- Mr Blom – 2B Class Teacher
- Mrs Mills – 2M Class Teacher
- Nicola Bryant, Teaching Assistant
- Rosie Johnson, Teaching Assistant
- Loraine Smith, Teaching Assistant
- Caroline Duncan, Teaching Assistant
- Debbie Faircloth, Teaching Assistant
- Nita Shah, Teaching Assistant
- Amanda Gaughan, Teaching Assistant
We hope that you and your children have had a wonderful summer and that they are now raring to start their journey in Year 2. We have had a fantastic time getting to know our classes during these first few days, and we are looking forward to working with you and your children to ensure a very happy and productive year!
We would like to invite you to:
The Year 2 ‘Get To Know You’ morning
All Year 2 parents are welcomed into their child’s Year 2 class to meet the teachers from 9.05am – 9.35am on Wednesday 19th September. Here, your teacher will help you ‘get to know’ all about the exciting curriculum your child will be learning, as well as more information about Year 2 routines and expectations. Please do not worry if you are unable to make this date, as we will record and upload the meeting onto our L.O.D online portal.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you there! In the meantime, we have outlined some key information below about Year 2 which should help you and your child ease into the start of the year.
Year 2 Curriculum
We kick off the year with our first creative topic: Mighty Me! We will be looking at how we can keep our bodies mighty within our Science unit on Healthy Living and our Physical Education lessons; how we can keep our minds mighty by being keen to learn and working hard to achieve our best; what makes US mighty by looking at why we are proud to be who we are within Circle Time sessions; and using our mighty investigative skills finding out where we live within our Geography unit on the British Isles and its surrounding continents and oceans.
Further details about the year’s curriculum will be shared at the ‘Get To Know You’ morning, and we will be putting our curriculum map – which gives you an overview of all the units taught in the Autumn Term – on the Nelson School website shortly.
Within Year 2 we strive to create an environment which promotes the love of reading. Your child’s teacher will regularly create many opportunities within school for: buddy reading, parent reading, independent reading, small group reading, partner reading, as well as whole class stories. During this first week, your child will be supported in how to choose both a home and school reading book independently by using the colour coded book system. Making their own choice of book is important for children as it encourages curiosity and enjoyment. Your child will have an opportunity to change their reading book each day if they wish. Over the year, your child’s teacher will carry out ongoing assessments of your child’s reading to ensure the correct time for them to progress to the next colour band.
Parent reading at home and at school
Learning to read gives your child an invaluable tool for life: it opens a whole new world of understanding, feelings and imagination. The more you can help support your child’s reading, the more pleasure they will gain while developing this vital skill. Your child will bring home a Reading Record booklet where you will be able to communicate with your child’s teacher when you have read with your child. This is collected in once a week by the class teacher (details of the specific day to hand in the Reading Record will be provided at the ‘Get to Know You’ morning on September 19th). We hope that this is a pleasurable way for you to help your child learn to read and love books. You can read the book and share the story together. Encourage your child to talk about what is happening in the pictures, ask them questions or get them to predict what might happen.
Reading with your child is a very special time for you both, so we would like to invite you to join your child in class to read with them once each week on Friday from 2:45pm– 3:00pm. These sessions will start on Friday 28th September.
Learning at home
Within Year 2 we hold times table quizzes (‘The Good Times Challenge’) in class which the children will be able to practice for at home. We will be sending home a letter with further details of this so that you can support your child in this area of development.
Routines and Reminders
Start of the day routine
The children can enter their classroom from 8:45am – 9:00am. Please say goodbye to your child in the playground by your child’s classroom. At the door, a teacher or teaching assistant will greet your child (and be available if any messages need to be relayed). We are hoping that this gradual entry will provide a relaxed start to the day in which your child is encouraged to organise their things and complete a morning task.
End of the day routine
Each class will be dismissed from the door of their classroom. Note: Teachers will not permit children to leave their care until a parent or other authorised adult is identified. Children who have not been collected by 3.15pm will be taken to our welfare room.
Each class has a notice board area on the window that provides important information, such as: cake sales, timetables, trip reminders, ‘special’ days. Information can also be gathered from the office when required.
Every class has a special assembly where they get to show all the exciting things they have been learning at school. Parents are warmly invited to attend these. They will take place on a Friday at 10.15 am. The assembly usually lasts for 15 minutes. You will be informed of the dates for class assemblies shortly.
Each class will need two class representatives for the year. Please let your child’s class teacher know as soon as you can if you wish to be a class rep.
Please ensure that the office/welfare has up to date information regarding medication for children to be administered at school. Also please check that medication is within date. This is particularly important for Epipens and asthma inhalers.
Contact Addresses and Telephone numbers
If you have moved recently or changed home or mobile telephone number, please let us know. It is vital that we can contact you quickly if your child is unwell.
Once again, welcome to Year 2, and we hope to see you at our ‘Get To Know You’ morning on the 19th September.