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Excellence Everyday

Year Two class 2020-2021

'Excellence Everyday'

'Learn, Live, Laugh and Love Ashurst'

Learn to be inspiring and make a difference to this world, we know how amazing you are,

Live with understanding and compassion for others, knowing we are all different and special in a community where equality stands tall,

Laugh and listen to the enjoyment of learning and excitement of everyone celebrating their achievements,

Love Ashurst, our special school and the hub of supportive staff, parents and children who aim high to be the best they can be.

Our new stars of Year 2! 

As we can’t celebrate Christmas in the normal way this year, we thought we would surprise you with some festive songs for you to enjoy safely at home.

Thank you for all your support during the autumn term, please be safe and have a wonderful time at Christmas.

‘Happy Christmas’

Year 2 staff

Teacher/Deputy Head

Mrs R.King

Learning Assistant

Miss R. Jones

Learning Assistant

Mrs P. Evans

Useful phonics websites:

About the class...

Year 2 - Mrs R King 
Learning Assistants - Miss Jones and Mrs Evans

Year Two is a warm and welcoming classroom where lots of exciting learning takes place. We aim for all lessons to be interactive, exciting and engaging. Throughout Year Two, children continue to develop their independence. They are given lots of responsibilities and they challenge themselves to achieve their full potential! With support from teachers and family at home, the children work hard on their goals.  Year Two is alive with reading!  We take every opportunity to read.  Children are supported to grow a love of reading, becoming readers who read for pleasure and purpose.  Mental health and well-being are high priority in Year 2.  We work hard to support the children to be happy and free from worry and anxieties.  We promote positive self-talk and resilience and guide children through any difficulties they face.  We use wonderful stories to explore themes linked to mental health and  well-being. 

All individuals

Each child enters Year Two at a different stage. Therefore we treat every child as an individual and plan to cater for their individual needs. We understand that every child learns in a different way and has different interests and it is our aim to adapt our teaching to suit the children. We encourage their independence throughout, allowing them to take ownership of their learning and achievements and to understand how to solve problems on their own.

What do we learn?

We have daily maths and English/SPAG lessons.  Our English work links to a whole class text.  We produce some fabulous writing linked to our text.  We have reading lessons to help us work on year group reading objectives.  We love finding evidence in reading to prove our points!  We have daily opportunities to read across the curriculum.  Staff will make comments in our reading records and support us with changing our books.   We learn to read then read to learn!

We have an action packed curriculum with lots of exciting learning.  We aim to grow scientists, historians, artists , musicians and much more!  We make links with different subjects across the curriculum and aim to apply our maths and English skills in every subject.    

Important things to remember: -

  • PE We have PE every Monday and Wednesday– please ensure that your child attends school on this day in their PE kit (an indoor and/or outdoor PE kit with trainers)  inline with our new guidance related to Covid-19.
  • Reading books will be changed every Monday.  Reading books will go home from Monday 14th September 2020. Please ensure your child has their reading book in school each Monday.  We will place returned books into quarantine to reduce any risk of covid-19 transmission.  Reading records will be provided for you to comment on your child's reading.  Reading records will be due in school on set days.  The first day for reading records to be sent into school is Friday 2nd October 2020.  This will allow staff to monitor home reading.  We will send reminders via text message for this date.
  • Homework:  We have made some changes to homework in-line with covid-19 measures in place.  Homework will predominantly be set online.   
  • Every Monday a grammar task will be set on Spag.com. This is an online programme and can be accessed here: www.spag.com Children will access the site online at home.  Passwords will be provided again so please do not worry if they have been misplaced. A task will be set each Monday and must be completed by Friday.  Staff will monitor completion of the tasks.  The first task will be set week beginning 14th September 2020.
  • Children are required to access TT Rockstars to support the learning of times tables.  Please aim for at least one session each week.  Again, passwords will be provided. 
  • Spellings will be given every Monday in the form of a worksheet. Unlike expectations for last year, this worksheet will not be sent back into school but rather be kept at home.  You may wish to store all spelling sheets in a folder/file so you can refer back to them.  Spelling tests will take place each Friday.  Please support your child in learning these spellings at home.  We recommend little and often.  The first set of spellings will be sent out on Monday 14th September 2020.
  • And finally, we are soon to be setting up a new app called SEESAW to facilitate additional homework tasks. This will enable staff to set work, monitor work and provide feedback online.  More information to follow in a separate letter. This will be launching soon.

Year 2 Long Term Plan 2020-2021

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Book recommendations for Year 2

 Follow the link below to view a wealth of recommended books for your child in Year 2. 

You will never be short of book suggestions with this site.  Children we hope you find something you will love. 

'The Reader Teacher' - Visit this site to view 100 'must reads' for YEAR 2  https://www.thereaderteacher.com/year2 

Computing

In computing, we have been learning about coding.  We wrote an algorithm, a set of instructions, to give to the computer.  We got into the role of air traffic controllers!  Our task was to program the computer to make two planes take off at the same time without crashing!   

Performing and writing poetry

We had great fun this week performing and writing poems.  We particularly enjoyed watching Michael Rosen performing his brilliant poem 'Don't' .  We read the poem and made notes about how we would perform it.  We then performed our versions to the rest of the class.   

Science - investigating handspan 

We have been learning about animals including humans.  We can name animals and their young and we know that mammals give birth to live young and that reptiles lay eggs.  After looking at ways animals change and grow, we decided to conduct a test into the size of our handspans.  Children asked some brilliant questions such as: Will boys have bigger hands than girls? Do taller people have bigger handspans?  We measured our own handspans with cubes and compared them to find out who had the largest and who had the smallest.  Our interest then took us to conduct another test - the cube grab!  Children asked questions such as:  Will the child with the biggest handspan be able to grab the most cubes?  Our science ambassador, Jessica, led the session and was brilliant.  Take a look at our pictures.