Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Summer Term Communication Letter




22nd April 2016

Year 2 Communication Letter – Summer 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of the summer term. It’s hard to believe that we only have one term left. The children continue to work incredibly hard and are making great progress towards becoming Year 3 in the Autumn.  

This term we have two shorter topics. In the first half term our topic is The Queen’s Knickers. This is a really fun topic which coincides with the Queen’s 90th birthday. As part of this topic children will learn about important events in the life of the Queen and will consider how life has changed since 1952. We will be using the story The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan and children will even have the chance to design their own knickers for the queen. The topic will end with a tea party assembly for Year Two parents where children will share their work. This will take place at 9.10 on Friday 27th May and we hope to see many of you there. After the half term our topic will be Up, Up and Away. In this topic children will learn about the first aeroplane flight and the journey of Amy Johnson, the first British lady to fly solo from Britain to Australia.

For your information a brief outline of coverage across the whole curriculum for this term is included below.

English
In addition to regular practice of handwriting, spelling and grammar we will be focusing on the following text types
  • Letter writing
  • Narrative
  • Poetry
  • Information texts
Mathematics
In addition to regular practice of number bonds, problem solving and calculation we will be focusing specifically on the following areas:
  • Securing number facts
  • Counting, partitioning and calculating
  • Understanding Shape
  • Handling data and measures
RE
This term in RE we will be exploring what makes a good leader. We will learn the story of the first disciples and will consider what special qualities we have to make us a good leader.   
PSHCE
In PSHCE we will be exploring:
·       Kindness and anti-bullying
·       Mindfulness
·       Our strengths, goals and achievements
·       Keeping safe
·       Moving on to Key Stage Two
PE
For the first ½ term our PE will be on Monday with Mrs Thomas and on Thursday with our sports coach John. After the half term holidays we will continue to have PE on a Thursday, but will also be swimming on a regular basis. More information will follow about swimming later in the term.
Art and Design
In art and design the children will be exploring a range of techniques, including textiles, clay, observational drawing and watercolour.  
ICT
In ICT we will be learning how to use word processing and presentation software. We will use the internet to research the life of the Queen and will write our own information texts in Microsoft Word. The children will also use the Paint software to design a pair of knickers for the Queen. Watch out for these on our Blog later in the term.

We have an exciting term ahead of us. The children have already made a fantastic start to the term and are very enthusiastic about the topic. As always, if children have books, photos or artefacts linked to our topic we would love to see these and they can be brought in for Show and Tell.

Reading
As part of their home-learning children should be reading at home for at least 10-15 minutes per day. Children continue to choose a colour-coded reading book, these do not need to be changed daily but when children are ready. As children progress onto trickier and longer texts they should be encouraged to discuss their reading in order to develop their comprehension. The focus of the reading curriculum shifts at this point and becomes less focused on decoding words and much more focused on children’s understanding. As a result of this, you may find that a larger part of the reading time at home is spent discussing stories and texts and this is absolutely fine.  A list of comprehension question starters is attached to this letter. You may find this list useful when discussing texts with your child.

Spelling
A copy of this term’s Half Termly Spelling list is included with this letter. Children completed a baseline test at the beginning of term and their score is also attached. The children will be re-tested on these words at the end of the half term. In addition to their half termly list, children will also continue to bring home a list of 6 words to be learnt weekly. These will be sent home every Monday and children will be tested on these words, plus two unseen words following the same pattern, the following Monday. These words will help children to learn the spelling pattern, rule or sound that is the focus of our daily phonics and spelling lessons.

Communication books
Communication books should be brought into school each day and will be checked and signed. Please continue to use these books to record your child’s reading, maths games and to send any important messages to and from school.

Maths Games
Children should continue to play the maths games in their Key Stage One maths pack.

PE kit
We will be outside as much as possible on a Monday and Thursday PE session. As the weather improves we will also be using the field much more. If children would like to wear trainers for their outdoor PE sessions this is absolutely fine.

A plea for labelled uniform!
As the weather gets warmer we have a lot of children taking jumpers off during the day. Please could you check that all of your child’s uniform is labelled? This saves us a lot of time at the end of the day when trying to reunite cardigans and jumpers with their owners! Many thanks in advance for this.

SATs
Many parents will be aware that this year children will sit their end of Key Stage One SATs test. These tests are new this year for the new curriculum. The tests can be administered any time during May and are less formal than the Key Stage Two version. Children can sit the test as a whole class, in small groups or 1:1 depending on their need and while there is a guide for the time limit this is not a strict rule. For your information children will be sitting the tests during the last two weeks of this ½ term. We will be keeping the atmosphere as relaxed as possible to ensure that children are completely at ease when taking the tests. If you have any questions about the SATs please  don’t hesitate to come and see me.

Maternity Arrangements 
As many of you know, my baby is due in mid-July. All being well, I am hoping (fingers crossed) that I will be able to be in school until the end of June, unless of course the little one has other ideas! As is always the way with these things you just never know! Mrs Rowe is on stand-by and will be teaching the class for the last few weeks of term after I have left. Mrs Paske will of course keep you up to date with full arrangements for maternity cover as these are confirmed. Thank you for all your kind words and support over the last few months. It is a very exciting time for us!

Wake and Shake
Year Two are in charge of Wake and Shake this half term. I hope you have enjoyed watching them lead the dancing so far. The children have chosen the track and choreographed the moves themselves and I think they are doing a great job. Please feel free to join in with the moves if you would like!

If you have any questions, concerns or comments throughout the term please don’t hesitate to come and see me on the playground or make an appointment for after school.


Kind Regards,

Mrs Thomas 


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