WELCOME TO YEAR TWO
(2019 - 2020)
Miss Pontone (Wednesday & Thursday)
(Mrs Harvey and Mr Seymour have half a day PPA every Tuesday. One at a time, they are either out in the morning or the afternoon. This rotates each week and Miss Pontone covers the class when they are out.)
(We will add more dates where appropriate)
Monday 6th January 2020
(PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A NEW DATE)
First day of Spring Term 1
(This was originally an Inset day but due to the school being used as a Polling station on Thursday 12th December 2019 we have had to swap our Inset days around. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.)
Wednesday 8th January 2020
Trip to The New Theatre to see Cinderella (Panto)
(Consent forms and £14 were returned in the Autumn term. Please see the letter for additional information. We will also issue further details about the trip closer to the date. Thank you.)
Friday 14th February
Last day of Spring Term 1
Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February
Monday 24th February
First day of Spring Term 2
Friday 3rd April
Last day of Spring Term 2
Monday 6th April - Friday 17th April
Monday 20th April
First day of Summer Term 1
To access the Year 1 and 2 playground please use the path along the Junior playground and field. Please make sure your child stays with you on the playground at all times and dismounts any scooters/bikes.
If for any reason you are going to be delayed please ring the school office and ask them to pass on the message to the class teacher.
If you need to collect your child early for an appointment/arrive to school late because of an appointment please make sure you visit the main office and not the classroom. Staff in the main office will then collect your child from class for you/take your child back to class.
Please inform anybody who may drop off or pick up your child about these arrangements.
School values and their rules
Each half term will focus on a different value. Please note the order of values may change during the year.
Respect (Autumn Term 2 value)
Foundation Phase rules
If you need help ask a grown up
Kind hands, kind feet and kind mouths
Look after our school
Tell the truth
Always try your best
The Foundation Phase
The Foundation Phase is made up of 7 Areas of Learning where structured play activities are woven into the learning experiences of children.
WALT (We Are Learning To)
At the start of each individual lesson the teacher will introduce the children to the WALT (sometimes referred to as a lesson objective). The WALT helps us learn lots of new things.
WALT - Partition two digit numbers into tens and units.
WALT - Use connectives to join two sentences together.
NUTS (Now Use This Skill)
NUTS the squirrel is an important character in school. He reminds us of the literacy and numeracy skills we have learned in our Maths and English lessons and encourages us to use them in other activities.
Literacy and numeracy skills are really important life skills. They help to make everything easier. NUTS the squirrel collects nuts and stores them up so he can eat them in the winter when there isn't much food around. We store up literacy and numeracy skills so we can use them when we need them.
In every class we have posters showing which numeracy and literacy skills we focus on that year. Have a look at the posters and see how many skills you already have.
Our current topic in Year 2 is:
BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
We will provide more details throughout the topic but if you have any information, resources or ideas to help support this topic then please let us know.
Our main topics for the year will be:
- Making Waves
- Believe it or not!
- The World and Beyond
Please note the order of topics may change. We will inform you each time we start a new topic.
All children have a set day to read to an adult and a book band colour. E.g. Pink, blue, red.
Please note that on a few occasions over the year your child may not read on their reading day due to a variety of reasons. If this occurs we will make sure your child reads and changes their book the following day or as soon as possible.
Guided group reading (GGR)
On your child's reading day your child will take part in a GGR session. There is usually no more than 6 children in a group and each group reads with an adult. All children in the group will be of the same reading ability and will read a book that is the same colour as their book band colour. Please note the book that they read with an adult in school does not go home.
Weekly book banded reading book
On the day your child reads they will also choose a reading book to take home. This book will be the same book band colour as the one they read during the GGR session. Please note your child will have a wide selection of books to choose from and it is up to them which book they choose to take home. Children must return the book the same day the following week.
If you find your child has finished their book and would like a new one before it is their day to read again please come and speak to the class teacher and you will be able to choose a new one. We encourage this and will be happy for your child to choose a new one. It is very important you return your old book to the class teacher and tell them which new book you have chosen as they will need to update their records.
PLEASE NOTE CHILDREN WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO SWAP ANY READING BOOKS ONCE THEY HAVE RETURNED THEIR OLD ONES.
