Welcome to Year 2
Also known as...
Welcome to Back!
I hope that you have had an enjoyable half term break and are looking forward to our new whole school topic “Once Upon a Time” (see the topic overview above to find out more). Within this new topic we will have a large focus on the story of...
Beauty and the Beast
This topic will obviously link very nicely to the Beauty and the Beast pantomime which we are attending on the 17th December. Below are other key dates for your diaries:
Autumn 2 Important Dates
Monday 5th November: School opens for Autumn 2
Monday 12th November: Online Safety Day
Wednesday 14th November: Children in Need and parent target meeting
Friday 16th November: BIG READ / Role Play Day
Monday 19th November: BIG WRITE
Thursday 22nd November: Afternoon Tea and Family Afternoon
Monday 3rd December: KS2 Dress Rehearsal
Monday 4th December: Age UK Choir
Monday 4th and 5th December: KS2 Christmas Concerts
Friday 7th December: Christmas Crafts and Christmas Bingo
Tuesday 11th December: KS1 Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday 12th December: KS1 Nativity (1.30pm)
Thursday 13th December: KS1 Nativity (6.00pm)
Monday 17th December: Whole School Panto
Tuesday 18th December: Christmas Lunch
Wednesday 19th December: KS1 and KS2 Christmas Discos with DJ Holty and MC Jones
Thursday 20th December: Christmas Parties and Games (Non-uniform - Christmas clothes)
Friday 21st December: Non-Uniform Day (£1 each) and Break Up at 2pm for Christmas
Staff in Pictor Class
Class Teacher: Miss S. Pixton
Teaching Assistant: Mrs D. Taylor
PPA Teaching: Mrs D. Taylor
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Change Within Living Memory
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