Miss Gallagher and Miss Hicks - Year 2
Welcome to Owl Class!
Hello, we are Miss Gallagher and Miss Hicks and we are both really excited to be the teachers in Owl Class this year. 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!!
In Owls, the school doors open at 8:35am and close at 8.45am. The children should line up outside their designated classroom door and then come in through this door.
Morning break is at 10:25am where a healthy fruit or vegetable snack is provided by the school; milk is also available for children to drink at break time, but will need to be paid for by the parents or carers. Lunchtime is then at 11.45am and we also have an afternoon break in the Autumn term at 2.35pm.
At the end of the day, our school doors open at 3.20pm and close at 3.30pm.
Please click on the link below for curriculum information for the current academic year. This has details on the topics we will cover.
Phonics and Spelling
During Year 2, your child will either be part of a phonics or spelling group.
Our phonics follows the Read Write Inc. Programme. Children will continue their learning from Year 1 to secure all of their phonics sounds which are the foundations for successful reading, writing and spelling.
Once children have demonstrated that they are secure with their phonics understanding, they will move onto learning different spelling patterns, linked to the phonics sounds that they previously learnt. Children will be tested on a Friday which will include words they have been practising as part of their homework and words they have been practising at school. Within the test, they will be tested on the spelling of individual words and then also spellings within dictated sentences. New spellings will be sent home each Friday for the following week and the test results will be sent home on a Monday.
Owl class has outdoor PE on a Monday and indoor PE on a Friday. Children will be expected to come to school in their PE uniform on those days (see the school uniform section of our website). On indoor days in the winter, please can children wear joggers over the top of their shorts and they will then be able to remove their joggers for their indoor session. Please can children with long hair also have this tied up and any ear piercings should either be removed or taped.
Our homework in year 2 will consist of Reading, Doodle, spellings and Times table Rockstar (Summer Term).
Children are expected to regularly read at home and have their reading record signed by an adult with any relevant comments. All children will receive two books and this will give them the opportunity to discuss the differences between the books and also answer a range of questions from an adult. When they are ready to change their books, they will need to place them in the book box in their classrooms. We currently have one changing day and this is Wednesday.
Each child has their own DoodleMaths login and we recommend for for children to spend 5-10 minutes on DoodleMaths everyday or when possible. The children really enjoy practising their mental maths via this app and should be completing this independently.
As mentioned in the previous section, if your child is in a spellings group, they will bring home spellings to practise each week which will help them for their spelling test on a Friday.
Times Tables will be completed through an app called Times Table Rockstar in the Summer Term. The children will really enjoy practising their times tables through an app.
Reading and Library Books
All children have a weekly library session and we keep our library books in our trays at school. We are given lots of opportunities over the week to read our library book and share it with others.
We also build our reading and comprehension skills through weekly reading groups. 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. The texts covered can be seen within the curriculum section of our website under recommended reading.