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Welcome back to school!


We are so happy to be able to welcome the children back to school and into their new year group.  We know that school looks and feels a bit different at the moment but the children have been fantastic at getting used to the new social distancing and cleaning routines we are asking them to follow.  This involves: lining up in the morning, at play-times and at the end of day with a socially-distanced gap between them and the person in front of them; using hand sanitiser, regular hand-washing and when they sneeze on their hands during the day.  We are reminding the children about using tissues to “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” and about trying to use their elbow to sneeze into rather than their hands (for further details, please refer to the ‘Return to School Risk Assessment’ in the News and Events section of the website). 


A whole school decision has been made to ask that children come to school, and stay in their PE kits, on PE days.  In Year 2 this term, PE takes place on Thursdays for both 2JE and 2W.  Please make sure your child has trainers or appropriate footwear so they can be safe and active during these sessions.


This term we are

Going Wild!

We are learning about a contrasting locality in Africa. The children were very excited to have received a letter this week from Handa, who would like to learn about where the children in Year 2 live.  She will write back and answer our questions about what it is like to live in a small village in south-west Kenya.  So that we can tell her lots of interesting information, we will be learning about our local area (in Geography) and also be looking at what different habitats we have near us for plants and animals to live in (in our Science lessons). We have already looked at all the fruit that Handa had in the story of Handa’s Surprise and the children have done some wonderful observational artwork based on the fruit. 




We will be looking at some of the work of the artist Henri Rousseau in the coming weeks and using that as inspiration for some fantastic pieces of art based on habitats and Africa.














In Literacy we will be reading Meerkat Mail as well as other books set in Africa.  We will be writing our own stories based on the texts and writing letters as well.
















In Maths we are learning about place value, counting and comparing numbers, addition, subtraction and multiplication.  We will be working hard to use all of this knowledge in our problem solving and reasoning too!


We understand that it is difficult for parents to speak to the teachers at the moment.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Year 2 teachers at the following addresses:


2JE : claire.jolliffe@widden.gloucs.sch.uk (Monday - Wednesday)

         katie.doyle@widden.gloucs.sch.uk (Thursday - Friday)

2W : laura.webster@widden.gloucs.sch.uk


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