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Year 2 Curriculum – Autumn 2017
I would like to welcome you all to Year 2 and Team Rees-Boughton in our brand new building … how exciting! Whether you are ‘old hands’ to RAPS or a new face, like me, I look forward to us sharing your child’s educational journey together. I hope you all had a fabulous summer holiday, let’s hold onto those warm (ish) summer memories as we head into the rainy months…
The children have settled back in to school life very well after the summer holidays and have adjusted very well to the change in routine and expectations! The first newsletter of the year is an ‘extended edition’ containing vital information for adults regarding school routines and expectations, as well as curriculum information. Please take the time to read this and if you have any questions about anything please do not hesitate to ask! Communication between school and home is essential to your child’s academic progression and success, so whether you prefer phone call or good old fashioned face-to-face conversation, I will be very happy to help.
In Year 2 we encourage the children’s independence. Please continue to say goodbye to your child at the door and encourage them to complete their morning routines. We do not check the children’s book bags every day, so please put any letters/dinner money in the box by the door and remind your child that they need to change their own reading book first thing. It is vital that this is done daily.
To maximise learning and impact in English I have split the children into separate English groups based upon ability. Some children will be with me completing a text based approach to English, other children will be completing the Read Write Inc programme begun in Year 1 with Miss Spurrier and Mrs Ivan. We believe it is very important for the children to complete this programme, which is all done at their own learning pace, so as not to miss vital sounds taught by the scheme.
In English the children will start off with reading The Crunching, Munching Caterpillar. They will be exploring the text and complete some drama activities taking on the role of the characters in the story. This term they will also be exploring the non-fiction text, How Bees Make Honey, linked with our first IPC topic.
When reading at home, you could take on the role of the characters in the story you are reading and retell the story using drama and role play.
Read Write Inc
RWI has had a huge impact on the reading and writing of children in Year 2. As a new teacher to the school, it is lovely to see the children so engaged with the scheme and it paying dividends in both their reading and their writing. Thank you for your continued support with this at home. It is great to hear that families are using their phonics packs and encouraging their children to segment and blend sounds together to make words!
This year we are beginning to introduce cursive writing to some of the children in Year 2. When they can confidently form their letters accurately, we encourage them to join with ‘lead outs’. This is very new to the children so you may notice them experimenting with different styles! Please ask if you have any questions.
In maths this term, the children will be learning how many tens and ones make a number. They will also learn how to partition numbers.
We are using the International Primary Curriculum at Ramsgate Arts which is “an engaging, rigorous and internationally minded thematic approach to learning”. This is an exciting change and will allow children to learn with real purpose and to make clear links between subjects. A number of different units will be studied throughout the year and these will last for different amounts of time (and will therefore not last the entire term as in previous years). We will be updating you with an outline of a unit as we begin a new one, so please check home learning letters for the information! Using the IPC means that children will not study every subject, every week. Areas of learning are blocked, so one block of lessons may focus on science before moving on to a block on geography and then art etc. Our first topic this term is 'Flowers and Insects'.
Home Learning and weekly news will be communicated through the Year 2 blog on the website throughout the week and IPC information will also appear in these when relevant. All home learning should be completed and returned to school as advised on the blog.
Home learning will change as the children progress through the school so that it is both suitable for their age and also prepares them for the next steps in their school life. In KS1 children will receive a ‘Love to Learn’ challenge every three weeks. This will be based on something they have been learning at school and should be used to reinforce this learning at home with you. Please let this be the child’s learning.
PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon.
It is important that children have a full PE kit in school at all times in a named bag. This includes black or blue shorts and white t-shirt for indoor PE and black or blue jogging bottoms, sweatshirt or tracksuit top and suitable trainers or plimsolls for outdoor lessons. Children will be expected to change their footwear for all PE lessons. The weather has to be severely inclement for lessons not to go ahead so please ensure that your child is well equipped! To reduce the likelihood of items going missing, please label everything with your child’s name and surname. For PE lessons and sport: whilst we would encourage children to not wear earrings on PE days, they can still participate if they have earrings in – we will ask them to cover their earrings with ‘micropore tape’ for their own safety.
Our school uniform exists both for health and safety reasons and to develop a sense of pride and responsibility in being a member of the Ramsgate Arts community. The uniform policy includes the expectation that all children will wear black school shoes (trainers are not acceptable footwear), that long hair should be tied back at all times and that, with the exception of a watch and a pair of small stud earrings, NO jewellery may be worn by children. Please also be aware that JoJo bows are also not aloud. We also ask you to remember that children should not be wearing make-up or nail varnish to school and hair styles should not be extreme – this includes unnatural hair colours. The school’s uniform policy is listed in the school’s prospectus and if you would like another copy, please ask at the school office. Please ensure your child is dressed according to this policy and that all items of clothing are clearly named.
Sipping water throughout the day aids concentration and learning. Please provide your child with a water bottle which they may keep with them throughout the day. Please ensure that it contains only water and no juice/squash.
It is vital that pupils arrive at school on time and that absence is kept to a minimum. Frequent lateness and absences can have a huge negative impact on a child’s learning so please try to have your child in school by 8.20am every day.
Miss Alice Rees-Boughton
Year 2 Teacher