Welcome to Year 2!
Pine - Mrs Thomas
Hazel - Miss Muff
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: For the latest Curriculum Termly Topic for Year 2 please see links at the bottom of this page.
Year 2 Phonics Screening Check - Autumn Term 2: A letter has been sent home to parents and carers to give details regarding the Year 2 Phonics Screening Check (please see a copy below).
Great Fire of London: Year 2 Pine and Hazel class children completed some fantastic Great Fire of London homework. Here are a few of their amazing pictures. Also, the children each wrote a fire poem which were then put together to create their fire display.
Amazing work Year 2!
Year 2 Care Home Visits: Groups of pupils from Year 2 visited local Care Homes during December, where the children sang carols to the residents. The children all sang beautifully! Afterwards they were given refreshments and cakes at Jasmine Court and received a selection box each from Acer Care Home.
The children chatted to residents and staff - everyone commented on their fantastic behaviour. Well done Beech and Pine children.
Year 2 Carols and Crafts: On 19th December Year 2 classes held their Carols and Crafts Christmas Event. They all sang beautifully at their performance and invited their audience back to their classrooms to take part in their Christmas Craft activities. We received some lovely comments from parents and carers on the day:
“Wonderful time with Year 2 making Christmas Crafts... Wonderful Carol Service.. We all enjoyed ourselves and appreciate all the hard work put into the morning... The Carols were lovely – really enjoyed the Crafts, thank you to all the staff that made today possible. Merry Christmas to all!”
Year 2 WOW Day: On 12th November Year 2 classes took part in a Great Fire of London WOW day as part of their History topic this term.
Grant Koper Author Visit: Key Stage 1 and Reception children were treated to a visit from author Grant Koper during Term 1. Grant gave a ‘live reading’ to the children, reading his book ‘The Day Granny’s Knickers Blew Away’. He then answered children’s questions about being an author. His answers were inspiring to the children and he gave them the opportunity to write a story and send it to his website www.grantkoper.com
Grant Koper will publish the very best stories he reads on his website for others to share. Each child received an official certificate to say they had attended a live reading and met the author.
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Year 2 Pupil School Meals: Your child currently receives Universal Free School Meals which will cease once they return to School in September as Year 3 pupils.
If you think you may be entitled to Free School Meals, please apply now to ensure you do not incur any meal charges in September. You can click on the following Free School Meal Checker link and will receive a prompt reply to confirm whether your child is eligible:
The only information they require is Parent, Carer, Guardian's National Insurance number (NI) or (NASS) number, Date of Birth and Surname.
RSPB Visit: We received a visit from the RSPB. Reception classes began with a short talk about different types of wildlife we may find in our gardens and how we can help them. Later, they held a workshop where they carried out a hunt around the outdoor area to identify different items available to help local wildlife. The children noticed they had lots of items from the checklist such as trees, bushes, bird houses, flowers etc. The children were pleased with how much we have on offer in our outdoor area and identified ways to improve it further such as a hedgehog house.
Year 2 Bug Hunt June 2019: The children have been working hard learning all about minibeasts and their habitats. They held Minibeast trails for their parents, writing letters inviting their families to a Bug Hunt Trail around the school. The children had the opportunity to show off their posters, fact files and drawings. They loved hunting for bugs! The children were fantastic and showed off their amazing knowledge.
Thank you to all of the parents who came along to this event making it such a success.
Scooter Workshops: On 17th June, Year 2 classes welcomed Neville from For2Feet who took groups of children onto the back playground to polish up their Scooter Skills. The sessions are designed to increase childrens’ safety when out on their scooters as part of our 'Walk to School' initiative. The children then went out with him onto the pavements around the school so they could assess risks in the real world. The children had a fantastic time and the workshop sessions were a brilliant success.
WEBSITES FOR LEARNING AT ST. MARTIN'S
Just a reminder about some of the websites we use at school to help children learn that you can also access at home!
Spelling Shed and Maths Shed (pupils have their own log in name and password)
https://readingeggs.co.uk/ (pupils have log in details)
Children have their individual log in details in their reading record and teachers will update books as children complete the books and activities. YOU WILL NEED TO DOWNLOAD AN APP CALLED 'PUFFIN ACADEMY' IN ORDER TO PLAY CONTENT ON iPADS/SOME TABLETS. THE APP IS FREE TO DOWNLOAD
This website has links to lots of maths games that are both computer and tablet friendly- children can practise their counting and calculation skills.
Another website with maths and phonics games for both Early Years and KS1
Another website that is used in school to help children to practise their phonic skills. There is a free section of games on this website.
Username: student3749 Password: stmartins
Espresso online gives children access to useful resources to help them with their learning, covering a range of subjects. A reminder of log in details has been sent home via email to parents.