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Year 2

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you had an enjoyable summer and that you and your child are looking forward to an exciting new school year.

In our first week the Year 2 children will be focusing on the ‘The art of learning’. This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. During this unit we will be focusing on tasks that explore positive learning.

In this unit, we’ll be finding out:

• How the brain works
• About the personal goals that help us to become better learners
• How to learn and practise skills for a special challenge
• How to use what we have learned to create our own special challenge
• How to wake up our brain
• How to look after our brain

The children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

By the end of the week, we hope your child has had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm.

Over the rest of this term the children in Year 2 will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on significant people from the past, ‘People of the past’.

The unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for the following subjects:

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the different decisions that rulers had to make in the past
  • How to use a living graph to explore how a famous person might have been feeling
  • About the life of a famous explorer using maps and role play
  • How to compare the lives of two different explorers
  • About the achievements of important scientists and inventors
  • About what life was like at different times in the past

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the life and music by a famous composer
  • How to use music to tell the story of our famous composer

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the idea of ‘fairness’ and what it means
  • Why some people in the past wanted to make change

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

On Friday 21st of September the children will receive a special visit from a famous person of the past. To give you forewarning our visitor will be asking for £9.15. This will enable the children to have an amazing day of learning and feel like they have took a step back into history.

We will also be having a famous people from history party on Friday 28th September. The children may come to school dressed up as a famous person from history for the day or can simply wear a badge that they have created for their famous person decorated with pictures and symbols that give clues to who their famous person from history might be. For homework the children will need to find out facts about their famous person from history so that they can tell the class their facts and the other children can try and guess who their famous person from history is.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.

Reading mornings will be on Tuesdays 8:40am-8:55am. You are welcome to come into the class to read with your child. Books can be changed any day, before or after school and are on the bookshelves in the year 2 shared area. Please record all of your child’s reading in their Home/School Diary. It is so important that your child reads frequently in order to make good progress. This can be done by an adult or by the child as they become more independent.

The children will visit the school library on a Thursday and may choose a book to take home to read. Please send library books to school on a Thursday for changing.

Outdoor PE will be on Thursday and indoor PE on Tuesday. We are sometimes lucky to have additional taster sessions or sports coaches in school on different days and so ask that PE kits be kept in school all week.

The children will need:

  • White or red T-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Black or white plimsolls for indoor PE
  • Tracksuit and trainers for outdoor use in cold weather 
    (Slogans, football club affiliations or ‘designer labels’ are not permitted)

Earrings should not be worn on PE days or they should be removed or taped by the child before the lesson. Long hair should be tied back.

If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch. We look forward to working with you and your child.

Kind regards,

Mrs K Ritchie, Miss S Peers, Mrs T Anderson, Mrs Penwell and Mrs Haynes