Free choice books (Library books)
Your child can also choose any number of 'Free choice' books from our wide range of Infant library books. These books do not have to be the same colour band your child is on. Often, these free choice books allow your child to share their reading experience with an adult or another child. As with any library book, children may need help with some of the reading as the book they have chosen may be slightly above their current reading level. We still encourage children to choose these books though!
Examples of why we encourage free choice books:
- Your child may have a particular interest in something. E.g. Cars
- Your child may want to find out more about a topic E.g. Space
- Your child may find a book they can read with or to their siblings.
If you have any questions about reading please come and speak to the class teacher.
If you are looking for additional reading and comprehension activities for you and your child to use at home, the local library service is offering free access to "zipline". The site offers a range of fiction and non-fiction texts with voice-over, puppet shows and reading comprehension quizzes.
You will need a library membership card number to log in as follows:
Help your child with reading
Please click the link below for Pie Corbett's tips on reading with your child, a list of recommended books to read and a fantastic list of questions to ask your child during reading time.
Everyday the children work on developing their mental maths/mathematical skills.
Below are SOME of the areas we will be looking at during the Autumn term in Year 2. Some children may be challenged further with certain topics.
- Count up to 100
(From different starting points)
- Count back from 100
(From different starting points)
- Read/write numbers up to 100
- Identify numbers on a 100 square
- Use a 100 square to answer a range of questions
- Identify numbers on a number line (0 - 100)
- Identify missing numbers on a 100 square
- Identify all of the numbers in between two given numbers.
E.g. Write all of the numbers in between 30 and 40.
- Identify a missing number in a sequence
E.g. 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30
- Identify which multiple of 10 a number is nearest to by counting on and back.
E.g. 37 is nearer 40 than 30
- Order 2 digit numbers smallest to largest and vice versa.
- Recap number bonds to 10
- Use number bonds to 10 facts to find multiple of tens bonds to 100.
7 + 3 = 10 so 70 + 30 = 100
1 + 9 = 10 so 10 + 90 = 100
- Number bonds to 20.
E.g. 13 + 7 = 20
16 + 4 = 20
- Doubling numbers up to 15
- Two, five and ten times tables
a) Say the answers up to ten lots.
E.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, etc
b) Write the whole question out.
E.g. 1 x 2 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4, 3 x 2 = 6, 4 x 2 = 8, etc
- Identify odd and even numbers
Odd numbers have 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 units
Even numbers have 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 units
- Fact families
6 + 3 = 9
3 + 6 = 9
9 - 6 = 3
9 - 3 = 6
- Compare and order numbers using greater (>) or less (<) than symbols
- Find 1 more or less than a number
- Find 10 more or less than a number
- Ordinal numbers
(1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ......)
- Partitioning numbers into Tens and Units
E.g. 32 has 3 sets of ten (30) and 2 units
Extension - Hundreds, Tens and Units
E.g. 247 has 2 hundreds (200), 4 tens (40) and 7 units
- Adding and subtracting multiples of 10 to a number.
E.g. 53 + 30 = ?
75 - 50 = ?
- Adding and subtracting near multiples of 10 to a number.
E.g. 45 + 21 = ?
56 - 32 = ?
- Money problem solving
E.g. Use 4 REAL coins to make 23p
10p + 10p + 2p + 1p
- Measuring length using standard units
Centimetres (cm) and Metres (m)
- Problem solving questions using RUCSAC
- 3D shapes and their properties
- Faces, Edges, Vertices
- Adding near doubles together
5 + 6 = ?
43 + 44 = ?
- Adding 3 numbers together
(Looking for number bonds to 10/20/100 or a double to help work out the answer).
E.g. 2 + 5 + 8 = ?
6 + 5 + 6 = ?
30 + 90 + 70 = ?
- Finding change from multiples of 10p
Useful Maths Games
Number bonds to 10/20/multiples of 100
2/5/10 times table
Finding 1 or 10 more or less
(Turn your sound on for this game)
Measuring length (cm)
Homework will usually be given out every Friday. There will be spellings and Maths homework.
The spellings will include differentiated high frequency words (according to the children's phonic groups) as well as any sounds which we will be looking at the following week. Please practice the words/sounds with your child in preparation for a spelling test the following Friday. Children do not need to bring the spelling sheets back to school.
