“You’re off to great places! Today is you day! Your mountain is waiting! So… get on your way!”

 

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Welcome to Year 2!  I hope your child is excited about everything that this year has to offer. I am thrilled to have your child in my class, and I believe that by working together we will make this a very happy, productive and successful school year.  This is an important year in your child’s school career, as we will be reviewing a lot, learning even more, and of course having lots of fun along the way!   

It is very important that you play an active role in your child’s education. I invite you speak to me any time that you have a question regarding your child’s progress in school. I will keep you informed by sending home class letters and homework regularly.  The school blog will be updated every week, and this is a great way for you to see some of the exciting things that happen in class.  Spare copies of homework activities and letters will be posted on the noticeboard found outside my classroom.  Also, I would appreciate it if you would keep me informed any time your child has a concern/ difficulty whether it be it academic, social, or emotional.

Please find below some useful information that you will need: 

 

Class Staff

Class Teacher: Mrs. Kirsty Cusack
TAs:  Miss C. Rasbridge, Miss L. Davies,&  Mrs. R. Rees 

PPA Cover: Mrs. R.Stonham/ Miss L. Williams 

SLT Time Teacher: Mrs. R.Stonham/ Miss L. Williams 

Outdoor Learning

The children will be working outdoors regularly, whatever the weather!  Therefore please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather e.g. coat, sun hat etc. 

P.E.

This year our P.E. days are every Friday.  N.B.  Pupils will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. kits.  Suggested clothing for P.E. is navy jogging bottoms, white polo shirt and trainers.  All jewellery must be removed and long hair must be tied back for P.E.   

 

P.P.A. (Planning, Preparation and Assessment)/ SLT (Senior Leadership) Time

My P.P.A. session is on a Friday morning and Mrs. Stonham/ Miss Williams will be teaching the class.  They will  also teach the class every Friday afternoon when I take my Senior Leadership Time. 

 

Class Topics

The topics for this year are as follows: 

Autumn Term:Glitter and Glow
Spring Term:Take a Trip in a Time Machine
Summer term:Journey with Us over Land, Sea, Air & Space 

 I’m sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the practical experiences and focus activities offered to them in an environment which supports a range of learning styles.  If your child has any books, artefacts, DVDs etc linked to the current learning theme, they are more than welcome to bring them in to school.  Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. 

    

Reading Books

Please ensure that your child brings his/ her reading book to school every day.  Your support with your child’s reading development is crucial and I greatly appreciate your comments in his/ her reading diary.  Regular reading at home will greatly support the work that we do in school.   

 

Homework

Homework will be distributed as follows:
Spelling Words:Sent home every Tuesday  and can be returned at any time during the week.   

Maths:Allocated online every Friday.  Activities will review key concepts covered in school throughout the week. 

 

Once again, please feel free to pop in to see me with any questions/ concerns that you may have.  May I take this opportunity to thank you in anticipation for your support throughout the coming year.  Let’s work together to make this year a success and a happy, memorable time in your child’s school career! 

 

Regards,
Mrs. Cusack 

What's been happening in Year 2?
  • Book Fair

    Thank you to everybody who came along to our book fair this week. We are very grateful for your support, and the commission earned will be used to purchase books for our classes and libraries. A special thank you to our Year 6 book fair helpers for spending their time helping to set up and […]

  • Marvellous Mindfulness in Year 2!

    As part of mental health awareness week, the year 2s have enjoyed participating in different mindfulness activities.

  • Football First

    The children thoroughly enjoyed the Beat Box assembly today to promote our fundraising event. Sponsorship forms will be sent home today for the fun football day on June 7th.

  • Multiplication Monsters!

    The Year 2s enjoyed investigating multiples of 2, 5 and 10 today using monsters with various amounts of legs. Some of the children even moved on to multiples of 3 and 4! Later this week we will look at the relationship between multiplication and division. Gwaith gwych, Blwyddyn 2!

  • ….And We’re Done!!!!

    The Year 2s have worked so hard this week with their first ever National Tests. They all tried so hard and we are incredibly proud of them all. The boys and girls are looking forward to a treat this afternoon as a ‘Thank You’ and ‘Well Done’ for working their socks off.

  • Kerbcraft in Year 2

    The Year 2s enjoyed their first outdoor Kerbcraft session today. They learned about safety rules when walking near roads, and how to use pedestrian crossings safely. Thank you to Poppy’s mum for helping us today. They can’t wait for next week’s session!

  • Kerbcraft Session 1

    Today the Year 2 children were visited by Charlie from the Kerbcraft road safety scheme. He talked to us about what we will be doing in our Kerbcraft sessions this term. We discussed the importance of road safety, who uses pavements and named various vehicles that use the roads. We learned about the use of […]

  • 🤸‍♀️ Gymnastic 💎 Gems

    The children, Reception to Year 4, thoroughly enjoyed their first gymnastic after school session.

  • Journey With Us Over Land, Sea, Air and Space!

    The Year 2 children have thoroughly enjoyed activating their prior knowledge about transport, in preparation for the start of this term’s topic ‘Journey With Us Over Land, Sea, Air and Space’. We looked at lots of images of different ways of travelling and various forms of transport, and the boys and girls came up with […]

  • Hunting for Eggs in Year 2!

