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St Luke's Catholic Academy

St Luke's

Catholic Academy

Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

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Dear Parents and Year 2

I hope you all had a wonderful summer.  Welcome to year 2.  I am really looking forward to teaching your children this year. Below is a brief overview of general information and what your children can expect in Year 2.   

Click here to see my Welcome Message

Year 2 staff

  • Class Teacher - Mrs Ingram
  • PPA Cover (Thursday AM) - Mrs Kahouadji
  • LSA - Mrs Daltrey
  • LSA - Mrs Hilley
  • LSA - Miss Turner

Please click on the links to the right to navigate your way around our class page.

Reading

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Please ensure that your child reads daily.  They should be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction books.  It is important that they read to an adult/older sibling as often as possible.  Please ask your child questions about what they have read and encourage them to give opinions about the book.  Your child will be provided with a reading diary where you can write your comments on after hearing them read.  They will return this to school daily.   They can expect to read with an adult a minimum of twice a week.  Children will receive incentives to keep them motivated in school.

Your child will have the opportunity to borrow a library book weekly.  These are only changed once a week.

Phonics

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Your child has been sent home with a Phonics Home Learning Pack.  This includes:

  • A parent's information sheet
  • An Alphabetic Code
  • Helpful Word Lists

Every Friday your child will receive Cumulative Text sentences to support their learning that they have completed that week.  The sounds will be familiar to them.  You can help by supporting them to carry out the tasks as a form of revision to consolidate their learning.

Spellings

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Spellings will be sent home once a week and be tested the following week in the form of a quiz. They are based on spelling patterns that we have investigated in class and a selection of common exception words. The children should be encouraged to look at the way the pattern fits into the word to help them remember it.

Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation.

Home Learning

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Home Learning is set on a Monday.  Please ensure Home Learning Books are returned on Monday morning.

Weekly home learning includes spellings, phonics and a reminder of the Abacus Task that has been allocated to them.  

There is a TERMLY topic grid.  Your child can choose 1 activity per week of their choice.  This is related to our topic and our class learning.  

Every child will receive house points for their effort and will have an opportunity to share their learning with the class.  Home learning is very much celebrated in Year 2.

Water Bottles

Your child must bring in a water bottle each day.  Please label the bottle.  Our water fountains are currently switched off, so water bottles from home are essential.  They will take these home each day.

Snacks

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Here at St Luke's we encourage all students to make healthy choices, and promote healthy learning and education. As such, students are provided a free healthy school snack every day for play time. Students may bring in their own snacks, so long as it is a healthy substitute (e.g fruit, vegetables, fruit-based granola bars etc.). No nuts please. 

This also means that fizzy drinks or sugary juices are not permitted. Only water should be brought to school in your child’s bottle. Please label the bottle with your child's name.

P.E.

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Our P.E lesson is on Wednesday.    Please ensure your child arrives at school wearing their P.E. kit on this day.  They will not be changing in school.  Please ensure that children have an inside and outside kit as the weather is getting colder. 

Topic

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Please click on our Term pages at the side to find out what we are currently learning about in class! 

Birthdays

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Every child's birthday is celebrated on a Friday in our assembly.  Also, keep a look-out for your child's name in the newsletter!  Please be reminded that children are not to bring in party bags or sweets.  Instead, we ask that a book is donated to our school/class library, so we can share a story together.

Please find our yearly Curriculum below