Monday, 11 September 2017

Welcome to Year 2!

Thank you to everyone who attended the parent meeting this morning. Hopefully you found it useful and have a better understanding of what to expect for your child in Year 2. If you were unable to attend, I have posted the information that I shared this morning below. 

The ‘Curriculum Content’ information is available to view on the school’s website.

This half term our topic work will be Geography based and we shall be comparing
Harpenden with Kampong Ayer in Brunei, Asia. In Science we will be learning about how
to keep ourselves healthy, looking at the different food groups and the importance of
exercise. Our Art topic is all about Nature and we will be completing some forest school
style activities as well as studying the artist Andy Goldsworthy. In English we will be
focussing on traditional tales and will write our own versions with a twist. 

Monday – Indoor
Wednesday – Outdoor

Please make sure that your child has full kit in school all week in case of any changes to
the timetable.
Children should have suitable trainers along with warm kit for outdoor sessions and black
shorts and a t-shirt for indoor sessions.
Children will also have the opportunity to play football with Mr Simmonds on a Wednesday
lunchtime. If your child wishes to participate in this then they must bring in a separate
football kit on that day.

Homework will be set each Friday – this will usually consist of a maths activity set on the
online abacus learning platform and will link to the learning we have completed that week.
Spellings will be set weekly and the expectation is to use the words set and write them in
an interesting sentence with correct punctuation. We will aim to set at least one RE
homework for each topic and at times there may be some topic based homework or
research to complete.
Please ensure your child completes their homework using a pencil rather than a pen and
that they are encouraged to put lots of effort into their presentation and handwriting.  

Your child should read to you every night. Please remember to record what your child has
read and write a comment in their Reading Record Book. Books are changed once a week
and a timetable will be sent out next week to inform you of which day your child’s books
will be changed.
Please note: books will not be changed if there is no record of them being read.

Please also encourage your child to write in their own reading record if they have read a
book to themselves – they could describe their favourite character or what they liked about
the book.

Every half term, your child will be assessed for reading and we will decide if they are ready
to move up a level in the reading scheme. We will write a comment in your child’s reading
record to inform you of this and anything that they need to work on. 

House points: Given for good work/behaviour/manners etc. (In books this will be signified
by a smiley face.)

Golden Moments: Will be given out weekly related to school values.

Each week one child will receive a ‘Meerkat’ learner of the week bookmark. These awards
will be linked to the Meerkat Learner characteristics.

In Year 2, the children become ‘superhero learners’ and will collect stickers throughout the
year to go in their passport if we see them trying their best and challenging themselves.

Every half term one child in the class will receive an RE certificate for demonstrating good
progress related to the current topics. A writing certificate will be awarded on a half-termly
basis – this may be for outstanding progress or particular enthusiasm or effort put into

You can write notes to me in the Reading Record Book, but I don’t see these every day, so
you need to remind your child to show me or alternatively write me a note. 
If you would like to make an appointment to see me then after school is preferable.
However, if you have any concerns big or small please speak to me as soon as possible in
order that I can deal with them.

The blog will be updated on a fortnightly basis and we will aim to share photos of what we
have been learning in class as well as information about what we will be focussing on for
the next couple of weeks. We will also post any useful diary dates and any extra
information about homework where necessary.

Class Information
Going home book – please note down if your child is going to be collected by anyone
different than normal or if they are attending an after school club.

Show and tell – with a packed timetable and lots of learning to get through, we do not
have a set time for ‘show and tell.’ However, if your child has done something particularly
exciting that they wish to share, please let me know when you drop them off in the

Please note that toys should not be brought into school to play with.

All children must have a water bottle in school each day. 

Diary Dates
Our class assembly will be held on Friday 6th October. We hope to see you there!

KS1 Nativity will be held on Friday 8th December.

Parent consultations will be held on 16th/17th October.

A SATs meeting will be arranged later in the year. SATs are nothing to worry about as KS1
assessments are based on teacher judgements. We do not use the term ‘tests’ and
instead the class will have a go at some ‘quizzes’ to amaze me with how much they have

We are hoping to go on a number of trips this year and will give you more information
when the time comes. Your help and support on these trips is always greatly appreciated!