Welcome to Year 2. We look forward to getting to know you this year.
Please remember our PE day is on Tuesday and that children will come to school in their PE kit on this day. Class P.E. days are Monday – Snowy Owls, Wednesday – Barn Owls, Thursday – Tawny Owls,
Reading will be your child’s expected homework every night. Please sign and date the diary each day, an additional comment is helpful if you have time. Please also make sure that your child’s record is in school every day.
Children need to have a thin waterproof in school and school tracksuit bottoms for wet and cooler days.
We will start the year learning all about owls, their habitats and characteristics. The children will be using different mediums to draw owl pictures and they will be exploring the art work of Roy Henry Vickers.
We will then begin our next learning focus, ‘Master Makers’. We will be exploring sculptures and learning about the materials that they can be made from.
Our texts for this term will be Owl Babies, The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark and The Tin Forest. We will be focusing on using descriptive language and embedding sentence structure.
Our phonic and spelling focus will be:
Week One- wh, ph, ew, oe, au, ey, said, so, have, like
Week Two – oy, ir, ue, aw, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked,
Weeks Three – ay, ou, ie, ea, oh, their, people,
We will be looking at odd and even numbers and working on place value, using this to order and compare numbers using less than and greater than signs. We will be learning number bonds to 10 and 20.
Ideas for home
|Practise your counting skills using a hundred square. Count on one more/one less, ten more/ten less.||Can you find other Owl stories to share and compare with Owl Babies?||Use KidRex, a children’s search engine, to find out facts about your class owl and it’s habitat.|
|Practise writing your numbers.||Share a story. Talk about the main event.||Talk about our new school motto and what it means to be kind to ourselves, others and the world.|
|Practise mental recall of number bonds to 10 and 20.||Word hunt – hunt for our key words in your books at home.||Use an atlas or a globe and explore where we are in the world.|
A typical day in Year 2
Start of the day
At 8.45am we arrive at school, find our name card or peg in. Hang up our book bags and have the chance to go to the book corner and change our reading book. We find the table where our group are working, sit down and quietly begin our task.
An important part of our learning takes place outside and all children have the opportunity to work in the outside classroom during the morning session.
We all spend some time learning together on the carpet.
Reading & Handwriting
We love to read and we practise our handwriting every day. We are also are thinking hard about leaving finger spaces between words and about capital letters and full stops.
After lunch we return to the classroom and sit quietly on the carpet ready for the afternoon. We begin the afternoon with guided reading, handwriting and phonics. We follow this by the final session of the day which may consist of Art, History, Science or PE.
Ready steady go time
At 9.15am we tidy away our morning activity and go to the carpet area to reflect on the previous day, share news and think about the day ahead.
We begin our first session, which will usually be English or Maths. We begin our lesson with a whole class session on the carpet area, then work in small groups or independently.
Half way through the morning session, we meet together on the carpet for milk and fruit. During milk and fruit we share our learning, then listen to a story or play a game.
We stop for lunch at 12 noon. We either have packed lunches or hot school dinners.
At around 2.40pm we tidy away and gather together on the carpet for a story and celebrate our stars of the day. At 3pm we gather up our jumpers, cardigans, our coats, book bags and any letters, then we line up to go home.