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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Welcome to class 2! Our teacher is Mrs Harvey who has been teaching at Broom Barns since 2016 and loves making our lessons as original as possible.  Her favourite things are summer time and Christmas, she doesn’t like cold, windy days very much, and is scared of bats!

Working alongside Mrs Harvey are Mrs Tuckwell, Mr Barrow, Mrs Butacu and Mrs Parfitt.  They enjoy working in Year 2 as the children make you smile in many ways and they get excited over little things.  Smiles are contagious, positive and infectious.  They all enjoy building a good rapport with the children, helping them to feel secure, happy whilst encouraging learning, communication and social development.

Curriculum

We have an exciting year planned for Year 2 children.  Our topics this year are; The Great Fire of London, tales from around the world, Christmas, hot and cold places, ‘Just So’ stories, Victorians and great explorers.

Year 2 have P.E. every Wednesday and Friday.  Children will need suitable swimming kit and P.E. kit for both indoors and outsideLong hair should be tied back and earrings removed.

Every morning starts with EMW (early morning work). EMW is incredibly important because it helps you to revise key concepts from your learning and gives you the chance to practise your arithmetic, reading and writing skills every day.  This is why arriving to school on time is so important. It equals 225 minutes a week of revision and feedback time which we have found to really help children make accelerated progress.

Trips etc

In Year 2 we plan local trips in response to our class topics and the children’s interests. Past trips have included Ruislip Lido, Whipsnade, Shuttleworth, Airbus, Knebworth House, R.S.P.B. Rye Meads, visiting the local woods, and church, going to the cinema and going to the theatre to watch the pantomime. We also have many visitors to the class including Zoolabs, Pets at Home, Stevenage Dog Watch, as well as parents and family members who have told us about their jobs, trained us in first aid and brought in babies or pets for us to meet.

General Information and Expectations

8.50 is the time your child should be in school every day.  Early morning work is very important and planned, often individually; please ensure your child is on time.  Children in Reception to Year 6 finish at 3.20pm.

It is hugely important that the children read aloud regularly at home. Children should be reading for approximately 10 minutes each evening. If they have completed their school reading book, please feel free to read other books with your child. It is important that they have the chance to read books that they are interested in e.g non-fiction, poetry and magazines as well. Children are encouraged to become more independent in Year 2 and may change their own reading books as soon as they have finished them. The children are reminded each day to change their book during morning snack time. We would be grateful if you could either comment or sign the reading record to let us know you have read with your child.

Year 2 Home Learning is:

Read at least 5 times every week or 5-10 minutes a day.  Remember to ask an adult to sign your reading record!   Please also allow your child to hear you read to them for an additional 5-10 minutes every day.  The children should read as much as possible to further develop their English skills; as little as 15 minutes a day can make a big difference.

Complete your spelling homework which is set for you on Spelling Shed every Friday.

Learn your number bonds to 100, 5 times a week using ‘Hit the Button’.

Uniform

Uniform should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.  Please check the labels regularly as they can fade in the wash.

Book bags should be clearly labelled and in school every day along with your child’s reading record and reading book.  Backpacks are not needed and we do not have the space for them.

For further information on the uniform please visit our School Uniform Page

Get Involved!

We are very keen to maintain open communication with you.  If there is anything you would like to talk to us about please catch us after school or make an appointment in advance.

There are numerous opportunities for you to join in with the life of the school in the following ways:

  • Volunteering in School – please contact the school office for more details
  • Accompanying school trips
  • Class assemblies
  • Sports day and sports competitions
  • Whole school events such as our Decoration Day and our annual coffee morning

Thank you for your support. We look forward to a successful year!

For further information on our curriculum please see Our Curriculum Page  and our  Curriculum Maps Page

Educational Links

Time Table Rock Stars: https://ttrockstars.com
Sam Learning: https://www.samlearning.com/
Bug Club / Active Learn Primary: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0
BBC Bite Size: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Oxford Owl: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Language Angels https://www.languageangels.com/schools/

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