"We Respect, We Value, We Share"
We have been learning about traditional stories from other cultures and have been writing stories about Tiger Child, a traditional Indian story.
We have also been finding out about nurses from the past especially Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. They lived over a hundred years ago and helped soldiers in the Crimean War. They changed the way we look after people in hospitals and we still use their ideas now.
Science was all about animals and ourselves. We learnt about life cycles and what we need to stay healthy. We investigated if taller children always have biggest feet. We were surprised because they don’t!
During RE we learnt about Buddhism and some of the things that they believe. We also created a Mandala to help us meditate. We also thought about a gift we could give Jesus; something that we could do for Him.
Reading: Reading is one of the most important skills that children learn during their early education. Many of our Year 2 class have developed as good readers but it is vital that they continue to read regularly to become proficient readers; regular reading practice, at home and in school, is a very important part of your child becoming a fluent reader. I hope we can work together to support your child’s development as a reader, so that they can become readers who use expression as they read and also have a good understanding of the books that they read. The reading book is for you to share with your child and is meant to be reasonably easy to read so that they can enjoy the stories and master reading out loud. Ask your child to tell you a little bit about their book.
The children have all been given a reading book and diary which they will need to bring into school every day and take home at the end of the day. Please sign their diary at least three times a week so that we can ensure that they get to change their book regularly. Your child will be heard reading at least twice a week in school.
Reading: Three to five times per week with the reading diary signed.
Other homework will be given out on a Monday to be handed in on the following Friday. Please encourage your child to complete their homework to a good standard.
Spellings: The spellings your child receives will be linked to their individual phonic ability and Year 2 expectations. Please help your child to practise these words on a regular basis.
Handwriting: During the first term your child will receive handwriting tasks to help them to develop this key skill.
Maths Skills: For this half term simple maths skills activities to assist your child’s basic mathematical understanding will be set. Initially mastering number bonds to 10 / 20 will be the prime focus. Mastery means knowing without hesitation. Additionally, please help your child to learn their basic times tables as this will help them throughout their education. 2 /5 /10. The Maths homework will be altered later in the term.
PE: The class will have PE lessons on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has a complete PE Kit in school. The kit includes a pair of pumps, white T-shirt and dark shorts (navy blue is preferable).
Please ensure that each item of clothing is marked with their name.
Finally: Please can you ensure that your child’s clothing is clearly marked with their name as this will make it easier to return any misplaced items of clothing.
School doors open at 8:45am, registration 8.55am. School ends at 3:20pm.
Contacting me: If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me. I am usually available straight after school. If this is difficult for you then please leave a message in your child’s reading diary and I will arrange a more convenient time to meet. Where this is not possible then a phone appointment can be arranged.
I look forward to the year ahead and to meeting with you all.