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Year 2

Welcome

Welcome to Year 2, our teacher this year is Miss O’Neill. As a class, we love to learn new things, be creative, use our imaginations and most of all… have fun!

Reading

In class, we will take part in 5 big read lessons per week in which the children will develop their retrieval, inference and vocabulary skills. Additionally, we have another book that we will read at the end of each day. The first book that we are going to read together is called ‘The cat who got carried away’. I will read this out loud, and the children will follow along.

At home, I expect the children to read at least 3 times per week. This needs to be signed in their reading diaries by an adult. I will be checking reading diaries daily and the children will move their name up the chart depending on how many times they have read at home each week. If they read 3 times, they will receive a green sticker and a sweet. If they read 4 times, they will receive a green sticker and a bag of Haribo’s. If they read 5 times, they will receive a green sticker and a prize!

Homework

In Year 2, their homework will be to read at home at least 3 times a week to an adult. Please ensure that children bring their reading diaries in to school every day so that l can keep track of who is reading at home and give out the appropriate weekly rewards.

Spelling

This term, once the children are settled, I will begin to send home a list of spellings every Friday which will be stuck into their homework book. These words are to be practised at home over the week inside their homework book. The following Friday, the children will take part in a spelling test and a new set of words will be stuck in their homework books. Dojo points will be given out for children who score full marks or improve their score from the previous week (remember, you are only competing against yourself!). As a class, we have decided on the dojo point prizes which I know the children are very excited about. Therefore, I am hoping the children will work hard at home to practise their spellings, in order to receive these exciting prizes by the end of the school year.

PE

Year 2 will take part in PE on Monday’s and Friday’s. At Moorfield, we expect full PE kits to be worn every session.

This includes:

  • A white/red t-shirt
  • Black shorts/joggers (in the winter)
  • Black pumps or trainers

The PE kits can be left in school and taken home every half-term to be washed.

Snacks and Water Bottles

Children are able to bring a healthy snack each day in which they can eat at break time. These snacks should be left inside their school bag or packed lunch and collected to eat on their way outside.

Children should bring a water bottle in school that can be filled up throughout the school day at the class sink. These water bottles can stay in school and should be taken home at least every half-term to be washed.

Phonics

Year 2 will take part in the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics programme daily which will help the children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. We will be recapping the set 2 sounds and learning the set 3 sounds.

Maths

In Year 2, we will be looking at these areas in Maths:

Autumn Term

Numbers to 100, Addition and Subtraction, Money and Multiplication and Division.

Spring Term

Multiplication and Division, Statistics, Length and Height, Properties of Shapes and Fractions.

Summer Term

Position and Direction, Problem Solving, Time, Weight, Volume and Temperature.

Science

In Year 2, we will be completing these topics Science:

Autumn Term

Healthy me: To describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.

Materials Monster: To identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.

Spring Term

Mini Worlds: To explore living things and their suited habitats).

Move it: To find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

Summer Term

Young Gardeners: To identify and name a variety of plants and observe and describe how seeds grow into mature plants.

Little Master Chefs: To find out about and describe the basic needs of humans, for survival (water, food and air).