Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome back to school! We hope you have had a lovely summer and have managed to enjoy the amazing weather.
Our class teachers are Mrs Teresa Roberts and Mrs Helen Holman. Mrs Roberts teaches all day Monday and Tuesday and on Wednesday morning and Mrs Holman teaches Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday and Friday. Mrs Jeffries, the Year 2 LSA, will be with the class every morning and afternoon, except Thursday afternoon. We also have Mrs Dolan working with the class on Tuesday afternoon.
This half term, we will be asking the children, “What qualities does a good leader need to have and why?” This question will feed into the topics the children learn about over the coming weeks. In R.E. we will identify the leadership qualities Moses possessed and discuss leaders in our society and explain why they are special. In History we will compare the lives of two explorers: Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart who have contributed to national and international achievements.
In English we will be writing about our summer holidays and creating space fact files. The children will learn how to label, use headings and sub-headings, and write introductions. We will also be writing adventure stories about space travel.
In Maths we will focus on number and place value: recognising, counting, ordering, sequencing and estimating numbers, as well as developing our addition and subtraction skills. The children will be challenged to problem solve and reason about their work, explain their calculations and test conjectures with examples.
Our Science topic will look at everyday materials and their uses. The children will be exploring how materials are used in and around their school, as well as looking at how scientists, engineers and other people use materials in everyday life and how these uses are changing.
A full breakdown of this term’s topic web can be found below on the attached topic web.
At Great Kimble School, we are always looking for ways to improve our teaching and learning. As a staff team, we are focusing on asking more open-ended questions that don’t ‘lead’ the children or always elicit a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. We would love you to try and support your child at home in this too!
Below are some questions that could help:
‘How did you get to that answer?’
‘Can you give me an example?’
‘Can you explain that to me?’
‘Is there another way you could do that?’
‘What have you found out?’
‘Can you tell me two things that you know already about ….?’
‘What else would you like to know about ….?’
Children in Year 2 have a list of common exception words that they are required to know how to read and spell by the end of the academic year. Please try to support your child at home with learning these.
The common exception words are:
after, again, any, bath, beautiful, because, behind, both, break, busy, child, children,
Christmas, class, climb, clothes, cold, could, door, even, every, everybody, fast, father,
find, floor, grass, great, gold, half, hold, hour, improve, kind, last, many, mind, money,
Mr, Mrs, most, move, old, only, parents, pass, past, path, people, plant, poor, pretty,
prove, should, steak, sugar, sure, told, water, who, whole, would, wild.
Spellings: your child will have a spelling test every Friday. Please help them to learn their spellings over the course of the week and, if possible, use the spelling words in context: e.g. if they have to learn ’cloudy’, ask them to write a sentence such as, ‘The sky was very cloudy yesterday’. If will help them to use words in the correct context, particularly homophones such as there/their, here/hear and pair/pear, etc.
Please try to hear your child read every day. In addition to ensuring they are reading the words correctly, you will help your child enormously if you can ask them questions about the meaning of what they have just read, to check their understanding of particular words or phrases.
Our school day starts at 8.45 a.m. Please ensure that your child is on the playground by this time, ready to line up with their class and walk in with their class teacher.
We will be going to Smokey Row on Monday afternoons. Please ensure your child has NAMED Wellingtons in school on this day and a suitable coat: we will be going even in inclement weather!
Homework is set every Friday and is due in the following Thursday. Please check your child’s book bag for their homework slips and try to remind your child to put their homework in the tray once they have completed it. Thank you.
Our P.E. days are Tuesday and Friday this term; please make sure your child has a NAMED P.E. kit in school on those days.
Mrs Roberts, Mrs Holman, Mrs Jeffries and Mrs Dolan