Miss Caulfield and Miss Skipp
Welcome back! We hope you all had a great Easter break, and didn’t eat too many chocolate eggs!! It is the start of the Summer term, our 3rd term in Year 2 already! We have worked very hard and had lots of fun over the last two terms, and this term will be just as busy but, we hope, even more fun
Our topics this term are ‘Famous Faces’ and ‘Growing and Changing’. We will be finding out about famous people from the past and present day. The children will even get to dress up as somebody famous! We will then be finding out how many things in the environment grow and change, and this will include life cycles of plants and creatures. We are hoping for a surprise visit – wait and see!
In Literacy this term we will continue to improve our writing skills through information texts linked to our topics as well as the opportunity to use our imaginations in our story writing. In Maths we will continue to revise and build on all the strategies and skills we have already learnt. We all hope for good weather this term so that we can continue to use our outside areas for learning and fun.
We are busy practicing for the Infant Music Festival. This year the theme is ‘Musicals’ and the children are learning songs from the Lion King, Annie and many more! We will be joined at Westbourne by other local schools for two mornings of singing and dancing.
As the weather hopefully improves, please make sure your child comes to school with sun-cream on and brings in a sun hat.
We hope you enjoy hearing about all the work and fun we have over the Summer term.
We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and Happy New Year! Thank you for all of your gifts, they were much appreciated. This term our topic is the Great Fire of London and as part of our learning we will be visiting St. Paul's Cathedral on 9th March. Exciting! We also have a class assembly on 8th February at 9.00 am in the Old Hall.
In Literacy we will be writing diaries, looking at report texts, telling stories and learning new spelling patterns. We will also be looking at reading comprehension and working on our grammar (remember those full stops and capital letters!).
In Numeracy we continue looking at the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), along with statistics, time, geometry and fractions. We will also be discussing real life situations in which maths is used and asked questions, such as – Ron has 12 bananas and Marge has 21. How many more bananas does Marge have?
We will also be looking at lots of subjects that relate to our topic, such as - materials in Science, the events of the Great Fire in History, designing comics in Computing and designing (and burning!) houses in DT.
The children’s reading records and books will be sent home every evening for your child to read at least 6 times a week. Please record each reading session in the reading record and send it back into school every day so that we may also read with your child in school. Books will be changed on Monday and Thursday. If your child finishes the book before it is changed, please feel free to read it again to develop their understanding and comprehension, or read a library book.
A list of spellings based on the week's spelling rule will be sent home every Friday in the children's spelling journals for a test on the following Friday. There will be 8 spellings and children will be tested on 2 words that follow the same spelling rule.
We will also send home the children's Big Maths sheets on a Monday if you would like to practice similar questions at home. Education City will also be updated every Friday and children can use the Spellodrome program at home to practice their spellings. Passwords for their accounts will be stuck into the back of their reading records.
Drop off and collection
Please remember to arrive at school promptly between 8.45am and 8.55am ready for registration at 9am. Collection is at 3.10pm so please be there ready. If you would like to speak to the class teacher please wait until afternoon collection, if it is a brief question, or see the office to make an appointment.
We have a P.E. session every Monday and Thursday so please make sure you have a named P.E. kit in school for these sessions.
Please bring in a named set of headphones to be worn for ICT lessons. These can be left in the children’s trays. If you left any from Reception, these will have been handed on to us so please do not worry about sending in another pair.
Westbourne is a nut aware school. Please make sure you check that your child is not bringing nuts, or anything containing/contaminated by nuts into school.
Dates for your diary
Wednesday 8th February - Wandle Class Assembly
HALF TERM – 13th - 17th February
Thursday 9th March - Wandle Class trip to St. Paul's Cathedral
Monday 27th/Tuesday 28th March - Parents' Consultation Evenings
EASTER HOLIDAY - 3rd April - 14th April
Miss Caulfield and Miss Skipp
We hope you had a lovely summer holidays and got some rest as Year 2 is going to be a busy year from the start!
In Literacy this term we will be looking at the story of the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child. We will be trying to become more fluent in our reading whilst still working on any sounds that we don’t know from Year 1. Handwriting is also a big focus, we are looking for children to be able to use leading lines and eventually join up their handwriting. Spelling of common words such as ‘the’ are very important in Year 2, we have a spelling test every Friday to try and help learn these.
We will be learning about place value, 2’s, 5’s and 10 times tables, shape, time, money, multiplication, division and fractions.
A new reading book will be sent home every Monday. We would like your child to read at home at least 6 times a week. This can be their school book or books they have at home. If by Thursday they have finished their school book, it will be changed to a new one for the weekend.
Spellings will be sent home every Friday for a spelling test the following Friday.
Education City and Spellodrome will also be available, with the same passwords as last year. They can also be found in the back of the reading records.
Occasionally, we may send home a project to do over school holidays.
Things to remember:
Dates for your diary:
Monday 10th October – Parents Consultations
Tuesday 11th October – Parents Consultations
HALF TERM – 22nd – 30th October
Thursday 15th December – Afternoon showing of Infant Production
Friday 16th December – Morning showing of Infant Production
Wednesday 21st December – finish school at 12pm
Miss Caulfield and Miss Skipp