Year 2 2019 - 2020
Welcome to year 2!
We have lots to look forward to during the year. We aim to give you a brief overview of the year ahead and explain the subtle changes between year 1 and 2.
Routines and equipment
Day to day routines remain very similar to those in year 1, however, in year 2 our school day begins at 8.45am when the gates open. The morning gate closes at 8.55am. Children finish the day at 3.00pm. Children will enter and leave school via the main school gates.
Dinner and snack ordering systems remain the same; children are responsible for ordering their snack each morning and can choose from apple juice, orange juice or milk (30p each) and toast along with another hot option (30p each). Fruit will also be available each day at no charge. Any snack money must be brought into school in a named envelope or purse. Children can also choose from a hot school dinner or a sub bar each day (menus available on the school website) free of charge.
Children need a labelled PE kit, including trainers, in school every day (these will be sent home half termly to be washed) as well as a named water bottle. Pencil cases are not permitted. Children must not bring rucksacks into school (we do not have enough space to store these in the year 2 area). Instead, children should use a blue Cledford book bag as these fit in children’s trays in the classroom (these can be purchased from the school office).
In Year 2, we regularly engage in outdoor learning and these activities take place regardless of bad weather. Children should have a waterproof coat in school at all times and extra warm clothes and wellies in the wetter and colder winter months.
Homework and expectations
It is expected that by the end of year 2 all children know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables (including division facts) and be able to count forwards and backwards in 3s.
There is a list of words that children should be able to spell by the end of year 1 and by the end of year 2. These will be sent home in September. Children must practice these spellings at home, while work in school is planned carefully to give plenty of opportunities to use and apply them. Similarly, during the course of the year, children will be taught a number of spelling rules for which many of these words apply.
As always at Cledford, the expectation is that all children read at home with an adult at least 5 times each week. We expect that reading diaries are signed daily. Reading may be from a magazine, newspaper, fiction or information book. Children are responsible for selecting their own reading book of their level and will be shown where to choose these from at the beginning of the school year.
Homework in year 2 follows the school policy with a commitment to the benefits of project work and learning at a greater depth to increase independence. Children are expected to choose 10 different tasks from the grid provided (which averages as approximately one task per week) to complete throughout the term. Homework will be checked regularly throughout the term and if we feel that children are not completing enough tasks regularly then they will need to complete these in catch up club. The homework grid will be sent home in September.
In May, year 2 children will complete their end of Key Stage 1 SATs. The results of these will be reported to parents/carers at the end of the school year. There will be a parents meeting where you can find out more information about Key Stage 1 SATs.
We will go on several educational visits throughout the year, including a residential to Fox Howl in Delamere Forest. Further details will be sent out about these visits and there will a parents meeting where you can find out more information about the residential at this time.
Happy New Year! This term our topic is 'What will we find in the wild woods?'. The majority of our learning will revolve around woods / forests. A curriculum brochure will be sent home on 10.01.20 which will provide more detail.
Dates for your diary
Tuesday 4th February 2020: Visit to 'Imagine That' in Liverpool (more details to follow).
Year 2: What have we been doing? items
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