Dear parents and carers,

A warm welcome to Class 2! I hope you have had a wonderful summer and enjoyed the sporadic sunshine we were offered. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children and working together so that we have a very exciting and productive term.

It’s been lovely to get know the class this week and find out about their busy holidays. I am really pleased to see that they already seem to be settling in to Year 2. For details about what we’ll be learning this term, please see the curriculum overview.

Thankfully, the children don’t just have to put up with me; I have a fantastic team working alongside me this year. Both Mrs Laska and Mrs Garret have moved up alongside the children and provide fantastic learning support. I know that the children are delighted to have some familiar faces and I am thrilled to be working alongside two wonderful teaching assistants.

We are also fortunate enough to have Mr Waldron in our class on Tuesday mornings. He will lead the children in their PE this half term and give them a welcome break from my voice! The focus for this Autumn will be orienteering. Please ensure that children have appropriate PE kits at all times. After the half-term holidays, Ms Hawkins will lead an Art and Design task linked to our learning.

I’m really excited to be introducing a programme called Seesaw to Class 2. The APP is one that you can download as families and, similar to the way Tapestry works in Reception, it will keep you up to date with your child’s progress and enable you to interact with their learning. I will send out more information in the very near future.

Homework will be set on Monday and this will be recorded in your child’s home learning book. I do not expect children to spend hours doing homework; short tasks should reinforce and extend their learning and give them a chance to share with you what they’ve been doing at school. Reading is always the most valuable thing you can do with your child. If they want to do more, that’s fantastic!

I hope that your child doesn’t have any big worries about starting the new term. I am thoroughly looking forward to being part of Class 2 and it is my aim that your son or daughter feels the same way. If, for whatever reason, they are not feeling happy about an issue at school, please arrange a time to come and see me. I would be more than happy to listen to your concerns and endeavour to find a solution. However, please encourage your child to come and talk to Mrs Garrett, Mrs Laska or myself if they are worried about anything
– we are always happy to listen.

If you feel I have left out any vital piece(s) of information, just ask – and I’ll do my best to inform you! My door is always open.

Thank you for your support.

Kind regards,
Ben Kent


Additional Information
Reading in Class 2...
Your child will be given a reading book to bring home and read. They will need to bring their book in every day as they will share their books with an adult. They’ll also have lots of opportunities to read and enjoy books throughout the week at school. Please continue to read regularly with your child and have conversations about their work as this is invaluable
to their development. If you have any spare time and would like to come in and help in school or with readers – then we’d be absolutely delighted to see you! Please contact Mrs. King for more information.

Now they’re in Year 2, I am trying to encourage the children to become a little more independent. So, if possible, please get your child to carry in their bags, packed lunch, coats, etc. and hang them up by themselves. Throughout the school, our day will always start with a spelling based activity, so the children will need to come in and focus straight away.
Please send your child with a coat, wellies and waterproof trousers (if they have any). This means that we can make use of our outdoor space whatever the weather!