Welcome to Year 2
Welcome back to another year. The year has started well and we have had a good first week. I am looking forward to getting to know parents over the next few weeks. Mrs Board and I will be working with your children so they will enjoy the challenges ahead in Year 2. Do talk to the children about what they have been doing and ask if need any further information.
Our topic this term is the Great Fire of London and I am sure the children will enjoy lots of the activities we have planned in lots of different subject areas linked to this. On October 3rd we have "History off the Page" coming in to school to share lots of activities linked to life at the time of the Great Fire. More information will be shared shortly and we will be asking for some parents to help make the day a success.
If you have any queries or concerns about anything please do come and have a chat. It is better to leave it until the end of the day as I will have more time to talk to you.
Reading with your child
Reading with your child is so important, not just to help them learn but just to share some time together. I love to read their reading records to see what books you are reading with the children. Don't feel that you just have to tell me what pages they read, feel free to use them to tell me what new words you chatted about, what they thought about the book, which character they liked. The reading record is for us to have a two way conversation to help your child develop their confidence with their reading. You don't just have to record school reading books in their records - anything they read at home is find. Last year I learned when they went out and read road signs, information boards at historical sites for example. I love to hear what they find interesting. Encouraging children to read is helping them with a life long skill.
Any interesting comments can be written in their reading records, it really does help to hear what you have to say and what the children say at home. If you need any help with talking about the books with the children I will shortly be putting some questions at the back of their reading record to help you. If you have any questions about you can help your child further please do not hesitate to contact me or chat to me at the end of the day.
Times Table Rock Stars
Passwords will be give for this program and I will place a sticker with information in both their communication and homework books. It encourages the children to learn their times tables in a quick and fun way. Not only do they learn how to multiply but it also helps them learn the division facts for each table. Most of the children are working on their 2x, 5x and 10x tables. We also work on these in the class by having regular times tables tests - the children are set 60 questions and have to answer as many as they can within the time limit of 3 minutes. The children are challenging themselves and we use the times table rock stars group names to record their scores in class. I will be monitoring their progress and when I feel the time is right, I will then allow them access to additional times tables.
** Our PE this year will be on a Wednesday or Friday. Please can you ensure that your child has a PE kit which incorporates clothing for inside and outside lessons, thank you**