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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2.

 

We concentrate on Literacy and Numeracy lessons in a morning and on an afternoon we have Science, topic, Art and PE. There are two PE sessions a week and they are on a Monday and Thursday. At the moment we have a PE coach on a Monday who is working with us and Miss Raw on games skills. On a Thursday afternoon we have the opportunity to change our Library books.

 

Staff in Year 2

 

The Year 2 class teacher is Miss Raw. Mrs Askew supports us Tuesday to Friday.

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Miss Raw         Mrs Askew

Useful Information

Children now have a Home Journal which is to be used as a reading record, so when you read with your child fill in book titles, page numbers and a comment. Children will be given a specific day to change their reading books however if they could have reading books and home journal in school every day it would be a great help.

 

 

Homework

Each week we suggest that there are three activities to be done at home that support the work we are doing in school.

Number Zumba-

This is a ‘learn by heart target’ that is personalised to your child. This is number target your child needs to work on and will be tested on it in class. If your child is successful in their test then they move on to another target within that colour band. Once all the targets within a colour band are achieved they will change colour band. This is a fun, energetic and fast paced session in school and so quick recall is a very important.

There are a number of ways you can support your child:

recalling them in the car/ writing them out in a different order/ writing them in chalk/ post it notes

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Spellings-

This is a list of spellings/ high frequency words that your child needs to be able to write confidently in order to be able to apply it to their every day writing. As well as know the word in isolation, it is also very important that they can write their spellings in the context of sentence writing – so it is worth dictating the words in the context of a familiar sentence, e.g. if the word is ‘some’, you could dictate, “I have some sweets.”

There are a number of ways you can support your child:

making the words out of magnetic letters/ chalking the words/ writing them on post it notes/ playing splat/ hiding the word/ making silly sentence with the word in…. speak to a member of the class team if you require some fresh ideas!

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Reading-

We encourage that you read with your child at least 3 or 4 times a week reading the leveled reading book sent home from school.

Can you find… the title? the author ? the front cover…?
If your child has previously read the book, show them the front cover and ask them to retell the story in their own words.

Support them with questions like:
What happened next? Can you remember why that happened?
Looking at the front cover- What do you think this book is about? What do you think might happen?
Make sure to ask children the meaning of a new word in a book. Can you tell me what that word means?

Encourage your child to make links between the words and pictures.
Can you point to the illustration of the … Talk about the feelings of the characters as the story progresses. Encourage more ambitious vocabulary than ‘happy’ and ‘sad’. Suggested words: upset, worried, anxious, excited, sleepy, angry, How do they feel? How does that make them feel? How would you feel if that happened to you?

Ask your child to make predictions before turning a page or at the end of the story. What do you think is going to happen? Why?
What do you think they do next?

 

 

In Year 2 –  you will also find weekly spellings and number Zumba targets in the children’s journals. I will test both spellings and number Zumba on Thursday mornings, keep them to mark and set new targets then return books to the children on Fridays.

Curriculum Update

We have been learning about the Arctic.

We have studied how people live in really cold climates and have produced models, art work, writing and have undergone science experiments.

First we looked at how people survive and wrote reports.

 

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We found out that traditionally people made Inukshuks which are statues made from stone and they used these as sign posts. Using pieces of stone we build our own.

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In art we have used different mediums to create a variety of Arctic art.

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In science we wondered why plants don’t grow in the Arctic so we decided to plan a fair test.

First we talked about fair testing and came up with some questions. Then we placed bean seeds in pots keeping everything the same apart from where we placed them. The children decided to place them on the window sill, in a cupboard, in the fridge and in the freezer to see if we could find an answer.

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We then made daily observations on each bean plant and discussed what was happening and why.

This term in PE we have been working on our gymnastics skills. We have had great fun working with Mrs Couzens and have learnt forwards and backwards rolls, headstands and handstands.

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Trips

Year 2 had a fantastic day at Snozone. We spent the morning sledging and having lots of fun.

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Letters

Please click below for copies of letters sent out to parents of Year 2.

11/05/17     Nell Bank Trip Letter

18/01/17     Year 2 Curriculum Letter

05/10/16     Snozone Trip Letter

28/09/16     Slides from the Curriculum Evening

20/09/16     Year 2 Snozone (initial interest) Letter

13/09/16     Curriculum Letter

Thank You!

Thank you to all the parents and children of Class 2 for the beautiful flowers and all the cards.

 

 

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Have a wonderful Easter holiday!

Miss Raw