Welcome to Year 2 – Term 6

Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

As a proud ‘Rights Respecting School’ we learn about the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Our class charters set out what both adults and children must do to ensure children can enjoy their rights.

Year 2 Staff

  • Teachers – Mr Rayner, Miss Nicholls & Mrs Nicolle
  • Support teachers – Mrs Wallace & Mrs Claridge
  • LSAs – Mrs Hibbitt, Mrs Hendy & Mrs Cole
  • PE Teacher – Mr Boon

Welcome back to Term 6 and the Summer term! We hope you had an enjoyable half term break.

This term we will be making the most of our fantastic outdoor environment and (hopefully!) the warmer weather by taking more of our learning outdoors during Forest Schools! Although we hope for warm and dry weather, the children each need some wellington boots or other appropriate footwear and a waterproof coat. We will do Forest School each week starting in Week 2 so it would be useful if these items could remain in school for the whole term.

This term we will also be learning about food, diet and exercise in our project called ‘How Do I Lead a Healthy Lifestyle?’. We will be learning about different types of food, how they are produced and where they come from. We will also learn the importance of staying healthy, exercising and being hygienic and will be designing and making healthy snacks!

PSHE Information

As part of our PSHE curriculum, in term 6 the children will be learning about the differences between boys’ and girls’ bodies, including learning the correct names for parts of the body. If you have any questions about this then please speak to the class teacher.

Further information about the learning taking place in all subjects this term can be found here – Y2 Term 6 – Medium Term Plan.

Key Dates

  • Meeting new teacher – Date TBC
  • Last day of term – Tuesday 20th July
  • INSET Day – Wednesday 21st July

PE

This year, our PE days will be on the following days.

  • 2MR- Tuesday AM
  • 2AN – Tuesday PM
  • 2HN – Thursday PM

As always, please remember to name all items of clothing including PE kits, school uniform and coats.

Home Learning

Spellings – Throughout the year the children will take a weekly spelling test. Spellings will be sent home at the end of each term. Please encourage the children to practise these as often as possible.

Exception Words – Exception words are common words whose spelling may not follow the usual rules of phonics, therefore making them difficult to spell. By the end of Year 2 the children should be able to recall their correct spelling from memory. Please continue to support the children with learning the spelling of the words highlighted on the sheets given out after Parent’s Evening. An updated list will be given out at the next Parent’s Evening.

Times Tables – The children will take a weekly times tables test from Term 2 until the end of the year. For more information please see this letter which was sent home at the end of Term 1 and can also be found here – TT Rock Stars Letter.

Homework – The children will also receive weekly homework (alternating between English and Maths). This is given out on Fridays and needs to be handed in by the following Wednesday. The work set will consolidate the children’s learning from that week in school. The children should be able to complete the homework independently although some support/supervision is useful. Information on how to support the children with any arithmetic based Maths homework can be found in the Year 2 Arithmetic Booklet which was sent home at the end of Term 1 and can be found here – Year 2 Arithmetic Methods Booklet.

Reading – Please try to read with your child regularly as it really does make a huge difference. Also, please remember to write in their reading record every time you read with them along with a short comment as books can only be changed if we know they have been read. Children should read their books at least twice before bringing them in to change and be able to answer questions about the book as reading comprehension is a huge focus in Year 2. In Year 2 the children are allowed to change their own reading books, allowing them to choose books which really appeal to them. Due to restrictions on the sharing of resources, the children in each class will only be able to change their reading books on certain days. We will share this schedule with you once it has been finalised.

Maths Games – The school subscribes to a set of excellent online maths games and each child has their login stuck into their reading record. Many of the games are also tablet friendly.