Welcome to Year Two with Mrs Craggs
I hope that the children will enjoy our topics this term.
Our history topic is The Great Fire of London. We shall compare modern day life and London to that of the 1600s, including the Great Plague. Learning will be closely linked to our English work and also our music lessons with Mrs Tann through rhymes and songs. Children will learn more about the importance of historical sources from the diaries of Samuel Pepys. We shall study the Great Fire from different perspectives and learn about how it affected how London was rebuilt afterwards.
Our Science topic is Habitats and Living Things. Children will build upon their prior knowledge and learn more about the characteristics shared by all living things, both plant and animal. They will recognise how living things are adapted to their habitat, as well as how they relate to one another.
Spellings - New spellings will be given each Monday and tested on the following Monday. Please keep spelling activity sheets at home so you can revise previous spelling patterns with your child, as we shall do recap tests from time to time. If you note any spelling practice done at home in your child's journal, we can reward them with Dojos.
Phonics - We use the Phonics Bugs programme of study. This term we are continuing to revise and consolidate Phase 5 letters and sounds, with particular emphasis on alternative ways of spelling sounds. For example: a-e (like cake), ay (like stay), ai (like train), etc.
Reading - We encourage children to read at home to a parent as often as possible. Journals are checked each morning and Dojo rewards are given if parents/carers have commented and signed the journal to record reading. Books are changed regularly (no more than twice per week) and children are provided with two books at a time. Talking about the reading is vital and we have information to help you support your child's reading (see below).
On PE days (Tuesday and Friday) children should come into school wearing black tracksuit bottoms, school T-Shirt and school red hoodie or red jumper and trainers.
Year 2 will continue to enter and leave school as before. In the morning, Mrs Skidmore will open the playground gate at 8:45 am for children only. Mrs Spickernell will greet pupils and bring them to the Year 2 cloakroom. At the end of the day, children will leave from the cloakroom.
Children should come into school in school uniform and bring a coat, water bottle and healthy snack, also a lunchbox if they are having sandwiches. All items should be clearly named.
Outdoor Woodland Learning - Pupils should come to school dressed in outdoor learning clothes including a waterproof coat. Please bring named boots if it is wet and a sun hat as needed. Diary dates for Outdoor Woodland Learning will be issued.
Many thanks for your continued support.
We look forward to a busy, happy and successful term.