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Year 2 November Parent Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the new half term and what a busy one it will be with Christmas not far away!

Dropping off in the morning and notices

The morning routine will go back to the children entering at the end corridor door by the Year 2 classrooms. If you have a message for their Teacher then it can be given to Mrs Mills and Mrs Marriott who will greet you at the door. If someone different is collecting your child after school, please will ensure you leave a message in the morning so that it can be passed on to Miss Robinson or Miss Shannon who will be seeing the children out at the end of the day.

Class Assemblies

We hope you enjoyed 2AR’s parent assembly last half term. It will be the turn of 2ES on Monday 20th November. The doors to the KS1 hall will be opened at 2.45pm.

Our learning challenge question is, “What makes Stoke special? We will be looking at the location of Stoke on Trent in the United Kingdom and then learning about key landmarks within our local area. We will find out facts about the Potteries industry (past and present) and look at famous faces of people who grew up in Stoke on Trent.

A total of five learning challenge questions will be answered by the children; Our learning challenge questions are as follows;

· LC1 How many towns make up Stoke on Trent?

· LC2 What would Flat Stanley find exciting about Stoke?

· LC3 From clay to table. How does it happen?

· LC4 Can you recognise famous faces from Stoke on Trent?

· LC5 Can we recreate the Willow Pattern story?

Our RE question that we will focus lessons on is, How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times (festival focus)?

English

Our class text is ‘The Willow Pattern Story’. It is a story that links with our topic about China and Stoke on Trent. The Willow Pattern was printed by Spode and the picture is of the story that Josiah Spode who, inspired by various Chinese porcelain designs, developed in 1790 onto its pottery. The story is set in china with a king who ruled selfishly for years on end. During the first half of the Autumn term, the children learned how to write character and setting descriptions using appropriate vocabulary. The children will be making up an alternative ending to this story and discussing the different possibilities around this. They will also carry out research about Stoke on Trent and learn how to write a simple report. Shape poetry and calligrams will also be explored around Bonfire night.

Mathematics

Mental sessions will focus on recalling multiplication and division facts for the x2, x5 and x10 tables. Children will learn how to recognise odd and even numbers and they will practise their number bonds to 20, doubling and halving skills. The children will also learn how to calculate multiplication and division problems using arrays and number lines to show their calculations. The learning around fractions will focus on ½, ¼ of lengths, shapes and amounts. In the measures strand, the children will choose and use standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction in m and cm using rulers, measure mass in kg and g using scales and they will compare, order and record their results. Finally, the children will interpret and construct simple pictograms and block diagrams. They will also demonstrate that they can ask and answer questions about their data.

P.E.

Please will you ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school and each item labelled. This half term Year 2 will have dance on a Wednesday and multisports on a Friday. It would be helpful to label all items of your child’s school uniform so that any lost items can easily be returned.

How can you support your child at home?

Children are encouraged to read at home (a minimum of 4 times in a week) a book they are interested in and to be able answer questions so that they understand what they are reading. Practising spellings at home will support in their writing and we regularly send home voluntary reading comprehension activities. In Maths, it is important to learn times tables. Please focus on learning 2s, 10s and 5s times tables. We also set Abacus maths online games to support topics learned in school. Good luck!

Helpers

We are very grateful to our parent volunteers and would also welcome extra help, ranging from an hour reading with the children first thing in the morning to other, more extended sessions on a regular basis. If you would like to become involved, then please speak to Miss Robinson. Happiness is essential for good learning. We model how to encourage your child to make good choices and to take responsibility for actions. Your child will flourish in a caring environment with clear boundaries and positive reinforcement. If you or your child has any concerns, then please talk to us as it is important that we work in partnership with you to ensure your child is happy in school and therefore good learning will take place.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Robinson and Miss Shannon.