Hello Everyone,

Well, it’s the Christmas term already! We hope you had a lovely half term break and are ready for the festivities ahead.

Our class teachers are Mrs Teresa Roberts and Mrs Helen Holman. Mrs Roberts will be teaching from Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Holman from Wednesday to Friday. Mrs Jeffries, the Year 2 teaching assistant, will be working in Year 2 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We also have Mrs Ella Whalley and Mrs Sam Dolan working in the Year 2 team.

Our Maths this term will focus on geometry and measurement. If you find any opportunities at home to get your child involved in some measuring, it will benefit them enormously: perhaps they could help you weigh out the cake ingredients in the kitchen or get involved with the DIY!

Our English will focus initially on learning and reciting warm poems as we move towards Remembrance Sunday and then afterwards we will be writing non-chronological reports on animals.

In RE we will be looking at leaders: what makes a good leader? Who should you follow? Why did the disciples and Christians follow Jesus Christ?

A full breakdown of this term’s learning can be found below on the attached topic web.

At Great Kimble School, we are always looking for ways to improve our teaching and learning. As a staff team, we are focusing on asking more open-ended questions that don’t ‘lead’ the children or always elicit a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. We would love you to try and support your child at home in this too! Below are some questions that could help:

‘How did you get to that answer?’
‘Can you give me an example?’
‘Can you explain that to me?’
‘Can you draw it/write it for me?’
‘Is there another way you could do that?’
‘What have you found out?’
‘Can you tell me two things that you know already about….?’
‘What else would you like to know about…?’

In addition to Phase 5 and 6 Phonics, children in Year 2 have a list of common exception words that they are required to know how to read and spell by the end of the academic year.Please try to support your child at home with learning these. Thank you.

The common exception words are:
after, again, any, bath, beautiful, because, behind, both, break, busy, child, children, Christmas, class, climb, clothes, cold, could, door, even, every, everybody, fast, father, find, floor, grass, great, gold, half, hold, hour, improve, kind, last, many, mind, money, Mr, Mrs, most, move, old, only, parents, pass, past, path, people, plant, poor, pretty, prove, should, steak, sugar, sure, told, water, who, whole, would, wild.

General Information:
Our school day starts at 8.45 am. Please ensure that your child is ion the playground by this time, ready to line up with their class and walk in with their class teacher.

Please try to hear your child read every day. In addition to ensuring they are reading the words correctly, you will help your child enormously if you can ask them questions about the meaning of what they have just read, to check their understanding of particular words or phrases.

Spellings: your child will have a spelling test every Friday: please help your child to learn their spellings over the course of the week and if possible, use the spelling words in context: eg, if they have to learn ‘cloudy’, ask them to write a sentence such as ‘The sky was very cloudy yesterday’. It will help them to use words in the correct context, particularly homophones such as ‘there’/’their’ and ‘here’/ ‘hear’ and ‘pair’/ ‘pear’, etc.

We will be going to Smokey Row on Tuesday afternoons. Please ensure your child has NAMED wellingtons in school on this day and a suitable coat: we will be going even in inclement weather!

Homework is set every Friday and is due in the following Thursday. Please check your child’s book bag for their homework slips and try to remind your child to put their homework in the tray once they have completed it. Thank you.

Our PE days are Monday and Friday this term; please make sure your child has a NAMED PE kit in school on those days.

Kindest regards,

Mrs Roberts, Mrs Holman and Mrs Jeffries.

Year 2 Topic Web Autumn 2 2017 v1

Powerpoint presentation for parents.

Year 2 maths leaflet page 1
Year 2 maths leaflet page 2
Year 2 maths leaflet page 3