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Year 2


Summer 2:

I hope you all had a fantastic half term in the wonderful weather! Last half term was brilliant  with lots of time spent outside in the sunshine. Highlights were our trip to Bring Yer Wellies as well as learning about minibeasts in the wildlife area. At Borwick Hall the children amazed me and showed fantastic values such as resilience, courage and happiness. Everyone tried everything and worked to the best of their ability. They are all such stars! We have got off to a great start this week and we have lots to look forward to this half term including another super trip planned to Morecambe and a Sports Day for children and staff! Watch this space.

For the next few weeks, our writing will be based around The Disney Animated Classics book Aladdin which is a very engaging and exciting text. Here, the children will have chance to show off the reading and writing skills they have developed as well as learn some new skills. Next we will read and write about The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage. In Maths, we will be learning all about handling data including interpreting pictograms and later, money and measures. Our topic is Buckets and Spades where we learn all about seaside holidays. In History we will be learning all about seaside holidays from the 1950s and the Victorian times and comparing them to seaside holidays now. In our art lessons we will be mixing and using paint to create observational paintings and landscapes and moving on to create beach collages.

As usual, Mr Miller will teach Yellow class on a Thursday morning and PE will continue to be on a Tuesday and Friday. As many PE lessons will take place outside, please ensure your child is dressed appropriately including in a Willow Lane school coloured T-shirt as this helps with team games. (They will also need the correct colour for sports day.)

Here are some of the topic words we will be learning this half term. Please go through them and practice with your child.

‘ Queen Victoria’      ‘100 years ago’     ‘50 years ago’    ‘Victorian’  ‘bathing machine’  ‘penny farthing’  ‘steam train’  ‘penny lick’    ‘century’   ‘decade’    ’hokey pokey’ ‘promenade’     ‘entertainment’

It is truly wonderful to see children reading at home 3 times a week and often more. As you know, this has a huge impact on your child’s progress. It matters even more now as we are paving the way for year 3 and Key Stage 2 and the more you read with your child, the more prepared they will be. We are so proud of them and how hard they work and comprehension skills are improving all the time. We will of course continue to reward children who read 3 times or more a week and we will be putting on a bigger reading treat for regular readers at the end of the half term.

On the back of this letter, you will find some links / websites to  learning your child can access at home if they happen to be at home (e.g. due to family self isolation) and well enough to learn. These will also be on the class page of the school website.

If you have any questions or concerns about anything, please call the school office and arrange an appointment to speak over the phone. We can’t have face to face conversations at the moment but that does not mean that we can’t be in touch!

Spring 1:

Due to the current national lockdown, we are teaching our children through our Remote Education/Home Learning offer. Our approach includes our teachers sharing videos of themselves on a platform called Seesaw, workbooks and learning activities for children to complete and additional inputs such as stories and assemblies. The learning includes English, Mathematics and topics from across the curriculum including PE, Science, Art and Geography. Further information can be found at https://www.willow.lancs.sch.uk/curriculum/pupil-voice/

Autumn 2:

Welcome back after half term!  It’s great to see the children again after a week’s break and good to see that they are ready and excited for all of the learning that we will be doing in Yellow Class this half term!  This half term the Year 2 team continues to consist of: Mrs. Fish (teaching Wednesday to Friday); Miss. Gaunt (teaching Monday to Wednesday); Mrs. Shepherd and Mrs. Phillips.

This half-term our topics will be centred around ‘Explorers’ and also ‘Paddington Bear’.  We will be doing lots of writing relating to Paddington Bear books; other books which contain bears and also books about explorers.   We will be learning about famous explorers through history and finding out which of the seven continents and five oceans of the world they explored!  We will be creating art work inspired by Paddington Bear as well as preparing for some community projects in the run up to Christmas! Below is a list of words that will be introduced throughout the topics. You might like to ask your child about them or discuss them at home.

Explorers       Continents       Oceans       London       Paddington       Mammals       Hibernation 

Thank you for continuing to support your child with their reading at home. Looking through the children’s reading records, it is fantastic to see how much they are reading at home and many children are succeeding in getting their name on the reading board every week for regular at home reading.  This half term we are continuing to aim for the children to read at home three times a week or more!  The more the children read the more confident they will become in all areas of their learning.  It would be great therefore if you could read with your child and then record this in their reading records.

The children will have their PE lessons on a Tuesday and a Friday.  Please could the children arrive in school in their PE kit on both of these days. They may wear a track suit/joggers/jumper over the top to stay comfortable throughout the day and also to keep warm as we will be going outside as much as possible.

Finally, due to social distancing and arrangements for collecting the children, we are unfortunately unable to meet face to face with parents or carers.  Please however, do not hesitate to ring the school office, or ask Mrs. Fish or Miss. Gaunt at the end of the day to arrange a telephone call if there is anything that you would wish to discuss.

Autumn 1:

Welcome to Yellow Class!  It is great to see the children back after such a long break and good to see that they have settled in so well and are ready for a new school year at Willow Lane.  This year, the Year 2 team consists of: Mrs. Fish (teaching Wednesday to Friday); Miss. Gaunt (teaching Monday to Wednesday); Mrs. Shepherd and Mrs. Phillips.

This half-term our topics will be centred around three children’s books – ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’, ‘The Scarecrows’ Wedding’ and ‘Meerkat Mail’.  We will be doing lots of writing relating to these books as well as activities such as making monster houses in the wildlife area, making worry monsters out of stones, planning a honeymoon for the scarecrows and designing and making a new enclosure for the meerkats! Below is a list of words that will be introduced throughout the topics. You might like to ask your child about them or discuss them at home.

Wedding        Scarecrow     Suitcase      Worries      Character     Meerkat      Enclosure            Habitat  

Firstly, a huge thank you for all that you have done to support your child’s learning over the last few months.  It was great to see some of the work that the children produced and the activities that they got up to during this time!

Thank you also for continuing to support your child with their reading at home. Looking through the children’s reading records, it is fantastic to see how regularly they are reading at home already.  This half term we are aiming for the children to read at home three times a week or more!  The more the children read the more confident they will become in all areas of their learning.  It would be great therefore if you could read with your child and then record this in their reading records.

The children will have their PE lessons on a Tuesday and a Friday.  Please could the children arrive in school in their PE kit on both of these days. They may wear a track suit/joggers/jumper over the top to stay comfortable throughout the day and also to keep warm as we will be going outside as much as possible.

Finally, due to social distancing and arrangements for collecting the children, we are unfortunately unable to meet face to face with parents or carers.  Please however, do not hesitate to ring the school office, or ask Mrs. Fish or Miss. Gaunt at the end of the day to arrange a telephone call if there is anything that you would wish to discuss.

Thank you again for all of your support!