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2SW - Mrs Wilson

Year 2- Mrs Wilson (2SW)

 

Welcome back to school and to year 2, I am so excited to be working with you and your child for the following year. A few things have changed and the classroom may look a little different, but the same loving, caring, friendly school (and staff!) still wait for you every day. I want to communicate with parents the best I can with the current situation, so I will update the website as often as possible to show you what exciting things we have been up. Another great way to communicate with us, is through the reading record, which will come home with your child every evening.

 

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 2SW, 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. We follow our St Peter’s SPIRIT in all we do and we will be recognised and celebrated when showing these school values.

 

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 in Friday’s celebration assembly! (Mrs Wilson’s competitive side comes out here!)

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, 10s and the 3’s and 4’s. We complete a time table challenge as part of our morning work- Mrs Wilson may send a sheet home if she thinks anyone needs a little more practice. Please support your child with this.

Every child also has a tt rockstars log in and can practice getting quicker on line, how cool is that!

 

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.
  • I would love every child to read for at least 10 minutes every day- reading is so important
  • We have an amazing reading garden in our classroom where we c
  • Guided reading- all children participate in a mixture of guided or whole-class reading every day in Year 2. Children will also have the opportunity to read individually with an adult at school too.
  • Phonics- we will be consolidating phase 3 - 5 sounds in the autumn term, then begin to work on Phase 6 for the rest of the year. All children will sit a phonics check within autumn 2, to ensure all sounds are consolidated from year 1.

 

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. Please support your child with learning these.

 

Physical Education

Our PE days are Monday and Thursday. Children must come to school in their PE kit on these days. Both at the moment, will require an outdoor kit

 

Kit required for P.E:

Boys - White T-shirt and black shorts and trainers 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 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.

 

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.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to a brilliant year,

Mrs Wilson, Mrs Rodgers, Mrs Shepherd & Mrs Whitehead

Our Classroom

Outdoor Learning

A great start to the week with an outdoor learning session. We have just started another traditional tale: Hansel and Gretel, so we went outside to explore our forest school area. We used our senses (see, hear, feel, smell, taste)  to write down some descriptions such as brown, crunching leaves. We will use this planning to help us write a description of the forest from Hansel and Gretel. 

Jack and the Beanstalk - Writing

Wow! Look at our beautiful writing! We have had such a busy week writing our traditional tales of Jack and the Beanstalk. I am so impressed with all the children’s work. We are now learning how to join up our handwriting and if this could also be encouraged at home (especially within the spelling homework) I would really appreciate it. 

Expanded noun phrases

Another great day in 2SW! Today we have been creating expanded noun phrases by using adjectives  and nouns from Jack and the Beanstalk. We also learnt a new punctuation mark: the comma! 

We are getting very excited to see our beanstalks growing every day! At the moment, Evie and Mason’s is winning! 

Jack & the Beanstalk

We have had another super week in 2SW where all the children have worked so hard again! 

We have started studying jack and the beanstalk and today made our own puppets and acted out the story! We had so much fun! We have also planted our bean seeds to see if we can grow our own beanstalk! 

A 'Noun' Hunt

Today we have enjoyed some learning outdoors and been on a “noun” hunt! We learnt that nouns are: a person, a place or a thing. 

We have also used base 10 in our maths to help us understand how many 10’s and ones are in different numbers. For example to make the number 26, we need 2 tens and 6 ones. 

PE with a Coach

Great day in the sunshine in 2SW with the PE coach for the first time. Lots of team work skills to practice!

Our First Week

What a fantastic week in 2SW! Thank you all for all your hard work and smiling faces this week! 

Here are this weeks award winners: reader, writer, mathematician and star of the week. Well done all of you! I also wanted to share with you our wonderful display of David Hockney art work, a local artist we have studied.

Maths - Numicon

Another great day in 2SW. We have used numicon plates to help us with our number bonds to 10. I was so impressed with everyone’s work, many reaching the extension tasks! Well done everyone! Keep up the amazing work and effort! 

Our first day back!

We’ve had a great day returning to school in 2SW! We have started our jigsaw sequence of lessons and closed our eyes to calm our minds and ensure we were ready for learning. We have settled in excellently and had lots of fun doing some art work about David Hockney. We used paints and oil pastels.

I look forward to working with you all over the year.

 

Mrs Wilson x

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