Year 2 Information
Please check the school Covid-19 information on the home page as some year group details may have changed.
For more information, we would like to draw your attention to the attached Handbook for KS1 and KS2 Parents.
Entering the classroom and being picked up
Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the arrangements for drop off and collection of children are different. Please see the letter from Miss Luker for the temporary arrangements.
Year 2 children will be responsible for looking after their own personal belongings. Please ensure that everything is clearly labelled, including book bags, jumpers, coats, PE kits, water bottles and stationery.
Missing items may be located in the lost property bins situated throughout the school.
Water bottles & other equipment
Your child should bring in a water bottle each day. Please remind them to collect it each afternoon to take home to be washed. Normally in Year 2, the school would provide stationery equipment. However, due to the current situation we want to reduce the amount of shared equipment in class. Therefore we would like your child to bring in the following items in a named pencil case: writing pencils, sharpener, coloured pencils, coloured pens, scissors, glue (please no coloured glues), 30 cm ruler & a packet of tissues. It would also be a good idea to have some hand sanitiser if possible.
It would be preferable for children to have book bags rather than rucksacks in Year 2.
Children in Year 2 can expect to have home learning each week. We expect children to spend a maximum of 20 minutes a night on home learning - including reading. Initially, children will receive spelling home learning once a week based on a spelling pattern that they are learning. This will go out on a Friday and be due back on the following Friday. Later in the term, the children will receive maths home learning as well. The children will be able to change their reading books themselves regularly.
Phonics and Spelling
Phonics and Spelling is an essential aspect of learning to read and write and will remain a key element of the Year 2 timetable. Children in Year 2 will continue to build on the phonics knowledge they developed in Year 1.
The year will start with a recap of sounds already learned (Phases 2 to 5) before moving onto Phase 6 spelling patterns and common exception words the remainder of the year.
Common Exception Words
Children in Year 2 should be able to spell most of the common exception words by the end of the year. These are words which do not follow the common phonetic spelling rules of the language, or where the usual rules act in an unusual way. A link to the Year 1 and Year 2 words can be found on the Year 2 page on the school website: http://www.stpaulskh.kingston.sch.uk/Year2info
In May 2020, the children will be completing their KS1 SATs. We will have a parent meeting later in the year with more information of what this will involve. Rest assured the children will be well prepared and it will form part of the normal every day routine. More information can be found here: https://www.theschoolrun.com/ks1-sats-questions-answered
We would really appreciate parent help listening to readers and helping children with their maths and phonics. Please see the class teacher if you are able to help with hearing children read, taking small groups, going on school outings, special days etc. At St Paul's, we are always grateful for any support you can provide.
Wet Play Games
Do you have any games that would be suitable for Year 2 during wet play? Board games suitable for 6-7 year olds, puzzles, and K’Nex or other construction games would be much appreciated.
If you have any questions or comments, the first port of call is the class teacher. Please use the home school diary to communicate messages.
Mrs Randell and Miss Rodriguez Vilella
Year 2 Team