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Year Two

WELCOME TO ST JOSEPH'S AND ST GERARD'S CLASSES

Dear Parents,

We hope you have all had a restful break and are ready for the year ahead. All of the Year 2 team have closely worked together to plan an exciting first half term for the children. We are looking forward to getting to know your child.

Topics taught this first half term

English – The books we are studying this half term are ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ and ‘The Enormous Turnip’.

We will be using this book as a starting point for all aspects of our Literacy work.

We cannot stress enough the importance of reading with your child every day. Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Friday. This is not a guide as to when your child should finish their reading book so please do not feel the need to rush as they will benefit more from discussing the pictures and words, sharing what they like and dislike about a story and drawing their attention to the use of punctuation. Please ensure your child’s reading book is in their book bag every day, signed and dated – there is a space for a comment if you would like. 

Maths –

Maths will be taught every day and the focus will be:–

  • Rapid recall of + and - facts to 10
  • Rapid recall of + and - to 20, (e.g. 8+12=20, 20-8=12)
  • Counting and recognising numbers to 100
  • Reading number names to 100
  • 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables
  • Missing box equations

Please find attached National Curriculum expectations of children at the end of Year 2. You can help your child by observing numbers in the world around them, shops, transport etc, counting and sorting objects at home as well as looking for problem solving questions within books.

RE – We will continue to follow the school Religious Education curriculum- ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life.’ Our first topic will be about ‘God’s Chosen People’. You may like to talk with your child about how we are special people to God and the important gifts he has given us that we can use to help others.

Science – Living Things and Their Habitats

We will be looking at living things and their habitats. It would be helpful if you could get your child to discuss with you the different types of animals they know, what habitats they live in and why. For example, polar bears live in the Arctic for the cold conditions and the availability of fish. We will also be asking questions about things in a habitat that are living/dead/never lived and looking at food chains for different habitats.

Geography – Our Wonderful World

We will be studying the location of countries, continents and oceans of the world in relation to the position of the United Kingdom and children’s own locality. The children will develop global awareness and understanding that the world is spherical. They will develop the skills of using atlases, world maps and globes.

Homework - Homework will be sent home on a Thursday and should be brought back into school fully completed by the following Monday. Please sign your child’s homework book every week after you have completed the task with them. We will provide a half termly spelling overview, with a week-to-week breakdown. Our spellings test will be on a Friday, children will take their spelling books home following the test and they must be returned, with the homework book on a Monday.

P.E. - Please make sure your child wears their PE kit to school on a Friday.

Ensure all uniform is clearly labelled including school bags and PE kits. Children must have an OLOG t-shirt, blue shorts, navy blue tracksuit bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls.  Please tie long hair back with a plain red, black or white hair band.  Children are not allowed to wear any jewellery including earrings, hair beads or shave patterns in their hair.

In keeping with social distancing rules parents will not be able to speak with teachers in the morning and at the end of the day which has been the case over the years. To ensure that communication with us continues parents can send emails to the class teachers on issues relating to academic matters alone. All other queries or issues should be sent to the school email as usual. Teachers will respond to emails after school between the hours of 3:10 pm and 5 pm. Any email sent on Friday after school will be responded on Monday.

Teacher: Miss Barrett

Email: sbarrett@ourladyofgraceschool.co.uk

Teacher: Miss O’Neill

Email: so’neill@ourladyofgraceschool.co.uk

School email: sao@ourladyofgraceschool.co.uk

We are looking forward to working with your child and encourage you to check their book bag regularly for upcoming events and important information.

 

Yours sincerely,

Shauna Barrett

St Joseph Class Teacher

Sarah O’Neill

St Gerard Class Teacher