Welcome back to the new academic year at Edward the Elder! We’d like to wish you all a very warm welcome to Year 2 and hope you’ve had a fantastic summer break. I’ll be looking forward to getting to know all of you, as well as delivering some fun and engaging lessons in Year 2.
Supporting myself in Year 2 this year will be Mrs Atkinson-Brooks.
The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 2. In English, we will be learning about stories with familiar settings while also concentrating on spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). In Maths, we will be recalling number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 while also securing children’s’ knowledge of place value, addition and subtraction. This year we are adopting an engaging, thematic approach to teaching with our topic subjects. Science, R.E. and MFL will be taught discreetly. In Science, we will be studying ‘Materials’ and in Geography we will be learning about the countries of the UK and the 7 continents of the world. In Art we will be painting a Starry night picture based on the work of Vincent Van Gogh and in DT we will be planning and creating our own hot air balloon. In History we will be learning about the famous explorer Steve Fossett!
For more details about our learning this term please click on the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview.
Our PE sessions are: Wednesday and Friday.
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. This should consist of a white round neck t-shirt, shorts (preferably black or blue) and pumps. Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
Spellings will be given out weekly – phonics spellings on a Monday and class spellings on a Thursday. Creative homework (purple book) will also be given out throughout the year. Children will also continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school. Expectations of completing a reading journal on a weekly basis will continue – please check out the new layout of these as we have amended them slightly this year. Like in previous years, they must be handed to the class teacher or teaching assistant to mark, books will then be able to be changed and the process can begin again. To continue to raise the profile of reading, on the completion of effective journals, children will fill a tally chart in class and certificates will be awarded.
We have some exciting and interesting trips booked for year two this year, including our residential during spring term. Further letters which include more information will follow.
The gate to the playground will continue to be opened at 8.45am and closed at 8.55am. Late children will need to report to the main office. The school day finishes at 3.15pm.
We look forward to a very enjoyable year full of learning and progress. I am always available to talk to if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year. This can either be after school or by making an appointment at the school office.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss S. Vasiljevic
Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 2 children had a fantastic visit at the B.C.L.M. They were greeted by a costumed tour guide, Carol, who showed and explained what life was like to live and work in one of the world’s most heavily industrialised landscapes. Sparks flew as the children observed a chain maker forging a link and stomachs rumbled at the smell of the fish and chip shop which served chips as they did in 1930.
The children laughed and giggled in the cinema, which only screened black and white moving pictures to music. They were shocked at the basic furniture, food and clothes in the original period shops and houses. Children were amazed at how people from the past survived without hot running water, electricity, bathrooms and the television !
Overall Year 2 had a great time to kick start their history topic - Transport. They found out why the Black Country became famous for the manufacture of vehicles and they took a ride on the vintage tram and bus.