Year 2 - 2S 2021 - 2022
Class Teacher: Mrs Simmons
Teaching Assistants: Miss Shaw (1:1) and Miss Whitty (shared with 2MB)
I am absolutely delighted to be back after a long spell of illness and I look forward to being part of your child's learning journey in Year 2. Please see below for some useful information about 2S. Throughout the year, please visit our class page regularly as it will contain updates regarding your child's learning activities aswell as photographs so you can see how our curriculum stimulates and motivates your child.
Latest Class News
For Phonics, we are using Read, Write Inc.
Spellings will be set on a Friday via Spelling Shed by your child's Read, Write Inc. teacher. Spellings will cover the phonemes or key words taught that week.
Below is a link to the current book that your child is reading in school as part of their Read to Write English lessons. This term we will be reading 'The Night Gardener' about a young boy and his magical encounter with a mysterious gardener.
Woodland Learning is on Monday - don't forget your wellies & waterproofs
PE is on Thursday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor). Outdoor PE on a Thursday will stop after Christmas and will revert back to being on a Tuesday.
Reading books can be swapped on any day providing your child has read their book 3 times and has 3 separate signatures confirming this in their reading record.
· English – A River and The Night Gardener
· Maths – Maths No Problem - Numbers to 100, addition, subtraction and multiplication
· Science – Living Things and their Habitats, Humans including animals
· History – Fire Fire! (The Great Fire of London)
· Geography – Why does it matter where my food comes from?
· P.E – Cricket and Team Building (Thursday & Friday)
· Music – South African Styles
· PSHE – Relationships and Health and Wellbeing
· Art – Fire! Fire! (Drawing, painting, collage)
· DT – Mechanisms - Wheels and Axles
· Computing – Digital Literacy
We are very proud of our ‘Woodland Learning’ offering, where your child will be experiencing a range of new skills in our forest every week. We want you to make the most of every session whatever the weather, so you will need to be appropriately dressed. Please make sure you PE/Woodland uniform on your ‘Woodland Learning Day’.
See below timetable for your child’s Woodland Learning day.
Your child will also need to bring in waterproof clothes in a waterproof, draw-string bag and wellington boots. As the weather becomes colder they may also want to bring an extra jumper/fleece, an extra pair of warm socks, waterproof gloves and a warm hat.
Please ensure your child does not attend school wearing their wellies and has arrives in alternative footwear as this ensures the spread of mud around school it kept to a minimum.
It is essential that you wear appropriate clothing for P.E. We have two sessions per week, one indoors and the other outdoors. Children should attend school in their PE/Woodland uniform on PE days. Black pumps or trainers must be worn for both sessions.
See below timetable for your child’s PE days.
Please visit our class page regularly to see what we have been learning at school.
You will be notified of any class and gallery updates via our School Spider app and also any general school communications.
The first time you log in to the app, you will be required to click "forgotten password" link. This will allow you to set a password and access the app. Please note some devices automatically include a capital at the beginning of entry fields, so please ensure the wappropriate lower or upper case option is set for any characters you are entering.
If you have any problems accessing the app, please contact the School Office who will be happy to help.
It is expected that your child is reading a minimum of 3x per week. However, you are encouraged to read every day.
In addition, children should aim to log on to our home learning games which incorporate maths and spellings via Timetable Rockstars, Numbots and Spelling Shed. These educational game platforms are a great way for your child to practise at home whilst having fun.
See below timetable for home learning activities
Code of Conduct
We will be looking at our 3 character traits: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. Any children following our code of conduct will be presented with ‘Dojo points’ which will enable them to receive a reward. Any children breaking any part of the code of conduct will be given a warning, which may be followed by a sanction.
At TPS we have a code of conduct that all children are expected to follow. We need your support to implement this. Please also see our Promoting Good Behaviour Policy.
