Welcome back we hope you have had a lovely summer holiday. Obviously this is a strange time and we know some of you will be feeling anxious about the return to school. Many of the children did return to school in June and really impressed us with their positive approach to the new rules and routines. Just like in June, the children arrived in the classroom on Thursday full of smiles and excitement for the day. We have lots of measures in place to keep the children safe. The children will wash their hands regularly using soap and water. You do not need to send hand sanitiser into school. As part of our risk assessment, hand sanitiser brought into school will be sent home. The children will also have their own pencil case, equipment and white boards on their desks along with an allocated chair and table.
This half term our main topic is ‘Barnaby Bear’s Highland Adventure’. We will learn where Scotland is, the features of Scotland and looking at some of the traditions and landmarks of the country.
We will continue to follow the White Rose maths scheme which we are sure you are now familiar with after working with your child when schools closed. During the first half term we will cover:
Place Value and Addition and Subtraction.
Maths apparatus will only be used to share in pairs when needed.
The usual videos will still be available at: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/
should you wish to continue working with your child at home. We will continue to upload the maths worksheets onto Dojo for any parents who wish to look at the units prior to teaching and for those children who might be self-isolating to complete.
Reading & Spelling
To minimise home to school transmission, we have a new routine for reading books. The children will have two reading books on their desk which will be kept in school and changed weekly. We will use these during independent reading time and when we listen to the children read.
As a school, we will only send things home on a Friday. Initially, your child will be given two reading books to take home on Friday 11th September. We recommend that you read each book at least three times. Once for decoding, a second time for fluency and a third time for comprehension. As stated in the letter sent home by Mrs Towndrow-Birds, every Monday, a box will be placed outside the classroom for children to return their books from home. If a child returns a book on the Monday, a new reading book will be sent home the following Friday. Please only return one book each Monday so that you still have a reading book at home for the rest of that week. Please note, we cannot accept books on any other day because they need to be quarantined. In summary, book bags will be collected on a Monday and kept in school until Friday.
You will need to make sure that you keep at least one book at home for the week. We will be unable to accept books any other day as they will need to be quarantined.
We would like you to continue reading daily with your child at home using their reading book and books you already have at home. After we have had chance to get to know the children’s reading levels, we will set up Rising Stars. You can also use the Oxford Owl website which is free to use. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Please try to read with your child once a day.
Spellings will be posted onto Dojo every Friday (starting on Friday 11th September) ready for a test the following Friday. Please try to support your child in learning these as it impacts on their reading & writing attainment.
This half term we will be learning about ‘Living Things & Habitats’. Children will look at living, dead and things that have never lived. They will also name a variety of animals and look at how their habitats meet their needs.
Each half term your child will be working on specific science targets that go with their current unit of work. Our science targets this half term are:
Can I describe how a specific habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there (plants and animals)?
Can I identify and name plants and animals in a range of habitats?
Can I match living things to their habitat?
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, homework will be set via Dojo on a Friday. Again, in order to minimise the risk of transmission between home and school, the homework booklets will be sent home and kept at home. We ask that you take a photo of your child’s work and upload it to their portfolio. Please mark the work together so that you can work through any misconceptions. Homework should be completed in pencil and should be of an acceptable standard.
We often alternate maths one week then English the next but we will send homework home which best suits the needs of the class that week.
This half term we will focus on children returning to school and the feelings associated with this.
Look after my own equipment Always follow the classroom rules
Strategies to manage my feelings
Our P.E lessons will be on Mondays and Thursdays. The children are invited to come to school in their PE kit on those days. Where possible, lessons will take place outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather. Children should not be wearing any jewellery on PE days. If your child is not able to take out their earrings you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days or provide tape that they can put on themselves.
We hope you have found this letter informative. If you have any questions about any of the above or any other queries please do not hesitate to contact us via Dojo.
Mrs Furniss and Miss Edwards
Y2 Class Teachers