Dear Parents/Guardians ,
Welcome to Year Two and to the final infant year for your children. This is an important year for the children as it is the final stage of their education in the Foundation Phase. We will be consolidating and building on work covered so far as well as learning new skills and concepts. This year your child will also sit their first National Tests. Although this may seem a daunting prospect we ensure to practise both test style questions and test style conditions so that children are not fazed when it comes to taking the real tests. We constantly encourage and reassure children to try their best and not to worry! More information regarding tests will be sent out nearer the time but please don’t hesitate to ask beforehand should you have any questions!
During the year, homework (if set) will be sent home on Fridays and should be returned to school by the following Friday for redistribution. In addition, every Friday your child will bring home a list of spelling words to learn ready for testing the following Friday. There are a number of methods that could be used to practise these at home including the ‘look, say, cover, write and check’ strategy which they will be taught. In addition, using magnetic letters on the fridge, completing crosswords, writing with fun coloured pens or playing games such as Hangman can make learning spellings a little less laborious!
Guided reading will continue to take place in Year 2. Please can I encourage you to remind your child to bring their reading folders to school every day. We endeavour to read as much as possible in school time but as I’m sure you are aware, it is also important to spend quality time each day looking at, reading and sharing a variety of reading materials with your child at home. These may be story books, fact books, magazines, newspapers or even instruction manuals and recipes. Your support with reading at home makes a massive difference to the reading we see in school and it is much appreciated.
During the Autumn Term we will be studying the following:
Literacy will be taught daily and will involve a mix of oracy, reading and writing through both group and individual activities. The children will be looking at stories and poems with familiar settings, reading both fiction and non-fiction texts and learning how to read and write a set of instructions. There will be a particular focus on handwriting initially, and children will continue to learn how to form their letters using the correct letter formation. I will also be introducing the children to more complex elements of grammar including dictionary skills, punctuation, nouns and adjectives, verbs and adverbs, tenses, prepositions and conjunctions. We will work on varying our sentence starters and sentence structures as well as trying to use exciting alternatives to everyday words.
Maths is taught through daily sessions and involves both mental and written work. As with reading, daily maths practise at home is extremely beneficial especially the rehearsal of times tables. Children will have been exposed to the 2, 5 and 10 times table in Year 1 and we will add the 3 and 4 during Year 2. In addition, extra reinforcement of time and familiarising children with money and the value of coins is very helpful.
In our sessions this term we will cover the following:
Counting and properties of numbers to 100 and then 1000. Place value, ordering, estimating and rounding. Understanding plus, minus, multiply and divide, including mental calculation strategies. Money – including recognising all coins, finding totals of coins and giving change – and ‘real life’ problems, making decisions and checking results. Measures including units of time – analogue and digital – estimating, comparing and measuring lengths in metres and centimetres, and using a ruler to measure and draw lines in centimetres. Shape and space including reasoning about shapes, making shape patterns and describing shapes using mathematical properties.
PROJECT WORK: The Circus
This term our project is ‘THE CIRCUS’. Through this project children will learn about concepts in geography, history, science, art and design and technology. These include: the history of the circus and the changes between the traditional and more modern circuses, the varying acts we may see at the circus and how they keep fit and healthy and the countries of origins of circus animals and thus whether it is fair for these animals to travel with a circus. We will also begin to look at simple maps and work to direct circuses from location to location. There will be plenty of opportunity to be creative and we will spend time looking at facial expressions and clown make up as well as creating 3D models of circus acts, taking inspiration from other artists who are influenced by the circus. In our PE sessions, we will be learning circus skills! [See below for important information regarding PE sessions].
P.E. lessons will be on a Tuesday (p.m). May I respectfully remind you that for safety reasons children are not allowed to wear jewellery and long hair needs to be tied back for these lessons. Please could your child bring in and leave their P.E. kit in school in a labelled kit bag until each half term. It can be taken home at the end of each half term to be washed and brought back in for the next half term. Thank you!
We will be practising previously learned language patterns and learning new patterns through a variety of methods such as singing songs, reading books, watching video clips as well as practising it in our daily school life. Incidental welsh will be used within the classroom and around the school.
PERSONAL and SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, WELL BEING and CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Children will learn about beliefs and a variety of religions through festivals and celebrations. We will discuss the fact that festivals are occasions for remembering particular events and that religious festivals reflect cultural differences and beliefs. We will be celebrating Harvest with a special Harvest assembly and of course there will be celebrations and concerts during Christmas time.
Throughout all class lessons, children will be encouraged to work collaboratively, develop self esteem and confidence, and learn to respect the feelings and thoughts of others. They will also be encouraged to care for and be considerate towards the plants, animals and other natural phenomena that are found in our environment. Taking turns, sharing, discussion and debate will also form part of our curriculum.
At Glasllwch School we continue to adapt and improve our school curriculum to encompass the interests and experiences of the children. We believe that asking pupils about what they would like to learn is fundamental to providing an engaging and inspiring curriculum. To help prepare your child for the start of our “The Circus” topic, please discuss with your child what they would like to learn during this topic.
As you can see it’s going to be a very busy term but also lots of fun!
I am looking forward to working with your child and meeting you in the future.
Miss Kate Summers