We believe that it’s important that you look smart in your TPS uniform and represent our school with pride. We ask you to start the new academic year by ensuring that you wear full TPS uniform. Please note the following:
- Children are allowed to wear small plain silver/gold studs earrings;
- No trainers (including black trainers);
- No extreme haircuts (including; undercuts, number 1 cuts, excessive hair products/gel);
- Long hair to be tied back (including boys);
- Black/brown/blonde elastic bobbles. If wearing a headband it must be burgundy and no large ribbons or bows;
- No oversized (Jo-Jo style) bows;
- No false nails and/or nail varnish
- No jewellery is permitted save for small stud earrings and a watch.
These requirements are set out in our school policy and we expect all pupils to adhere to them. We appreciate your efforts in maintaining our high standards of appearance.
School Dinners & Snacks
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with a school lunch, as this is funded by the Governments Universal Free School Meals Scheme. Children in these year groups are not required to bring a packed lunch as both hot and cold options are available daily for children to chose from.
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 may purchase a school dinner at a cost of £2.00 per day/£10.00 per week, which should be paid for in advance via SCOPAY. Alternatively, children in these years may bring a packed lunch to school if they wish.
Please see lunch menus for further information.
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will receive a daily healthy fruit snack for them to consume during morning break. All children in remaining years (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) are requested to bring a fruit snack to school for their morning break.
Any named items will be returned to your child’s class. Please ensure all items of uniform are clearly marked with your child’s name (not just initials). All lost property is collected by each year group and is available for checking at each home time for parents/carers to claim any lost items. If you cannot attend at this time, please speak to your child’s teacher. Alternatively another parent/carer may claim lost uniform on your behalf.
Punctuality & Attendance
We are keen to ensure that every pupil attends well and at least achieves our school target of 100%.
- School gates open at 8.30 am and class doors open at 8.45 and close at 8.55 am
- Registers are taken at 8.55 am – children must be in class at this time
- Please arrive on time to prevent the need to sign in late at reception
- Holidays are not permitted during term time. Parents who remove their children from school during term time will be fined.
- Incentive awards will be given for good attendance
- School finishes at 3.15 pm
Corona Virus Procedure
If you child has any symptoms linked to the Corona Virus, please ensure your child and any siblings do not attend school until a test PCR Test has been completed and a negative result confirmed.
If your child is required to isolate please advise the school office so home learning can be arranged. Full information and guiance can be found on our website - Corona Virus updates & info & Covid & Remote Learning
Absences for Sickness & Medical Appointments
Any absences must be reported to the School Office or absence line prior to 9.00 am.
- School Absence line is 0151 652 8498 (option 1)
- Appointments should always made outside of school hours wherever possible. However, if this is not possible, please advise the school office of any appointments
- Appointments can be notified to the school office by email (TPSabsences@remat.org.uk)
- Please ensure a copy of your child’s appointment card/letter is also provided to school to ensure any medical appointment absences are duly authorised.
- Patterns in absence for sickness and appointments are monitored (e.g. repeated Friday afternoon appointments with no appointment confirmation provided) to ensure children attend school unless there is a legitimate reason
How to Help at Home?
In order to help your child at home, you will need to ensure you read together frequently (at least 3x per week). Every child will also have access to our online learning platforms, including Times Table Rockstars, Numberbots and Spelling Shed. In addition to Spelling Shed, we advise that you sit with your child whilst they practice their spellings on paper, to support their handwriting development. There is a list of the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words below for further reference.
If you have any queries or concerns about your child or school, please do not hesitate to discuss these with your child’s class teachers in the first instance.
Where to find more information?
Our website contains masses of information, not only about Townfield Primary School but also our exciting curriculum and enrichment activities. Furthermore, you can find details of our staff (including how to contact our SENDCo directly), school policies, Governing Board, useful parent information (School Dog, term dates, lunches, communication, making payments, etc) and the additional services we offer to support our wider school community (nursery and wrap around care). Our website is extremely user-friendly, however to help you identify the range of information available please see our website summary guide.