Welcome to Year 2!
We hope you had a terrific Summer break and that you’re excited for the year ahead!
Year 2 is a very important year and as the oldest children in the infants, we are expecting you to set a great example for the Year 1 and Reception children. We’re sure that you will be sensible and make the right choices. We’re also sure that you are going to have lots of fun and learn all sorts of interesting things!
In Literacy this term, we will be writing stories, poems and instructions. We will also be learning new spelling rules and thinking about expanding our sentences with joining words and adverbs. Excellent reading comprehension skills will also be required as we develop our retrieval and inference skills.
In Numeracy we will be consolidating and building upon our knowledge of place value. We will be working on our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, along with measurement.
In other subjects we will be thinking about our topic, Happiness, and how we maintain a healthy lifestyle. We will also look at significant events that have occurred during our lifetimes, learn about the countries of the UK, Judaism, digital scrapbooking and observation drawing. Along with lots of other fascinating things!
As homework, we expect children to read at least 6 times a week at home. This means we expect 6 parent comments in reading records every week. Books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays. We do not expect a whole book to be read each night, just a few pages are fine. Please discuss the books you read with your parents and perhaps they can ask a few questions such as, why did that character make that choice? What has happened in the story so far? What work tells us how that character is feeling?
Spellings will be sent home every Friday, to be tested on the following Friday. Accurate spelling is an essential part of Year 2 and we expect children to practise their spellings every evening. It also helps to put them into sentences.
We will also send home weekly Learn Its (40 times table/addition questions that are completed in 90 seconds) and Arithmetic tests. Please practise these questions at home to help you improve.
Finally, we provide weekly Education City tasks to complete online, along with Spellodrome and RM Easimaths access for spelling and maths practice. So there’s plenty to be getting on with! We know you will be very tired after a busy school day so get plenty of rest as well.
Make sure you bring in a pair plimsoles, as these are our indoor shoes. You also need a pair of headphones to use with the school computers.
If your parents have any questions or queries, please catch the class teacher at the gate after school, or arrange and appointment with the school office.