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2GN - Miss Newton

Hello and welcome to 2GN!

In Year 2, we encourage the children to be organised and prepared for each school day. Year 2 is an important milestone because of how much your child will grow, mature and become more independent over the course of the year. We appreciate your continued support in every aspect of your child’s learning.

 

Important information

 

About our class

In 2GN, we are a team. We work together, with the support and guidance of the adults, to be the best we can be. We support and celebrate each other’s achievements and we are proud when we accomplish something new. This classroom philosophy is based on a foundation of mutual trust and respect- between the adults and the children- and we show this through constant hard work and effort.

 

Physical Education 

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To align with new COVID-19 regulations, your child MUST come to school wearing their OUTDOOR PE kit on a Monday and a Thursday.  Please note this does not apply to the first week back

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Kit required for P.E: 

Boys - White T-shirt and black shorts and trainers or pumps for outdoor games during summer and winter months. Warm navy/black tracksuit and trainers for outdoor games during the winter months. 

Girls - White T-shirt, black shorts or cycling shorts (not nylon or lycra) and trainers or pumps for outdoor games during summer and winter months. Warm navy/black tracksuit and trainers for outdoor games during the winter months. 

Please note earrings must be removed for PE or covered by tape provided by the parent. 

 

Maths

Mathletics is a fantastic online resource for children to develop their mathematical understanding in a fun and accessible way. Every child has a log in for Mathletics- please encourage your child to use the programme even just for 15 minutes a day. All the activities are differentiated for your child’s needs- meaning they provide just the right level of challenge according to their level and depth of mathematical understanding. If that wasn’t exciting enough, using Mathletics frequently earns your child points, which go towards bronze, silver and gold certificates. The more children in our class who use Mathletics will hopefully earn us enough points to win the weekly Mathletics trophy- and we all know how much Miss Newton loves to win!

As a school we are taking part in the ‘Times Tables Rock!’ challenge. By the end of Year 4, all children should know up to 12x12; however, in Year 2, we focus on knowing the multiplication and division facts for the 2s, 5s and 10s. Please encourage your child to log on to the Times Tables Rock website- their username and password can be found on the inside of their reading record.

 

Reading

Reading is extremely important to children of all ages, but during Year 2, you will notice significant changes in your child’s reading fluency and comprehension as they become more independent. There are numerous things we as a school do to support children’s reading and coupled with support from home, their progress accelerates momentously.

  • Reading raffle- 1 ticket for every 5 times read at home, having had their reading records signed by an adult. We set a new target for each week, please ask your child what it is!
  • 100 books to read before you leave Year 2- this list was published by an experienced teacher in a different school. Starting from their first day in Year 2, please make a note in your child’s reading record every time they read one of the books from the list. We aim to have read all 100 of these by the end of the year. These books are all freely available to borrow from local libraries and it is likely you have some of these at home too. The children can also read a selection of them in our reading garden. Please don’t back-date books, e.g. we will only count the books that they have read from when we started in Year 2.
  • Guided reading- all children participate in a mixture of guided or whole-class reading every day in Year 2. These sessions are not marked in their reading records, so it may appear that your child hasn’t read at school. Children will also have the opportunity to read individually with an adult at school too. Any reading volunteers who could spare an afternoon would be greatly appreciated!
  • Phonics- in Year 2 we work on consolidating Phase 5 sounds in the Autumn term, then begin to work on Phase 6 for the rest of the year. All children will be sitting a phonics check in the second half of the Autumn term this year, as they were not able to do so at the end of Year 1 due to the lockdown.

 

Homework

Spellings are given out every Monday and need to be learned in preparation for the spelling test the following Monday. These spellings consolidate sounds practised during the week.

 

Behaviour

We follow the ‘good to be green’ behaviour management system. Every child starts the day on the green lilypad; if they make bad choices (e.g. shouting out, not listening etc.) they will move down the chart onto the yellow warning fish or red consequence fish. However, they can rectify this with good choices and move back onto the green lilypad. Exceptional behaviour is rewarded by moving up to the rainbow.

If your child arrives home on Friday without their good to be green sticker, it means that at some point in the week they received a yellow warning or red consequence fish; it may be worth a gentle discussion with your child about how they need to make things better for the following week.

 

We love rewarding good choices and hard work; we offer certificates for Writer, Reader, Mathematician and Star of the week and one lucky child brings home Polly, our class pet (!), to look after for the weekend.

 

If you have any questions/concerns, I am always available to chat at drop off/pick up time.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Miss Newton.

A Bean update!

Week 4, and our plants are coming along nicely. Well done 2GN! 

Hansel & Gretel - Forest Walk

We pretended to be characters from the traditional tale Hansel and Gretel today by going on a trek through the forest. We thought about the five senses and what we could see, hear, smell, touch and taste as we crept along the forest floor. 

Science - Measuring Beans

Observing over time in our science lesson today! The children planted their seeds two weeks ago and today they were able to observe how their bean plant has changed. The children decided to measure the height of the plant and record in their bean diary. We wonder how much they will have grown by next week! 

Expanded noun phrases

2GN have been building noun phrases today. They worked brilliantly with their chatty partner to work out which colour were the nouns and which were the adjectives, then selected appropriate describing words for each noun. We're using these in our writing tomorrow, which I am sure will be excellent! 

Jack and the Beanstalk

2GN have been busy making stick puppets to help them re tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. It was fantastic to hear them all acting out different parts of the story, and some even made their own versions too. 

PE - with ACES coach

On one of the last warm, sunny days of the year, 2GN got out and about to enjoy the good weather. With our coach from ACES, we explored different ways of moving, then learned key skills of defending and attacking. We had a great time! 

PE - Supermovers!

Too wet and rainy for an outdoor PE lesson? No problem! Supermovers to the rescue! With the added bonus of helping us practice our counting skills and support our place value understanding. Type "bbc supermovers" into google to do some fun exercises at home too. 

Science - Planting

Very proud of our scientists in 2GN. After some great discussions about how we need to keep a plant healthy, we set up an experiment where Miss Newton's plant was the independent variable- and we put hers in the dark cupboard! We, however, are going to care for our plant and observe the changes over the coming days and weeks. Watch this space! 

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