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?
  • Ser Yr Wythnos.

    Llongyfarchiadau i’n ser yr wythnos yma. Congratulations to our stars this week.

  • Year 2 Christmas Traditions Trip

    Yesterday the Year 2 children visited Swansea museum and the Waterfront museum to find out more about Christmas traditions. Our topic this term has been ‘Glitter and Glow’, and we have enjoyed finding out about different celebrations. In Swansea museum, we listened to stories which explained where different traditions began. We all enjoyed acting out […]

  • Year 2 Candle Investigation

    Today the Year 2 children completed their candle experiment. They discovered that the pillar candle would be the best one to send to Santa because it burned the slowest, which would then mean that the elves would have light for longer so that they could make more toys during the power cut. They completed tables […]

  • Santa S.O.S.

    Yesterday the Year 2 children received a very important letter from Santa. We were asked to help him because they have had a power cut in the North Pole and the elves can’t continue making toys as they cannot see what they are doing! Santa set us the challenge of finding him a suitable candle […]

  • Marvellous Measuring in Year 2!

    The children have been further developing their measuring skills using standard units. They enjoyed investigating the heights of children (and adults!) in class, measuring them in decimetres and then converting their findings into centimetres. The fun then really began when they used their measuring skills to carefully measure and cut Christmas wrapping paper. Gwaith Gwych, […]

  • Fir Tree Fine Motor Skills in Year 2

    Last week we were learning about the story of the Little Fir Tree. We began by closely studying illustrations from the book and developed questions, whilst using our prediction skills. We then looked at rhyming words linked to the text. We created a fantastic piece of shared writing, using lots of wow words, different sentence […]

  • A sky full of stars this week

    This week pupils have achieved an outstanding amount. Pupils also voted for their house team representatives. Congratulations to all who stood for election.

  • Stars of the week

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week

  • Stars of the week

    Congratulations to our stars this week

  • Wearing Spots, Raising Lots.

    Pontlliw School have had a fantastic morning celebrating Children in Need. Pupils and staff were a wonderful sight to see in our achievers assembly. The children are now looking forward to the toast and cake sell. Thank you all for your donations.

  • Pumpkin investigation

    This week the year 2 children had a fun filled time investigating pumpkins. They practised their estimating, measuring and counting skills and worked brilliantly in groups. Best of all, they enjoyed getting messy when counting the seeds.

  • Delicious Chocolate Apples

    This week the Year 2 children made some delicious chocolate apples for a bonfire night treat. The children have been busy learning all about instructions, and practised following and giving instructions during the activity. They then went on to writing their own instructions so other children could make chocolate apples. Gwaith Bendigedig, Blwyddyn 2!

  • Foundation Phase Autumn Exploration Day

    Today the Foundation Phase children enjoyed lots of hands-on, practical Autumn-themed activities. Unfortunately, the weather was against us, but with some adaptations to the planned activities, the children had a fantastic day, during which they further developed their personal & social and independence skills. The children developed their fine motor skills through making bird feeders, […]

  • The B Word

    Today the children in Years 2-6 enjoyed watching a production about bullying, called ‘The B Word’. The children watched attentively and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The show was very informative, and covered lots of issues including cyber bullying. The children were also taught about what bullying means, and when they term ‘bullying’ should be used.

  • Year 2 – Hwyl yn yr Parc yn yr Hydref

    Today the year 2 children had lots of fun further developing their Welsh and physical skills. We began by watching the Welsh film ‘Mynd i’r parc’, during which the children had to listen to characters talking in Welsh about things they like to do in the park in the Autumn. They then listened carefully to […]

  • Star of the week

    Congratulations to our stars this week 22/09/2017

  • Year 2s Bioblitz Session

    Today the year 2 children had a fantastic morning working outside with Sarah from the RSPB doing a Bioblitz. The children pulled on their wellies and went into the nature reserve to hunt for different animals in the environment. We found lots of creatures, including woodlice, worms, land hoppers and even newts! We recorded our […]

  • We’re Going on a Tree Hunt!

    Today, the Year 2 children were set a challenge, as part of their topic ‘Glitter and Glow’. The children were asked to investigate which is he most popular type of tree in Pontlliw Park. We began by learning about different trees, and ways to tell the differences between them. We decided how we could collect […]

  • Stars of the week

    Congratulations to our first stars of 2017 – 2018. Llongyfarchiadau i Ser yer wythnos.

  • September INSET Days

    Just a reminder that there are 2 INSET days at the beginning of the Autumn Term – September 4th & 5th.  We look forward to seeing the children on Wednesday 6th September.

  • Celebration Summer Dance

    Today is filled with love, fun and laughter as we reflect on the past year.

  • Stars of the Year

    Today we had our final star of the week. The whole school received the peer supporter certificate for being kind and caring friends on the yard, the sports award for supporting each other in every sporting event and each class had star of the week for being AWESOME. We have had a fantastic year fill […]

  • Race For Life

    Congratulations to our school for supporting such an amazing cause. Our grand total raised for cancer research is £2,300. Your support is outstanding! Thank you for supporting our yearly event and making it a continuous success. (Photo taken from Tuesdays evening post)

  • Infant Sports Day 2017

    Please do not repost these photographs on social media sites – thank you.

  • Race For Life

    Rain stopped play today! But we celebrated our yearly Race for Life with an assembly discussing all about how we can support people with cancer. We even had special visitors come to the school to celebrate the event – Our Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, our chair of Governors and the Evening Post. We will […]

 

 

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!