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Welcome to Class 2SW!

 

Dear Year 2 children and parents,

 

My name is Mr Walsh. I have been a teacher here at St Edward's for 4 years. Previously, I have taught in Year 3, 4 and 5 and I am very excited to teach Year 2 for the first time at St Edward's. Within school, I co-lead PE and the organition of extra-curricular clubs, even running my own clubs such as Running Club and Gaelic Football Club. PE and Sport is a passion of mine from when I was a child, so I am thrilled to be a part of it at St Edward's. 

 

I used to play both football and Gaelic football when I was younger. Now, I still like to keep active by trying to go to the gym and I get out running as often as I can! 

 

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would say I was helpful, energetic and funny (well, I make myself laugh at least!).

 

I am really looking forward to the year ahead, getting to know you and your child. If you need anything, I am always here to listen and help where I can. There are many adults who may be working with your child at some point but incase any of you are unsure of what I look like see if you can find me on the 'Who's Who' page in the information tab.

 

We have many ways to communicate here at school, but currently the most efficient way would be to email the year2@stedward.bham.sch.uk email address which I will be checking daily and will try to respond to you as quickly as I can.

 

As the children are now Year 2, we are encouraging them to try and be more independent and to think about what they can do for themselves to prepare for the school day. To help get the children into a routine to start with, please could you help us by checking that your child always has the correct school uniform, a drinks bottle (as currently we cannot have spare cups in the classroom) and their reading bag with their reading book in everyday. Your child has been issued with a BGFL login incase any home learning needs to take place.  Please access it and send us a quick email to the Year 2 email address so that we know that you have been able to gain access.  If you have any issues with devices or computing equipment, please let us know and we can arrange alternative provision.

 

Our current PE day is on a Friday, and the children can come into school in PE kit for the whole day. We will notify you if this changes as we do have external providers associated with school to enhance our provision; and they are only available on certain days. Please remember no earrings should be worn for health and safety reasons and a white round neck t-shirt with the school badge and plain blue or black shorts/ tracksuit bottoms should be worn.

 

The children have settled in extremely well on on their transition days considering the circumstances and time they have had off. From the first day they have come in with big smiles and full of stories and things to tell me, it really does make me smile! Initially, we will be establishing routines and reminding the children of the rules which will help us to learn and keep everyone safe all at the same time, they are so eager to please and have already earned lots of track it light points! 

The first two books we will be studying are 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and 'The Day the Crayons Came Home' which the children will really enjoy and have already been introduced to. I love stories and at times get carried away when reading them, but the children's enthusiasm fuels this even more. I am really looking forward to seeing the journey we go on this year and the wonderful things we can share together.

 

Take care,

Mr Walsh

Autumn Term Overview

In this document you will find details of what we will be covering in the Autumn Term.

Week 2; The week that was…

This week in Year 2, we read ‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’, meeting new crayons and reading interesting postcards they had written for Duncan. In Geography, we looked at addresses and postcodes and how they are used to send letters/postcards to different locations around the world. We all wrote our own postcards about our time in Year 2 so far, reflecting on what we have enjoyed and what we have learnt. 
In Maths, we have started using equipment to create different two digit numbers, looking at how many groups of ten and ones we need to represent a number. 
We completed some practical work in Science this week, investigating the difference between a material and an object. We sorted different materials and objects into two categories.

In PE, we continued our fantastic work in the all developing our gymnastic skills and developing our ball skills by passing a ball using our feet, even hitting a target!

 

Week 1; The week that was…

The children have made a great start back at school after a lovely summer holiday! This week we have started learning about the artist Picasso and his style of art, focussing particularly on portraits. We looked at his art work and decided if we liked it or not and gave reasons why.

We had a very exciting visitor from our class text and Mr Red Crayon came to visit us to answer some of our questions, based on the events in the book.We have also used the book to focus our PSHE work on and learning about what a compliment is, Duncan didn’t receive many compliments from the crayons! 
We have been sequencing number patterns to 50 and looking at numbers that come in between two given numbers.

The children have shown great enthusiasm towards PE and our gymnastics skills and ball skills.

Please look at the Catholic life tab to see how reverent and respectful we have been in class this week and the interesting things we have learned.

 

Over the coming weeks, we will be focussing on our school rules and routines to ensure that we are making the most of our time in school and enjoying the fun work we will be doing.

Year 2 Autumn curriculum overview

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely"        -Roald Dahl
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