September 2021 Welcome to the Year 2 Page.
WELCOME children and families
Mrs Law will be your teacher for this year and Mrs Holland and Mrs Begum will be with us for different parts of the day.
We hope that you have all had a good summer holiday and are ready to return back to school. We are looking forward to getting to know you all and having a really good year together.
We are returning to our usual times for the school day. The doors will open at 8:45 and the register will be taken at 9.00. Children should be collected by parent/carer at 3.00 pm. Please remember to inform the office if a different person is coming to collect your child.
Our class entrance is the Family Room door and on arrival your child will still be asked to wash their hands. We will maintain good handwashing hygiene at different times during the day so that we can all remain healthy and continue with learning in school.
Improving reading is always something we work really hard on in Year 2 and that will be especially important this year after so many interruptions to your child’s education. During each school week, your child will get to read with an adult on at least 2 days and they will have 2 guided reading books each week.
We will change your child’s reading book in their book bag at least once a week, every Friday. They will bring home one of the guided reading books that they have been working on during the week. This must be returned by the following Friday. Where time permits, we will also try to change books at other times during the week when parents have signed their child’s reading record to show that they have listened to them practise their reading.
Please ensure that your child practises their reading book for at least 10 minutes every day.
Your child also has online access to lots of the books that we use in school for guided reading:
Go to the Oxford Owls website where you have the class login: 2020y2 password: pink
You can choose books for the colour band that your child is working on. They can listen to the text being read and practise reading themselves.
Your child has been using Storytime Phonics in Early Years and Year 1 and we will be using it in Year 2 to support phonics teaching for those children that still need lots of support in their phonics learning. It will also be used to support all children to develop their use of phonics to spell accurately during their independent writing. The phonics fairy reads stories to the children; gives them action captions to help remember the sounds and shows them how to write each sound correctly.
Usually, your child would have been tested with the phonics screening test during the summer term in Year 1. This didn’t happen but assessment of phonics is an everyday part of teaching your child to become a fluent reader. We will be ensuring that all children have the opportunity to improve their understanding of phonics and we will carry out a phonics screening test within school before the end of the Autumn term.
If your child is struggling to read some particular phonic sounds when they practise their reading at home they can do extra phonics practise using these excellent lessons from Letters and Sounds.
Online phonics lessons. For parents there is a short video (click) that shows you how children are taught to say each of the phonic sounds.
Reception Lessons (click) if your child is reading a book that is a red, yellow, blue or green book band.
Year 1 Lessons (click). All children in Year 2 will benefit from this lesson because it will help them to improve their spelling of words that have sounds that can have various spelling patterns. This is an area of spelling that children often make mistakes with.
Learning to blend lessons (click) if your child is reading a book that is a pink, red, yellow, blue or green book band.
There will be lots of opportunities for writing, both in English lessons and for our learning challenge.
Our learning challenge for this half term is “What was it like when the Queen came to the throne in 1953?”
This is a history topic about life in Britain at that time and we will be using stories about Queens for our English work.
Year 2 children will be supported to become more independent in developing their own ideas and to be ambitious in their use of vocabulary. During this half term there will be a focus on children remembering how to apply their phonics to spell words independently and to ensure that they form correctly punctuated sentences. We will be doing lots of work on how to use verbs correctly in a sentence and thinking about the present and past tenses.
You can support your child at home by talking to them about what they have been learning about, and it is very important that they are helped to learn their weekly spellings.
The main focus for this half term is to understand where children are up to with their mathematical understanding.
Your child needs to develop a clear understanding of the value of numbers up to 100 with a secure understanding of place value and the difference between 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 will be sending out information to parents about the types of pictorial models that we use in school so that you will be able to support your child more effectively with any work that is sent home.
I am always happy to speak to parents about their child’s learning or any other concerns or matters that you think I should know about. Please try to remember that the morning is the time when I really want to engage with the children and settle them into school for the day so it is better if you try to speak to me at the end of the day. Obviously if it is an urgent matter I will always make myself available to you. Urgent concerns can also be passed on to me by calling the office.
I am planning a meet the teacher meeting with parents during the 2nd week of this half term. I hope this will answer any other questions that you have. Let’s all hope that we can return to a normal year of learning. Please don’t worry about what your child has missed through the pandemic, we are ready to help them learn and thrive.
Mrs J Law (class teacher), Mrs L Begum (HLTA) & Ms A Holland (teaching assistant)