Welcome to Year 2
Best Practice Manager – Ms Bean (Silver Class)
Mr Sheridan (Sapphire Class)
Ms Massey & Ms Hammond (Gold Class)
Ms Allmand & Ms Evans (Ruby Class)
Ms Tily, Ms Phillips, Ms Serrano & Ms Fragkouli
We hope that you had a wonderful summer and we are really looking forward to working with you and your child this year.
We would like to invite you to…
Get to know you’ meeting
This year, the ‘Get to know you’ parent meeting will be done via pre-recorded video hosted on LOD (Learning On Demand). Information will follow about when the video is available. In the meantime, please feel free to explore the current Year 2 videos on LOD, which include maths strategies, spelling rules, grammar and handwriting demonstrations. New videos will be added throughout the year so please keep checking in with the website to see what is new. We will promote any new videos in class and through the weekly school newsletter.
A copy of your child’s timetable for the Autumn term can be found below. Please note P.E. times for your child as they will need to come into school wearing their PE kit and wear their kit for the remainder of the day. Please ensure that they are wearing weather appropriate kit such as sports shoes, jogging bottoms (blue, grey, black) and their school jumper, particularly as the weather turns colder.
The carousel dates for your child’s PE lessons with Mr Ayres are as follows:
9th September – Silver and Ruby
16th September – Gold and Sapphire
23rd September – Silver and Ruby
30th September – Gold and Sapphire
7th October – Silver and Ruby
14th October – Gold and Sapphire
In Year 2, children will receive a home learning grid, the first of which will be sent home on Friday 9th October. This will include a range of activities to complete over the half term and throughout the second half of the Autumn Term. The activities are optional, however, we do encourage the children to complete as many tasks as they can. Once they have competed an activity, we would be delighted for them to bring their home learning into school so that your child can share their work with the class.
In addition to these home learning activities, your child will start the ‘Good Times Challenge’, which will begin after the ‘Get to know you’ meeting, where more information will be given. Starting Friday 25th September, we will be sending home spelling bookmarks, which include 5 words to learn, as well as a spelling rule. The spelling quiz will test both the words and the rule.
At the beginning of the year, the class teacher will read with your child to assess their book colour. We will be sending home Reading Records which are an important record of your child’s home reading, which will be collected each week and responded to. As children are now in Year 2, they are encouraged to change their books independently as soon as they come into school. If you think your child needs prompting, please remind them as they walk in. We recommend that children read for at least 10-15 minutes each night to support their fluency. Discussing your child’s reading with them is important and comprehension is a key focus in Year 2. We have attached a prompt sheet to support these discussions.
From 8:45am, children are welcome to free flow into their classrooms, washing their hands on the way in. Teachers have been available on the door as children transition into Year 2 to support with the routine. Moving forward, teachers will be remaining in class to focus on teaching and learning. Teaching Assistants will be available to welcome children and take messages.
Children have been provided with their own pencil case and whiteboard set. Please could you ensure that, each day, your child brings in a large water bottle (500ml) that has been named and a healthy (nut-free) snack.
Due to the current circumstances, the school is only able to accommodate a small number of KS2 swimmers. This is under constant review in accordance with Government guidelines and we look to start swimming for all children as soon as we are able. When that time comes, Mr Pool will assess all children to ensure they are in a group most suitable for them.
Please ensure that your child’s teacher has any relevant medication and that this medication is up-to-date.