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Land, Sea and Sky

Dear Parents/carers,

Welcome back. We hope you have had a restful break. We are looking forward to a fantastic term ahead. Please take note of the important messages below, most of which are specific to Year 2.

When dropping off your children in the morning, they should be escorted through the gates, but should go into their classroom on their own, in order to build their independence. The school gates open at 8:35 and it is important that children are ready for the start of their lessons as soon as possible! At the end of the day children can be picked up from the main playground. Parents Evening is this week and next and we expect all of our parents to make themselves available for these meetings. Please sign up via ParentMail in the next few days.

We had a great first term in school and the Year 2 children have shown an increased amount of independence as the year has progressed. Homework is produced to a good standard in all three classes and children are beginning to develop a mature approach to their learning!

Our first, whole school, topic of the term is ‘Big Questions’ where we will concentrate on Growth Mindset which is one of our qualities for life.

Our main Year 2 topic for the Spring Term is ‘Land, Sea and Sky’. The children will be learning about biology, with particular interest in habitats, characteristics of animals, and food chains. We will be going on a number of educational visits as part of this topic so parent volunteers will be necessary. Please speak to your child’s class-teacher if you are willing to help out with these.

In English we will be writing a letter based on a text we have been learning about. We will also be visiting several outdoor spaces to look at habitats. Shakespeare will also be present this term, as we look at one of Shakespeare’s well known plays ‘The Tempest’.  This is a great chance for the children to use drama in their learning, and they will write a narrative based on the story.

Homework will be given on a Tuesday and the children will have until the following Monday to bring it back. This will be a piece of Maths or English homework and a creative piece of homework linked to Topic or Science. Please support your children with their homework and help them to develop a sense of responsibility around getting work done on time. The children will also bring a reading book home each week and will have a reading journal where they should write some comments on what they have read and it is important that these are signed by you.

The children will have PE twice a week and we would appreciate it if they could come dressed for PE on a Monday and Friday. If you could take the time to clearly label your child’s uniform and PE kit this would be extremely helpful so any lost property can be returned to their owner.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us.

Year 2 Teachers