Introducing the Year 2 Team:
2GM - Mrs Kavanagh – Class Teacher, Mrs Lane – LSA, Mr Nolan – 1:1 LSA
2SH - Miss Hurley – Class Teacher, Mrs Nallasamy – LSA
Year 2 - Mrs Jenkins – PPA Cover
This term our Year 2 theme is ‘Building Britain’. During this topic the children will be learning about significant people and events that helped to form Britain today. We will be starting our theme looking at our current monarchy, before moving back in time to explore Queen Victoria and life in the Victorian. Continuing into the second half term, we will be travelling back to 1665 and 1666 to learn all about the Great Plague and Great Fire of London. We will enjoy looking at key historical figures of this time and will be exploring how London has changed as a result of these major events.
The children will also learn about this theme through their other subjects including English, Art, Design and Technology and Science.
Across the year in our writing, we will be spending four weeks on particular text types to really build our confidence with them. All writing has a purpose and we will be looking at ‘Writing to Entertain’ and ‘Writing to Inform’. In Maths, the children will start the term by looking at number and place value before moving onto addition and subtraction and developing their methods for these operations; as well as looking at division and multiplication. We will also be starting our ‘Multiplication Marathons’. Each week the children will bring home a new set of multiplication and division questions to learn for their weekly ‘mile’ test. Children have three minutes to answer their questions and have to achieve full marks to be able to move on to the next mile! These weekly tests will support your child’s multiplication knowledge and general mental maths.
The children are expected to read every day and they will also be given a spelling rule to learn each week. Reading each day does not have to mean finishing an entire book; a few pages will do. Please remember to log in your child’s school diary if you need to keep the book or get a new one. You will also be able to find a homework grid on our website, which outlines six homework suggestions, in line with what we are learning about at school. The homework is optional; however is a great way for you to get involved in your child’s learning and to complete them together, as a family. We would also love to see photos of you completing your efforts; these photos can be emailed into the school office.
The children’s home school diary will stay in school under the current restrictions and we will complete when they read books within class time.
Year 2 will have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays please send the children to school on both these days in their PE kits.
Most of these PE lessons will take place outside due to the Covid restrictions so please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing in school at all times.
To help you to keep informed throughout the year, this and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website. Please check the website weekly for Year 2’s Homelinks which will outline what the children will be learning in class that coming week. Some important messages may also be relayed in the Homelinks so please do ensure you check them regularly.
All of the staff in Year 2 are looking forward to working with you and your children over the next year.
Year 2 and 3 Phase Leader, Assistant Head Teacher