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Year 2

Autumn 1:

Welcome back after such a lovely, long summer. I hope you have all had a fantastic time! The children have been telling me all about their adventures and it has been brilliant getting to know them. What a wonderful start to the year it has been! The children have settled in beautifully and have got off to a super start. Here is some information about our class and what we will be learning this half term.

Miss Frankland is the class teacher and Mrs Shepherd is our teaching assistant who works Monday to Thursday. Miss Morgan works with us every afternoon. Mr Miller teaches groups on a Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and teaches the whole class on a Wednesday morning. We will be doing reading, writing and maths lessons each day. English lessons will initially be based around the story Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson. Next, we will be looking at information texts and then poetry towards the end of the half term. PE is on a Wednesday morning with Mr Miller and a Thursday afternoon with me. Please ensure children have full kit including pumps as we will be making the most of doing it outside while we can.

Our topic this half term is ‘The Place Where we Live.’ We will be finding out lots about the history and geography of Lancaster including the history of the school. If anybody in your family went to Willow Lane or the Marsh Primary School when you were young it would be fantastic for you to talk about it and how it has changed over the years. In Science we are finding out about animals in our environment, habitats and life cycles. We are also exploring sounds and instruments in music and printing in art. We have got an exciting and fun half term ahead.

Reading is a big focus for us in Yellow Class and we will be reading with your child as often as possible in school both in reading lessons and on an individual basis throughout the day. You can help a great deal with your child’s progress throughout the curriculum by reading with your child as regularly as possible at home and writing what they have read and how they are doing in their reading record. We will change the books as often as possible, usually daily. On Thursdays your child may get two books in their book bags. Please talk to your child about the stories and books they are reading. Asking lots of questions will really help with understanding. There are often examples of things you can do and ask at the back of their reading books.

I am so excited for the year ahead! We have got such a lot of fabulous things planned including some exciting learning outside of school. Watch this space! I am really proud of all the children for starting the year in such a mature and smiley way. Please remember my door is always open for questions or if you would like to let me know anything. I am always very happy to meet and chat.