Year 2, ‘Woodpeckers’ Newsletter, Term 3, January 2019

Dear Parents / Carers,

Happy New Year! We hope that you have had a relaxing and peaceful Christmas holidays. The children have come back excited and eager to learn and it is lovely to hear all about their Christmas holidays and what everyone has been doing.

We warmly welcome all of our year 2 children from Class 4 into the classroom (as well as a big, warm welcome to Mrs Morea, Mrs E and Mrs Fletcher) and are extremely excited about being together as a year group under the new class name of ‘Woodpeckers’. Mrs Garven will continue to teach each Thursday and Mrs Purslow will continue to be our class Teaching Assistant. Mrs Morea will also be joining our class each day and will be supporting the children with their learning and, as a trained Phonics Teaching Assistant, she will also be supporting us with Phonics booster sessions for those children who need it.

Thank you to you all for ensuring your children have come back ready to learn and arrive on time in the morning, with suitable outdoor clothing for playtimes during these colder, wetter winter days. As you know, 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 and homework activities.

This term our topic, ‘Up, up and away..’ is all about space and we have lots of exciting activities planned to link this theme across all the curriculum areas.

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 – We begin the term reflecting on the Ephipany and then we will continue with our theme of ‘Revelation’ and discuss the many ways that God revealed Himself to people. 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.

English – English will continue to be taught daily. This will include writing, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling), Guided Reading and Comprehension. Spelling and phonics will also be taught daily. This term, along with other texts, we will be looking at non fiction space books, the story of ‘The owl who was afraid of the dark’, and also various space poetry.

Reading Books – The children have made excellent progress in reading so far this year. Your support has been a vital part of this so thank you. Please continue to sign their reading record each time they read and make comments. The note of your child’s reading leads to the reward of a ‘reading raffle ticket’ which is put into the lucky dip draw each Friday, where a small prize is chosen by the lucky ticket holder.

If you would like to come in to hear readers regularly, please talk to us at the end of the day to discuss.

Mathematics – This term, we adopt our new Maths scheme – Power Maths - which is a new and exciting ‘can do’ mastery teaching programme for the whole school. Mathematics will continue to be taught daily. We will continue to concentrate on number, calculation, measures, geometry and statistics as well as lots of reasoning and problem solving.  

PE/Games – Children will continue to have two lessons of PE each week, one indoor and one outdoor - if the weather allows. Please ensure that children have their full St Mary’s PE kit all week. 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. We will be planning, designing and making space travel vehicles, researching facts about the moon.

If you would like to speak to us, we will be available to arrange a suitable time at 3pm home time each day.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Kempton and Mrs Garven

Year 2 Teachers – Woodpeckers



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