Year 2: 2EW, 2HP, 2LS
Welcome to Year 2
Miss Welsh, Mrs Haddow, Mrs Payne and Miss Saunders
Year 2 PE Days: Wednesday and Friday
We are very excited to welcome the new cohort of fresh face and ready–to-learn year 2 children into school this September. We are so proud of how they have settled into their new classes and of their ability to adapt to a new timetable. We have spent a great amount of time settling into our new classrooms, learning the new routines of school and beginning our first topic.
This half term we will be exploring how to recycle and reduce our use of plastic – particularly in relation to keeping our seas clean. Our main text is ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’ by Sarah Roberts. This text explores the impact of plastic waste on the creatures in our oceans.
Over the week, you will notice that your child will come home with a new bookmark indicating which colouring reading book they are on. Having read with all of the children and assessed their current comfort level, we will be making sure that the children are reading books appropriate to their ability and that they change their books regularly. We encourage you to chat with your child’s class teacher if you have any questions about your child’s reading level or you want any advice on how to support your child at home.
We have worked exceptionally hard to learn all of the children’s names; however we are still working on recognising parents at home time! Please give us a helping hand by waving at your child so that we can match each child with their parents easily. If your child is going to be collected by someone other than their parent, please send us in a note or put their name down on the collection letter we sent you.
The Year 2 team J
Information for parents: Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs).
In Year 2, during the month of May the children will be doing their SATs. This means that they will be doing two maths assessments, two reading assessments and a spelling and grammar assessment. In Key stage 1 the SATs materials are used to confirm our teacher assessment only which is based upon your child as a learner over a period of time. It is not just about the formal assessments that are made in May or how a child performs on one particular day. This information will be shared with you alongside your child’s end of year 2 report.
At Muscliff we choose to keep these assessments very low key, as part of normal classroom activities and we avoid the word test and refer to our assessments as ‘Missions’. Your child may have mentioned that we have been working on ‘Secret Agent Training Service’ Missions already having received a letter asking if we wanted to become Secret Agents! We could not be prouder of our ‘Secret Agent Trainees!’ …who are tackling Reading Detective work, spelling challenges and tricky maths problems with grit, determination and perseverance.
So, when May arrives your child will already be familiar with these assessment materials and procedures as this has been on-going over the year. At times the teaching day and the children may be organised differently to accommodate how assessments are carried out and we will ensure that this is done in a calm and positive way to ensure that all children feel comfortable and relaxed. We aim for your children to simply enjoy doing the ‘Missions’, enjoy stretching their elastic brains and showing off all the knowledge and skills they’ve gained this year.
We all feel safe in the knowledge that come they end of May the children will definitely be ready to be Secret Agents and have earned their position within this highly established service! As a special reward for all their hard work and to mark their new ‘Secret Agent’ positions we plan to spend some time creating spy glasses, doing code breaking and making certificates for each other to celebrate our hard work!
Below is the information from the government regarding Key Stage 1 SATs and if you have any questions then please do come in and speak to your child’s class teacher.
The Year 2 Team J