on your child’s reading.

HomeTalk SchoolWrite (HTSW)

HTSW will continue as a once a month activity and is a wonderful opportunity for you to support your child and share in their learning. If you are ever unsure about this task, please do not hesitate to come and ask. Please note that the piece of writing that they will bring home will be unmarked as it will have only been produced that morning.

Mathletics and Times Tables Rockstars

The children have passwords to enable them to use both the ‘Mathletics’ and 'Times Tables Rockstars' programmes on their home computer or tablet. This is a good opportunity to support them with the Maths that they are learning in class. We are looking forward to giving out lots of certificates this year!

Other expectation/information

 

All children are encouraged to bring a water bottle in to the classroom. Squash is not permitted in the class but is allowed in their lunchbox. Please help us by adhering to this rule.

Every half term, you will receive a topic map which will show you what the children will be learning about this term and you can see the children have an interesting and busy term in front of them!

We look forward to working with you and your children

Mrs Laura Gilham, Mrs Sarah Strudwick and Mrs Fiona Palmer