September 2019 – Autumn Term 1
Welcome back to school!
We hope you have had a lovely holiday and that you are ready for your new adventures in learning in Year 2.
This half term we will be looking at our topic:
‘What was it like when the Queen came to the throne in 1953?’
This is a history topic in which the children will be learning about what life was like in Britain in the 1950s. They will learn about how things have changed over the time that is within some older people’s living memory. If children have older grandparents or great grandparents who remember what it was like in the 1950s or 1960s it would be nice for them to talk about that. It doesn’t matter if those adults grew up in a different country, the focus is on using language related to time and comparison. Children will also find out about the Queen and the royal family and will learn about important places around the United Kingdom.
Our shared text for English lessons is The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. This is a traditional fairy tale about the adventures of Gerda and Kay. We will also be reading other stories and poems about kings and queens.
Fluent reading, with good understanding, is a priority for children by the time they reach the end of KS1. That seems like a long time from now but it is something that we work hard towards right from the start. There are many opportunities for your child to practise their reading in class every day and we will be continually monitoring your child’s progress so that they can continue to improve.
It is vital that your child practises reading at home everyday, with a parent or older sibling listening to and guiding them. Please record in their reading record every time that they have read at home. We aim to change your child’s book every day if they have finished reading it. For children who are reading a longer book, it is expected that they may need to read the book over a few days. We keep a record of when your child changes their book so please remind them to bring their bookbag every day.
Your child’s phonics work in Year 1 was mostly focussed on decoding words for reading. This work will continue in Year 2 but children also need to develop their use of phonics to support their independent writing. There will be lots of opportunities for writing, both in English lessons and for our learning challenge. Year 2 children will be supported to become more independent in developing their own ideas and to be ambitious in their use of vocabulary. You can support your child at home by talking to them about what they have been learning about, and by helping them to practise their weekly spellings.
The main focus for this first half term is to ensure that your child is secure in counting (forwards and backwards) and that they have good understanding of the place value for tens and ones. We use lots of practical resources in our lessons so that children have a really clear concept of number. Children record their learning in many ways and it may be different from the formal methods that many adults are used to from their own school days. If your child needs to use counters at home to help them with homework, they can use simple household items such as buttons, straws or pieces of dry pasta. It is useful if you talk to your child about using numbers when you are shopping, cooking or looking at the time.
I look forward to meeting parents on Friday 13th September where you can ask me any questions about what is expected of your child while they are in Year 2 and discuss any concerns that you or your child has.
We always try to make our lessons fun and interesting but we do expect children to work hard in class. Your child will cope much better with the school day if you ensure that they have enough sleep every day and are fresh for learning every morning. We look forward to working with you and helping your child grow and develop throughout the coming year.
Mrs J Law (class teacher) & Ms A Holland (teaching assistant)
Mrs R Akhtar & Ms J Oates (learning support assistants)