Friday 3rd September 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 2
We are all really looking forward to the year ahead. Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition into Year 2. Whilst we have not had our usual amount of transition, we want to ensure you that the first couple of weeks of Year 2 will be full of nurturing discussions, welcoming activities and time for your child to interact and get to know their new teacher well.
The routine will stay the same with core subjects being taught in the morning (English/maths). All foundation subjects will be taught in a hands on, creative way in the afternoon.
The children will have music taught by a qualified music teacher from the Hampshire Music Service once a week.
We are excited about our curriculum which is based around the enquiry questions below. I’m sure you can see how these questions will get your children thinking, forming opinions and sharing their opinions in class.
Autumn 1: Is the UK a good holiday destination?
Autumn 2: Why should we celebrate differences?
Spring 1: Should we be treated equally in a disaster?
Spring 2: Where in the world would you rather be?
Summer 1: What makes our garden grow?
Summer 2: Could you be a Monarch?
Please see below information about the homework expectations this year.
Daily Reading - Due to Covid, we will be creating class libraries for reading books. Children will be allowed to choose and take home a book from their class library for home reading. We encourage children to read 4 times a week for 10 minutes. Younger children will need to spend more time reading aloud whilst older or more confident readers may spend some of this time reading independently. Parents are expected to sign the reading record to show their child has read.
Alongside reading books, children will have access to online reading activities and games on our learning platforms, Reading Eggs and MyMaths. As part of our catch-up curriculum, weekly reading tasks will be set for your child to complete at home.
Spelling – Daily phonics/spelling is taught discretely in our classes. In these sessions, children will learn sounds to help them learn new words. Children will bring home a copy of their weekly spellings to learn at home.
Children will have PE on a Monday and Thursday afternoon. They will need to have their PE kit in school on a Monday and will take it home on a Friday to be washed.
We have both thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your children this week and look forward to the year ahead.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your child, please do get in touch.
Year 2 Team