INTRODUCTION TO YEAR 2
Welcome to Year 2. Mrs Carter is the class teacher in Polar Bear Class, Mrs Buckley is the teaching assistant (TA). Mrs Parker-Gormas is the class teacher in Llama Class, Mrs Rivers is the teaching assistant (TA). Mr Hitchiner is the class teacher in Dolphin Class and Mrs Proudlock is the TA.
A monitor rota system is in operation which encourages pupils to accept responsibility in the classroom and around the school. Pupils are encouraged to build on their independence skills and learn to accept increasing responsibility for remembering to bring in book bags every day, complete work and carry messages between school and home.
Pupils are given the opportunity to revise and consolidate previous mathematical experience and will build on this using the national curriculum objectives for Key Stage One. Pupils are taught as a whole class, and in smaller groups giving opportunity for discussion and exchange of ideas. Progress is carefully monitored at an individual level. Practical application of mathematics is also explored in other curriculum areas.
Pupils will build on their existing knowledge and experience with language in speaking and listening, reading, creative writing, comprehension, handwriting and spelling. Dictionaries are available and their use encouraged. Pupils are encouraged to develop a comfortable, joined handwriting style and lined paper will normally be used. A good selection of suitable fiction and information books are kept in the classroom and may be borrowed for home use. Time is given for pupils to talk about their reading and share their pleasure with others.
It is vital to encourage reading at home, whatever their stage of learning. Active interest from parents has a very powerful and positive influence on children's enthusiasm and progress in reading. Please aim to share and practise reading books together at home every evening for at least 10 minutes. Children need to read each day if they are to become confident readers and get the most out of being able to read, from novels which challenge their imagination, to information on the internet. Besides the wide range of books which are in school, books can be borrowed from local libraries. Class teachers will teach reading skills within group guided reading sessions twice a week. The class TA aims to change reading books three times a week and will supervise home/school reading books.
Dolphin, Llama and Polar Bear class will have PE in the Hall or outside in warmer weather. PE is on a Tuesday for Dolphin Class, Monday for Polar Bear class and Wednesday for Llama Class.
Please make sure that all clothing is labelled and that the proper school uniform and PE kit is worn. Earrings should be removed on the days that they have PE or bring their own tape (in a box labelled) to school to cover them. Hairbands should be worn to tie hair back at all times.
ART AND DESIGN
We do have a small supply of overalls for messy work but if you would like to send a named overall in this would be helpful.
Spelling and Maths activities will be sent home each week in book bags. These activities are not compulsory but will support and deepen understanding of what has been learned in class during the week.
On occasions parents volunteer to help in the classroom during lesson time. This is greatly appreciated. Anybody able to offer time, particularly to listen to readers, please contact the school office.
A piece of fruit or vegetable will be provided at school every day. Drinking water and cups are available in the classroom. Squash/fruit juice should only be sent in for consumption during lunchtime.
GENERAL SCHOOL POLICIES
Through the school day pupils are encouraged to have positive attitudes to learning and to take pride in themselves and good presentation will be promoted. Handwriting should be clear and neat and pupils are encouraged to finish work in the best way they can. Work will be marked to show what needs to be learned next, and to give praise for achievement.
There are opportunities to visit the school to talk with class teachers and see work regularly. Please do not hesitate to come and talk to us at any time if you have any concerns at all. Just call the office who will happily arrange a telephone or face to face appointment.
Pupils are regularly reminded of the School Rules and Code of Behaviour, it is expected that these will be followed so that everybody can make the most of their time at school. It is expected that everyone is treated with respect, that children are calm and considerate, take care of theirs and others belongings and the school environment. Children are expected to listen to what adults say while not ever being afraid to ask for help.
Bullying is not tolerated and pupils are encouraged to talk with their teacher, another adult or parents if they are worried by the behaviour of others. If problems continue then the Head teacher will be informed so that action between children, staff and parents can be planned.
Regular attendance at school is vital to learning and the office should be informed of the reason for any absence. Family holidays should be avoided during term time as continuity is necessary in the curriculum, literacy and numeracy hours. National tests take place for Year 2 children in May; and it is particularly important children are not taken out of school during this time.
For any other information or if we can help in any other way, please don't hesitate to call at the school by telephone or in person. A security system is in place, come to the pedestrian gate and the office staff will be pleased to help you.
Mrs Parker-Gorman, Mrs Carter and Mr Hitchiner
Mr J Cook