Gagle Brook Primary For Parents

Welcome to Kingfisher Class

Welcome to Kingfisher Class!

Mrs Burridge and Mrs Walden are excited to be learning with you this year.

Our School Day

Please arrive at school for 8.30am, when we will begin our morning activities. You will need to bring a water bottle each day as well as appropriate clothing for the weather. (If it’s hot, make sure you have a hat, if it’s not then bring a coat!) Please make sure that all personal items are clearly labelled.

Our timetable: (link to timetable)

School finishes at 3.15pm Monday – Thursday, and at 1pm Friday.

Healthy Snacks

We are a healthy school and promote healthy snacks. There will be fruit and vegetables available, or you are welcome to bring your own alternative healthy snack. No nuts please!

Bottles should have plain water to promote healthy teeth. You are also welcome to order milk for snack time, please enquire at the office for the cost of this and further details.

Physical Education

Our PE days this term are Wednesday and Thursday (outdoor). Please arrive in school in your PE kit on these days. PE kits includes: plain black shorts/joggers, a plain white top/Gagle Brook PE top, black trainers, a plain black jumper. Our expectation is that PE kit is smart and presentable as it forms part of our school uniform.

Our Learning this term

This term our big question is ‘Where will your future take you?’ and we will be hosting a virtual careers day at the start of the term. We will also learn about the UK and another non-EU country. In music we will be learning about Afropop! October 2021 marks Black History Month and the final week of this term will focus on Black History through our topic learning and our English learning. For further information on our curriculum offer in Year 2 this term please see our Topic Map.

In PHSE we use the Jigsaw scheme and our Jigsaw piece this year is Jigsaw Jo and we also have Jerrie Cat who helps us with our ‘paws for thought’ moments. This term our theme is ‘Being me in my world’.

We use the Read Write Inc Phonics and Spelling programs and the children are familiar with Fred Frog, who helps us to read words. We place a high value on children’s reading and enjoyment of reading. Within our class we have daily ‘Drop it and read’ sessions where children are able to enjoy a wide variety of high-quality texts as a class. Our English curriculum is driven by high quality texts, both for writing and reading. We use a three-phase approach in which contextual knowledge is acquired by pupils through access to a variety of linked texts, and writing is driven by a core text each term. (Please see our topic web for further information.)

There is a clear correlation between a child’s progress in learning and their ability to read, which stems from an enjoyment of books and reading. The more we read to children the better! We ask parents to read regularly with their children at home too. Studies show that reading 5 books a day has the biggest impact on developing a child’s vocabulary and on helping them.

Home Learning

We are often asked, ‘How can I help my child at home?’ and we recommend reading for at least 15 minutes daily, which you should record in your child’s reading record. ‘Chatter Time’ is also a great way of developing your child’s oracy skills, and much more. Back and forth dialogue has a huge impact on children’s communication and language development, so talk to each other often!

Home learning is set once a week on Purple Mash and should take roughly 20 minutes. Your child will have an individual log in to access their Purple Mash account.

We also expect that spellings will be practiced at home each week, your child will have a Read, Write, Inc spellings log book to help them remember the words they have found tricky to spell.

Parent helpers are very welcome to support with afternoon reading, or anyone with a particular skill who would like to volunteer once a week - let one of the team know! We operate an open-door policy- please come and see us if you have a worry or a concern- we are here to help.

Best wishes,

The Year 2 Team

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