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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

4th March 2021,   Lockdown Letter from the Year 2 teachers 

Dear Children and Parents of Robin, Kingfisher, Owl, Puffin and Lark Class,

 

Dear Children and Parents of Robin, Kingfisher, Owl, Puffin and Lark Class,

 

Well done everyone!! We can look back on the past weeks with a great deal of pride and achievement.  We have all had a number of individual and shared moments throughout the national lockdown, both positive and at times, challenging. You are the first children to have turned your homes into the classroom and the parks and gardens your playgrounds. As a team we are incredibly proud of the hardworking children and families in Year 2 and wouldn’t want anyone else in our virtual classrooms! However it is time to start looking forward and to reclaim a sense of ‘normality’ without losing the resilience, determination and independence that has inevitably changed and marked us all over the past year.

 

We have all been in school preparing to once more have our classrooms filled with your energy, joy and friendship. Make sure that you have been going to bed early and getting up on time so that it will be a smooth return to school on Monday.

 

This is also a good time to practise your reading before we return to school. We are really hoping to be able to move some of your reading book bands up when we hear you read at school. Please remember to put your reading book in your school bag ready to return on Monday. Also don’t forget to wear your PE clothes on your PE day. You teacher will remind you if you have forgotten which day you have PE.

 

The staggered times for drop off and pick up are the same as before Christmas, please try not to arrive too early or late as we are trying to limit the number of people on the school site at once. Please remember to keep your distance from others when you are lining up. It is also important to leave as soon as you have dropped off or picked up your child. We also ask that you wear a face covering to help stop the spread of the virus. If you have any questions or concerns please email the class teacher instead of speaking to them at the class door as we are trying to limit the contact with people as much as possible due to the high numbers still in Luton. We will then get back to you as soon as we can. A reminder of the drop off and pick up times and the gates to use are below.

 

 

Drop off

Pick up

Gate

Lark

8.50am - 8.55am

3.00pm - 3.05pm

Year 2 - New path on Culverhouse Road

Kingfisher

8.55am - 9.00am

3.05pm - 3.10pm

Year 2 - New path on Culverhouse Road

Puffin

9.00am - 9.05am

3.10pm - 3.15pm

Year 2 - New path on Culverhouse Road

Robin

9.05am - 9.10am

3.15pm - 3.20pm

Year 2 - New path on Culverhouse Road

Owl

9.10am - 9.15am

3.20pm - 3.25pm

Year 2 - New path on Culverhouse Road

 

Also attached to this email are copies of the information that was sent home at the beginning of this week regarding the return to school on Monday. Please make sure you read through it.

 

Please feel free to contact us if there are any questions about the work or any concerns about returning to school using the class email address. We will get back to you as soon as we can.  

 

We are so excited to see you all on Monday!

Take care everyone,

Miss Ruddle, Miss Johnson, Mrs Malik, Mrs Patel, Mrs Nic Dhonncha, Mrs Begum and Mr Herbert

Life in Lockdown Photos

We asked you to send in photos of the children being creative, baking cakes, enjoying family time and playing with their siblings. Take a look to see if you recognise anyone in the gallery below!

Click on the link below to take you to the Home Learning page.

Isolation Activity Grid

The isolation grid is to be used by children who are self isolating in addition to any work that is sent home via Google Classroom. The grid has a wide range of activities that can be completed in your home, including Maths, English and Science tasks, as well as well-being and creative activities like baking, drawing etc.

Reading books

The home reading books will normally be changed twice a week, every Monday and Thursday. The children will get the greatest benefit if parents or another adult can hear them read as often as possible – a few pages each night is ideal, they do not need to read the whole book every time. After hearing the children read, parents should sign and write a comment in the reading record. The children need to bring their reading book to school every day.

 

YEAR 2 READING BOOKS ARE CHANGED EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY

 

PE

Your child will have PE once a week and they need to come into school wearing their PE kit on the day listed below. Children will need to come in to school wearing a white T-shirt and dark leggings or tracksuit bottoms, but can we please ask that these have elasticated ankles for safety reasons. The children will also need to wear plimsolls.

PE Timetable Lark Thursday
  Puffin Friday
  Owl Tuesday
  Kingfisher Monday
  Robin Wednesday

 

 

Curriculum

In Year 2 the children are set into ability groups for English and Maths. Within English, children read, write, explore stories and story features such as settings, characters and story plots. They also look at poetry and think about rhyme and rhythm. Children also develop their understanding and interest in non-fiction texts such as recounts, non-chronological reports and instructions.

 

During Maths children learn a range of skills including counting and number skills, calculations, shape and measure, and data handling. Children use a range of equipment such as cubes, counters, number lines and hundred square. They are also taught different recording methods for the four operations which can be found in the school’s ‘Calculation Policy’.

Library

All children use the school library each week to select a new library book which is chosen by the children to reflect their interests and enjoyment. These books are to be looked after : please do not allow younger brothers and sisters to play with them. Any loss or damage will need to be paid for before your child can borrow another book.

Please see below for your child's class Library day:

                              Monday       Owl Class

                              Tuesday       Puffin Class

                              Wednesday  Robin Class

                              Thursday      Lark Class

                              Friday           Kingfisher

Homework

From September 2020 homework will be set and completed on Google Classroom.

Spellings go home on a Friday and the children have a week to learn them before their spelling test the following Friday. 

Mental Maths goes home on Wednesday to be handed in on Monday.

 

Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions before the deadline for homework.

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