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Year 2- Miss Chall

Welcome back to a new school year! I hope you all had a wonderful summer with friends and family and were able to make the most of some lovely weather! I am so excited for this year with year 2 and can’t wait to get started!

Have a look at our topic web for the objectives we will be working towards across the curriculum. Our topic this half term is AFRICA! We will be focusing on the diversity of this exciting continent through all of our subjects this year. In literacy we will be writing poetry based on different images of Africa, writing recount writing about children in different parts of Africa and comparing this to the UK, writing some narrative set in Africa and writing information texts about African Animals. In maths we will be building on previous learning and learning new methods of the 4 operations within the context of Africa and in science we will look at materials, animals and their habitats and plants. We will also be exploring Africa in our non-core subjects creating African art, looking at the physical and human geography of Africa and the religions of Africa!

Topic Web Summer 2018 year 4

Reading at Home

The expectation continues to be that all children read at home every day and a note about this will be added to your child’s Home School Diary. Little and often really is the key to excellent progress in reading. All children who read at least 5 times a week will be entered into the class book raffle to win a brand new book! 

Check out these recommended reads- great books to finish before KS2!

Books to Read before KS2


Maths at Home

This year we will also be continuing to provide a half-termly Maths booklet called ‘Off by Heart’ containing advice on how you can support your child’s progress in Maths at home. Please practice these skills for up to 5 minutes a day and add a short comment to the diary along side your reading comments.

SMSC, Collective Worship, British Values and Behaviour

Aim – To ensure all children have a sense of what it means to believe and the ability to build positive relationships through tolerance and compassion.

This term we are focusing on ‘Believing’ from our school values and linking this with the British Value – Tolerance and a core value of Compassion. This will be delivered through whole school assemblies, daily class collective worship and PSHE lessons using the SEAL unit New beginnings, via whole class and small group work where necessary.

British Values- Our Values

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The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. According to this, the five key British Values are: Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We will be promoting these values throughout the curriculum this term as well as finding real life examples of Values in Action day to day.

Home Learning

In a slight change to the previous term, home learning will be given on a Monday and due Friday of the same week. The most effective way for children to learn their spellings is a little practice every day- even for just a few minutes. The spelling quiz will take place on a Friday morning. If there are any issues with this please let me know.


Meet the Teacher

I will be holding a meet the teacher meeting in our classroom on Monday 10th September at 2:45. This is an opportunity to meet all of you and talk you through the school year and expectations. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible!  


General reminders

There is an open-door policy from 8.30 am however it is essential that children are ready to come to the carpet for the register at 8.50am prompt for a smooth start to the school day. Full school uniform must be worn at all times, including black shoes. Long hair must be tied back and no hair products please. Children will be offered fresh fruit at break time but can bring in an alternative healthy snack or money for toast as an alternative. Please also ensure that your child has a school water bottle in school every day. I’d also like to remind you to ensure that your child has a warm waterproof coat every day as the weather continues to be very changeable!



PE will be on Thursdays and swimming on Fridays, so ensure that your child has their kit in school. On Thursdays this term your child will be doing Tag Rugby and Netball. 

PE kits should include: well-fitting trainers, black shorts, black tracksuit trousers, a spare white shirt and a clean pair of socks.  In winter is also really important that children stay warm in PE wearing underlays, hats, gloves and a light waterproof coat where possible. A plastic bag kept inside the PE bag is always useful too, for muddy trainers. Swimming kits should include: a swimming costume or tight swimming trunks, a towel, goggles and swimming hats for children with long hair.


Remember, if you need to contact me at any point in the term, 
please drop in and see me at the end of the school day, send me an email at or contact me through the home school diary. 


Here’s to an enjoyable, fun filled and exciting Autumn Term!


Miss Chall