Welcome to Year 2
The Year 2 Team
Miss Chappell (Class Teacher)
Mrs Stiles (Class Teacher)
Mrs Saunders (Class Teacher)
Mrs Edgar (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Crawford (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Wapshott (1:1 Support)
Mrs O'Rourke (1:1 Support)
....our doors are always open. Please do come and see us if any matters arise. If a proper appointment is needed, please make it at the office. We have our open registration morning on a Wednesday and this is an opportunity to take a look at the work in the classroom and to take part in some topic related activities with your child. Please note, that open registration is not an appropriate time to discuss individual concerns though- your teacher will be far better able to help you during your own appointment time.
Welcome to the Spring Term!
Our new topic is 'AFRICA'.
Our skills this term will focus on Geography this half of term and Performing Arts for the second half of term. Obviously, it's going to be tricky getting our children to any African countries but if you have any artefacts, books or photos from holidays then do feel free to bring them in to the classrooms! We have begun our topic already, by looking at Atlases and maps and exploring how they work to give us information about other countries. When you visit the classrooms, you will already see that we have made our own maps of Africa; paying attention to the land types of the continent. We have also made a 'key' to demonstrate this.
As the term continues, we will be comparing our local landscapes and habitats to those in Africa, as well as looking at the different wildlife, the weather and hugely diverse cultures there. As our recent Ofsted picked up; many of our children do not have a greater multi-cultural experience or understanding. It is our intention to break our children out of any pre-conceptions of the African continent and work with them to appreciate the lives of children; just like them, from a different country. We appreciate you support with this!
Just like last term; we will be encouraging our children to develop their own 'home learning' this term. We know that this was thoroughly enjoyed with the Castles topic, so do continue to think about what projects you could get up to now too! This is a hugely enriching experience for the children. Being supported at home this way really makes a huge difference in their enthusiasm for learning.
JIGSAW: This term, we're making a fresh start and considering our 'Hopes and Dreams' towards our home life and school life. We are practising more 'Mindfulness' with our 'Relax Kids' sessions on a Monday afternoon too. We are really proud of the mature attitudes that the children are developing towards this way of learning and have noticed that they are much better able to discuss their emotions and responses in class.
Please do feel free to drop in on a Wednesday morning for open registration. This is an opportunity for you to take part in a table top activity or reading with your child for the first 15 minutes of the day. (Please note that if you require some time to catch up with your class teacher; open registration is not the best time to do this! If you wish to make an appointment for a longer amount of time; do contact the school office to do so or attend one of the 'drop in' parents' evenings that we have each half term.)
Please help to assist us in instilling greater INDEPENDENCE in the children by sending them into the school building by themselves on all other mornings. A member of staff will always be by the door to ensure any messages are passed on.
Parent Helpers: We are lucky to already have some very supportive parents and grandparents working in our classes. If you feel that this is something that you could offer us- maybe an hour a week, we'd love to welcome you! Please note, however, that we don't expect you to be placed in the same class as your child- sometimes this is actually counter productive! If you are interested in volunteering then do please contact the school office for details and the code of conduct .
Home Reading: Please make sure you continue using reading diaries to update us on home reading. Be reassured that home books can be read, as well as school books. We know only too well that children will love reading if they enjoy the books in the first place. Just make sure you let us know in the diaries what is being read with a brief comment and signature.
P.E. Brrrrrr!!! It's chilly out there now! Please make sure that your child has the appropriate clothing for PE. On a Thursday, 2SS get changed for PE before playtime and we really recommend tracksuit bottoms to cover those cold little legs! We send kit home to wash every half term, so there is no need to take it more regularly than that- do let us know if you're unable to provide all of the kit- we do have a fabulous 'new to you' PE box, with donations going straight back to the PTA.
We will update this page regularly with further information, upcoming events, home learning projects, homework, learning links and photographs.
Home Learning Projects
Spring Newsletter 2019
Both classes have selected Articles from the United Nations Rights of the Child. These are displayed in class, where we have also signed our names to show that we will all agree to upholding these in school.