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Welcome to the Year 2 page!

We are so happy that you are here and hope that you enjoy finding out about our learning journey along with being kept up to date with important events.

Wednesday 5th January 2022

Hello and welcome back to Year 2. We are eager to start our Spring term and begin our new topic of The Great Fire of London. The children will be learning about the events which unfolded in 1666 and how this has influenced our fire safety today. 

In Maths, the children will continue to improve their arithmetic through weekly quizzes, morning work and daily starter activities. To support this please encourage your children to practise their 2s, 5s and 10s times tables, we are also introducing our 3 times tables this week. We are also learning about money and will be using different coins to make different amounts. We will also be purchasing items and calculating the change.

In English, we are starting our new text on The Great Fire of London. To begin we will be looking at what life was like in London in 1666 and how this is different to today. We will be working towards writing a setting description of London during this time. 

Gentle reminder that PE is on a Wednesday and Forest Schools is on a Friday. Please ensure all kit and uniform is named clearly. Spellings will continue to be given out on a Friday and homework be given out on a Wednesday. Reading is continuing to be taught as a whole class, so your child is no longer heard read on an individual basis with the class teacher. Please continue to read as often as possible with your child at home as we check their diaries every day.

Thank you for your ongoing support

Mrs Croton and Miss Roe

Monday 8th November 2021

Hello! The children returned after half-term with smiles on their faces and have dived straight in with their learning. Last Monday, we started a new text called 'Queen Victoria's Knickers'. We read up to where Queen Victoria's knickers blew up into a hot air balloon. The children then came up with their own imaginative ideas as to what happened to Queen Victoria next. Some ideas included, flying over the Amazon Rainforest and exploring new islands. This week, the children will be designing a pair of knickers for Queen Victoria and writing instructions of how to make them. 

In Maths, the children have been continuing their times table knowledge and would benefit from any extra practise at home. Last week, the children focused on position and direction using half and quarter turns in relation to the four points on a compass. This week the children with be getting to grips with the 10x table in more detail. 

In Science, the children have eben continuing their topic of 'materials' and they learnt the terms transparent, translucent and opaque. This week, we will be looking at an experiment involving the burning of materials. 

As we are sure you are aware from this week's homework, the children have been learning about Queen Victoria and what life was like during the Victorian times. We will be continuing this and compare the three queens we have studied so far.

Gentle reminder that PE is on a Wednesday and a Thursday, please ensure all kit and uniform is named clearly. Spellings will continue to be given out on a Friday, please see attached at the bottom information about the project homework for over the next 4 weeks. Reading is now taught as a whole class, so your child is no longer heard read on an individual basis with the class teacher. Please continue to read as often as possible with your child at home as we check their diaries every day.

Thank you for your ongoing support

Mrs Croton and Miss Roe

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Hello! The children have settled into Year 2 brilliantly, and we are so pleased with their progress so far. In Maths, they have revisited their knowledge of 2-digit numbers and used them to add and subtract. They have also been learning how subtraction is the inverse operation to addition and vice versa. In English, the children have been reading "The Queen's Knickers" by Nicholas Allen. They have loved reading about the many knickers for many occasions the Queen in the story has. With this in mind, they designed their own pair of knickers for the Queen and used expanded noun phrases to describe them. 

In Science, the children have been learning about materials and their uses. Our topic work has focused on the role of a monarch and also the four countries which make up the UK. In PSHE, we have been thinking about responsibilities as a class and in RE we are learning about the Christian creation story.

Well done to all the children for their hard work with the homework and spellings. We are thrilled with the standard of work that is being completed at home. Remember, homework is given out on a Wednesday and is to be handed in by the following Monday. Spellings continue to be on a Friday. 

If you need to contact us, please catch us before or after school on the classroom door. Alternatively, leave a message in your child's reading diary or at the office, and we will phone you back as soon as we can.

Mrs Croton and Miss Roe

A polite notice: Please be aware that the class e-mail address is only to be used during periods of remote learning to send over completed work. Now children are back at school, your child's teacher does not have access to this e-mail account. If you would like to communicate with your child's teacher, please leave us a note in your child's reading diary.

Important Information and Dates:

PE: Wednesday and Thursday each week

KS1 Harvest - 13th October morning

Parents Evenings: 20th and 21st October

Autumn Half Term: w.c 25th October 

PTFA Fish n Quiz: 5th November

Flu Immunisations: 9th November

Christmas Fayre: 26th November

Christmas Dinner 8th December

Christmas Production: 9th December

Christmas Jumper Day 10th December

KS1 Sports Day: 16th June

Summer Fayre: 24th June

Thursday 2nd September 2021

We would like to wish each and every one of you a big, warm welcome to Year 2! We are so excited to see the children and welcome them back into school. We know the children are going to have a fantastic year, and we cannot wait to start our new adventure together. 

Please bear with us while the children settle into their new routines and expectations for Year 2. Similarly to Year 1, the children will still be able to take school books home to read, and we encourage them to read as often as possible. A wide variety of E-books are still available online too. The children will be given weekly spellings to learn which will be following the Year 2 spelling rules. Please see more detail below.

If you need to contact us, please catch us before or after school on the classroom door. Alternatively, leave a message at the office, and we will phone you back as soon as we can.

Mrs Croton and Miss Roe

A polite notice: Please be aware that the class e-mail address is only to be used during periods of remote learning to send over completed work. Now children are back at school, your child's teacher does not have access to this e-mail account. If you would like to communicate with your child's teacher, please speak with them when you drop off/collect your child. If a longer conversation is necessary, you can arrange a meeting. Thank you.

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Spellings

While the children are in Year 2, they will continue to be given weekly spellings to learn which will be tested on a Friday.

We would like to clarify the procedure for our weekly spelling tests, incase there is any confusion about our marking system. 

Every Friday, the children will be tested on their new words,  which are derived from the Year 2 National Curriculum spelling rules.  

When the tests are marked, we of course look at the spelling of those words, but we also look at a few other things as well.

We check to see if the word is legible (if we can't read it, we can't mark it), whether ascenders and descenders are written correctly e.g. if a p doesn't have the tail below the line then that would make it a capital or if an ascender sits on the line and is the same size as a regular letter for example if a k is the same size as an a. These may seem like quite small silly little things, but they make a big difference.

These are two of the statements that the children must reach by the end of year 2 taken directly from the government's guidance on the assessment framework for what the children must reach by the end of year 2.

form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place

form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another

We find if we are strict now and embed this practice into their weekly tests then they are much more likely to meet this target at the end of the year. Although it may be a shock at the start of the year, it very soon becomes habit, and we are able to recap the rewards throughout the year. We have explained all this to the children and explained that they shouldn't worry about this test as it's a great way to show off their knowledge and handwriting. We have also told them that we are not particularly worried about their actual marks while this new process becomes embedded. Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any concerns or queries.

Thank you for your support, and I'm sure we are going to have a great year.

Kind regards,

Mrs Croton and Miss Roe

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