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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. Mrs Phillips is also our teaching assistant and she works on Tuesdays and Fridays. Mr Miller will teach Yellow class on a Monday afternoon. We will be doing reading, writing and maths lessons each day. Our English lessons will start with learning about a book called ’The Pirates Next Door’ by Johnny Duddle. We will eventually be writing our own version of the story! Maths lessons will be based around reading and writing numbers to 100 and understanding their value in terms of tens and ones.

Our topic this half term is ‘The Place Where we Live.’ We will be finding out lots about the history and geography of the Marsh and 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 art we will be printing Lancaster scenes using junk materials. PE is on a Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child has full kit in school  including pumps on these days as we will be outside when we can while the weather is warmer.

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

‘Lancaster’   ‘North West’   ‘map’   ‘map key’   ‘environment’ ’England’   ’Ashton memorial’  ‘Williamson’s factory’  ‘Millenium bridge’ ‘street’ (and local street names) ‘road’ ‘traffic’   ‘past’   ‘decade’ ‘century’  ‘print’ ‘block print’ ‘half drop’

Reading at home has rocketed already in Yellow class! It was amazing to see how many children read at home on the first day of school. Let’s keep that going! Reading is a big focus in Yellow Class and we will be reading with your child as often as possible in school both in group guided 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 reward children who read three times (or more) a week both on a weekly or half termly basis. While you are reading it is worth going through any new or challenging vocabulary and asking questions about what they have read to ensure understanding. There are sometimes activities / questions at the back of your child’s book. If you want any advice on this, please come and see us and ask. We are very happy to help!

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.

Thank you for your continued support.