Year 2

A very warm welcome back to all Year 2 pupils and families! I hope you had an enjoyable and restful summer.  I am really looking forward to getting to know your children and helping them to learn and grow. As your children are now the oldest children in KS1, I am sure they are eager to take on the new responsibilities and challenges that come with it. Our theme for this year is “BRW Spirit Strong: Stand Firm In Your Faith!” The children’s resilience and bravery shone thought last year and we wanted to continue to celebrate their perseverance and fearlessness. Throughout this year, I hope to work with you to stimulate your children’s imagination and ambitions whilst helping them to rise to even greater heights.

As always, our RE topics will form a central part of our journey together. Our topics are:

Beginnings: we will explore the children’s experiences of beginnings and the creation of the world.

Signs & Symbols:  The children will learn about the signs and symbols we see in daily life then will discover how to make links to signs and symbols of baptism.

Preparations:  the children will learn that Advent is a time for preparing for Jesus. We will think about how we prepare for celebrations in our daily life.

Our topic this term will be based around the Gunpowder Plot. In History, we will be exploring the events that led to the Gunpowder Plot and why we celebrate Bonfire Night. Through our Geography lessons, we will explore the countries within the UK and various landmarks we can find around Britain. The artist Joan Miro will inspire us in our Art lessons, where we will create our own drawings.  In PE, we will develop our dance and multi-sports skills. Our understanding of levers and sliders will be developed when we make moving Christmas Cards in DT. We will learn about materials in our Science lessons and we will investigate which materials are suitable for different jobs. In our English lessons, we will explore a variety of texts such as ‘The Colour Monster’, ’Alice in Wonderland’ and a range of non-fiction texts and poetry. There will also be a consistent focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar so the children write confidently and accurately. Phonics lessons will take place every day in order to build the children’s understanding of the English code and to enable them to become confident readers and spellers. Our Maths lessons will focus on deepening the children’s understanding of Number, the four operations and Money. Throughout our lessons, we will explore real-life problem-solving strategies to ensure the children can apply their Mathematical knowledge to everyday-life. In Computing lessons, the children will develop their typing skills and gain a greater understanding of internet safety with Mrs Chahal. We would also like to give a very warm welcome to Mrs Head, who will be teaching Year Two on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and she will support the children with their Wider Topic lessons. She has already met the children and is already extremely impressed with their manners, enthusiasm and spirit!

Here are some videos to introduce you to some of our new topics:

The UK

The Gunpowder Plot

Ways To Help At Home!

Homework: Year 2 will be given homework each Thursday and it will be due in the following Thursday. This will include two spelling lists. The children will be told which list they should choose to challenge themselves to learn. The Diamond list is more challenging as the words are new Year 2 words whereas the Ruby words are ones that the children will have experienced in Year 1 (but they may need refreshing). The children will have their spelling test with Mrs Kennelly on Thursday mornings.

Handwriting

All Year 2 children will be given a handwriting book to take home. Please encourage your child to bring their book in with completed letters so that they can receive Housepoints.

Reading: “There is no such thing as a child who dislikes reading; there are only children who haven’t found the right book.” – Frank Serefini.

At this age, decoding words and reading fluently can still be challenging for  many children. Year 2 need to push past this initial challenge and read as much as possible in order to become fluent in reading and therefore able to enjoy the abundance of stories and magical worlds in books. Pease encourage your child to read every evening. They should be able to read their ‘Phonics Practice Book’ mostly independently but they may need help with their ‘Sharing Story’ or they may need an adult to read it to them. Sign  your child’s reading record so we can keep up-to-date with their successes at home.

PE: Earrings: due to health and safety reasons, earrings must be removed before all PE sessions. Please remove them before school if your child is not able to do this independently. Please help your child to make sure their indoor and outdoor PE kit (white t-shirt/ black shorts/ socks/ trainers/ hoodie when necessary) is with them in school at all times.

Science:  Please bring in a ‘Science lab coat’  (this could be an old white shirt)  for your child to wear over their uniform during Science investigations.

Uniform: Please ensure all your children’s clothes are labelled with their name. This helps us to reunite clothes with the correct child!