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Year 2 Team

Mrs Govier and Miss Steel – Hare Class Teachers

Mrs Wray and Mrs Wheddon - Owl Class Teachers

Support Staff

Mrs Lazarus, Mrs Hodgson, Miss Smith, Miss Cooper, Mrs O'Loughlin, Miss Curtis, Mrs Brooks

 

Reading

At South Green School, we believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners, during their time at school and beyond. Success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore reading is given a high priority at our school.

As a school, we have always prided ourselves on our high reading scores but more importantly that our children take great pleasure from reading. However, in order to support the children further we have been exploring changes to how we deliver reading sessions in Year 2; we would like to support them in developing positive attitudes to reading which will encourage them to become life-long readers.

Last year, we trialled a new approach to the teaching of reading where the emphasis will move from “small group guided reading” to “whole class reading”.

In Whole Class Reading there is a high level of interaction between the teacher and the pupil. All children are exposed to high quality texts and discussion in an immersive environment. Texts are carefully chosen to provide appropriate challenge that builds on pupils’ existing knowledge and understanding. During these sessions the children support each other to increase their reading skills in prediction, sequencing, retrieval, inferencing and understanding new vocabulary. Reading and exploring the same text as a whole class generated a lot of enthusiasm and we were able to see benefits for the children.

More traditional approaches to group guided reading often see a teacher work with a small group while the other children work independently. Over time this can result in less progress for those children who do not work with an adult.

Implementation of the Whole Class Reading approach means that you will see less comments from teachers in their reading diaries. We shall still continue to view these daily as it is important to us that we see what the children are reading at home.

Please do not think that because there is not a comment that your child is not reading at school.

There will still be time during the week for some 1:1 reading and the teachers will use their experienced judgement to identify pupils who would benefit from more individual reading on a regular basis.

We also include lots of reading into our daily lessons so rest assured we do see the progress your children are making. Please help us to support your child by reading with them every night and recording this in their Home School message book.

So that we can keep the children safe, we have been advised to quarantine all books that leave the classroom. The children will have the opportunity to choose a reading book every Monday and they will then keep this book all week and return it to school on Friday to be quarantined. It is the children's responsibility to place their Home School message books in the box each morning.

Children are not expected to read the entire book in one night. We would prefer them to enjoy reading 3 to 4 pages with you and to answer questions about what they have been reading. Comprehension is just as important when progressing through the book levels so you may find your child stays on a level for a little longer even if they can read the words. There are some ideas of questions to ask your child on the bookmarks in their Home School message books.

Please don't forget to use Bug Club, there are lots of lovely books and it counts as a read if you have supported them and written in their Home School message book! You can find your child's login details inside the back cover.

 
P.E

In Year 2, our PE days are Tuesday and Friday.

To start of the year, we are asking that all children come to school in their PE kit on the PE days  - this is part of our COVID safety measures helping to keep the children and staff safe. In Year 2, many children still need help fastening buttons and putting on socks and tights; by wearing their PE kit to school we can ensure that safe distance is always maintained. PE kits consist of a plain white T-shirt, black shorts, socks and plimsolls (please no trainers unless your child can tie up their own laces). Once the weather turns colder, track suits are a suitable alternative. We are asking that if you are buying a tracksuit for school PE lessons, to please consider purple or black. 

Please remember that pierced earrings MUST be removed for PE. Sadly your child will not be able to take part in PE lessons if they are wearing earrings, staff are unable to remove earrings. This is for their own safety. Please also remember that PE is statutory and therefore it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children are able to take part.

 

Please make sure that long hair is tied back and ALL items of kit are named.

 

Outdoor Learning

We will be going out in all weathers so please can you make sure your child is wearing suitable clothes and has a coat with them.

 

Birthday Celebrations

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have to limit the amount of visitors in school, so therefore there will be no birthday assemblies until further notice.

 

Lunch Time

Please remember to complete and return school dinner menus for the following week. Food has to be ordered in advance and meals are cooked according to that order. Please do not expect a meal if you have not ordered it in advance. Please do not send your child with a packed lunch if you have ordered a meal as that meal will be wasted. We cannot change the order mid-week. If you wish to change your child's order please speak to office staff and they will change it for the following week. If staff see that a child is not eating anything at all they may well suggest they bring their own lunch until they are happy to eat a hot meal.