Year 2

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

Parents’ Evenings

Parent meetings will be held on 20th and 21st March. If you wish to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress please use the form below. Please make one booking per pupil only. Parents who require two appointments should contact the school secretary. Duplicate appointments will be deleted.

 

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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?
  • Teithio

    Today the Year 2s enjoyed further developing their Welsh reading skills. They enjoyed learning the names of lots of different forms of transport in Welsh. The children then had to use their phonics and decoding skills to match read and match the names of the vehicles given to them. The children were also very interested […]

  • Developing Our Research Skills

    This week the Year 2s have been further developing their research skills. Following on from last week’s sessions, the children have now each chosen their favourite endangered animal from the story ‘Oi! Get Off Our Train!’. They discussed the information that might be useful to include in a non-chronological report, and then further developed their […]

  • Year 2 Royal Wedding Photo Booth

    As part of their Royal Wedding celebrations, the Year 2s enjoyed taking on the roles of various members of the royal family. See if you can work out who was who!

  • Super Research Skills

    As part of our topic ‘Journey With Us Over Land, Sea, Air & Space’, the Year 2 children have enjoyed reading the story ‘Oi! Get Off Our Train!’ They enjoyed reading about various endangered animals wanting to get on a train to escape, as they were facing threat from humans in various ways. The children […]

  • Board Games Club

    The children are enjoying exploring a variety of different games in board games club. As well as developing a range of skills, including mathematical, language and social skills, they are having lots of fun too!

  • Cool Capacity!

    This week Year 2 have enjoyed using ml and l to estimate, measure and compare the capacity of lots of different containers. They showed excellent understanding through a range of practical, hands-on learning experiences.

  • Wonderful Weighing Skills!

    This week Year 2 enjoyed further developing their understanding of weight. They used g and kg to estimate, weigh and compare various objects. They also challenged themselves further by reading a variety of scales. Gwaith da, blwyddyn 2!

  • Siarter Iaith Competition

    A chance to win a family holiday 30 businesses across three Welsh towns – Pwllheli, Swansea and Cowbridge – have placed a sticker featuring the Siarter Iaith mascots, Seren a Sbarc, in their windows. From Monday 30th April until Monday 7th May, we are asking primary school children and their families to seek out these […]

  • Cool Cricketers!

    HOWZAT! This morning Cricket Wales paid us a visit to advertise their clubs at local venues to develop cricket skills, team work and knowledge of Health and well-being.

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

    This week the children have activated their prior knowledge about transport, in preparation for a fun-filled term based on our topic ‘Journey With Us Over Land, Sea, Air and Space’. We looked at lots of photographs of different vehicles, including some very unusual ones which the children had never seen before. The children enjoyed talking […]

  • Mae hi’n heulog!

    At long last the weather has improved and the Year 2s enjoyed a lovely cooling treat today. A big Diolch yn Fawr to Mr. & Mrs. Woods from The Buck, who very kindly bought ice lollies for the children to enjoy as a treat. What a lovely way to end a fun-filled day!

  • Pasg Hapus

    We celebrated Easter 🐣 today with an Easter service ; readings from the staff, recitals, songs and cornet playing. Llongyfarchiadau to our Easter colouring competition winners. We’d like to wish you all a healthy and happy Easter.

  • Eggciting Egg Hunting and Eggcelent Maths!

    Today the Year 2s enjoyed participating in an Easter Egg hunt outdoors. They worked together in teams to find lots of hidden eggs. They then used their Maths skills to work out how many points their team had earned, as different coloured eggs were worth different points. They used fantastic repeated addition and multiplication skills. […]

  • Chick Fun and Games!

    Today the Year 2 children finally got to hold the class chicks! They were very excited and enjoyed spending time exercising our feathery friends! This has really helped the children get in the mood for the Easter holidays!

  • PC Parry – Safe Places to Play

    PC Parry has visited Year 2 this morning to teach them about safe places to play. She brought Tarian the dragon with her to help the children identify dangers in their local environment, and to think about consequences for actions. They children are now fully aware of how they can keep themselves safe, and what […]

  • Magic Squares

    This week the Year 2s have been learning about the Plague, finding out how hygiene and homes have changed over time. They used their Numeracy skills to create magic squares, as people believed that magic would keep the plague away from their homes. They worked well to find the missing numbers needed to complete their […]

  • …And Then There Were Ten!

    Today the Year 2 children were very excited because all of the class chicks have finally hatched! The children have worked in groups to decide on names for them all. They have been moved out of the incubator and are now in the brooding box. The children will be taking turns to feed and clean […]

  • Rocking Odd Socks for Down Syndrome Day

    Today we are very excited to be wearing our odd socks celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. We are very proud of all of our children , they make our world a better place. Thank you to Mrs Appleyard who sent in cakes for every child to help us celebrate this wonderful day. 21/3/18

  • Dividing with Remainders in Year 2

    Today the Year 2 children have shown fantastic maths skills. We have been investigating halving numbers, using dividing by 2. The children were set a challenge: Which numbers divide equally, and which have remainders? They worked in an organised way, showing their workings clearly. Gwaith bendigedig, blwyddyn dau!

  • We have chicks!!!

    The Year 2 children are extremely excited, as our eggs have started to hatch! Our first chick hatched this morning and the children have decided to name it Charles! The children have enjoyed adding to their daily chick diaries, carefully noting down their observations. We are eagerly waiting for the other chicks to hatch. We […]

  • Chick Watch: Day 1!

    Today the Year 2 children finally received the eggs that they have waited for! As part of our topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine, we have been learning all about chicks and eggs. The children have been eagerly waiting for the eggs to arrive, and finally Farmer Nigel arrived with 10 chicken eggs […]

  • Sports Relief Fun

    Year 2 have had lots of fun today taking part in our Sports Relief activities. They began by participating in Yoga sessions in class. Ozzy Osprey visited the children at playtime to show his support. The children then moved outside to complete independent timed challenges, where they used the skills that they have been working […]

  • Year 2 Visit St. Fagans

    Today the Year 2 children visited St. Fagan’s as part of our learning about the topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’. We began by visiting Y Maestr school, where we learned about how school used to be over a hundred years ago. The children were very shocked by the punishments used, and how […]

  • Who has ATTITUDE?

    This is the second week of our year 6 entrepreneurs club ‘Attitude’. The group runs a variety of activities, this week the pupils got a chance to show off the dance moves with just dance… warming up for Sports Relief tomorrow.

  • Egg Experts in Year 2!

    Today the Year 2 children thoroughly enjoyed investigating eggs. They learned how eggs provide food, air and protection for the chick growing inside. They enjoyed finding out about the air sac, yolk, albumen and shell…and got very messy along the way! The children worked on recording their results carefully in different ways. They are now […]

 

 

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!