Welcome to Class 2
Class teacher: Mrs Divall
Classroom assistants: Mrs Rendall
Mrs Divall teaches Year 2 in the mornings and is supported by Mrs Rendall.
‘Letters and Sounds’ is taught in small groups by Mrs Wooldridge, Mrs Humberstone, Mrs Rendall, Miss Wilkinson, Mrs Woods, Mrs Whitehead, Mrs Crookes and Mrs Divall.
A P.E. coach delivers P.E. twice a week, Mrs Maple does music with Class 2 on Tuesday afternoons and Signora ? teaches Spanish on Tuesday afternoons.
To encourage Year 2s to read daily, we have a Reading Lighthouse. Children move up the sections of the lighthouse, every time they have read on 5 separate occasions. Each morning, children are asked to record whether they have read or not on the previous evening. This may mean only reading a few pages- quality over quantity. Children should always engage in discussion about what they have read, particularly in light of the new curriculum, which requires a good level of comprehension and vocabulary at the end of Year 2.
Children should be able to read 90% of the words in their reading book i.e. 1 or 2 new words per book. Record in the reading record if you would like us to check the level of book that your child is reading.
The children are heard read during a weekly Guided Reading session and have a quiet reading time in Class three times a week. We also run a Reading Mentor scheme, where some children have the opportunity to read with an adult once or twice a week. This is by invitation only and is organised by Mrs Woods. If you would like to volunteer for this scheme, please speak directly with Mrs Woods.
All money and reply slips should always be taken to the office please. Children should put their book bags in their drawer in the Honeypot and their drink bottle in the Water Bottle Box.
The ringing of the bell is a signal for the children to line up for ‘Wake and Shake’, our morning exercise session, and for parents to leave. We would greatly appreciate your support with this, as it can be hard to get the children to focus on the instructions being given, if parents are still in the playground area.
Spellings/Letters and Sounds
Children across the school have been split into phonic groups (Letters and Sounds) and spend the first 20 minutes of every day (except Friday) in these groups, practising the sounds which they need to learn. Your child’s Letters and Sounds teacher may or may not send home spellings or activity sheets for your child to do, in preparation for an assessment each week. We have found time and time again, that the most successful way to learn to spell is by learning a phoneme/sound e.g. igh and then investigating which words contain this phoneme.
Year 2s should be able to join their handwriting by the end of the year and teaching the joins is a priority in term 1.
We have a ‘naughty’ maths fairy who comes and moves numbers around the Classroom during the night. Children might like to have a quick look in the morning to see if anything has changed.
Children take it in turns to wear a Class watch for the day and help to be ‘Time Monitors’.
The new curriculum is much more challenging. For example, children are expected to read the clock to the nearest 5 minutes in Year 2. Therefore, anything extra you can do at home with the following will make a huge difference:
- Mathletics (Log in details in front of Reading Record)- please print out certificates gained to be presented in Assembly.
In addition, Year 2s will have a small number of number bonds to learn by heart each week. These will be sent home in a small book and will be tested weekly each Friday.
Ash has a clear homework policy which values the time you spend with your child outside of school, doing lots of other fun things that we can’t do during lessons. However, occasionally we may send home an optional activity to support our learning in school.
- Please keep the above in school everyday.
- Daps or trainers should be worn for PE.
- Children should wear a waterproof trousers and jacket if they want to play on the field at break/lunch times.
There is a black box in the Classroom into which all unlabelled clothing/items go. This is in addition to the school lost property bin, which is under the stairs that lie between the Library and the Office.
All children can be collected from the Honeypot door. Please let us know if someone different will be collecting your child and record your child’s name and who will be collecting them, on a corner of the white board.
Show and Tell
Unfortunately, we don’t have time to do Show and Tell every day. Seasonal ‘Show and Tells’ are brilliant e.g. conkers in the Autumn, seashells in the Summer and of course, anything related to our topic. No toys please.
Mrs Roberts is always happy to present certificates and prizes in assembly to children, so please do bring in to share.
Class Captain and Barnaby Bear
Year 2 children take it in turns to be ‘Class Captain’ for the day and take Barnaby Bear home.
To encourage kindness, Class 2 has a ‘Kindness Bucket’, into which pebbles are added every time a member of staff witnesses an act of kindness. When the bucket is full, the children agree upon a whole class treat.
International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
Each half term we have a different topic, through which we teach a range of subjects such as science, history, geography, international learning, Art, D.T. and R.E. Any Show and Tell related to this topic will be gratefully received- we want the children to be as involved as possible and try to plan around their interests and preferences. We send home a letter about each new topic, once a half term.
Forest School and Swimming
Year 2s will swim for two half terms during the year. A letter will be sent home, with more details, nearer the time.
All Year 2s will have an opportunity to attend a 5 week block of Forest School, which is run by Mr Robjohn on Friday afternoons. More information will be sent home in a letter.
If your child is staying to a club after school, please let a member of staff know. Parents do not need to cover the transition between the end of the day and the club starting; a member of staff will be assigned to this responsibility. You may like to send your child with a piece of fruit to eat, before their club starts.