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Meet the Teacher – Mrs L. Andrews
 
The children have made a great start and seem to have settled well into Year 2.  They are trying hard and I am enjoying getting to know their characters.  Year 2 is very different to Year 1. The children have greater responsibility, more independence and participate in more class activities. This change can be quite difficult for the children at first but they are adapting well to new routines and new challenges.
 
Creative Curriculum
The children’s main topics of study will be thoroughly cross-curricular.  They will be creative, engaging, fun and challenging.
 
SEE WEBSITE FOR UPDATED DETAILS OF OUR TOPICS BUT SOME ARE KEPT SECRET AND REVEALED TO INSPIRE THEIR CURIOSITY AND INTEREST.
ALSO OUR WEBPAGE IS REGULARLY UPDATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND NEWS OF ALL THAT THE CHILDREN GET UP TO IN CLASS!
AT THE MOMENT, WE HAVE JUST STARTED OUR TOPIC, ‘HOW HORRID!’ BASED ON THE HORRID HENRY BOOKS.
 
The children have a weekly RE lesson with Mrs Carpenter and they will be studying subjects such as The Bible, Stories and much more.
Christian Values will be intertwined into all we that we do in the classroom.  The children will plan and lead Class Worships for their classmates.
 

French

The children will be learning the French language with wonderful and capable Madame Leffler and have already made a great start! Tres bien!
 
 

Art and Craft

The Creative Curriculum in Year 2 means a great deal of opportunity for fun, practical, hands-on activity.  The children will be using a wide range of materials.  They will be asked to bring things in from home to help in construction activities or mini-projects.  They will be given plenty of warning to gather anything they may need, usually as part of homework.
 

PE

PE sessions are on Wednesdays mainly and the children will need their named kits in to take part.  The first term and maybe beyond will be led by the fabulous ‘SportsCube’ instructors.

Homework and Spellings

Homework will be given out on a Friday to be handed in on the Wednesday of the following week.   The homework will be a piece of work that should not take too long to complete and that reinforces work done in class. Sometimes, the children maybe asked to carry out some research linked to our topics. If this is the case, they will be given longer to complete their homework.
 
Spellings will be given out on Fridays and tested on the Wednesday of the following week.   We will progress to times tables tests too, mainly x2, x5 and x10.
The first few weeks of spellings will recap the words that children have covered in Year 1 and then progress to the New Curriculum spelling bank for Year 2.  Phonics work will be incorporated as the weeks progress. PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILDREN TO PRACTICE THEIR WORDS AS THIS NOT ONLY HELPS THEM IMPROVE AS SPELLERS, BUT AS READERS TOO.
 
Reading.
The children must try to read a little each night to an adult. It is not expected that they read a book a night.  QUALITY RATHER THAN QUANTITY! It is important to spend time thinking about the text, the characters, to guess what might happen, discuss word meanings etc. rather than just reading a book quickly to get a new one.
Please comment and date their page and sign as normal. 
Books must be in school EVERY DAY.  This way we can check on their progress and any comments from your reading with them at home.  Also, we have adults in school that volunteer to read with the children.  Books will be changed when they have finished and sent home that day.  It is important that reading time is a positive and productive time if your child is to progress and grow in confidence and also, to gain enjoyment from reading.
 

Class Service

This year’s class service is Thursday 22nd June at 9am.  The class service is an opportunity for the children to share their learning with you in an enjoyable and interesting way.  They will be given any words or guidelines for necessary costumes or props with plenty of time so they can feel confident in their presentation and enjoy the experience also.
 

Water bottles and Fruit

It is important that the children are hydrated. They are able to have access to their bottles (filled with water only, not juice) throughout the day.   Fruit is provided daily.
 
 

Trips

There will be day excursions throughout the year that you will be informed of. The children will also benefit from lots of in-school workshops and visits.
 
Medication
We can only administer medication that has been prescribed for your child with written permission and directions for use.  If your child is asthmatic, we need to have a reliever inhaler at school.  We are not permitted to give children over the counter medicines eg.Calpol.
 
Absence Letters or Holiday Requests
Please remember that the school CANNOT grant/authorise absences during term time.  A phone call is needed and then a letter on return to school.  Sickness bugs – Unfortunately if a child has a sickness bug, they must stay off school for 48hrs after the start of sickness to avoid other children getting ill.
 
Attendance and Punctuality
Please ensure your child attends school and please only keep them off if absolutely necessary.   Also, the children must be settled in class, ready for the school day to start at 8.50am.  It is not nice for the children to be late or off unnecessarily as they miss out on what is happening in school.
 
The Start of the day / Home time
The children can enter school and come in to class AFTER 8.40am, ready to start the day at 8.50am.  When collecting your children, from the Junior Playground at around 3.20pm, please then if there is a wait for siblings, make sure they don’t run or climb. Also, dogs are not permitted on the yard as some children maybe frightened or allergic.
 
Website
Please take a look regularly at our school website with our class page. www.ainsdalestjohns.com. It is updated regularly with news of what the children have been doing and the topics and Creative Learning.  Photos are put on VERY regularly.  Important dates are listed and so that you can see more of all the children experience in my class.
 
Uniform
We have been asked to remind you of always wearing the correct uniform and footwear for school.  Long hair must be tied back and jewellery limited to stud earrings only.  All items of clothes must be named as it can often be a very full jumper box at the end of the day. Also, when changing for PE, it helps greatly if all kit is named too.
FINALLY…
If you have any queries, concerns or if you would like me to be aware of anything, either at home or at school, please do not hesitate to come in and make an appointment to see me.  It is difficult to talk first thing in the morning as there are children in from 8.40am so after school is preferable.  I care a great deal about the children in my class and firmly believe in a partnership for the best for your children.
 
Mrs L. Andrews (TEACHER)
 
Mrs K. Fairclough (TA)
 
Miss R. Wareing (TA)
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