We would like to warmly welcome you and the children to Year 2! We are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead. Please take note of the important messages below, most of which are specific to Year 2.
When dropping off your children in the morning, they should be escorted through the gates, but should go into their classroom on their own, in order to build their independence. The school gates open at 8:40 and it is important that children are ready for the start of their lessons as soon as possible! At the end of the day children can be picked up from the main playground. Parents Evening is only a few weeks away and we expect all of our parents to make themselves available for these meetings. Please see the main school newsletter for further details.
The transition from Year 1 to Year 2 can be challenging for the children as they are expected to follow a much more formal timetable. We are sure that the exciting range of lessons and activities we have planned for the year will be fun, engaging and challenging for all the children and we would greatly appreciate your support to help them through this period. We aim to provide you with some key workshops within the Autumn term, in order for you to become more familiar with Key Stage 1 expectations and content.
Our first, whole school, topic of the year is ‘A Better World’ where we will concentrate on water and how it can affect different societies around the world.
Our main Year 2 topic for the Autumn Term is ‘Time Detectives’. The children will be learning about Early Settlers including the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. We will be going on a number of educational visits as part of this topic so parent volunteers will be necessary. Please speak to your child’s class-teacher if you are willing to help out with these.
In English we will be writing a story based on the great tale of Joseph which links with our topic. There will also be a chance for the children to write a report on some exciting artefacts that have been discovered in Britannia Village!
Homework will be given on a Tuesday and the children will have until the following Monday to bring it back. This will be a piece of Maths or English homework and a creative piece of homework linked to Topic or Science. Please support your children with their homework and help them to develop a sense of responsibility around getting work done on time. The children will also bring a reading book home each week and will have a reading journal where they should write some comments on what they have read and it is important that these are signed by you.
Every Tuesday Morning parents will be invited to take part in activities with the children in their classrooms from 8.40 am to 9pm. These activities will involve Handwriting, Times Tables, Reading and Spellings.
The children will have PE twice a week and we would appreciate it if they could come into school in their kits in on a Monday and Friday. If you could take the time to clearly label your child’s uniform and PE kit this would be extremely helpful.
If you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. We look forward to working alongside you to provide a fantastic Year 2 experience for all of the children.
The Year 2 Team