Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 2’s Autumn Term newsletter.
Enclosed you will find a copy of:
The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:
2D Ms Dale Class Teacher & Year Group Leader
2NW Mrs Naughton Class Teacher
Mrs Weir Class Teacher
Mrs Hart Learning Support Assistant
2M Miss Maxfield Class Teacher
Miss Omar Learning Support Assistant
Support Staff Y2 Mrs Wyman
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.
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. All hair must be tied back if long and should be their natural hair colour with no coloured weaves or braids. The wearing of hard hair accessories (beads for example) is not permitted. There should be no extreme hairstyles or lines or designs cut into hair or eyebrows. We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately every day.
As children play outside in all weathers except heavy rain and snow, they must have a warm, waterproof coat in school
Children in 2D will usually have PE every Monday and on one out of three Wednesdays. Occasionally PE lessons will not take place or will take place or different days to accommodate special events. For this reason PE kits will be kept at school and children will wear the PE kits home after a Wednesday PE lesson to have them washed. On PE days, hair must be tied back and earrings must be removed.
Children receive ‘Dojos’ for behaviour and learning which exemplifies our school values. They are also awarded certificates and badges for outstanding efforts in subjects and for living by the school’s values. 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. Each class also competes to win a weekly lining-up and attendance awards.
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. We will always let you know in advance about a scheduled trip through a letter.
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
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 Friday Children are also allowed to choose their own library book each week on a Monday. 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!
Home Learning/Topic Grids
Thank you for the support and encouragement which you give at home with regard to the children’s school work.
As you know it is important that this continues this year as the tasks consist of activities which reinforce the themes or units studied at school. These will be included in their Green Books and will be collected once a term, teachers will look through them and award reward to any children who have showed great effort.
Show and Tell
Show and Tell sessions focus on celebrating homework children have completed. We also encourage children to share important news with us, but we do not 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
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.
Year Group Leader