Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year at Edward the Elder! We hope you have all had a relaxing Summer and are ready to welcome the children back into a settled routine. We are aware that Year 2 brings challenges as we begin our SATs, however with everyone’s support, we know the children can succeed!

As mentioned briefly in the ‘Inspiration Day’ letter before the summer, my name is Miss Squire and I will be the Year 2 teacher for the 2021-2022 academic year. I am really looking forward to working with all the children and hope to create some exciting learning opportunities for them all! Supporting us in Year 2 this year will be our Teaching Assistant Mrs Carter, who the children know extremely well.

Purple creative homework books will continue this year – creative homework aims to consolidate as well as extend the children’s learning. Therefore, it is essential the homework is completed; please encourage and remind your child about it.

Children will also receive reading books matched to their ability. We will be assessing the children this week and will send the appropriate book home with them-please do not be concerned if this differs from the end of Year One. There is also the continued expectation of the completion of a reading journal on a weekly basis. In class, we will cover the activity types with the children to ensure that they are secure with expectations. Please return these journals to either Mrs Carter or myself to be marked.

During the Autumn Term, phonics will continue to take place within our class bubble. Children will receive weekly spellings matched to the sounds or spelling rules we have been learning during the week. These will be given on a Monday and tested on the Friday of the same week. In addition, children will also receive age-related spellings on a Monday and will be tested the following Monday. Please encourage practicing both sets of spellings at home.

PE will take place on a Wednesday and a Friday, please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. White round neck t-shirt, shorts (black or navy) and black pumps. Both PE sessions will be taught by Soccer 2000 and will cover a range of skills. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with the children’s full name and class. Please can we remind parents and carers that jewellery should not 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. Long hair should also be tied back in preparation for PE.

We have some fantastic topics planned for Year 2 this year – starting with the Autumn Term, our first exciting topic is ‘Up, Up and Away!’. I would like to also take this opportunity to remind you about our ‘Inspiration Day’ on Friday 10th September 2021. The children can dress up if they wish, however please do not spend large amounts of money on a costume. You can find out more about this thematic approach to learning on our Year 2 Autumn Curriculum Overview.

Please note Year 2 will enter the main gate at 8:45am and anyone arriving after 8:55am will be marked as late. Children should be collected from our external classroom door at 3:15pm. We cannot allow children to walk home with a different adult without verbal or written consent from parents/carers who usually collect them.

A reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is present in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.

Mrs Carter and I are really looking forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your children have a successful year full of exciting learning and progress. If you have any questions or queries now or at any time throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to me either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Squire
Year 2 Teacher