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Cherry Orchard First School and Caterpillars Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"

Classroom Essentials

Who is in our classroom?


In Year 2 there is Mr Bayliss and Mrs Wheatley.


What does my child need to bring to school?


Everyday children will require: a water bottle, waterproof coat and a Cherry Orchard book bag. Within your book bag you will need your reading diary and a guided reading book.

At the start of each half term it is also recommended that you bring your P.E. kit, in an appropriate bag, and leave in school for the duration of the half term. Within your P.E. kit you will need a Cherry Orchard P.E. top, appropriate bottoms (shorts and jogging bottoms to choose dependent on the weather), P.E. pumps and an additional pair of socks.


What will be different in Year 2?


We will this year be beginning to walk 5 minutes per day as a whole school initiative. We will be given the opportunity to change into alternate footwear before the walk to keep our school shoes clean.


Our P.E. sessions this year will be Thursday PM and Friday AM, children will require their own P.E. kits to participate, and we will not be able to borrow from others.

We will be starting a timetable of morning activities:

Monday: Independent reading, the bigger the variety of texts the better,


Tuesday: Looking at the work books. I will again this year be putting out various books each week and encourage you all to look through and discuss the work with your child. Feel free to add a comment using post-its. These can be simple praise for a fantastic piece of work or a topic related question for myself.


Wednesday: Library day, this is for the whole class. Both I and Mrs Wheatley will be in the library from the time the gate is opened and we will be taking the register from the library. If you don’t wish to change books in a given week this is still an opportunity to read.


Thursday: Our maths milestones this year will surround the times tables. Please take this opportunity in the morning to practice your given times table, I will be supplying activities to help.


Friday: On a Friday we will be given a final opportunity to practice our phonics spellings.


What do I do if Max Meerkat gets sent home with my child?


Based on children’s positive attitudes towards taking Max Meerkat home last year we will again be starting this. However, Max is going on a maths adventure. Having Max for the weekend is a chance to do some practical maths at home to then show off to the class Monday morning. This can be anything maths related, e.g. helping with adding up some shopping or giving change; doing some weighing as part of a meal prep, practicing telling the time, doing some measuring or even just practicing the milestone times tables. The aim is to demonstrate how the skills taught in school are being applied in our day to day home life.


How many of the homework tasks does my child need to do?


As part of the Parents’ Questions for each topic there is a suggested weekly homework task. This task will always assist with the learning completed that week in school or extend it. I do not expect every task to be completed however I feel the more completed the greater enthusiasm and involvement in the topic.


I do expect this year that we continue reading at home, preferably 5 times a week. This can be any book but reading the guided reading book is recommended a couple of times a week as it will assist discussions in class.  We will be again completing a reading chart, checking diaries weekly and rewarding children for reaching certain quantities.


It would also be extremely beneficial if times tables are practiced at home as these will be our Bronze, Silver and Gold milestones for Year 2. I will be sending home the times table your child is working towards and we will be completing a timed 2 minute quiz every other Friday.


What do I do if I have a question?


Please see myself or Mrs Wheatley if you have a question or query that is easily resolved. If you have an issue or question requiring a more detailed response it may be best to arrange a chat for after school as mornings can be a hectic time. I will always endeavour to be as flexible as possible.