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Year 2

Welcome back!

I trust that you have all had a lovely Christmas and that 2020 has been kind to you and your families so far. We have a very busy and exciting term ahead of us and I am looking forward to seeing the class learning new things over the coming term.

This term, the title of our theme is ‘Far From Home’. What would it be like to be far away from everyone and everything that you know? How would you make friends? How would you make sure you kept those friends? And how would you communicate with those around you?

Although this will be a predominantly science based topic, it will also incorporate elements of history and design and technology.

The children will learn about the history of the moon landing and explore what the surface of the moon is like. They will also investigate the properties of different materials. Their findings will shape their ideas in the design and technology element of the topic, as they use materials (based on the qualities) to construct different products.

If there is anything else you would like to know about our theme, please ask. I am more than happy to discuss the work we will be completing.

Science

To help provide the children with the best educational experience possible, I will be teaching separate science lessons this term on a Friday morning. This will be in addition to our science-based topic. Our first science topic is ‘Healthy me’. This will provide the class with a chance to revisit the different parts of the body and what those linked to senses are for and to begin to understand the importance of exercise and balanced food choices for physical fitness.

Homework

There is an expectation that children will read at home daily. Please ensure that you note what has been read in your child’s reading diaries and send these to school every day. A member of the Year Two teaching team will check reading diaries regularly and a reward system will be used to help children celebrate the books they have read.

Spelling books need to be in school everyday as we work in them during lessons. Spelling homework will be given out weekly aimed at helping children to be successful in achieving the Year 2 National Curriculum goals. There will continue to be no weekly spelling tests this term. When a spelling test is coming up, I will send a note and parent mail home to inform you.

To avoid children worrying please inform us if there are any difficulties in completing set homework. We understand that sometimes family circumstances make completion of homework difficult and we can help children complete work in school on these occasions.

Other classroom Information

PE kits need to be in school all the time please but our PE days are Tuesday and Friday. These sessions will take place outside when weather permits and will be taught by the school’s PE coach. Please ensure that PE kits include suitable clothing including footwear as PE lessons will take place outside when weather permits. I can appreciate how frustrating it can be when PE items are misplaced. To help avoid this, it is a good idea to ensure PE kits are fully named as there will be other children with the same t-shirts in class and possibly shorts/tracksuits and trainers.

School water bottles are welcome in school at all times- please ensure these only contain water unless other arrangements have been made with the class teacher/ head teacher.

Please refer to the school website about uniform.

Thank you for your continued support. I am sure we will continue to have a fantastic year and have a lot of fun (there will be a lot of work as well).

The Year 2 teaching team (Mrs Nash, Mrs Cunnington and Mrs Cooper)