Mrs McElwee, Mrs Butt and Mrs Atherton
Autumn 2 2020
Welcome back everyone!
We hope you have all had a nice break over half term.
It was great to see the children back in school last half term. They have made us all very proud by the way they have adapted to changes in the school day.
We are looking forward to teaching some exciting new topics this half term - Pirates is one of our favourite topics!
We will continue work hard to catch up on the learning that children have missed out on over the past months and make Year 2 a happy and productive one for all.
If you have any questions or want to chat to us about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs McElwee, Mrs Butt and Mrs Atherton
Phonics Screening Check - Week beginning 23rd November
Children in Year 1 across the country normally take part in a phonics screening check in June. As this was not possible due to school closures this year, children in Year 2 will take part in the phonics screening check during the week beginning 23rd November.
The screening check will be done by an adult that your child already works with and should not take longer than 10 minutes. We teach phonics daily in class and we ensure that children are given many opportunities to use practice test materials.
Here are some online games that you can play at home:
If you do have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or speak to me at the end of the day.
Thank you very much to all of the children who return their homework every week and put so much effort in at home. This is much appreciated and really does make a difference to their learning in school. From this half term, we will not be sending home any maths homework in books. Instead, children will have access to a fantastic maths resource, ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’. Please see the additional letter sent home for information about this.
Homework is as follows:
- Reading - Colour banded reading book, changed every week
- Spellings given out on Monday and tested on Fridays
- Maths homework - Times Tables Rock Stars.
Outdoor Games will be on Thursdays.
Gymnastics will be taught in the afternoons of the week beginning 30th November
For Outdoor Games the following kit is needed: A t-shirt and a pair of shorts. Children can wear a pair of leggings/ jogging pants for Games if they wish. They must wear a pair of trainers or pumps for Games. Children will not be allowed to take part in their school shoes, for safety reasons. Children who wear stud earrings must be able to independently take these out for PE sessions.
Spellings will be given weekly. Time to practise at home is essential, and will really help to improve your child’s writing. Spellings will be given out on Mondays, and children will be tested on Fridays.
Reading and Book Bags
Your child will read regularly in class during Guided Reading and Shared Reading sessions. Each week, they will be given a colour banded book to read at home and a story book to share with an adult. Your child will have a reading record which will be checked regularly by an adult. Children can collect stickers every time they have their reading record signed by an adult to say they have read.
20 stickers - Bronze Award
40 stickers - Silver Award
50 stickers - Gold Award and extra play time!
Please send book bags into school every day.
On Monday 16th November we will be having a pirate themed day in class when we will be doing lots of exciting pirate activities. Children can come to school dressed as a pirate if they wish. Please don’t go to any expense for a costume. If children do not want to dress up, or do not have anything to wear, we will be making pirate hats in class as part of the day’s activities.
Here are some useful websites that you may like to access at home with your child