Welcome back to the new academic year at Edward the Elder! We are so pleased to be able to welcome our children back and we are sure we will all settle quickly back into a routine. We are aware Year 2 will bring challenges as we begin our SATs year, but with everyone’s support, we know your child can succeed!
Supporting us in Year 2 this year will be our Teaching Assistant Miss Bhella who the children know very well.
Purple creative homework books will continue this year. We aim for homework to both consolidate children’s learning from class as well as move their learning on. It is vital that all children complete their homework; we aim to be able to offer homework club every week in the near future. Homework books will be coming home with your child next week – please look out for this!
Children will continue to receive reading books closely matched to their ability. We will be assessing the children this week and will send home an appropriate reading book – colours of books may have changed slightly so please do not worry. Expectations of completing a reading journal on a weekly basis will continue. This term we will focus on ‘inference’. We will go through all of the activity types with the children in class over the next couple of weeks to ensure they are secure with the expectations of these. Like in previous years, they must be handed to the class teacher or teaching assistant to mark. 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. Please return any school reading or library books as soon as possible that your child would have received prior to our school closure.
Phonics will continue to take place and will take place in our class bubble. Children will receive weekly spellings matched to the sounds or spelling rules we have been learning. In addition, children will receive 10 age related spellings on a Friday and tested the following Friday. Please encourage your child to practise these at home.
PE will take place twice weekly, 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 lessons 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 your child’s full name and class. Please can we remind parents 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.
We have some fantastic topics planned for Year 2 this year and this term our learning will be based around the topic Up, up and away! You will find more about this exciting, thematic approach to learning on our Year 2, Autumn Curriculum map.
Please note that Year 2 will be able to enter via the main gate at the revised time of 8.45am and 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 you as their parent.
A reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.
We look forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your children have a successful year full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
We will continue to act upon Government guidelines and will adapt our methods as and when necessary. Thank you for your continued support.
Year 2 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.