A huge welcome to Year 2. We hope you have had a fantastic Summer holiday and we look forward to hearing all about it. Your teachers are Mrs Coleman on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (am) and Mrs Ollerenshaw Wednesday (pm), Thursday and Friday. Our teaching assistants will be Mrs Miller who has worked as part of the team for a number of years so we are delighted to have her on board again.
We would encourage the children to read their school reading books little and often (although we appreciate that working parents and tired children sometimes means that less frequent, more intense times may be more productive for your family). Comprehension is a key skill that we develop in year 2 and as a result we will be giving example questions on the ‘meet the teacher’ evening). Children will have the chance to change their books twice a week on a Tuesday and a Friday. The children are asked to hand their books on these days whether or not they need to be changed so we can monitor home reading.
Our PE days are yet to be confirmed so please ensure PE kits are in school every day. Please ensure all items in the PE bag are named and that the children have a pair of trainers with them as we will go outside for PE whenever possible, weather permitting.
Please ensure your child brings a named bottle of water to school every day as well as a coat.
This half term we are starting with finding out all about Guy Fawkes. This links nicely with our British value that we are learning about; ‘having a mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith’. We have found out about how Guy wasn’t allowed to be Catholic and how this led to the events on November the 5th 1605.
We will then be moving onto our Woodland topic where we have a huge range of exciting things planned. We will be finding out if we can help Mr Fox who has written to the children in year 2 asking for help as his woodland is being destroyed. We will be doing lots of science finding out about habitats (his and others), food chains and categorising objects and animals into groups. We will be doing writing inspired by the Gruffalo, poetry about woodland animals and persuasive letter writing as well as other exciting pieces.
Knights and Castles
We will be finding out about the advantages and disadvantages of different types of castles and how they have changed over time as well as finding out about York’s history.
These are just a selection of the amazing castles that the children made at home. We were really impressed!! They had carefully thought about and included all the features we had been learning about.