Hello Class 2,
It is so lovely to see all of your smiling faces again and to see how much you have grown since Foundation Class. We are settling in well to the routines (and rigour!) of Class 2. I am so excited to be teaching you a brand-new curriculum this year with our first topic being Movers and Shakers. In History, we will be learning about significant historical figures that 'moved' or 'shook' the world and changed the way people think!
My favourite lesson to teach is Art - I love being creative and judging from our first art lesson this week I'm guessing all of you do too! I also love teaching History and Geography, I did my university degree in Ancient History and always wanted to be an archaeologist when I was growing up! I love watching the program 'Digging for Britain' that explores digs and excavations around our country. Did you know they found the largest ever ichthyosaur not far from here at Rutland Water! I wonder what your favourite lesson is and what you are interested in?
I love going swimming a couple of times a week. I swim lengths which is as not as fun as splashing around and going down flumes but it does keep me fit! I wonder if you have started swimming lessons yet? Don't worry if you haven't because you will go with school when you are in Class 3 and 4. It is a super important skill to learn!
In the holidays, I like to spend lots of time with my family. My husband Martin is a teacher too, but he teaches big kids at college which isn't half as fun as teaching you lot! I have two children, Jocelyn and Dominic who take up lots of my time! Jocelyn is 11, she is very sensible and has just started secondary school. Dominic is 8 and is a bundle of energy - a bit like the Tasmanian Devil!
I hope you had a lovely summer with your family and I am certain we will have lots of fun this year!
This year with the change in timings of the school day we have swapped the timetable around slightly. We are now having Collective Worship at the start of the day and then ending the day with story time. PE will always be on Mondays and Fridays - please see the timetable below. We will always change reading books and I will check organisers on a Monday morning. Please ensure that you have listened to your child read at least four times. If there are children that struggle with their reading at home then I run a Reading Club on Monday playtime to support with this.
Mrs Haythorn will be teaching Monday to Thursday with Mr Mazzotti teaching on a Friday. We are also lucky enough to have Mrs Stevenson working with us on Monday - Wednesday mornings.
This will follow the usual "Good to be green" system which you will be used to. There will be the usual gold cards for excellent work and platinum cards for exceptional work and behaviour. We will also be using Dojo points (an online reward point system).
As part of our People Skills curriculum, we teach children in each year group a comprehensive and inclusive Relationship, Sex and Health Education Programme, which complements our Christian values. The focus of this learning will take place during Family Week (TBC), where children in Year 2 will be taught the following, in line with statutory guidance:
Please see the link below to our Phonics information page.