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 16th and 17th October. 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.

 

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?
  • Wonderful Woodland Animals!

    When introducing this term’s topic a few weeks ago, the Year 2 children shared lots of their own fantastic ideas about what they would like to learn about. Some children said that they would like to find out about different animals such as owls, foxes and hedgehogs. Today, the children enjoyed using the Arkive website […]

  • Moving Lego Scarecrows

    Today the Year 2 children enjoyed using Lego Education Simple Machines kits to create moving Lego scarecrows. The children were set a challenge: make a scarecrow that looks scary and has at least one type of movement to scare the birds away. The children enjoyed investigating gears and talked in detail about their designs. It […]

  • Tree Data

    Following on from yesterday’s tree hunt, today the Year 2 children used Hwb to show their data. We talked about which trees there were most of and least of, and the children showed off their fantastic ICT skills!

  • Tree Detectives

    Today the Year 2 children were set a challenge. They were asked to find out which type of tree is there most of in Pontlliw park. We began by looking at leaf classification charts. We then discussed they ways in which they could gather their data. Then we went down to the park where the […]

  • Creating Stories in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been looking at the book ‘The Little Yellow Leaf’ by Carin Berger. The children enjoyed looking closely at one of the illustrations without reading the book, and further developed their prediction and questioning skills based on what could happen in the story. Today they looked at more pictures […]

  • First Day in Year 2!

    The new Year 2 children have had a lovely first day of term. We enjoyed working together on some ‘Getting to Know You’ activities and the children explored their new classroom. The children left with big smiles on their faces and are looking forward to tomorrow!

  • Year 2 Graduate in Style!

    Today the Year 2 children enjoyed a little graduation ceremony, where we celebrated their achievements from throughout the year. Each child received a certificate unique to them, celebrating lovely positive traits, and everybody enjoyed guessing who would receive each award! What a lovely way to end our wonderful Year together. Year 2, you are all […]

  • Lighthouse Junk Modelling

    The Year 2 children made some excellent junk model lighthouses this week. They were set the task of designing and creating model lighthouses that were at least 25cm high, with a working door and a light at the top. As you can see they worked brilliantly and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Excellent work Year 2!

  • Space Travel in Year 2

    As part of their topic, this week the Year 2 children enjoyed finding out about the history of space travel. They enjoyed sequencing a timeline of space firsts, researching the planets and were amazed to watch the film of the first moon walk.

  • Traffic Survey

    This morning the Year 2s enjoyed participating in a traffic survey as part of their learning about road safety. They were amazed at how busy the road outside school is. We then analysed the data and next week the children will be creating bar charts and pie charts on Hwb to show what they found […]

  • Traffic Light Biscuits and Road Designing

    As part of our road safety learning, this week the Year 2 children enjoyed making traffic light biscuits. They also enjoyed designing their own roads outdoors, which included important safety features such as zebra crossings and traffic lights.

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our ⭐️ this week.

  • Visiting the Mumbles Tram

    Today the Year 2 children visited the tram shed in Swansea Museum. We got to sit in the old Mumbles tram and listed to Miss Phoebe tell us what it was like travelling on the tram in Swansea long ago. We joined in with lots of stories and even tried on some of the clothes […]

  • Fabulous Flapjacks, Lovely Lists and Cracking Coding!

    As part of their work on ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic’ story, this week the Year 2 children made some delicious flapjacks for the story character Mr. Grinling. The children used their super reading skills to read and follow instructions, and they used their excellent measuring skills to weigh the ingredients carefully. The children also developed […]

  • The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic

    The Year 2 children have had a great morning working on activities based on The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic. They used their coding skills to move the Lighthouse Keeper from building to building around the village. They used their word-processing skills to develop shopping lists for Mr. Grinling. The children used their Welsh language skills when […]

  • Year 2 Investigating Circuits!

    As part of our learning about ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, today the Year 2 children investigated circuits. They were all set the challenge of ‘Can you make the lightbulb shine for the lighthouse?’, and were given a range of batteries, wires and bulbs to try out. They enjoyed seeing if various circuits worked, and every […]

  • Year 2 Fire Safety Talk

    This morning, we were visited by Gemma, a fire fighter from Morriston Fire Station. Gemma came into class to teach us all about ways to stay safe around fire. She read us a story about Tanni, and we talked about the dangers of playing with matches and lighters. We also learned about how to call […]

  • Ramp Investigation

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed undertaking various ramp investigations. The children worked well together to investigate how the height of a ramp affects he distance a toy car travels. Some groups investigated how different materials on the ramp affect the distance travelled, and discussed friction. Other pupils looked at how the weight […]

  • Foundation Phase Film Club

    The Foundation Phase Film Club has been a real success so far. The children are enjoying watching films based on different themes. We have discussed how music and colour create atmosphere. The children have enjoyed watching a wide variety of films, including some which made us laugh an awful lot, and some which gave us […]

  • Fantastic Fine Motor Skills

    Throughout the year, the Year 2 children have enjoyed further developing their fine motor skills through lots of exciting activities, such as Cheerios challenges, using tweezers and printing to name just a few. This week we decided to improve our fine motor skills by threading patterns on the fences outside. The area is looking really […]

  • The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed reading The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. They worked well when thinking about adjectives to describe the seagulls in the story. The children then worked on developing questions to ask Hamish the cat, and thought of what Hamish would say in response to their questions. The children also undertook […]

  • 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 […]

 

 

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!