Year 2 updates!
Update Friday 21st February
This term, Year 2 will be doing Forest School on Thursday mornings. Children will need to arrive at school in suitable clothing and bring their uniform to change into at break time. Forest School goes ahead in all weathers (with the exception of heavy winds and thunder storms) so please ensure that your child comes to school on that morning dressed accordingly. They will get wet and mucky - we encourage it!
Warm clothing (lots of thin layers works best)
Hat, scarf, gloves (we go out in all weathers)
A waterproof coat
Wellies are ideal – with thin and thick warm socks, if not, outdoor shoes or old trainers
It will be great fun and the children will learn a lot too!
(Please note that there will be NO Forest School on Thursday 5th March because it is World Book Day and we'll be dressing up as book characters. Parents-thank you so much for coping with all these requests for different clothes on different days-you are wonderful!)
Update Friday 14th February
What a great way to end Term 3 with a visit to Corsham Fire Station! Thank you to all the helpers who came along-it didn't rain and we all had a great time. Chris Hughes (Ethan's Dad) and Ollie Taylor (Mrs Taylor's son) were brilliant instructors, letting the children try on their equipment, look in ALL the cupboards on the fire engine, sit in the cab, use the hoses and setting up a fantastic photo opportunity at the end in front of a wall of water-see our group photo below. Ollie used to come to St Patrick's and in 12 years time, one of the current Year 2 might be showing St Patrick's children round too!
Update Tuesday 7th January 2020
Happy New Year to everybody and a big THANK YOU for our wonderful Christmas presents. All the TAs and staff are very grateful and we all really enjoyed your gifts.
This term, we're looking at the Great Fire of London which is a very exciting topic and we will be linking in our English, history, science, art, music and ICT lessons. We also hope to visit the Corsham Fire Station to find out how fires are put out now. Perhaps you could help the children find out some information about the Great Fire to add to their knowledge and understanding?
In Maths this term we will be looking again at money, especially giving change and we'll be finding out about the names and properties of 3D shapes. We will be practising and testing Number Bonds to 20 (and 100!) as well as the 2x, 5x and 10x tables. We really appreciate all the time that you give to help your children practise these important building blocks in mathematical understanding-it makes SUCH a difference. How are you getting on with telling the time?! We hope that year 2 children will be able to tell the time from 1/4 past to 1/4 to the hour and are beginning to get to grips with telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes-5 past, 10 past etc. Again, it is the practising that makes the difference so thank you again.
If the weather is fine, we will be improving football skills on THURSDAYS this term. Please could you make sure that the children have their PE kit in school every day and that there are extra layers-joggers, sweatshirt and socks (for girls who wear tight). You will know that we have a lot of un-named PE kit in Lost Property as well as many jumpers and cardigans. Please do check that your child's school clothes are all clearly named.
Update 18th October. As we come to the end of Music Week, the children would like you to know that they have had a fantastic time! Thank you to all our visitors who came to share their skills and time with us. We wrote our own version of ' The Hall of the Mountain King' and performed it, on violins, to the rest of the school-a copy of the score is included further down this page, together with an assortment of photos from this term.
Update 7th October- Just a reminder that year 2 children and staff would like to invite you to join us in the classroom on Thursday, 10th October from 9-9.45am. We'll be serving coffee and brownies and the children will be able to show you round and share some activities with you. See you there!
Update 23rd September- Year 2 have made a great start and have hit the ground running! In very little time we have thought about, talked about and written an assembly about ourselves-our feelings, what makes us unique and special and about our mission in life. We look forward to celebrating this with you on Friday 27th September at 2.15pm.
(Don't forget our curriculum information afternoon on Thursday 26th September at 2.15 pm in the classroom where we'll be talking about the Year 2 curriculum, looking more closely at year 2 Maths as well as our classroom routines. We can also answer any questions that you may have so hope to see you there.)
Update 1-29th August. Welcome to Year 2!
We hope you've had a great summer and we're looking forward to hearing all your news. Hopefully you've had some exciting days out or trips away to share with us. If you have received or brought back any postcards, do bring them in on Wednesday, 4th September to share with the class.
Also, if you have a certificate from the library holiday scheme then do bring that in and tell us about the books that you've been reading. We'll be looking at 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes at the start of term. It's about someone losing a favourite toy-we wonder if that's ever happened to you?
In Science this term we'll be looking at the seasons, obviously starting with Autumn, so you might like to look out for signs that Autumn is on its way. We've been enjoying the delicious blackberries that seem to be in every hedge at the moment and have already found conkers lying on the ground-what have you spotted?
Finally, we hope you've had a great break and enjoyed the rest. Why not make sure that you can still remember your number bonds to 10 and can still do some adding and taking away sums! If you have the game of Snakes and Ladders, have a game with a friend and see if you can recognise all the numbers up to 100-just get someone to help you if you're stuck! Check that you can tell the time using 'o'clock' and 'half past'.
We hope you have lots of ladders and not too many snakes before we all meet up in September!
Mrs Tate and Mrs Robertson.
Parents, we would be very grateful if you could make sure that all of your child's clothes are named-you would be amazed to see the number of un-named jumpers and cardigans that we're unable to reunite with their owners. Thank you also to everyone who is helping their child to learn how to do up their top button, tie their tie and shoe laces-we're delighted when the children are able to get changed quickly and independently. Thank you!
We will be giving out rubies and diamonds this term for supporting each other in our learning and friendships, and for solving our own problems. The children are encouraged to show Emerald power if they're finding their learning tricky-it's fine to make mistakes and get answers wrong when you're learning something new-the secret is not to give up!
Spellings are handed out in the Home Learning folder on a Friday and are tested on the following Thursday. The spellings are based on the work we are doing in class in Letters and Sounds and on High Frequency Words. If you lose your spellings, there are spare copies on our class notice board for you to take. It's very important that the children know how to spell these 100 HFW so if you spot them whilst reading with the children or if they're writing at home, please encourage the children to check their spelling so that they remember to spell them correctly.
Children, please bring in your reading book every day. If your book needs changing, put it in the book box. If not, please put it in your drawer. In Year 2, it is your job to change your book during our daily reading time. Remember to take your book home every day too! Try and read to an adult every day at home for 10 to 15 minutes. Parents, we would be very grateful if you could cross off the number of each book on the record sheet inside the back cover of the reading diary-that way we can more easily track which books have been read-thank you.
We are very grateful to helpers who come in on a regular basis to hear readers and we know that this has a huge impact on our young readers. (If you would like to volunteer to do this, please speak to Mrs Tate or Mrs Robertson.)
Home Learning folders are given out on Fridays and we ask for them to be returned by the following Thursday. Spare Home Learning sheets are on our class notice board. Parents-if you're able to spend 20-30 minutes with the children on their Home Learning, that would be fantastic.
Please remember to have PE kits in school everyday. In the first term, PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays but we often need to change the day so please be ready every day.
Children, try and remember to bring in a water bottle to put on your table. Please name the water bottle. Drinking water helps your brain to function better! Please do not bring in squash instead. Thank you.