    The Year 2s had a great morning hunting for Easter eggs! We started by discussing Easter traditions and the what the egg symbol represents in Christianity. The children then went hunting for eggs, and they had to use their maths skills, as different colour eggs were worth different points. The children worked brilliantly in teams, […]

  • Fantastic St. Fagans!

    The Year 2s thoroughly enjoyed their trip to St. Fagans museum of Welsh life today. We saw lots of things that we have learned about this term as part of our topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’. The children were particularly fascinated by the different houses from various eras, the shops and the […]

  • Fun with Weststreet.

    Foundation Phase have had a fun filled morning developing their gymnastic skills with the coaches from Weststreet Gymnastics Centre.

  • The Big Pedal!

    We took part in the Big Pedal on Monday. The Year 2 children enjoyed showing off their cycling skills to help us keep the pedals moving throughout the day.

  • Awesome Animation!

    The Year 2 children have been working hard this week. They created excellent animations which showed their understanding ow how things appear smaller in the distance and larger when closer to them.

  • Making Drains!

    The Year 2s have been looking at changes in streets and houses over time. We discussed how the Romans invented drains. The children were then set a challenge: work together as a group to transport the waste from a house, down a drain into a sewer! They worked brilliantly, and enjoyed testing different gradients and […]

  • The Big Pedal

    The morning began with a young lady arriving to school on a horse…. then there were some scooters and bikes… finally the ‘walking bus’ came into sight! Thank you to all those who helped to support the initiative, if you did you have helped the school get 1 step closer to our ‘Green Flag’ status. […]

  • Easter Service

    Our assembly today was to remember Jesus who died on the cross. Thank you to Mr Davies for delivering the assembly.

  • Bikes at the ready…

    This week marks the start of The Big Pedal. Why not call in to school today join us for our cyclethon.

  • Measuring Capacity

    The Year 2s have enjoyed learning about capacity. They worked really hard estimating and measuring various containers using ml and l, and recorded their findings using a table.

  • Investigating Eggs

    Phew, what a busy day we’ve had in Year 2! The children were set a challenge…find out how eggs help to protect a chick when it is growing inside. The children worked their way around a number of tasks, showing lots of enthusiasm and excellent skills with recording their observations in different ways. They looked […]

  • Magic Squares

    This week, as part of our work learning about how the streets have changed over time, the Year 2s read about the plague. They discovered that people were so frightened of becoming sick that they tried magic. They believed that if they put a magic square on their door it would keep away the plague. […]

  • Top Secret Creative Work!

    In preparation for Mother’s Day, the Year 2 children have been busy using their computer and creative skills this week. Their creations look fantastic…but their finished work is top secret until Sunday!

  • Wonderful Weighing Skills in Year 2!

    This week the Year 2s have enjoyed further developing their understanding of weight using grams and kilograms. They worked brilliantly when weighing a variety of food items, and showed super understanding when challenged to read a variety of different scales using iPad and PC games.

  • Safety Soldiers Discuss Stranger Danger

    This morning our Safety Soldiers pupil voice group discussed ways that we can teach everybody about Stranger Danger. This is the next focus for the group, following on from their work improving road safety.

  • P.C. Parry Teaches Year 2 to Play Safe

    This morning, Year 2 were visited by P.C. Parry. We talked about safe places to play. The boys and girls showed an excellent understanding of how to stay safe in their local environment.

 

 

Useful Websites:

http://www.ictgames.com   Literacy and Numeracy Games

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=8  Interactive Literacy, Maths and subject-related Games and Activities

http://www.galacticphonics.com/ – Phonics, spelling  and other literacy worksheets and resources for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

https://www.spellingcity.com/ – Spelling activities

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/games/   Educational games across all subjects and topics

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_menu.htm – Fun educational games

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/  Free online educational resources and games

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page?view=&agegroup=0&book=1&booktype=all&series=all#    Oxford Reading Tree free online books

www.jollylearning.co.uk – the official Jolly Phonics website. Includes videos showing the teaching of Jolly Phonics and information related to Jolly Phonics/Jolly Grammar.

http://roythezebra.com/reading-games-word-level.html – enjoy some games that Roy the Zebra provides to enhance your reading skills

http://www.ictgames.co.uk/literacy – a site offering a number of quality literacy games, including games to enhance reading

http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaurwordsrepeat.html – Dinosaur Words – choose the correct tricky word to match what the dinosaur reads to you!

http://www.ictgames.com/wordreader.html – Word Reader – another nice game to help you recognise and read tricky words

http://www.ictgames.com/machine.html – CVC Machine – read the cvc word and match with the picture shown

http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/ – read a book from Sebastian the Swan’s bookshelf

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/interactive_big_books – enjoy interactive big books on the NGFL Cymru site

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/ – A popular site already, but did you know that CBeebies also has stories you can listen to?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/storyplant.shtml – use the story plant to make your own story and watch it grow!

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1literacy.html – use the speech bubbles to make your own version of a traditional story

http://www.schooljotter.com/showpage.php?id=55482 – take a look at some links to some excellent literacy activities

http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacy/lit_site/html/fiction/my_monster/index.htm – create your own  scary monster poem!