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Autumn Term

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Welcome to Year 2’s Autumn Term newsletter.

 

Enclosed you will find a copy of:

· your child’s timetable;

· the curriculum areas we are covering this term;

· the homework grids for this term’s topics;

· the spelling rules we are learning this term;

· maths facts we are learning this term;

· important dates for your diary

· the end-of-year expectations for English and maths.

 

Staff

The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:

 

2D      Mrs Dunne Class Teacher & Year Group Leader

          Mrs Jo Learning Support Assistant

 

2NW  Mrs Naughton Class Teacher

          Ms Wells Class Teacher

          Mrs Malcolm Teaching Assistant

 

2M     Miss Maxfield Class Teacher

          Mrs Rose Teaching Assistant

 

 

Staff are happy to receive brief messages as they greet and dismiss children. If you wish to have a more detailed

conversation with your child’s teacher or the Year Group Leader, please visit the school office to request an appointment or a phone call.

Attendance and Punctuality

It is very important that your child attends school punctually every day, unless they are ill. The school gates are open from 8.30am and the children are expected to be ready to come straight into the classroom to start their learning at 8.45am.

 

Lunches and club snacks

We encourage healthy minds and bodies in our school. Fruit is the only snack children are allowed to bring to eat at after- school clubs. We also ask that no sweets, crisps or sugary cakes or biscuits are placed in children’s packed lunches. As we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL it is essential that your child does not bring any foods containing nuts or traces of nuts.

 

Uniform

We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is wearing the correct uniform every day. Children who are not appropriately dressed may miss their playtime. Our uniform policy is available from our school office and on our website. Children are not permitted to wear any jewellery except for

simple stud earrings for girls. Any inappropriate item of jewellery worn to school will be confiscated and kept in the school office for safekeeping until the end of the week when it will be sent home. As children play outside in all weathers except heavy rain and snow, they must have a warm, waterproof coat in school every day.

 

PE Kit

Children in 2D will usually have PE every Tuesday and on two out of every three Thursdays. Occasionally PE lessons will not take place or will take place or different days to accommodate special events. We will send children’s PE kits home at the end of the day before their PE lessons. Children should come into school the following day wearing their PE kit. They do not need to bring their usual uniform on these days as they will wear their kit all day until hometime. Hair must be tied back and earrings must be removed on PE days.

 

Awards

Children receive ‘Dojos’ for behaviour and learning which exemplifies our school values. They are also awarded

certificates and badges for outstanding efforts in RE, English and maths as well as outstanding behaviour in class and in the playground. Exceptional behaviour may also result in a Headteacher’s Certificate. Children are made aware of the

consequences of inappropriate behaviour. Children will always be given a warning before sanctions are issued. Children may be asked to take time out to reflect in their own class or another class in their year group. More serious instances of poor behaviour are recorded on a 369 sheet and you will be informed. Children may also be sent to playtime or lunchtime reflection. In the playground the children are encouraged to win House Points by displaying good behaviour when playing games, eating sensibly, using good manners and helping other children. The House Points are counted at the end of the week and the winning house has an extra 10 minutes of playtime. Each class also competes to win a weekly lining up and attendance awards.

 

Class Trips

Over the course of the year, there will be a range of trips designed to deepen your child’s understanding of and

enthusiasm for the topic we will study. Please see the dates for your diary section of this newsletter for further details.

 

Can you help?

We are always delighted for parents to be involved in the learning that takes place in school. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you think you would be able to help with any aspect of our learning, for example, by facilitating a trip, giving a

presentation or arranging a speaker. Trips can only take place if we have enough adults to accompany us so please do inform the office if you are available to help us with one of our forthcoming trips. Many thanks for your continued

support.

Reading at Home

It is extremely important that children read with a parent/carer for at least 15 minutes every day. Please encourage your child to read widely - websites, blogs, newspapers and information books as well as story books – and for pleasure! Children who regularly practise their word recognition and comprehension skills at home make much more rapid progress in all subjects at school. Please initial your child’s yellow reading record every day after they have read and add any comments for the class teacher. All children are given two banded reading books per week. These are changed every Monday. Children are also allowed to choose their own library book each week on a Friday. We ask that you ensure all three books are kept in your child’s book bag.

 

Maths at Home

We ask that you continue to support your child to improve his or her maths fluency skills. In this newsletter you will find a list of the number facts which we are focusing on this term and some suggested ways for your child to practise them. Even 5 minutes of practice a day while you are in the car, walking or on the bus will have a real impact on your child’s progress in maths!

 

Homework

Thank you for the support and encouragement which you give at home with regard to your children’s school work. You will find copies of the homework grid for the second half of the Autumn Term in this newsletter. This is designed to encourage your child to develop curiosity about the world and independent study skills appropriate to his or her age. All children are expected to have completed enough activities to have earned at least 15 homework points by the deadline given on the grid. We will send home lists of words linked to the spelling rules we are teaching each week, so that you can support your child to practise them.

 

Show and Tell

After we return to school on 31 October, Show and Tell sessions will focus on celebrating homework children have completed. We will continue to encourage children to share important news with us, but we will no longer allow children to show toys . We ask that you support us with this by ensuring your child does not bring any toys or personal items to school; these are not allowed in the playground and we cannot take responsibility for any items that are lost or damaged.

 

Birthdays

We will celebrate your child’s birthday in school by singing Happy Birthday to them. You are welcome to bring in fruit for the class to share or a book to go in the class book corner. We ask that you do not send in any other form of food, as many children have allergies.

 

I hope the children will enjoy their learning and I very much look forward to seeing you this term.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mrs Dunne

 

Important dates for your diary

Date

Event

Tuesday 31st October

Back to school. Maths Day

Monday 6th November

2D visit to Museum of Childhood

Tuesday 7th November

2M visit to Museum of Childhood

Thursday 9th November

Photographs of individual children

Tuesday 14th November

2NW visit to Museum of Childhood

Monday 27th November 

Visit to Millfield Theatre Pantomime

Thursday 7th December

2D Parish Mass at 9.15 am

Wednesday 13th December

Nativity Play at 2pm

Wednesday 20th December

Christmas lunch

Thursday 21st December

Class Christmas parties

Friday 22nd December

School ends at 1 pm

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