Year 2 - Amethyst

Week 7 16/10/20

A huge well done to our star and values ambassador for this week!


Star of the week: Luke for fantastic concentration and effort in writing and maths!


Values Ambassador: Lily for empathy and respect for all!


Golden award from lunch time supervisor: Annie


House tokens for this week from Amethyst class:


Red:  6


Blue:  20


Yellow: 10


Green: 6



Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome to Amethyst Class Year 2! I hope you all had a lovely summer break and your children are ready to get back to a new routine at school. As you may be aware, the children are remaining in their Year 1 classroom with Mrs Blake and Mr Bliss as their Teaching assistants but will now have me as their Year 2 teacher, therefore the classroom may look a little different to how it did in March/July as lots of furniture and resources have been swapped. I am sure some of you may be feeling a little anxious about your children returning to school so please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns via phone or contact book. Unfortunately you will no longer be allowed to enter the classroom for any reason until further guidance from the government is released. 


This term our topic is called ‘Percy the Park Keeper...’ Our topic will be based on the geography of the local landscape. We will also be making links with other subjects as well. Please see the topic web for more information. Our learning Timetable looks a little different to normal as we are following a ‘Recovery Curriculum’ approach for this first term while the children transition back into school life. This means that the children’s learning sessions may be broken down into smaller chunks and there will be opportunities for the children to have ‘Mindfulness’ time so that they are able to transition into a new routine smoothly without putting too much strain on their mental well-being. I do understand that many children may have gaps in their knowledge of the Year 1 curriculum and I’d like to reassure you that those who may need support to revisit certain areas will be a priority.




Please name ALL school uniform, including drinks bottles and snack pots. Forest school outdoor learning will continue in Year 2 so please ensure your child brings a complete spare change of clothes including waterproof coat/suit or trousers, wellies, trainers, jumpers etc. We will be spending much time outdoors outside of Forest school time so please ensure your child has a pair of wellies or trainers in school at ALL times on the shoe rack provided outside of the classroom by the cloakroom door.

Forest school with Mrs Lander is on a Friday afternoon and begins on Friday 11th September.


Home Learning

Re-introduction of home learning will be staggered during this term so please keep a look out in your child’s reading folder for any new home learning books which will have guidance stuck inside the front cover on what to do. For the first few days your child will be re-issued with a new reading book and their Monkey reading record and then when we feel the children are ready more will be introduced.

Home learning in Year 2 is very similar as in Year 1. Please see the ‘normal’ timetable below.

It is very important that your child completes their home learning. If they are unable to do so, please pop in and speak to one of the adults in the class or jot a note in your child’s contact book. We do keep a record of who has completed home learning and who has not, including reading at home as well.






Reading and words to learn (due in on Wednesday)


Reading and handwriting (due in on Friday)


Maths (due in Monday)



Reading at home

Reading at home is very important in Year 2 as it is in all year groups. We would like the children to read to an adult at least 5 times a week either in school or at home. This doesn’t have to just be their school reading book; it could be a book from home, a magazine or a board game that includes following instructions. Please make sure you jot down in your child’s monkey book when you read together.


Good to be Green 

 ‘Good to be Green' time will now be on a Thursday afternoon. Until further guidance children will not be permitted to bring a toy in from home as there will be a great temptation to share this toy with others. For now the children will be provided with fun games/activities from the classroom to access during this time.


Healthy snacks

Fruit and vegetables will still be given to children this year as part of the Government scheme. The children will be able to choose a piece of fruit or vegetable to eat for their morning snack. If you still wish to provide your child each morning with a healthy snack, this is fine.



Weather permitting the children will have outdoor PE sessions this term. Please provide your child with the correct uniform so that they can participate in PE. Children must not wear any jewellery on PE days. Stud earrings can be worn but must be covered with tape. Long hair also needs to be tied back. All uniform must be clearly labelled as it can go astray and is very hard to find the rightful owner without it being named. PE will begin on 8th September.  


I hope you have all the information that you need for the term ahead, if you have any further queries please pop in and see me or look at our class page on the school website.



Yours Sincerely


Miss Catlin, Mrs Blake and Mr Bliss