Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 2! It has been fantastic having everybody back at school. We hope that you had a good summer and are well rested for the busy year ahead.
This term the children will be learning:
Our Topics this term are ‘Kenya’ which is based around our school theme of ‘Journeys’ and ‘Toys and games’ which is based around the school them of ‘Making A Difference.’ The children will have plenty of opportunities to extend their geographical knowledge and develop their skills in historical enquiry as well as learning through art and design technology. At the end of the term, we will find a way of sharing our work with you.
English and Maths
In English we will be developing reading and writing skills, supporting children to spell words using their knowledge of letter sounds, and introducing the children to a wide range of texts. We will be using Oracy and word aware strategies to help develop vocabulary and grammar. The children will have daily reading activities and read to us during guided reading sessions. We will also have daily phonics lessons. We will be focusing on developing fine motor skills as this will support their handwriting. We would appreciate your support with handwriting practice.
In Maths, learning will be developed through the use of equipment and picture representations as well as numbers. The children will be practicing their times tables for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and this is something that you can also support at home. The children will be bringing home practice papers on a weekly basis to support their development.
In line with government guidance, all children in Year 2 will sit the Phonics Screening Check towards the end of the Autumn term. To prepare all children for this screening, and to build on and consolidate their phonics knowledge, we will teach daily 30 minute phonics lessons. Use of the Little Wandle Letters & Sounds phonics programme ensures systematic, synthetic progression and a consistent approach for every child. It is vital that your child is reading at home every day to prepare them for this screening and equip them with the skills needed for Year 2.
The children’s home reading books will be changed regularly. Please support their progress in reading by listening to them at home every night and asking questions about what they have read. You might ask about what happened, what they think will happen next, and how characters are feeling/behaving. Each child has a Reading Record for you or the children to date and make comments daily. These will be checked regularly by the class teacher. If your child is reading shorter texts, we encourage them to read the book 3 times over 3 days to develop their word reading and comprehension.
Weekly homework will be set on a Wednesday for maths and English.
For maths homework in Year 2, we will send home a fun maths game for you to play with your child. You will be provided with a prompt sheet including instructions and key questions to ask. The games being sent home require minimal equipment such as counters, dice, dominoes and playing cards. Please complete the attached form to let us know which of this maths equipment you have at home. Equipment will be provided for those that need it.
For English homework in Year 2, children will receive a variety of activities focusing on handwriting and phonics during the Autumn term.
PE this year will take place on Wednesday mornings. Children need to wear their P.E. kit to school as they will be starting P.E directly after guided reading. The school P.E. kit consists of a white t-shirt, green shorts and trainers. No jewellery, apart from ear studs, should be worn.
Thank you for your support in ensuring school uniform is worn consistently. Jewellery, with the exception of stud earrings, is not allowed for safety reasons. As a Healthy School, packed lunches should promote healthy eating habits and not include sweets, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks. Children at West Hampstead can celebrate their birthday at school with a song and a sticker should they wish to share this information with their teacher. Please note that we do not accept cakes, party bags or any sort of ‘treats’ for the class.
Show and Tell
In year two, a child will be selected each week to present something to the class on a Friday should they wish to. Show and tell is very important in developing the children’s speaking and listening skills. The child can bring a small item to school in their bags and it can be left on their peg until the end of the day when show and tell takes place. Please make sure that items that are brought in are not easily breakable or expensive. You can support your child by helping them to practice their presentation at home.
Thank you for the brilliant start to the year so far, the children have been amazing and we are looking forward to a great year. If you have any further questions, please email us at email@example.com
Year Two team,