Year 2

“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.  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:

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.  You will be informed in advance of any outdoor days which will require special clothing e.g. wellies.

P.E.

This year our P.E. days are Wednesday and 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 Wednesday afternoon and Mrs. Stonham will be teaching the class.  Mrs. Stonham 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

This term will be investigating the amazing and beautiful changes that the season brings.  Pupils will use all of their senses to explore Autumn leaves, hedgehogs, woodland animals, owls and other nocturnal animals, scarecrows, Harvest and pumpkins!  The children will be provided with planned focus activities which cater for all styles of learner, whilst developing literacy, numeracy, thinking and ICT skills across the curriculum.  The children’s natural curiosity will be encouraged, and engaging ‘free choice’ activities will help them to lead their own learning, whilst becoming confident explorers of their environment.  We aim to work outside as often as possible, to experience the season first hand.  It’s also time to celebrate!  We will be using a wide range of skills and approaches to learning to investigate various multi-cultural celebrations, ranging from Bonfire Night, Diwali, Birthdays, Harvest, and finally a big focus on Christmas.  The children will learn about the importance of light in many celebrations, and will compare celebrations and religious stories from various faiths.  Once again, the planned focus activities will ensure that each child feels supported yet challenged in his/ her learning.  Pupils will continue to have access to a wide range of activities which motivate, enthuse and encourage them to become independent thinkers and learners.

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.

Homework

Homework will be distributed as follows:

Spelling Words:  Sent home every Tuesday and completed activities can be returned at any time during the week after it is sent home.  Please feel free to take photographs of any practical activities undertaken at home.

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

Comprehension:  In the Spring term, pupils will bring home comprehension tasks to complete.

 

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?
  • Year 2 Cricket Session

    Yesterday the Year 2 children thoroughly enjoyed their Cricket taster session. They practised and further developed their throwing, catching and batting skills. Lots of fun was had by all!

  • New Year’s Resolutions

    This week the Year 2 children have been learning about New Year’s Resolutions. They discussed how they celebrated new year, and watched videos of celebrations around the world. They enjoyed joining in with Auld Lang Syne! The children used their reading skills to find out more about new year celebrations around the world, and then […]

  • Sioni Rhew

    This week the Year 2 children enjoyed listening to a Welsh story about Sioni Rhew (Jack Frost). They then wrote in Welsh about the things Sioni Rhew likes to do in the Winter. The children made fantastic symmetrical snowflakes online and using their cutting skills, and then used a variety of materials and techniques to […]

  • Take a Trip in a Time Machine

    This week the Year 2 children have started their new topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’. They began by activating their prior knowledge about the topic, using pictures to generate discussions about what they already know. They then thought about what they would like to learn and do this term. The children came […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week. Llongyfatchiadau.

  • Year 2 Visit Santa in Dan yr Ogof Caves!

    Today the Year 2 children had a fantastic time visiting Santa in Dan yr Ogof caves. The children were extremely well behaved, and Santa gave them all a very special treat to bring home. The children (and staff!) are now feeling very festive…but exhausted, and are looking forward to the last day of term tomorrow! […]

  • Year 2 Christmas Party

    This afternoon, the Year 2 children celebrated Christmas in style during our class Christmas party! The children enjoyed playing pass the parcel, eating lots of delicious party food, pulling crackers, telling jokes and they did lots of fantastic dancing (including lots of flossing and the Conga!). The children are totally exhausted now, and are counting […]

  • Perfect Pomanders!

    On Monday, the Year 2 children made some fantastic pomanders as a follow up activity from their Christmas traditions trip. We learned about old fashioned Christmas decorations, and the children enjoyed creating their festive pomanders to take home. Our classroom smelt wonderfully festive with the oranges and the cloves. I’m sure you’ll agree that the […]

  • Christmas Stories and Traditions Museum Trip

    On Friday, the Year 2 children visited Swansea Museum to learn all about Christmas traditions. The children enjoyed participating in acting out Christmas stories, and also had a go at playing with lots of toys that children would have been given a long time ago. The children then moved on to the Waterfront Museum, where […]

  • Christmas Candle Jars

    Last week the Year 2 children solved a problem for Santa, and sent him a candle which would help him to make toys for a long time during the North Pole power cut. This week, Mrs. Claus got in touch with the children to eplain there had been a slight problem; Edgar Elf had knocked […]

