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Year 2

Snow Day Homelearning Activities 

Year 2 – Snow Day Home Learning

I hope you all enjoyed the festive break and are now ready for an exciting new term! This term our learning will be based around the theme ‘Space and Robots’. We will be learning all about the solar system, performing our own scientific experiments and learning about the future of robotics and the impact this will have on our lives.

Have a look at our topic web for the objectives we will be working towards across the curriculum.

Topic Web Spring Term 2018 Year 2

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Upcoming Events

We have some exciting WOW experiences planned this term. We will be releasing our very own high-altitude balloon which will travel into near space. Each class will be collecting data beforehand to ensure we launch in the correct conditions. When the balloon lands we will retrieve it and see our photos from space! We will also have a visit from the Planetarium coming up after half-term.

 

Parents evening takes place on the week beginning 5th February. World Book Day is on the 5th March and an open science fair is planned in for 22nd March, details to follow.

 

Parent Workshops

A literacy workshop will take place week beginning 29th January and a maths workshop in the week beginning 12th March, which parents are welcome to attend. I will pass on specific times when I have them. A SATs information meeting will take place in the last week before Easter (26th-29th March).

 

General reminders

There is an open-door policy from 8.30am 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

PE will be on Tuesdays and swimming on Fridays*, so ensure that your child has their kit in school.

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.

 

*There is no swimming on Friday 5th January- the first lesson is on the 12th January.


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 h.narborough@swsf.org or contact me through the home school diary. 

 

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

 Super Learners

We will continue to explore what we can do to become Super Learners, building on skills learnt in previous years.

Growth MindsetWe will also be using the text above along with many more to explore the concept of growth mindset as an extension to Super Learners. We will be learning that talents and abilities can be developed through effort and persistence, that everyone can get smarter if they work hard.

SMSC

BELIEVE, BELONG, BECOME

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.