Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Staff

Teachers:
Best Practice Manager – Mr Walden-Mills (Sapphire Class)
Ms Bean (Silver Class)
Ms Massey & Ms Hammond (Gold Class)
Ms Allmand & Ms Tapping (Ruby Class)

Teaching Assistants:
Ms Tily, Ms Phillips, Ms Ellis & Ms Auton


We hope that you and your children have had a wonderful summer and that they are now raring to start their journey in Year 2. We are looking forward to getting to know the children during the first few days, and we are looking forward to working with you and your children to ensure a very happy and productive year.

We would like to invite you to

The Year 2 ‘Get To Know You’ Morning

All Year 2 parents are welcomed into their child’s Year 2 class to meet the teachers from 9.15-9.45am on Wednesday 18th September.

  • Here, your teacher will help you ‘get to know’ all about the exciting curriculum your child will be learning, as well as more information about Year 2 routines and expectations

We hope to see you all there! In the meantime, we have outlined some key information below about Year 2 which should help you and your child ease into the start of the year.

Learning

Year 2 Curriculum:

We kick off the year with our first creative topic: Mighty Me! We will be looking at how we can keep our bodies mighty within our Science unit on Healthy Living and our Physical Education lessons, how we can keep our minds mighty by being keen to learn and working hard to achieve our best, what makes us mighty by looking at why we are proud to be who we are within Circle Time sessions and using our mighty investigative skills within our Geography unit on the British Isles and its surrounding continents and oceans.

  • Further details about the year’s curriculum will be shared at the ‘Get To Know You’ morning, and we will be putting our curriculum map – which gives you an overview of all the units taught in the Autumn Term – on the Latchmere School website shortly

Reading:

Within Year 2 we strive to create an environment which promotes the love of reading. Your child’s teacher will regularly create many opportunities within the school for buddy reading, parent reading, independent reading, small group reading, partner reading, as well as whole class stories. During this first week, your child will be supported in how to choose both a home and school reading book independently by using the colour coded book system.

  • Making their own choice of book is important for children as it encourages curiosity and enjoyment.
  • Your child will have an opportunity to change their reading book each day if they wish.
  • Over the year, your child’s teacher will carry out ongoing assessments of your child’s reading to ensure the correct time for them to progress to the next colour band.

Parent Reading At Home And At School:

Learning to read gives your child an invaluable tool for life: it opens a whole new world of understanding, feelings and imagination. The more you can help support your child’s reading, the more pleasure they will gain while developing this vital skill.

  • Your child is bringing home a Reading Record booklet where you will be able to communicate with your child’s teacher when you have read with your child.
  • This is collected in once a week by the class teacher (details of the specific day to hand in the Reading Record will be provided at the ‘Get to Know You’ morning on September 18th).
  • We hope that this is a pleasurable way for you to help your child learn to read and love books. You can read the book and share the story together.
  • Encourage your child to talk about what is happening in the pictures, ask them questions or get them to predict what might happen.

Reading with your child is a very special time for you both, so we would like to invite you to join your child in the class to read with them once each week on Tuesdays from 2:50 pm– 3:10 pm. These sessions will start on Tuesday24th September.

Learning at home:

Within Year 2 we hold times table quizzes (‘The Good Times Challenge’) in class which the children will be able to practice for at home. We will be sending home a letter with further details of this so that you can support your child in this area of development

Routines And Reminders

Start of the Day routine:

The children can enter their classroom from 8:50 am – 9:00 am. Please say goodbye to your child in the Infant playground and then send them to the door to go inside. At the door, a teacher or teaching assistant will greet your child (and be there if any messages need to be relayed) and then send them to their classroom where they will be met by another adult from their class.

We are hoping that this gradual entry will provide a relaxed start to the day in which your child can organise their things in their locker, and then calmly read a book or complete a morning task

  • Ruby Class: Enter via the door straight into their classroom from the playground.
  • Silver and Gold Classes: Enter via the door closest to their classrooms (also near Turquoise Class) in the playground.
  • Sapphire Class: Enter via the door closest to their classrooms (also near the office) in the playground.

End Of The Day Routine:

Sapphire, Gold and Silver classes will line up at their designated area on the KS1 playground and wait to be collected. Ruby class children can be collected from the playground.  

Note: Teachers will not permit children to leave their care until a parent or another authorized adult is identified. Children who have not been collected by 3.30pm will be taken to the office.

  • If there is a change to who will be collecting your child, please make sure you note it in the class diary (in the noticeboard cabinet) or you have informed the office. Notice Board:
  • Each class has a notice board that provides important information, such as cake sales, timetables, trip reminders, ‘special’ days and swimming parent helper signup sheets.

Assembly:

Every class has a special assembly where they show all the exciting things they have been learning at school.

  • Parents are warmly invited to attend these. They will take place on a Friday at 10.15 am in the Drama Hall. The assembly usually lasts for 15 minutes.

The Dates Are:

  • Sapphire: 13th March
  • Gold: 18th October.
  • Silver: 22nd November
  • Ruby 29th November.

Birthdays:

Birthdays are a very special occasion for your child. To celebrate this, a special birthday celebration takes place for the children in our Wednesday assemblies.

  • Your child will be awarded a special sticker and best wishes from the rest of Year 2 and Year 1.

Class Representatives:

Each class will need two class representatives for the year. Please let your child’s class teacher know as soon as you can if you wish to be a class rep.

Cake Sales:

  • Sapphire: 20th September and 24th January.
  • Ruby: 27th September and 7th February.
  • Gold: 4th October and 14th February.
  • Silver: 11th October and 31st January.

Swimming:

Lessons start on Thursday 5th September for the first half of the autumn term.

  • Gold Class – Thursday afternoons from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm.
  • Ruby Class – Monday afternoons from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm.
  • Sapphire Class – Tuesday afternoons from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm.
  • Silver Class – Friday afternoons from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm.

Please ensure your child brings their swimming kit to school that day. If you would like to volunteer to help – we need 3 helpers for each session- please sign up on the noticeboard outside the classroom – please ensure you are DBS cleared – thank you.

Important Reminders

Medication:

Please ensure that the office has up to date information regarding medication for children to be administered at school. Also please check that medication is within date.

  • This is particularly important for EpiPens and asthma inhalers.

Contact Addresses And Telephone Numbers:

  • If you have moved recently or changed home or mobile telephone number, please let us know. It is vital that we can contact you quickly if your child is unwell.

Once again, welcome to Year 2, and we hope to see you at our ‘Get To Know You’ morning on the 18th September.