Children will have a piece of maths homework every week to consolidate the learning taken place in their maths lessons over the week. Please discuss the homework with your child and ask them questions about what they have learnt.
Maths homework is usually sent home on a Friday and is to be returned the following Friday so the class teacher can go through the answers with the class.
Please remind your child to neatly place any completed Maths homework in their homework folder which is kept in their tray. Please remind your child not to leave it in their red bags.
Every morning children are provided with a small bottle of milk/cup of water and a healthy snack (either fruit or vegetables).
To ensure a range of snack is provided everyday throughout the year we rely on a £1 voluntary contribution per child each week.
This can be paid £1 each week, £6 for this half term, £12 for the whole of the Spring term (up to the Easter holidays) or £39 for the whole of the school year.
If you have any questions about snack please come and ask a member of staff!
Please note all snack payments must be cash only. We can no longer accept cheques for snack. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Thank you.
Autumn (15 weeks)
Term 1 = 8 weeks
Term 2 = 7 weeks
Spring (12 weeks)
Term 3 = 6 weeks (CURRENT TERM)
Term 4 = 6 weeks
Summer (12 weeks)
Term 5 = 5 weeks
Term 6 = 7 weeks
Total = 39 weeks
P.E lessons will normally take place on FRIDAY.
All children must wear a PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRT (different to the one worn as part of the school day uniform), PLAIN BLACK SHORTS OR PLAIN BLACK JOGGING BOTTOMS AND SUITABLE FOOTWEAR for P.E.
(We will let you know in advance when children need footwear. We usually have all our PE lessons inside during the first term).
If your child has long hair please make sure it is tied back on the days your child has P.E.
Children are to keep their P.E kits in school until the half term holidays!
**PLEASE ENSURE ALL P.E CLOTHES, INCLUDING FOOTWEAR, ARE CLEARLY LABELLED TO AVOID ANY CONFUSION!**
Throughout the week all children will complete a range of practical activities outdoors whatever the weather! The activities will cover all areas of the curriculum and are often designed to consolidate a skill the children have learnt or help introduce a concept the children will be learning about in the classroom.
Make a symmetrical picture using nature
Identify 2D and 3D shapes around the school
If possible, we would be very grateful if your child has access to weather appropriate shoes and clothing. E.g. Wellies, waterproof trousers and a warm raincoat. This will ensure children can access the outdoor areas whatever the weather!
Please note, we do not expect anyone to go and buy waterproof clothing specifically for this! It is only if you have any spare clothing which your child could leave in school or if you were just happy to provide your child with some!
If you child is able to leave their outdoor clothing in school then please provide them with a bag which is labelled and they can keep it on their peg.
Please make sure all clothing, shoes and bags are clearly named.
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**PLEASE REMEMBER TO CLEARLY LABEL ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING INCLUDING SCHOOL UNIFORM, SHOES, P.E KITS AND COATS. AS LOTS OF CHILDREN HAVE THE SAME LUNCHBOXES AND BOOK BAGS PLEASE MAKE SURE THESE ARE CLEARLY LABELLED TOO**
**PLEASE REMIND YOUR CHILD TO PUT ANY COMPLETED MATHS HOMEWORK IN THEIR HOMEWORK FOLDER WHICH IS KEPT IN THEIR TRAY. DO NOT LEAVE IT IN RED BAGS.**
**PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD BRINGS THEIR RED BAG TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY IN ORDER TO SAFELY BRING HOME ANY CLASS WORK, LETTERS OR HOMEWORK.**
**PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CHECK YOUR CHILD'S BOOK BAG EVERYDAY FOR ANY LETTERS OR HOMEWORK AND TO AVOID MISSING ANY DEADLINES.**
**REGISTERS ARE COMPLETED FIRST THING IN THE MORNING SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS LINED UP IN THE YEAR 1 AND 2 PLAYGROUND AT 8:50AM TO AVOID BEING MARKED IN AS LATE IN THE REGISTER.**
**IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL ON A PARTICULAR DATE PLEASE INFORM THE CLASS TEACHER AND SCHOOL OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN UPDATE THE REGISTERS**