Y2 wc 12th October we 16th October

Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 9:12am

Hello everyone,

It was lovely to speak to many parents on Wednesday evening and give you all an update on your child’s progress.  I look forward to catching up with the rest of you next Wednesday.

In class this week the children have enjoyed completing passport applications as part of our “Passport to the World”  topic and produced some interesting writing.  In “Come and See” we have been learning about the symbols used in Baptism and discussing what some of them mean.  We thought about what it means to feel “welcomed” and how we can make others feel welcome.

In our numeracy lessons we feel very clever as we have been looking at the “inverse” and using what we know about fact families to change subtraction calculations into additions and vice versa.  I have added a Learn Screen and an activity to Education City Homework  which consolidates what we are doing in school.  (It is called Addition and Subtraction. ) Remember, as always these online homeworks are optional.

Many children are coming into school talking about “Numbots” a program they are enjoying using at home.  This is a fun, educational program that all the children can access at their own level. 

The children have had loads of fun at lunchtimes this week as Mrs Hymers has been teaching them how to play hockey.  I joined in the game on Thursday afternoon and it was really lovely to see such team spirit from this Y2 class and watching how much they support one another and take it in turns.  I am very proud to be their teacher!

Once again the children didn’t fail to impress me with their individual awards.  See the newsletter for House Point, Trophy  and Good  Work winners this week.

After the half term the children will be undertaking their phonics screening check which they were due to have in June 2020 but missed due to lockdown. This is statutory and all schools in England will be administering this. The children have been practising  their phonics since we returned to school in September.  I know many of you attended the Y1 Phonics workshop, I will upload  some Phonic Screening information and resources if you want to re-familiarise yourself with what it entails.  The audience is “Y1” but this is because in normal circumstances the Phonic Screening is aimed at Y1 children in the summer term and obviously this was missed due to lockdown.  In addition I will put a taster on Education City Homework so you can see some examples of real and nonsense words.  Your child will need adult supervision to read the words aloud so you can see which words your child finds tricky.  Some of the longer words are quite challenging – especially the nonsense ones!  The first screen (set of words) is basic and the second is more challenging.  Do the easy one first followed by the second one  – but remember this is optional, as the children  have been doing lots of practice in school.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs TDsmiley



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St Mary's Birchley Catholic Primary School

Birchley Road, Billinge, Nr Wigan,

Lancashire WN5 7QJ

Main Contact: Mrs Janet Ollerton

SENDCO Contact: Mrs Andrea Hymers

Tel: 01744 678610

Email: stmaryrcbp@sthelens.org.uk