Welcome from Chestnut Class!

What a lovely start to Year 2 Chestnut Class has had. It has been brilliant reconnecting with friends and sharing holiday news. The children have started lots of new learning including place value work in Maths and beginning to write instructions in English. They have also enjoyed the start of our History topic, The Great Fire of London.

The start of a new school year is always busy, so please can I make you aware of the following:

¨ We will encourage the children to be as independent as possible this year, however sometimes help from at home (and school) will be required.

¨ Just like last year, the children will be expected to complete homework. This year, we have decided as a school that Doodle Maths will be our homework of choice– with all children focusing on their personal maths targets set via the platform. In conjunction with this, children will also receive spellings and will be required to read. Ideally, we would like children to spend 20 minutes on Doodle Maths over the course of the week, however as long as it is being accessed, this can be done in a day or spread out. Homework and Reading Journals will be checked on a Thursday, with a ‘fresh’ week starting on a Friday. All children have their Doodle Maths Passwords stuck to the front page of their Reading Journals. Homework and spellings will commence from 10.9.21.

¨ The children will receive between 4-6 spellings a week, 4 relating to their phonic learning for the week and 2 of the Year 2 Common Exception Words. These will be stuck into reading journals every Friday and tested the following Friday. Beginning 10.9.21 to be tested on the 17.9.21 and so on.

¨ Please can children be heard to read AT LEAST 3 times a week at home and could their books and journals  come to school daily. This way we can monitor progress and change books when necessary. Reading regularly has such a positive impact in every area of a child’s learning, so your support with this would be much appreciated. All children will be required to read R.W.I. scheme books twice, to aid their fluency of sight word recognition.

¨ P.E. is on a Tuesday afternoon this year. Please could children wear the correct kit (Longvernal P.E. t-Shirt, black shorts or sports trousers and daps or trainers) to school on a Tuesday. We will be having P.E. outside for the first term, so school hoodies or jumpers can also be worn.

¨ Forest School is on a Thursday morning. Forest School lessons will take place regardless of the weather (unless extreme) so please can you ensure your child’s is wearing the appropriate items of clothing; long sleeve tops and trousers on Thursdays. Could children please bring their wellies and waterproofs in a separate bag to change into and out of during the day. Please note that it is extremely difficult to provide spare Forest Kits for individual children, so please ensure your child has got their wellies and waterproofs for Forest Lessons.

As ever, please do not hesitate to contact me either via email or speak to me before or after school, I will endeavour to reply, talk to you or set up a meeting if needed. Thank you for all your support, we are really hoping that this year is the start of ‘normality in school’ again. Myself, and  Mrs Witcombe are looking forward to a brilliant year in Chestnut Class.

Kind regards,

Chrissie Richards