  • Christmas Traditions in Iceland

    This morning, Year 2 and Year 5 pupils enjoyed a live web chat with Mr. Stonham’s cousin Darren. Darren lives in Iceland and he told us all about their various Christmas traditions. The children listened attentively, and asked lots of thoughtful questions. They enjoyed learning about the thirteen trolls who leave treats for children, the […]

  • Safety Soldiers Meeting

    This week the Safety Soldiers pupil voice group worked on gathering ideas for improving road safety outside our school. The children discussed the issues and how unsafe parking affects different people. They came up with some fantastic ways to improve road safety, and will be working on them in the coming weeks.

  • Awesome Advertising!

    The Year 2 children have been learning about persuasion texts. They have enjoyed watching and reading lots of adverts, and now understand the persuasive features used by companies to get us to part with our money. The children learned about superlatives, and then used them when creating their own adverts using their fantastic computer skills. […]

  • Santa SOS!

    The Year 2 children were super excited this week to find a letter that Santa had sent them asking the children for help. He told us that there had been a power cut in the North Pole, and asked us to send him a candle which would help him continue making toys in the dark. […]

  • Jelly Bean Problem Solving

    Today the Year 2 children were very excited to find that one of Santa’s elves had set them a problem. The children needed to work together to sort the mixed up jelly beans. However, it wasn’t as easy as they first thought! They children grouped the sweets, using their welsh colour vocabulary with confidence. They […]

  • Magical Maths Team!

    Congratulations to our ‘Maths Magic’ team, who took part in our cluster Maths event in Pontardulais Comprehensive. Each team played their heart out, and showed that Pontlliw has great Mathematical skills. All of our year groups showed great team spirit and encouraged each other to do best they could. Our Year 5/6 team got though […]

  • Toys, Toys, Toys!

    This week the Year 2 children have been working on a Rich Task based on the theme ‘toys’. The children worked brilliantly applying their numeracy, literacy, ICT and Welsh language skills to complete a range of focused tasks. The children wrote fantastic letters to Sion Corn, using known sentence patterns. They used our Wal Cymraeg […]

  • Marvellous Measuring!

    The Year 2 children have worked on further developing their measuring skills this week, using metres, centimetres and decimetres. They worked well selecting the appropriate unit of measurement, made excellent estimations and recorded their results carefully when measuring their shoe size, heights, lengths of Christmas wrapping paper and objects around the classroom. The children were […]

  • Directions, Positions and Movement in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been further developing their understanding and use of positional, directional and movement vocabulary. They learned about full, quarter, half and three quarter turns, and showed a good understanding of clockwise and anticlockwise movements. Some of the children also enjoyed learning about compass points. The children then used the […]

  • Year 2 Enterprise

    The Year 2 enterprise stall is up and ready to go for tonight’s Christmas fair. Come along and support the children. Their decorations are all hand made and will be on sale for just £1!

  • Christmas Traditions Around the World

    This week, the Year 2 children enjoyed finding out about Christmas traditions around the world. The children decided at the start of term that this was something that they wanted to learn about, and they were extremely enthusiastic about the focused tasks! The children discovered lots of amazing facts, including Australians decorating their homes with […]

  • Light Investigation in Year 2

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed completing their light investigation. They were previously set the challenge of finding out which source of light would be the best to use as a nightlight for Baby Bear, after reading the story ‘Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?’. The children came up with a clear plan of what to […]

  • Anti-Bullying Week in Year 2

    Year 2 completed lots of activities as part of our Anti-Bullying week. We began by watching the Disney Pixar film ‘For the Birds’ and discussed how the characters were behaving. We discussed the exact meaning of bullying. We then designed our own birds for the film, emphasising how it’s ok to be different and how […]

  • Noson Tan Gwyllt

    Super Welsh and ICT skills were shown by the Year 2 children this week. They enjoyed writing in Welsh about different fireworks that they like, and used paint tools online to create some very effective firework pictures.

  • Firework Problem Solving

    This week, the Year 2 children have enjoyed working on a number of problem solving activities linked to fireworks. They rotated around a number of activities, which included working on showing their workings when solving worded problems, using their 2 and 10 times tables to create fireworks using the Cuiseannaire rods, and further developing their […]

 

 

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!