Year 2

A warm welcome back to all Year 2 children and adults! I hope you had an enjoyable and restful summer. Our scripture theme for this year builds upon our ‘BRW Spirit Strong’ motto; it is ’rise up, take courage and do it!’ 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 a story of courage; a heroic sea rescue led by Grace Darling. In History, we will be exploring the life of Grace Darling and will discuss why she is such a significant individual in history. As Grace Darling was born during the Victorian era, we will study the Victorian novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’. In our English lessons, we will use this text to inspire us in our own writing.  We will also explore other texts such as ‘The Colour Monster’ 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. 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. Through our Geography lessons, we will be travelling around the world to learn about the continents and oceans that make up our world. The artist William Morris will inspire us in our Art lessons, where we will create our own prints. In PE, we will develop our gymnastic and dance skills. Our model-making abilities will be encouraged in DT when we will make our sail boats. We will learn about materials in our Science lessons and we will investigate which materials are suitable for different jobs.

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

Ways To Help At Home!

Spellings: Year 2 will be given homework on a Monday and it will be due in the following Monday. This will include two spelling lists. The children will choose the list they would like to challenge themselves to learn. The Diamond list is more challenging as the words are new Year 2 words whereas the Ruby group of 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 a Monday afternoon.

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. We will be working with Year 2 to help them to push past this initial challenge and read as much as possible. This will eventually enable them to enjoy the magic and mystery of story-books. Please support your child in reading their phonics book every evening. Please 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 PE kit (white t-shirt/ black shorts/ socks/ trainers) is with them in school at all times. Year 2 will have one lesson of dance and one lesson of gymnastics each week. Their PE kit will need to be in school all week. Thank you.

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!