Year 2 is an exciting year, as the children are now the eldest in Key Stage 1. With this in mind, there are high expectations for independence and personal responsibility. Year 2 children are expected to set a good example for all and are considered to be important role models, particularly for the younger children in Reception and Year 1.
Children will continue to come into class on their own, through the entrance on the Key Stage 1 playground, with their belongings. Coats need to be hung up neatly in the cloakroom and packed lunch boxes/bags placed on the allocated shelf above. Books and reading diaries are expected to be placed in the children’s named drawers so that they are easily accessible throughout the day. Named water bottles must be taken into class and placed in the designated box, again so that they are easily accessible when needed.
After storing their belongings appropriately, children should enter the classroom with their pencil case (provided by school) and sit down to tackle their Early Morning Activity (EMA). These activities vary each morning but are intended to allow the children to warm up their brains for the day ahead in a quiet, focused manner.
Every morning, there should always be a member of staff from Year 2 to welcome the children in, and they will always be happy to receive information regarding your child’s wellbeing that morning, or a change of person collecting at home-time, etc. However, if you need to pass on confidential information or require a longer conversation, please email your child’s class teacher directly, or ask the School Office to arrange an appointment.
Our email addresses are:
Miss Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Newell: email@example.com
Both Year 2 classes have PE on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. We ask that fully labelled PE kits are brought into school on Monday morning and taken home on Friday afternoon, as there may be extra opportunities in the week for us to include PE in our cross-curricular learning. We also aim to complete the Daily Mile each day and, therefore, trainers are needed daily.
PE kits should consist of: black shorts, blue Lawley Primary PE T-shirt, warm jogging bottoms, warm sweatshirt/hoodie, trainers and a spare pair of socks.
Year 2 children are given weekly spellings and maths homework, which is recorded in their homework book. The homework book is handed out to the children on Fridays and they are then tested on the Wednesday of the following week. We ask that the homework books are handed back into school on the Wednesday so that the new homework can be prepared and stuck in ready for taking home again on Friday. Your child’s tests will be returned to them on the same day as the test (Wednesday) so that they can share their results with you.
We expect all children to develop a love of reading in Year 2 and this cannot happen if reading takes place in school alone. Therefore, it is our expectation that children read with an adult or/and an older sibling every evening. To reward children for an excellent reading effort, both classes have reward schemes in place. Children are able to win books and other prizes for reading on three or more occasions at home.
We have a large collection of books to choose from and it is your child’s responsibility to change their book once they have read it at home. We also allocate half-termly a new selection of e-books, of the colour your child is currently reading, via Bug Club. Your child has their own login and password to access their online library, which is stuck in their reading diary. Please record the reading of these e-books in your child’s reading diary, as you would the paper books they read.
Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) continue to be given out every half term and provide ideas on how to practise maths at home, often linking maths to real life contexts.
We would like to thank you for any support you give your child at home. It is very much appreciated.
End of the day routines:
The day ends at 3pm for Year 2 children.
Children in Miss Phillips’ class leave via her classroom door and can be collected from the classroom’s outside gate on the Key Stage 1 playground. Mrs Newell’s class leave from the same main doors where they were dropped off in the morning.
Please note that, due to our rigorous safeguarding procedures, we can only send children home with their parent/s or carer/s. However, we do understand that at times you will need to arrange for someone different to collect your child from school. If this is the case, please inform the member of staff on the door in the morning or contact the school office to let them know.