Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter 2017
Welcome to Wonderful Year 2!
In Year 2 the structure of the day will be quite similar to that of Year 1, with a few changes. The children will learn to be much more independent with their learning as they will notice a change in the level of adult support in the classroom. Mrs Buckley will be in class on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. In practical terms, this means that teaching assistants will no longer be checking through book-bags and contact books on a daily basis, and that children will need to develop greater independence in organising themselves for the day ahead and ensuring that they have everything they need at home-time. This is a process that we believe the children are ready for and will actually find quite grown up and exciting!
Book Bags and Book Boxes
Book bags and Home Contact Books need to be brought to school every day. The children are assigned a book box and they will choose a book to take home from this box as regularly as they please.
Please write the title of the book and date in the contact book each time your child brings a new book home. This helps us keep track of how regularly the children are changing their books. A brief comment on their reading experience is useful but is not always necessary. As the children are now in Year 2, it would be lovely to see the children writing these comments themselves. Please encourage your child to share a book with you every day to ensure they progress well. Where confident readers are enjoying reading children’s novels independently, it is not necessary to ask them to read aloud on a daily basis. However, it is still important to spend time discussing their reading, to develop their comprehension skills, and exploring the meaning of more complex vocabulary.
Home contact books will be checked by myself or Mrs Buckley on a Monday. The children will be asked to hand in their contact books on a Monday morning, so that we can see all the wonderful reading they have been doing. As the children are older and more independent, we are training them to bring their contact books to us if they have an urgent note during the week. They will not be checked every day as they were in Year 1. If you have a concern or a more detailed query, it is preferable to speak to me after school or at another mutually convenient time.
Show and tell:
There is a ‘Show and tell’ session on Monday afternoon. As we usually have time for no more than six children, our table groups take it in turns to participate. This information will be on the end of the homework, as in Year 1. Please encourage children to bring items related to our class themes. Birthday gifts will be shown at the Birthday Assembly on the Monday following a child’s birthday and achievement certificates can be brought in on a Friday to be shown in Celebration Assembly.
In addition we may well ask children to bring in relevant books or to find out facts on an ad hoc basis. This is not necessarily communicated to parents but helps to foster independence in the children and may be rewarded with team points.
Homework will work very similarly to Year 1. It will be set on a Monday to be completed the following Monday. As part of this homework, the children will be given a spelling pattern to take home to investigate and I will assess their learning of this on a Friday. This will be done by a mini dictation/investigation.
Your child will generally receive one piece of topic related homework, Maths and English each week. Homework is set for the child to complete independently and it is helpful if you can indicate where support and guidance has been given. Please encourage your child to complete their homework by the deadlines. In addition to this, your child will have a reading book with the expectation that they read for at least 10 minutes per night.
Please ensure that your children have their PE kits with them every day (and that their names are in each item of clothing). If your child cannot participate in PE for any reason please send in a written note on the day. Please ensure that children with long hair have a hair band. Finally, for health and safety reasons, earrings and other jewellery should be left at home on PE days – which are Tuesday and Thursday in Terms 1 and 2.
Dates and events
Year 2 will have their end of Key Stage assessments during term 5. We will have a meeting later in the year to discuss this format.
Children are in mixed table groups for registration and for cross curricular work. They are in ability groups for Reading, Writing and Maths – these groups are pretty flexible and will change regularly. Children will get used to this and enjoy working with different children.
Learning and behavior expectations:
We set high standards for children in the learning environment. It is important for your child to remember that they are now the oldest children in Key Stage One, therefore setting an example to the younger children. Good behaviour and learning are rewarded with house points, extra Golden Time, stickers, and Gold Star awards. Sanctions will be used if children repeatedly misbehave, or do not listen to adults/follow instructions. Such consequences will include losing a proportion of Golden Time or missing minutes from their playtime. Children always have the opportunity to gain time back for Golden Time when they are behaving in a positive way.
- If your child is absent, please send in a written note on the day of return, even if you have already spoken to the school office.
- If your child needs medication, you must fill in a form at the reception.
- Pupils will have the opportunity to borrow a book from the school Library. Our Library day is Thursday.
Snacks and lunches
As per the healthy eating policy, please ensure that your child's snacks and lunchboxes do not contain any nuts, as there are children who are allergic to them. Please try to ensure your child always has a filled water bottle in school and that all snacks brought in must be fruit.
Our Learning in Year 2
A brief description of the Year 2 curriculum can be found under the ‘curriculum’ tab on the website. This outlines what we will be learning each term throughout the year in all subjects. However, please note that our assessments guide our planning and teaching for the class, so some pupils may require further support with the Year 1 objectives before they can successfully access the Year 2 curriculum, whereas others will need extending and challenging.
A massive thank you to you all again for your continuing support. I am very much looking forward to working with you and your child again this year.
If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate in speaking to me.
Miss Kirk. :)