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Year 2

Autumn Term

 

 

Welcome to Year 2. I hope that you all had a lovely summer holiday and I hope that the children are looking forward to working in Year 2. Here is an outline of what we will be covering in school this term.

RE

This half term, we will be learning about the Old Testament. We will listen to stories from it such as Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Whale and David and Goliath. We will think about why different people were called to be friends of God.

We will also be looking at the life of Mary and Jesus and the call of the disciples. The children will learn about some of the saints and different forms of prayer.

English

We will begin by looking at ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’, thinking about character descriptions and setting the scene. We will look into adapting the story to make our own versions and then move on to writing information texts about nocturnal animals. During this time, the children will also be focussing on using cursive handwriting to encourage quality presentation and legibility.

Phonics

The children will take part in daily phonics sessions in which we will focus on revisiting sounds learnt in Year one. They will then move on to alternative spellings; looking at how different letters are sometimes used to create the same sound, depending on the word where it is found.

Maths

Maths work is split between the following areas: Arithmetic, Geometry, Data & Measure and Reasoning. The children will continue to use cups and other resources as practical aids to support working out calculations. They will learn how to measure accurately, the properties of 2D and 3D shape, and how to work out addition and subtraction calculations.

 

Please help your children to practise their times tables at home, particularly 5x, 10x and 2x to begin with.

 

Each week, the children will be tested on their times tables.

 

Science

The science focus for this term is ‘Everyday Materials’. Children will investigate the properties of different materials and what makes them suitable for a particular purpose. They will compare and sort materials based on their properties, uses and types. From this, the children will think about unusual and creative uses for everyday materials.

PE

This term, the children will focus on improving their hand-eye co-ordination skills through catching and throwing activities. Once confident, we will move onto team games applying these skills as well as their team work and communication skills.

 

 

 

Topic

Our topic for this term is ‘The Titanic’. This will be the base for all Geography, History, Art, and DT lessons.

Geography

From our topic lessons, children will be able to locate and name the 7 continents and 5 oceans by looking at and labelling world maps. They will use aerial maps to understand where we live in comparison to other countries and continents.

History

The children will use artefacts, pictures, stories and online sources to find out about the past and from this and identify the different ways the past is represented. They will use words such as year, decade and century to explain the passing of time.

DT

The children will design, create and evaluate their own versions of the Titanic. After October half term, pupils will use boxes and other packaging to make their Titanic. A letter will be sent home before half term asking for the items needed for your child’s creation.

Art

Once the children have created their Titanic, they will choose suitable decorations and colours to create different textures and patterns that may have been found on the Titanic.

Computing

Children will use computers and iPads to research and present different information for different purposes. We will use the internet to search for and collect data.

Music

Music this term will be focussing on songs, chants and creating rhythm patterns. After October half term, music lessons will be spent working towards the Christmas play.

Homework

In your child’s homework book, there will be weekly sheets explaining work to be completed that week. There will also be an additional task that the children may choose to do but is not compulsory.

If your child is unable to complete their homework, please come and see us or write a note in their diary.

Homework books will be given out on a Friday and should be returned to school, completed, the following Wednesday.

Reading

Please try to read with your child every night for at least ten minutes. This will greatly benefit their reading progress and will help them in class when working independently. The children will be listened to every week and will take part in group guided reading sessions.

Any books that are sent home will be changed as necessary once they have been read. Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their reading diaries.

Spellings

Spellings will be sent home in the homework books and tested on the following Wednesday. The words will link in with work covered in Phonics sessions. Spellings from the National Curriculum for Year 2 will also be included as appropriate.

Support in Class

Mrs Mills will be working as our teaching assistant in Year 2.

Mrs Pirie will be joining us on Tuesdays as our cover teacher.

Mrs Allen will listen to the children read every Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

  • Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled, including PE kits, shoes and coats.

  • Your child will need a bottle of water in school, to stay hydrated and aid their concentration during lessons. Juice drinks can be consumed at lunchtime only, to protect the health of your child’s teeth. Please clearly label your child’s water bottle with their name.

  • Children may purchase toast from our kitchen every day. Payment for the whole week must be made on a Monday morning. Thank you.

 

We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming academic year.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if ever you should need to via the school office where an appointment can be made.

 

Yours sincerely,

Miss K Parker

Year 2 Class Teacher

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