Year 2 2023 - 2024
The Year 2 Team: Teachers- Mrs Siddall and Mrs Blatch
Teaching Assistants- Mrs Mason and Mrs Persjanow
SEN Teaching Assistant- Ms Reddy
Wow, what a fantastic time we have had this past Autumn term learning about Dragons and Fire.
This Spring Term is all about Trolls!
In literacy, we will be using Trolls help us write character descriptions and personal narratives (both real and fictional). We will continue to consolidate expanded noun phrases, conjunctions, increase our vocabulary and will be introduced to adverbs. We will be focusing much more on spelling and making sure that the basics of writing are fully embedded.
Money, multiplication and divisions will be our maths focus. The children will have access to the website Times Table Rock Stars which is a fantastic resource to help them learn their times tables whilst they have some fun.
Science is all about animals. We will explore the differences between things that have never been alive, living and non living things. Look at simple food chains and sources of food for different animals.
Who's that trip trapping over my bridge? Bridges will be our focus in history. We will have a fantastic field trip around the city of Chester where we explore the history of the bridges to give us an insight into different ways of life over different time periods as well as see how they have been significant in certain historical events.
In Geography, we are looking at the world and it's 7 continents and 5 seas, using geographical language to describe human and physical features, desribe the differences in weather patterns in the UK to that of hotter and colder areas of the world in relation the the equator and the North and South Poles.
Should you need to email either class teacher please feel free to use the class email address below.
Events this term
Tuesday 6th February 2.30pm - Delemere residential meeting.
Wednesday 7th February- Geography and History Bridges Walk around chester. Children need to come dressed in comfortable shoes and have a waterproof coat.
FOREST SCHOOL IS NOW FINISHED FOR THE YEAR- Children are to wear normal school uniforms on Wednesdays.
A basic outline of the school day is also attached below.
Whilst we want to make sure all pupils are comfortable and happy at school we do ask that all pupils come to school dressed in the correct school uniform, this includes PE Kits and forest school outfits only being worn on the days pupils are doing these lessons. This helps build our school community and provides unity among the pupils. Please see the correct uniform requirements using the link below.
The children currently have 1 PE lesson per week - every Tuesday.
This will be led by the P.E. experts from KIXX.
On PE days, children should come to school in their School PE KIT:
>black or blue shorts/ leggings/ jogging pants (plain with no logos or pictures)
>a white tshirt
>a sweatshirt/ hoodie ( plain -no pictures)
Long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed. If this is not possible earrings should be covered with a plaster.
At Chester Blue Coat we expect every child will do their best and work incredibly hard at school throughout the day, so therefore we keep homework expectations to a minimum.
However, in year 2, we expect children to complete regular reading and maths tasks at home, which are explained below.
The expectations in year 2 is that each child should read at home at least four times a week.
Please make a comment or just sign your child's reading record to show that your child has read.
The summer term focus on reading is comprehension. This means making sure each child fully understands everything they have read and are able to answer questions about a piece of writing. When reading with you child at home, please make quetioning a priority.
Children also benefit greatly from listening to adults and older children read stories to them, so snuggle up and enjoy books together. Being read to, develop's children's understanding of story structure as well as vocabulary.
These videos from the Open University give top tips on how to share books with your child:
Please help your child to learn basic number facts, such as number bonds to 10, 20 or even 100.
Also now begin to use the Times Tables Rockstars app to develop your child's recall of multiplication tables.
The children are expected to instantly recall the two amounts which equal 10, and recognise the inverse operation of the amount remaining when a number is subtracted from 10. The quick speed of recall is ver important. A great game which we use in school is Hit the Button.
Alternatively, dominio type games or matching cards can be made and played to increase the speed recall of basic number facts. There are some resources attached.
Spelling and Phonics
An explanation of the terminology used in school and the phonic knowledge your child is expected to have is attached below.
Also, a list of 'common exception' words for Years 1 and 2 is attached too. These are words that the children may not be able to use their phonic knowledge to spell. They are words that tend to crop up regularly when they are writing and so it is helpful if the children learn how to spell them. We have attached below some ideas for practising spellings with your child.
If you need any help printing out resources, please speak to a member of the Y2 team.
If we feel that your child would benefit from some additional practice in reading, writing, phonics, maths or any subject, then we will approach you and ask for your help to complete work at home.
If you feel your child would benefit from some additional work, please let us know and we will organise work pertinent to your child's needs.
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