Year 2’s teachers are Mrs Mendieta and Ms Davis and our teaching assistant is Miss Rogerson. Mrs Mendieta teaches on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all day and on a Thursday morning. Ms Davis teaches the class on a Thursday afternoon and all day on a Friday and specialises in teaching Music and Religious Education.

This half term in our Topic lessons, we will be learning all about Castles. We will be looking at different types of castles, both throughout the world and in history. We will also design and make our own castles, thinking about the features. We will also talk about castles that existed in the past and those we can still see today.

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 writing stories and information texts.  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. 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 independently 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 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, 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 busy securing our knowledge of multiplication and division and then will move onto topics such as handling data and shape. We will also be continuing to make sure we know our times tables fluently – in Year 2 the children are expected to know their 2s, 3s, 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. There are lots of games on Purple Mash that they can play – ask your child to look in their “To-Do” section of the website.

We do PE twice a week so children should have their PE kits in school every Wednesday (outdoor games) and Friday (Gymnastics).

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 back to you each week once they have been marked,

Later on in the year, in May, Year 2 will take their SATs (Standard Assessment Tests). We will provide more information on this during the Spring Term and will hold a parent meeting to explain these further to you. You do not need to worry about these or do anything special to prepare your child for them.

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 Miss Rogerson.