Welcome to the Year 2 page! My name is Mr Warren and I am the class teacher, the Year 2 teaching team is myself, Mrs Wannop (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Clennell who will be teaching on a Wednesday afternoon covering my PPA. This year we will also be working with Miss Ormsby who is a School Direct student working with Gateshead SCITT. We are all extremely excited about teaching your child and helping them to have another fantastic year at school. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all back to another school year at Caedmon.
In year 2 we aim to provide the balance of a challenging and stimulating curriculum which enthuses the children to become creative, hardworking, independent learners. We work hard to ensure that ALL children are challenged in their lessons and children regularly have the opportunity to review their own learning. We believe that it is important for children to enjoy school and enjoy learning and this will be something we aim to achieve.
Mornings in Year 2 are very busy with Read Write Inc sessions or reading, Literacy and Maths lessons. We aim to incorporate ICT and outdoor and active learning to enhance and enrich your child's learning. Our teaching begins promptly at the start of the day so it is extremely important your child is on time to begin learning at the start of the school day otherwise they may miss valuable lesson time.
Afternoons are filled with a creative curriculum that incorporates Geography, History, Art, DT and Music. This will involve a range of cross-curricular activities which will supplement your child's learning further.
Children will be given the opportunity to change their reading books as often as they would like and they will be encouraged in their reading by completing their ‘reading cocktail’ on our new ‘Thirst for Reading’ class display. Each child will have the chance to choose both a library book and a reading book to take and share at home. Each child has been given a new reading record, please encourage your child in their reading and feel free to enjoy their reading with them. Please also track their reading progress in their home reading records and we will respond to any comments written.
PE will be taught on a Wednesday and a Thursday when we will be working across a range of sports alongside developing our movement, balance and co-ordination. This requires your child to bring correct PE kit to school. This kit consists of black/navy shorts, a plain white / red t-shirt and suitable footwear e.g. trainers/plimsolls.
It would be great if kit could be left in school throughout the week, or ideally, for the entire half term. Please ensure all items of clothing including uniform and PE Kit are clearly labelled with your child’s full name.
ICT and Computing
To see some of the ICT and Computing work we have been doing, please visit www.caedmonict.org - keep checking back throughout the school year for further updates.
In Year 2 we are keen to celebrate and share your childs successes and achievements outside of school. Therefore it would be great if you could send in any evidence, certificates and photos which your child collects throughout the year.
Our Class Minion
In Year 2 we have a Class Minion which the children will name. Every Friday, one child will be given our class mascot and his travel diary to take home over the weekend / school holiday. Please help and encourage your child to record some of their activities or events with the Minion by completing a record of their time spent with him at home. Please feel free to include any photos, items or drawings your child may have completed within the diary to allow us to build up an exciting, action-packed class diary for our Minion!
End of Year Assessments (SATS)
It is a statutory requirement that children are assessed at the end of Key Stage 1. These assessments will take place throughout May. These assessments are extremely important and we will be working hard to help your child achieve their potential we hope you will support us in doing so. There will be a parents' meeting to explain more about Key Stage 1 assessment later in the year.
Creative Homework Initiative
Homework will be set following a creative homework approach whereby the children are involved in the setting of 12 tasks per half term. Children will then choose the tasks which they would like to complete to gain sufficient credits to fill their homework passports. This initiative allows the children to take an active role in both setting and completing homework and will allow them to celebrate their individual talents. Children will also receive homework credits for independent work which they complete at home.
Literacy and Maths homework will also be sent out on a weekly basis to continue to supplement work covered in class. This homework will be handed out on a Friday and is to be returned on the following Thursday.
Finally... We are all very much looking forward to teaching your child in Year 2, helping them to enjoy another fantastic year at Caedmon.