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Beech Class

Teaching Team: Mr Mackinnon, Mrs Banner and Mrs Johnson

Please support your child’s learning with:

Home Learning – Spelling and sentence construction homework will go out on Tuesday and will be expected back the following Monday. Additional extra challenges will also be added in this Home Learning book. If for any reason your child is struggling to complete their Home Learning, please speak to us or leave a note in your child’s Reading Record.

Reading – Please read with your child every day and sign the reading record book. These books should be brought into school every day in your child’s book bag. Please ensure that books borrowed from school are returned. New book bags can be purchased from the school office. 

Maths - Every week the children will receive ‘MyMaths’ homework.

 

Just a few reminders:

PE Kit – It is essential that your child has a house T-shirt, shorts and plimsolls or trainers in school every day so that they can participate in PE activities. In addition, long tracksuit type trousers are useful in the Winter months for outside PE. Long hair needs to be tied back for PE so please ensure your child wears a hair band to school. Also, earrings need to be removed or covered with tape during PE lessons. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings, please provide some microporous tape to cover them. This Term, PE will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child’s belongings are labelled.

Water Bottles

In order to help your child to stay hydrated and ready to learn, please make sure that they bring a labelled water bottle to school with them everyday. We kindly ask that bottles are filled with water only- rather than juices or squash.

Pencil Cases

In KS1 there is no need for your child to bring in any additional stationary. We have everything that they will need to complete their learning in the classroom.

Toys and Games

In order to help us avoid any unnecessary distractions from our learning, we kindly request that toys and games from home are not brought into the classroom. 

Show and Tell

If your child has recently achieved something, made something at home or has something that relates to our current learning, please encourage them to come into school and talk about it. We will always do our best to make time to foster the links between home and school based learning.

If you have any concerns or queries about information included in this letter or any other matter relating to your child’s education, please do not hesitate to speak to us before or after school or contact Mr Mackinnon or Mrs Banner via the school office.

 

Many thanks,


Mr Mackinnon, Mrs Banner and the Year 2 Teaching Team.

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Autumn Term

 

Fire and Ice

The ‘Fire and Ice’ topic will combine Literacy, Science, History, ICT and Art. Pupils will travel back in time to the extraordinary year of 1666- a year of both fire and ice. The inhabitants of London in 1666 witnessed two remarkable events- The Great Fire of London and the freezing of the River Thames. Year 2 pupils will explore both of these events and complete a variety of activities based on the National Curriculum designed to ensure that they learn in a creative, fun and meaningful way.

In addition, your child will be learning about the following:

Maths – Understanding place value, partitioning and sequencing 2 and 3 digit numbers, solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems, calculations involving money, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

English – Descriptive writing, letter writing, diary entries.

Science – Materials, planning and completing scientific investigations.

ICT – Using the internet to research safely.

RE – Creation and Incarnation

Music – Learning and Singing Christmas songs

PE- Infant Agility, gymnastics

Art/DT- Creation – sketching, mixed media, painting and clay

 

Please support your child’s learning with:

Home Learning – Spelling and sentence construction homework will go out on Tuesday and will be expected back the following Monday. If for any reason your child is struggling to complete it, please speak to us or leave a note in your child’s Reading Record.

Reading – Please read with your child every day and sign the reading record book. These books should be brought into school every day in your child’s book bag. Please ensure that books borrowed from school are returned. New book bags can be purchased from the school office.  

Maths - Every week the children will receive ‘MyMaths’ homework. ‘MyMaths’ is an online resource that the school has bought into. It is a fun and engaging way for children to develop their Maths skills. Usernames and passwords will be stuck into your child’s Home learning book. If you have any problems regarding passwords and logging on, please let us know- we will do our best to help.

Just a few reminders:

PE Kit – It is essential that your child has a house T-shirt, shorts and plimsolls or trainers in school every day so that they can participate in PE activities. In addition, long tracksuit type trousers are useful in the Winter months for outside PE. Long hair needs to be tied back for PE so please ensure your child wears a hairband to school. Also, earrings need to be removed or covered with tape during PE lessons. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings, please provide some microporous tape to cover them. This Term, PE will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child’s belongings are labelled.

Water Bottles

In order to help your child to stay hydrated and ready to learn, please make sure that they bring a labelled water bottle to school with them everyday. We kindly ask that bottles are filled with water only- rather than juices or squash.

Pencil Cases

In KS1 there is no need for your child to bring in any additional stationary. We have everything that they will need to complete their learning in the classroom.

Toys and Games

In order to help us avoid any unnecessary distractions from our learning, we kindly request that toys and games from home are not brought into the classroom.  

Show and Tell

If your child has recently achieved something, made something at home or has something that relates to our current learning, please encourage them to come into school and talk about it. We will always do our best to make time to foster the links between home and school based learning.

If you have any concerns or queries about information included in this letter or any other matter relating to your child’s education, please do not hesitate to speak to us before or after school or contact Mr Mackinnon or Mrs Banner via the school office.

Many thanks,

Mr Mackinnon, Mrs Banner and the Year 2 Teaching Team

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September 2017

Dear Year 2 Parents,

Welcome to Beech Class! We have had an excellent start to the term and the entire Year 2 team are very much looking forward to working closely with you and your children over the next academic year. In order to make things run as smoothly as possible, we have put together some information regarding Home Learning which we felt might be useful to you.

Reading

We believe that regular reading at home is the most important element of the Home Learning programme. We would really appreciate your support in helping your child to read at home as much as possible - every day ideally! Today we are sending home your child’s Reading Record. Please use this record to keep track of the reading that you and your child complete at home. You can also use this book to as a means of communication with your child’s Class Teachers. Please use this record to tell us about your child’s home reading experience. Are the books that we are sending home right for them? Do they need a simpler text or an additional challenge? Would you like help thinking of comprehension questions to help check your child’s understanding? We would really appreciate your feedback.

Home Learning Books

Home Learning books will be given out every Tuesday and collected the following Monday. So please expect your child’s Home Learning book to come home for the first time on Tuesday 12th September. Activities in the Home Learning book will focus on spelling, writing or our current topic. If your child is finding a Home Learning activity challenging, please encourage them to seek help from their Class Teachers. We are always happy to help.

Maths

Maths homework will be set each week on the MyMaths website. We will stick your child’s password and login details into their Home Learning books.  Throughout the year we will also send home details and instructions for the kind of maths games that we play in the classroom so that you and your child can play them at home as well.

If you have any questions or queries about the Year 2 programme of Home Learning, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.         

Yours Sincerely,

The Year 2 Team