A very warm welcome back to all Year 2 pupils and families! I hope you had an enjoyable and restful summer. I am really looking forward to getting to know your children and helping them to learn and grow. As your children are now the oldest children in KS1, I am sure they are eager to take on the new responsibilities and challenges that come with it. Our theme for this year is “BRW Spirit Strong!” The children’s resilience and bravery shone thought last year and we wanted to continue to celebrate their perseverance and fearlessness. Throughout this year, I hope to work with you to stimulate your children’s imagination and ambitions whilst helping them to rise to even greater heights.
As always, our RE topics will form a central part of our journey together. Our topics are:
- Beginnings: we will explore the children’s experiences of beginnings and the creation of the world.
- Signs & Symbols: The children will learn about the signs and symbols we see in daily life then will discover how to make links to signs and symbols of baptism.
- Preparations: the children will learn that Advent is a time for preparing for Jesus. We will think about how we prepare for celebrations in our daily life.
Our topic this term will be based around the Gunpowder Plot. In History, we will be exploring the events that led to the Gunpowder Plot and why we celebrate Bonfire Night. Through our Geography lessons, we will explore the countries within the UK and various landmarks we can find around Britain. The artist Joan Miro will inspire us in our Art lessons, where we will create our own colourful paintings. In PE, we will develop our Gymnastic and Multi-sports skills. Our model-making abilities will be encouraged in DT when we will make our model buildings. We will learn about Materials in our Science lessons and we will investigate which materials are suitable for different jobs. Year 2 will also enjoy Music lessons taught by staff from the Becket school. In English, we will be exploring exciting stories and film in order to inspire the children to write with enjoyment and flare. We will have regular handwriting sessions in order to improve and perfect the children’s letter style. There will also be a consistent focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar so the children write confidently. Our Maths lessons will focus on deepening the children’s understanding of Number, the four operations and Money. Throughout our lessons, we will explore real-life problem-solving strategies to ensure the children can apply their Mathematical knowledge to everyday-life.
Key Dates For Your Diary!
10th September: Whole School Mass of Welcome (online)
W/C 5th October: Parent Consultations (online/phone) TBC
8th October: Online Harvest Mass
W/C 19th October: Half Term Holidays (2 weeks)
20th November: NDCYS Youth Day To Be Confirmed
26th November: Year 1 & 2 Class Mass
8th December: Year 2 Christmas Celebration
16th December: Christmas Jumper Day
18th December: Whole School Mass
18th December: Final Day of the Autumn Term
5th January: School Starts Back
Ways to help at home :
Homework: Year 2 will be given homework on a Monday and it will be due in the following Monday. This will include two spelling lists. The children will choose the list they would like to challenge themselves to learn. The Diamond list is more challenging as the words are new Year 2 words whereas the Ruby group of words are ones that the children will have experienced in Year 1 (but they may need refreshing). The children will have their spelling test with Mrs Kennelly on a Monday afternoon.
Handwriting: All Year 2 children will be given a handwriting book to take home. Please encourage your child to bring their book in with completed letters so that they can receive Housepoints.
Reading: “There is no such thing as a child who dislikes reading; there are only children who haven’t found the right book.” – Frank Serefini.
At this age, decoding words and reading fluently can still be challenging for many children. Year 2 need to push past this initial challenge and read as much as possible in order to become fluent in reading and therefore able to enjoy the abundance of stories and magical worlds in books. Pease read every evening with your child. Sign your child’s reading record in their diary so we can keep up-to-date with their successes at home.
PE: Earrings: due to health and safety reasons, earrings must be removed before all PE sessions. Please remove them before school if your child is not able to do this independently. Please help your child to make sure their indoor PE kit (white t-shirt/ black shorts) is with them in school at all times.
Science: Please bring in a ‘Science lab coat’ (this could be an old white shirt) for your child to wear over their uniform during Science investigations.
Uniform: Please ensure all your children’s clothes are labelled with their name. This helps us to reunite clothes with the correct child!
Websites for Year 2 to learn from and enjoy…