Welcome back to school; I hope you had a lovely half-term break and are looking forward to the second half of our Autumn Term. We have many exciting things planned over the next 8 weeks of school.

Year 2’s teachers are Mrs Mendieta and Ms Davis and our teaching assistant is Mrs Almasri. Mrs Mendieta teaches Monday to Thursday in Year 2 and Ms Davis teaches the class on a Friday and specialises in teaching Music and Religious Education. During this term we are also very lucky to have Miss Vinyard working with us in Year 2. Miss Vinyard is a final year trainee teacher from Manchester Metropolitan University and will be undertaking her final teaching placement under the supervision of Mrs Mendieta. I’m sure the Unity community will make her feel very welcome!

This half term we will be learning all about ‘Toys’ alongside the Year 1 class We will be updating our homework menu to reflect this new topic so look out for this at the end of the first week of the new term. As always, if you need any further ideas on activities you can do with your child at home, please feel free to speak to any of the Y2 team. One piece of homework is expected per week. We will be looking at different types of toys, both throughout the world and in history – looking at the toys our parents and grandparents may have played with in the past and in different countries. We will also be developing our art and design technology skills by designing and making our own puppets and other toys. Our science learning will focus on materials and will link well with our topic work when we are designing what materials to use to make our own toys!

In literacy we will be working hard to ensure that our writing contains the following things: capital letters and full stops in the correct places, question marks and exclamation marks where they are needed and apostrophes for possession and contraction. We will be starting to write different text types such as persuasive letters and instructions as well as continuing how to learn to use our new dictionary books. You can help at home by: keeping a short journal/diary of things that your child is inspired to write about and making sure they use capital letters and full stops appropriately. You can also encourage your child to show you how they can write the letters of the alphabet in the cursive script which we will be starting to learn this term.

In our reading lessons, we will be continuing to read a variety of text types and books by a variety of authors. Fluency and comprehension is very important and this is something which can be helped by 10 minutes reading at home every day. Your child has the opportunity to change their reading books several times across the week. Please encourage them to place their books in the orange book box in the classroom as soon as they require changing. We ask the children each day to do this, but some still need a reminder. The children are independently changing their own reading and library book and are encouraged to read a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. We do guided reading sessions each day and your child is heard twice a week to check their progress in reading. Children are moved colour bands when they are ready to be challenged by the demands of the next colour. We formally assess your child three times a year using a reading assessment but informal assessment takes place every day. You can help at home by: reading to your child (in whichever language you feel comfortable in if you speak an additional language to English), listening to your child read and talking about the story e.g. the characters, the setting and what parts of a story they enjoy. Please encourage your child to bring their books back to school as soon as they need changing.

In maths, we are starting with our next topic which is addition and subtraction. When we are confident with this, we will move on to multiplication and division.  We use the White Rose scheme to support our teaching of maths. This link will show you what we will cover this term. https://whiterosemaths.com/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/

We will also be starting to make sure we know our times tables fluently – in Year 2 the children are expected to know their 2s, 5s and 10s. You can help at home by:  helping your child to practice their times tables – please start with their 2x, 5x and 10x. They can move on to 3x when they are ready.  If you need a hundred square or a number line to use at home with your child, please let us know.

We do PE twice a week so children should have their PE kits in school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It is often a good idea to bring it in at the start of the week and take it home on a Friday, just in case PE days swap due to bad weather.

Homework in Year 2 consists of daily reading for 10 minutes minimum (of your child’s banded/coloured reading book which is one level below their class reading level to support their fluency and enjoyment/their library book), counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and completing one homework challenge per week. Homework challenges are returned each week on a Thursday once they have been marked.

Please feel free to speak to any of the Year 2 team should you have any questions, ideas or concerns. We are always happy to support you in any way we can and are available both before or after school.

Thank you for your support as always,

Mrs Mendieta, Ms Davis and Mrs Almasri