8th September 2017
Welcome back to another school year – we hope everyone enjoyed the summer break. We are looking forward to working with your children and helping them settle into their new class routines. The purpose of this letter is to let you know what the children will be learning between now and October half-term and to give you some general information about Year 2 and our class procedures.
Firstly, the teaching arrangements for this half term are as follows: Mrs McErlean will teach the class on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Bowker will teach Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Keeling will be responsible for the class on a Friday afternoon to cover Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time. Mrs Insley will be working with us as teaching assistant on Monday to Thursday.
For English and Maths we will be following the new curriculum. In English, Mrs Bowker and Mrs McErlean will be covering the unit Stories with a Familiar Setting. Our Geography topicis called The Giant Paella! It is based around a young boy, Pablo who goes on a quest around Spain looking for the ingredients to make giant paella. Art will be linked to this theme.
Most subjects will stand alone as follows:
Science: Animals Including Humans
PE: Agility & Nature Based Learning.
Computing: Internet Safety & Coding
Everyone needs to have an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. Our timetabled lessons are on Tuesdayand Thursday this term but there are occasions when the children will need their kits on other days. Please ensure all the kit is named; as unnamed t-shirts, black shorts and tracksuits are very difficult to identify. The same is true for school sweatshirts, polo shirts, trousers, dresses and coats!
You will receive a separate letter next week providing details of the Nature Based Learning sessions with Mrs McErlean. This will outline what the sessions entail and any kit that you will need to send in for these sessions.
There are several other procedures and routines we will be following in Year 2 that we would like to explain to avoid any confusion!
Reading: We will aim to hear everyone read once a week, usually during a group reading session. There may be additional opportunities to read individually to adult helpers. Each week children will bring home a book banded book and a free choice book (indicated by a blue spot in the reading diary). The “blue dot” book is intended to be a book for enjoyment. It might be too hard for your child to read independently but they will enjoy listening to the story and perhaps joining in with the easy bits, key words and phrases. Alternatively, your child might be able to read the book independently, with an adult listening to the story or following it up with a general chat. The children can earn stickers on their bookmarks to reach a reading target. 4 reads a week earns them one sticker, 7 reads a week earns two stickers. Mrs Booth will check these on a Friday.
Water Bottles: We encourage the children to drink water at appropriate times during the day, so it is helpful if they have a fresh bottle of water in school. Please make sure that bottles are clearly named and have a sports top to avoid spillages.
Outdoors: We will be continuing to provide an increasing number of learning opportunities outside. Please send your child with a waterproof coat and appropriate footwear every day so that we can work whatever the weather!
Many thanks for your cooperation with the book bags this year. The children now have their own trays to store these in and are being encouraged to develop independence and responsibility in their use of these. It also makes storage a lot easier in the classroom.
We always appreciate extra adult help in Year 2, so if you are able to help in any way, either on a regular or one-off basis, please let us know.
Finally, if you have any concerns or questions during the term, please contact us to arrange a convenient time for us to meet. You can find us in the classroom after school any evening apart from Tuesday, ring us at lunchtime or leave a message with Mrs Proctor/Mrs Hallam.
Mrs Bowker Mrs A McErlean