St Christopher's Catholic Primary School

Love One Another

Life at St Christopher's Catholic Primary School

Year 2

 Welcome to Year Two!!!!

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a lovely summer. We are very excited to begin our new school year together and we hope that the children are excited about being in Year 2. This year I will be teaching the children alongside Mrs Holles as the Year 2 Teaching Assistant. We are also fortunate to have Mrs Cook, Mrs West, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gee working in Year 2 as well. Year 2 is a challenging but fun year in which the children will begin to become more independent and creative learners. We will study a variety of interesting and fun topics this year. Here is some information to get us started in Year 2. 

 

Guided Reading

Children will continue to follow a guided reading scheme in Year 2. They will read a guided book together in small groups once a week to me, the class teacher, and in addition to this they will read in a group twice a week to an adult in school. The guided reading will be delivered as a lesson and we will teach new skills for reading and comprehension during these sessions. The book read during guided reading will be the level above what your child is currently at in order to challenge them and raise attainment.

Independent Home Reading

As well as a group book your child will also be allocated a home reader which is chosen by us to suit their current ability (this will be reviewed regularly). This book is part of our school scheme and will be monitored closely as to how the children are progressing. We choose this book for them. We would ask that you listen to your child read this book a little every night and comment/sign in their Reading Diary please.  Please do not worry if your child brings home a book they may have read before, this has been done to help your child to develop confidence and fluency. In Year 2 we will no longer take their books out of their bags, the children will bring in their finished book and put it in the reading book box.

Homework:

  • Children will receive a spellings list and a small piece of homework every Monday. This will be due in on the following Monday. Please ensure you practise the spellings on the list as they will receive a spellings test on the Friday.
  • Your child's homework will be put in their own folder for them, please ensure they look after this folder and return their finished homework in this folder on Monday (If they wish to hand it in earlier then great!)
  • Children will also begin to receive some Numeracy homework to consolidate their

  learning in class. This will also be set on a Monday and due in the following Monday. (This   homework won’t necessarily be set every week).

 

Please check the website regularly for any updates and to see our new learning targets each half term.

Learning:

Our first theme of learning together in Year 2 is called ‘ Paddington's Adventure’ and our learning will be based around the character and stories of Paddington Bear. This theme will lend itself to many areas of our learning. Please take a look at the areas of learning for our first half term.

 

English: We will spend the first few weeks revising Phase 5 phonics to ensure the children are secure with these sounds and their corresponding graphemes. We will them move on to looking more closely at ‘sound families’ where one sound can have multiple spellings.

We will be revising the definitions and uses of nouns, verbs and adjectives and focus on writing complete and accurate sentences using the appropriate punctuation.

In our writing sessions we will be reading some of the classic ’Paddington Bear’ stories and be working towards composing our Paddington adventure story as well as writing postcards, letters and descriptions too!

We will also look at a variety of non-fiction genres and write instructions and information sentences.

Numeracy:

  1. Counting groups of objects up to 100. Reading, writing and locating numbers up to 100 on a number line.
  2. Revise number bonds to 10 and 20.
  3. Double numbers up to 15 (and beyond)
  4. Sort 2D shapes by their properties. Sort into Venn diagrams.
  5. Use < and > sings to show more than and less than.
  6. Subtract 10 from 2 and 3 digit numbers.

Science:  We will be learning about a different variety of animals, including humans, and how they survive. We will also touch upon healthy eating and look at designing Paddington a much healthier sandwich for his travels!

ICT:  We will be learning how to use paint and following instructions in order to design our own pictures of Paddington.

Religion:  The Old Testament: Stories and Prayers. The children will learn about the different images of God that are important to us today.

Creative Humanities– History– we will learn about the key events of the ‘Great Fire of London’

Geography– locating and finding out about ‘Peru’ and ‘London’. We will look at

famous landmarks in London and navigate our way there using maps and different modes of transport.

DT and Art  This will be on a Friday afternoon. Please could you send in a named art shirt for your child to wear during these sessions (we do have a reputation for ’messy’ art time!) This half term we will focus on

creating collages.

PE  Dance– autumnal dance scenes and dances to iconic ‘London’ themed music.

Games– throwing and catching ball skills.

PE will be on a Tuesday and a Thursday– please ensure children have their correct PE kits in school. Our first PE session together will be THIS THURSDAY (6th September. )

 

As you can see we will be very busy but most definitely having lots of fun!

 

I look forward to meeting you all at parents evening soon. Any queries or questions please do not hesitate to

contact me. My email is: sbennett@st-christophers.staffs.sch.uk  or feel free to call the office to make an

appointment to speak with me.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs Bennett  

Year 2 Shared Documents