My name is Mrs Tyson and I’m looking forward to welcoming year 2 this September. Obviously, this year is going to be somewhat different to usual, full details about the full reopening of schools can be found at https://www.applebyprimary.cumbria.sch.uk/full-opening-of-school-essential-reading-for-paren/.
In class 2, children may arrive at the year 2 doorway between 9:05 and 9:15 and may be collected from the same door at 3:20.
Our top priorities for September will be mental health and getting the children settled back into school routines. With this in mind, we will be doing a lot of PSHE work to try and ease any anxieties children may have about returning to the classroom. We will also be conducting assessments in order to see where children are in their learning and to facilitate targeted interventions with our teaching assistant Mrs Bell. Interventions will initially focus on maths, reading and phonics.
Although we will be working hard at core subjects, our curriculum will remain broad and balanced. Our topic for Autumn is castles, we will be learning about local castles and Lady Anne Clifford in our history lessons; this learning will continue in our artwork this term.
Our Science topic is materials, we will be looking at the properties of different materials and how this dictates their use. We will link our D&T work to our science.
In PE, we will be focussing on the core skills of running, jumping, throwing and catching. PE will take place outside wherever possible. With this in mind, please ensure your child has suitable outdoor PE kit and spare socks.
Children should bring their PE kit to school at the beginning of each week. This can be kept in a small PE bag on their cloakroom peg. PE kit should be taken home and laundered weekly. No PE Kit should be left in school to allow for additional cleaning of cloakroom areas.
In computing, we will be looking at how we use technology in our daily lives and the importance of e-safety.
Spelling, Literacy and numeracy homework will be given on Friday and should be completed and returned to school by the following Thursday. We encourage children to read as often as possible at home to an adult, as this will be a great support to the development of their literacy skills. Children who read regularly at home make more rapid progress in all subjects. We have a “three times a week” reading challenge in our class to encourage reading at home. There is a reward at the end of the week for those who complete the challenge!
For behaviour management we will be using a behaviour chart and Class Dojo, ideally, I would like to connect all parents to Dojo before the end of the first half term. Instructions for how to connect to this will be sent out soon. This allows you to see the points your child receives for good behaviour and can also provide a method of contact if required.
If you have any questions, please contact the office to arrange a phone call or appointment.
Mrs J. Tyson