Welcome to Year 2
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Welcome to Back!
I hope that you have had an fantastic Christmas break and are looking forward to our new topic “A Toy's Story” (see the topic overview above to find out more).
This topic links nicely to an enrichment session delivered by Blackpool Tower that we will be attending this half term.
Below are other key dates for your diaries:
Tuesday 8th January: School opens for Spring 1
Monday 14th January: Role Play Day
Wednesday 15th January: Parents Evening (1pm - 7pm).
Monday 21st January: BIG Write
Monday 28th January: BIG Read
Wednesday 30th January: Coffee Morning
Friday 4th February: Fair Trade Tuckshop
Friday 5th February: National Safer Internet Day
Thursday 7th February: School Discos
Thursday 7th and 8th February: Art Days
Thursday 14th February: Copp's Got Talent
Friday 15th February: Non-Uniform Day and Break Up at 3.15pm
Monday 25th Febraury: School opens for Spring 2
Staff in Pictor Class
Class Teacher: Miss S. Pixton
Teaching Assistant: Mrs D. Taylor
PPA Teaching: Mrs D. Jones
*We are always looking for parent / grandparent volunteers to help with reading and classroom jobs, even a couple of hours a week is a huge help, with the promise of tea, coffee and biscuits! Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in helping us in class.*
This year we will be studying the following five topics:
Autumn 1: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Autumn 2: Once Upon a Time - Beauty and the Beast
Spring 1: A Toy's Story
Spring 2: Cloudspotting!
Summer: Secrets of the Seaside
Maths and English Targets
The Year 2 children have maths and English targets (which are at the back of their relevant books). Please ask your child their current targets as they should know them.
The children will receive English and Maths homework every week, and topic homework when appropriate. I would ask that the children attempt the homework independently but please support your child if needed. As well as this, I do ask that you read regularly with your child. Even if they have read the book, it is good practice to re-read the book so your child becomes more confident and fluent.
Reading Books / Library Books
Each child will be given a reading diary and some school books to bring home to read. Please leave a comment in your child’s reading diary so that Mrs Taylor knows how much of the book has been read. Mrs Taylor will also check each the children's reading diaries twice a week to see if they require new books to take home.
Reading, Writing, Reflection and Design Areas:
We have a dedicated reading area in class. The reading area has a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books. The children will also use the library in school and may take a library book home each week.
There is a writing area for two children to work at for extra work on things such as sentence structure, handwriting and SPAG.
We have a reflection area where the children are allowed to spend time reflecting upon anything that has happened in class or at home that week.
We have also recently added an art and design table for the children to use to sketch, paint and build 3D structures.
Before and After School
At the beginning of the school day, before registration (8.40 – 8.55) the children will have different maths, reading and writing activities to complete throughout the year. During our first half term we will have a push on times tables, the children will be able to play games and activities to improve their times tables fluency.
At the end of each school day (3.15 pm) the children will wait in a designated area on the playground. The children will wait here with their teacher until they see who is collecting them, and strictly must not leave the teacher's side until they have seen their parents or carers.
The children will be doing PE twice a week (on Mondays and Wednesdays). Please ensure that your child has their PE kit (white t-shirt, shorts, plain tracksuit bottoms, pumps and trainers) in school at all times (and all clearly labelled).
The children may also bring in their own water bottles from in from home, but please make sure that they are labelled also.
In Key Stage 1 the children receive free fruit as a mid-morning snack and will be encouraged to try everything.
If your child wishes to have milk please visit the website www.coolmilk.com and register. Cool Milk will then add your child to the list, ready for the following week.
I would again like to thank you in advance for all your support this year and if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me on ClassDojo or come in and see me.
Thank you for visiting our class page!
Miss S. Pixton