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.
Thursday afternoon, the children will have music taught by a qualified music teacher from the Hampshire Music Service.
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 15 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 new learning platform being launched in the next few weeks. As part of our catch-up curriculum, weekly reading tasks will be set for your child to complete at home. There will be an expectation to complete these tasks, and time in school will be made available for children who have limited access to technology.
Spelling – Daily spelling is taught discretely in our classes. In these spelling sessions, children will learn spelling patterns to help them learn new words. Children will have a copy of their weekly spellings for the term in their reading record. Children are tested on their word lists each week; words that they have spelt correctly are highlighted in their reading records.
Maths – As with the reading and as part of our catch-up curriculum, an online learning platform will be used to set weekly homework tasks. Again there is an expectation that this homework will be completed. Shortly, you will receive details for how to log in to the online platforms.
For the first half term, children will be asked to wear their PE kits to school on the day they have PE. It is expected that the children will be in full PE kit (burgundy t-shirt and black shorts). They may wear black or grey joggers and a black or grey sweatshirt or their school jumper over their PE kit if it is cold.
Year 2 will be having PE on a Wednesday.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your child, please do get in touch.
Year 2 Team