Year 2 Newsletter Term 2 2018
Dear Parents / Carers,
Welcome back. I hope that you have had a relaxing half term break and are ready for one of the busiest and most exciting terms of the year with the build up to Christmas! Our new topic this term is ‘Fire and Ice’ and we have plenty of exciting learning planned, as well as our nativity performance before Christmas.
Class 5 are excited to welcome Mrs Garven into class to teach every Thursday. She is an experienced teacher with lots of super learning plans for the children. This support will enable me to fulfil my Maths Curriculum Leadership role and will be less disruptive to the children as I will be in class for the other 4 days of each week.
Thank you to you all for ensuring your children arrive on time in the morning. Our morning routine is an important and valuable part of the school day so thank you. Please continue to ensure that your child’s book bag is brought to school daily along wth their reading book, reading record, spellings and homework when required.
Playtimes – Please ensure your child has a coat everyday, with hat and gloves when very chilly (clearly named please) If you haven’t done so already, please can you provide your child with a pair of wellies in school, so that they can enjoy playtimes without getting their shoes wet!
Snacks - You do not need to provide a snack as the children are given daily fruit at break time. There is always more than one option of fruit or vegetable available. However, if you do send a snack in with your child can we politely remind you that it must be a fruit or vegetable and must be kept in the bookbag ready to go outside with them. The children are not allowed to access their lunch box at break time.
Learning this term will include;
Religious Education – This term, RE will continue to be taught each week through a combination of RE lessons, Collective Worship, Gospel Assemblies and Hymn practice. Gospel Values will continue to link throughout all areas of the children’s learning. We begin with ‘Remembrance’ and then we will continue with our theme of ‘Prayers, Saints and Feasts’ followed by Advent.
English – English will continue to be taught daily. This will include writing, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling), Guided Reading and Comprehension through the week. Letters and Sounds and spelling will be taught daily. This term, along with other stories, we will be looking at ‘Zog’ and exploring this story through ‘Talk for Writing’ also other favourite titles written by Julia Donaldson, such as ‘Stickman’.
Reading Books – Thank you to you all for all of your support ay home with reading, the children have been earning lots of ‘reading reward’ raffle tickets ready for the lucky dip at the end of each week. Your support is vital in ensuring that the children grow into independent readers with a passion for books. We ask that you continue to sign their reading record each time they read and make comments if needed. If you would like to come in to support us by listening to readers in school, please talk to me at the end of the day to discuss.
Mathematics – Mathematics will continue to be taught daily, including a MOT (maths on track) session every day. This will give daily opportunity for revision and application of children’s maths learning.
PE/Games – Please ensure that children have their full St Mary’s PE kit in school all week. If you would like an up to date list of our St Mary’s PE kit, please ask in the office. They will need trainers for outdoor PE sessions. Please check that all items of kit are clearly labelled.
Science, History/Geography, Music, PSHE, Computing and Art/DT will be also taught each week. In History this term we will be looking at the fire of London, which will also guide our Geography and Art learning.
***Change of Date*** – Our KS1 Nativity will now take place on Thursday 13th December. There will be two perfomances at 2pm and 6pm. Further details to follow. Please do continue to keep an eye on the calendar on the school website and your e-mails which are always the most up to date sources of information. We also publish news and requests in the newsletter from time to time, so please do check the letter each week.
If you would like to speak to me, I will be outside each morning as the beell rings and then at 3pm collection, alternatively send a message to me via the school office.
Thank you once again for your support since the beginning of September. Class 5 are such a super group of children and I am looking forward to continuing to make this step in their learning journey as exciting, engaging and inspiring as possisble.
Year 2 Teacher – Class 5
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