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Miss Gallagher - Year 2

Owl

Welcome to Owl Class! 

Hello, I am Miss Gallagher and I am really proud and excited to be the teacher in Owl Class.  We are also extremely lucky to have Miss Timmis supporting us in our learning throughout the week. 

In Year 2 we work hard, have fun and always do our best!

We share busy but enjoyable days, learning but having fun. 

Keep up the fantastic work Owls and always remember that we have a ‘Hoot’ when learning in our class!! 

Daily Routine

In year 2 the school day starts at 8:45 am and finishes at 15:30 pm.  The children line up outside their classroom door In their dedicated outdoor learning space. Morning break is at 10:30am where a healthy snack of fruit or vegetable is provided by the school. Milk is available for children to drink at break time if paid for by the parents or carers.  Contact the office for more information on this. 

Curriculum 

Please click on the link below for curriculum information for the current academic year. This has details on the topics we will cover. 

/docs/Curriculum/YEAR_2_Curriculum_Overview_2016-17.pdf

Phonics and Spelling 

Our daily phonics sessions follow the Read Write Inc. Programme. During these sessions children learn the relationship between letters and sounds and secure the foundations for successful reading, writing and spelling.  Our puppet ‘Fred the Frog’ helps us to speak in pure sounds to improve our phonics. We also use sound buttons to support our reading and writing. 

During year 2 your child will begin to have spellings to learn. They will be linked to sounds or spelling patterns that they have been doing at school. Children will be tested on a Friday on the words sent home plus they will write sentences that will be dictated to them writing words following the same sound or spelling pattern. Results will be sent home along with new spellings for the week. 

PE

Owl class has outdoor PE on a Monday and indoor PE on a Tuesday but please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school every day and that they have something warm to wear for when we go outside including trainers or plimsolls. We like learning all about why exercise and being healthy is so important.

Homework 

Our homework in year 2 will consist of Reading, Learning Logs, Spelling and Times Tables. 

Children are expected to read at home and have their reading record signed by the adult that they read to with any relevant comments. The children will have both a fiction and a non-fiction book for them to enjoy sharing with you at home, this will give them the opportunity to discuss the differences between them. When they are ready to change their books they place them in the book box in their classrooms. Changing days for Owls are Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Learning Log homework goes out on a Friday and is due back in the following Thursday. These tasks will always compliment a subject area that we will have been working on in the classroom.  They are a chance to shine and demonstrate the new skills and ideas that we have been introduced to which the children have chance to share with their peers in school. 

We will have a small spelling and dictation test on a Friday Morning which the children will have been expected to practice for at home. 

Times Tables will be sent home from Spring Term, the children are expected to learn these and a test will take place on a Friday morning. Once the children are secure in a given set of tables they will move on. 

Finally, don’t forget to look at the learning platform, here you will find lots of fun activities to do linked to our learning in School.

Reading and Library Books

Our library session is on a Thursday afternoon; children will be able to choose their own book to share with you at home. Please ensure this is in your child’s book bag so that they can change it regularly. They have the opportunity to choose from a range of texts from a variety of genres. 

We build our reading and comprehension skills through weekly reading sessions in our English lesson. 

The children take part in group and individual reading sessions across the week. Staff do not make comments in the home reading record as we keep our own more detailed records in school linked to the year group curriculum objectives.  

The children love sharing stories as a class. We explore a range of texts across the year to develop our love for books and comprehension skills in a more complex text.