Welcome to Year 2!
Hello to all the grown-ups and children of Seahorse & Stingrays class
Seahorse Class - Miss Sarah McClintock - supported by Miss Mandy Jeffcoate
Stingrays Class - Mrs Emma Theobold - supported by Miss Jessica Tompkins
Returning To School
It will strange for many of the children to be back after being away from school for so long and so with this in mind we want to spend time exploring their feelings through games and activities. We will ensure that the children's learning environment remains stimulating but calm and that the children feel they have adults that they can share their thoughts and feelings with. The children will be introduced to simple routines to help keep them safe. These routines will include encouraging children to wash their hands in the outdoor sinks prior to coming into the classroom and then at regular intervals during the day after that, using one set of toilets, keeping water bottles on a special marked spot and having their own stationary equipment to use on their desk. All these routines will be supported by the adults so the children will become comfortable with them.
Coming into class and leaving at the end of the day
Stingray Class- in the morning the children can line up at 8.50 am outside their classroom (by the arched door) along the classroom wall. There will be markers to help people find a space that socially distances them from someone else. The children will be dismissed from there at the end of the day. In the morning, the children will be invited into the cloakroom, where they will hang their coats and bags up, then into the classroom where they will settle to an activity on their desk.
Seahorse Class- The children can line up outside the classroom door (double doors). There will be markers showing where the children can line up that socially distances them from someone else. The children will be dismissed from the classroom door at the end of the day. In the morning the children will be invited into the cloakroom and then the classroom where they will hang their coats and bags up and settle to an activity on their desk.
Please read with your child regularly, we have found that this is invaluable when we monitor the children's progress. In class, the children will have plenty of opportunities to read books picked from their class collections or from the library. Each child will be heard to read during the week. We will also share, as a whole class, a range of lovely books and from this we will develop the children's ability to read each text for meaning and understanding. This will equip the children for reading texts, in any subject, independently in the future.
We will continue to plan the English in very much the same way as it has been done in Year 1. We will take good quality texts, full of rich language and work on these for 2 or 3 weeks. The children will have the opportunity to employ all that they have learnt in a longer writing session over the course of the two to three weeks. We are keen to build on the developments made in Year 1 in terms of supporting the children in being independent learners. The skills they learn as writers will be transferred to other subjects. For example, the children may write about their thoughts and feelings in RE or record their observations of science investigations.
As with the English, we will continue to have daily whole-class teaching sessions. The children will also be taught in a small group once a week. We can track their progress very effectively and provide them with differentiated work that meets their needs. There will be an independent maths task in each lesson and the children will be invited to complete this for them to demonstrate how they can use and apply what they have learnt. We will have ‘learning review’ sessions periodically so that the children can share their ideas with their peers.
To welcome the children back and to create opportunities to build friendships and a sense of belonging and to explore their feelings about being back at school, we will be looking at a lovely book by a popular author, Oliver Jeffers. The books is called 'Here We Are' and are his notes for living on planet Earth. This will run along side the half term topic which is The Great Fire of London. In this topic we will be looking at some historical figures and learning about life in 1666. Our topic will be exciting and informative. The children will given tasks to help them understand the differences between living in the past and their lives now. They will look at where London is on different maps and learn the capital cities of each country of the United Kingdom. In Art, the children will explore colour-mixing and how to use pencils of different hardness to create a variety of effective pictures of London and of Tudor houses. In Science, the children will explore materials and their properties and carry out investigations.
P.E. - twice a week, on a Tuesday(indoor) and Friday (outdoor). Please leave your child’s kit in school until half term. We will set up a system for the children to bring P.E. kit to you that no longer fits them. If your child has long-hair please make sure it is tied back. If your child has pierced ears, please ensure that the earrings are removed or there is tape available so your child can cover them.
We will continue to send home a sheet with 2 "must do" tasks and a selection of others that you may like to try with your child. There will be 2 or 3 weeks to complete the tasks and return their homework books to share with the class.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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