There will not be any swimming on the first day back.
The children in both classes will need to come to school in their outdoor PE kits on the Thursday of the first week.
We will finalise the PE/swimming dates by the end of the first week back.
Children need to come to school in their outdoor PE kits. They will stay in them all day.
PE kit - black/blue joggers or leggings
trainers or pumps
or the school joggers and hoody
Welcome to Year 2!
We have two Year 2 bubbles.
2A will be taught by Miss Dodds. Miss Cole will teach them on Wednesday afternoons. She will also be working across both Year 2 bubbles during the week. Mrs Chase will work with them every day.
2B will be taught by Mrs Marshall. Miss Cole will teach them on Thursdays and on Friday morning. Mrs Griffiths will work with them every day.
A few of our Year 2 children will be part of the Smarties Nurture Group bubble. These children will be part of the Smarties bubble all day as children cannot move between bubbles.
Playtimes and Lunchtimes
You will see that the Key Stage 1 playground has been divided into 2 areas. The year 2 children will have their morning playtime each day at the same time, but each bubble will have their own part of the playground to play in. This will be the same at lunch time.
Our year 2 bubbles will eat their lunch in the hall. All year 2 children are eligible for universal free school meals. This means that they can all have a hot lunch if you would like them to. If not, then the children should bring their own packed lunch.
Looking after ourselves and others
The children keep their own writing and drawing equipment in their own pots. Any other equipment which needs to be shared will be cleaned each day.
On our PE days the children should come to school in their kit. They will wear it all day. As PE needs to be outside as much as possible, they need to wear black jogging bottoms or leggings, white PE t-shirt, warm jumper and trainers or pumps. A school PE kit of joggers and hoody can be purchased from school.
The PE days will be displayed on the classroom windows.
Children will have to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds:
when they come in to school
before and after playtime
before and after lunchtime
after any coughs or sneezes
after any “messy” activity
before they leave school
What will we be learning in the Autumn Term?
As a school we all began the new year by reading “Here We Are - Notes For Living On Planet Earth” by Oliver Jeffers. This is a fantastic book looking at our planet and everything on it. It was a great way to think about life as it is now with Covid-19 and to help us to think about how we can still get along with each other safely.
Phonics and Spelling
We have daily Phonics and Spelling sessions. A small number of our children will still access Phase 2,3 and 4 of Letters and Sounds. For the majority of our children, we will begin by revisiting Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds from the Year 1 curriculum and then progress to using the No Nonsense Spelling Programme. This looks at spelling patterns, prefixes, suffixes, plurals and so on.
We have subscribed to an online Spelling Programme called 'Spelling Shed'. The children will all have their own login details and will be able to access this from home as well as school.
On Mondays the children will bring home a list of spellings to practise at home. These words will contain the phoneme or spelling pattern being taught that week.
During the Autumn Term we will focus on individual reading. We will use some whole class reading and guided reading continues to be introduced . During these sessions the children will work on different skills. These include:
During the Spring term we will be looking at texts, poems and extracts based on giants.
We follow planning from the 'White Rose Hub' and the 'National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics' (NCETM).
Over the Autumn term we have been looking at place value in digit numbers, adding on in 10s and 1s, comparing numbers and using coins.
Everyday we have a 5 minute mental maths quiz. Some children are practising number bonds within 10 or 20. Some are adding in multiples of 10. Others are practising multiplication facts from the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Our children can also use their 'Spelling Shed' logins to access 'Maths Shed'. There are challenges here to help practise the number facts and times tables.
In Year 2 we focus on writing to entertain and writing to inform others. This includes narratives, descriptions, letters and instructions.
Much of our writing develops from our Mantle work. We also use texts as inspiration for writing.
Everyday we have either a handwriting session or a sentence writing challenge.
During the Autumn Term we have been working as a team of people who rehome animals whose habitats have been destroyed. We have needed to find out about different habitats and food chains. We are finding out about how human activity can impact the environment too. When one of our tracking cameras was moved we noticed some unusual things. The shadow of a figure moving around, the sound of glass clinking and many many jars stacked on shelves. The jars seem to contain things which were once alive, have never been alive and living now. Many we recognised, but at the very top there were jars containing the most unusual and unexpected creatures we have ever seen. The team have some investigating to do after the holiday!
Miss Cole was focusing on PSHE, RE and DT over the first half term. The children were exploring how we can be a good friends to each other and how communities can support each other. They also explored how to make moving mechanisms such as levers and sliders.
Over the second half term the children have been looking at the creation story with Miss and they are creating e-books retelling the story.
Most children will have weekly spellings to learn. These are given out on a Monday and there will be a quiz on a Friday.
Supporting your child at home
Reading: The children have the opportunity to change their reading book every day. Please be patient during the first half term while we establish a safe procedure to change books within the school day. We encourage their independence in selecting a book to share at home.
It is really helpful if the children can spend a few minutes every day practising their spellings and number facts. Spelling Shed and Maths Shed are great for this. They can both be accessed for free on the internet.
During the autumn term we have been investigating materials. In Year 1 they had looked at properties of materials. We have been investigating which materials are most suitable for a task and why they are suitable. Our Mantle is incorporating many of our science objectives around habitats and food chains.
On PE days children will need to wear their PE kit to come to school.
This includes on swimming days.
The equipment used will be limited. It will cleaned down thoroughly before and after the session.