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Year 2

Teachers : Mrs Sheehan (2S), Miss Norton  (2N)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Alexander, Mrs Perks 

our topic is: whatever the weather

This half term, the children will be working towards becoming Newsround’s next Young Weather Forcaster of the Year. The children will not only learn about the main types of weather and how the seasons change but also properties of materials and how they are fit for purpose. The children will get lots of opportunities to learn outdoors and observe the world around us and how it changes so frequently.

english

This term, the children that have completed the Read, Write Inc programme will be studying a short novel as part of their English lessons. The children will get the opportunity to read aloud with expression and interest and also write a range genres including stories and non-fiction texts linked to the book. 

maths

In maths, we will be focussing on fractions. In particular, children need to recognise fractions within shapes but also fractions of amounts. The children will then move onto to learn about temperature and picture graphs. Towards the end of term we will also learn how to tell the time. Any additional help at home would be appreciated. By the end of year 2, children need to be secure with the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and be able to count in 3s. Solving real life problems provides excellent opportunities for your child to apply their maths skills at home.

reading

Through the teaching of our Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme, your child will be heard reading every day. The book that we send home in their book bag will be for practicing at home. Please read at least three times per week. Your child will be able to choose a book from the library each week during their library slot.

PE: Class 2S

2S will be doing PE on a Tuesday and a Friday. Please could you ensure that you child has their PE kit with them on these days. It would be extremely useful if children could bring in a pair of gym pumps and a pair of trainers.
2S will have forest school every Thursday – please send in wellies and warm/waterproof clothing each week. 

PE: Class 2N

2N We will be doing PE on a Friday as well as our weekly swimming lessons on a Monday afternoon, Please could you ensure that you child has their swimming kit on Monday and their PE kit with them on Friday. The children will also partake in Forest School every Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child has wellingtons and suitable clothing for all weather conditions.

Learning Diaries and Keeping in Touch

The learning diaries are an excellent way of communicating about your child’s learning. If you would like to let us know about any fantastic learning that your child has done at home, please write a comment in the dairy. We would love to read about this. Your teachers are always available after school if you wish to see them about how to further support you child at home, or if you have any queries.

homework

Homework will be sent home half termly in the form of the cross-curricular activity grid. Your child should choose and complete a task each week and hand it in on Friday. We enjoy celebrating such work in class and the children seem to take greater enjoyment in exploring their learning at home is this way. Spellings are sent home every week and tested during the following week.
Please ensure you help your child to learn these. They are vitally important.

Supporting your child at home

 * Read regularly (at least 3 times a week)
* Keyword Spellings (weekly)
* Target tables support (weekly)
* Homework grid (weekly)

Websites:
Crickweb ICTgames

Attendance and Punctuality

Good attendance and punctuality is essential to help your child achieve the best they possibly can.
Every week the attendance cup is awarded to the class with the best attendance – hopefully our class can win the cup lots of times this coming term!
We will also be awarded points in the Punctuality League. Let’s see if we can beat last year’s score.   

Stamps

Children can achieve reward stamps for trying hard with their work! Every time they collect 50 stamps, they are awarded with a certificate.

Snack

We aim to teach the children about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, our fantastic chef provides a range of healthy snacks. Please pay £1.50 per week to the class teacher if you would like your child to receive a snack and drink.

Uniform and Jewellery:

Please ensure children wear the correct school uniform, including black shoes and plain socks. Jewellery must not be worn. Please label all items so that they can be easily reacquainted with children if they are mislaid. This includes the inside of coats, shoes, hats, gloves and scarves.

Dates for your diary

Monday 23rd April- Choir out at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Wednesday 2nd May- Year 2 Inspire (1.30-3pm)
Monday 7th May- May Day Bank Holiday (School Closed)
Thursday 24th May- Class Photos
Friday 25th May- Break up for Half Term
Monday 4th June- Back to School

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