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Year 2

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 Year 2

Summer Term

 

 

Welcome to back to school. I hope that you all had a brilliant Easter break. We have lots of exciting lessons in our final term of year 2.

RE

The first half of this term, we will be learning about Easter and Pentecost. We will explore the events through role play, diary entries and newspaper articles.

In the second half of the term we will identify and discuss important parts of Church and Mass.

 

English

We will be using our topic of castles in our writing this term. The film Shrek will inspire a mix of fiction and non-fiction writing. Our writing will have more cross-curricular elements this term through instruction writing and information texts.

Phonics

The children will take part in daily phonics sessions which focus on spelling key stage 1 common exception words, adding suffixes to words and writing homophones.

 

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. There will be a strong emphasis on using different methods for different types of arithmetic questions (ensuring they are working out the correct operation). We will be answering maths stories from word problems, making sure we read the questions carefully and show our working out.

 

Please help your children to practise their times tables at home for their weekly test.

 

Science

The science focus for first half term is plants. We will investigate the effects of different conditions on plants and learn about the lifecycles of different types of plants.

The second half term will focus on habitats and microhabitats. This will include a habitat hunt and researching endangered habitats around the world.

 

PE

This term, the children will work on dance and games. Dance will incorporate elements learnt in our gymnastics lesson including peer assessment and evaluating and improving our own routines.

 

 

 

 

Topic

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

Geography

From our topic lessons, children will be able to identify key features of different locations around the UK using aerial maps. They will also compare castles around the world and discuss the physical features of those locations.

History

The children will use artefacts and online sources to find out about the past and from this and identify the different ways the past is represented. They will create a factfile of Queen Elizabeth I, create a castle timetable of how they transformed over time and explore the roles of different people in castles during the medieval times.

DT

Pupil will design and create their own coat of arms based on historical symbols and meanings behind them. They will also follow instructions to create their own catapults for our class battles.

Art

Our Art lessons will be inspired by Matisse and the geometric art movement. We will use this abstract style to create our own castles from cut out shapes.

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 creating and composing music on tuned and un-tuned instruments.  

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 me 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 teaching on Tuesdays.

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 snacks from our kitchen every day. Payment for each day’s snack must be in exact change that morning. Thank you.

 

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

Year 2

Spring Term

 

 

Welcome back to school. I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break. Here is an outline of what we will be covering in school this term.

RE

The first half of this term, we will be learning about different parables and miracles from the New Testament.

In the second half of the term we are celebrating Lent and Holy Week.

English

We will begin by looking at ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’, thinking about character voice and letter writing. We will also use the book to write persuasive arguments and diary entries. During this time, the children will continue to focus on using cursive handwriting to encourage quality presentation and legibility.

Phonics

The children will take part in daily phonics sessions which focus on 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 for their weekly test.

 

Science

The science focus for this term is ‘Animals including Humans’. We will be looking at the importance of a balanced diet and exercise as well as what animals need to survive.

 

PE

This term, the children will work on dance and gymnastic skills. They will be using mats and other apparatus to form sequences of movements and poses in gymnastics. Our dance lessons will link to the dinosaur topic.

 

 

 

 

Topic

Our topic for this term is ‘Dinosaurs’. 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 compare how the world looks now to a map of the prehistoric world of dinosaurs.

History

The children will use artefacts and online sources to find out about the past and from this and identify the different ways the past is represented. They will research the life of Mary Anning as a significant palaeontologist and understand why fossils continue to be important.

DT

Pupil will design and label their own fossil before creating it using clay.

Art

For our class assembly, pupils will create their own dinosaur posters using different resources and materials to present to the school.

We will also have art lessons focussing on using different mediums including paint, oil pastels and pens.

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 rhythm and beat using tuned and un-tuned instruments.

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 me 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 teaching on Tuesdays.

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.

 

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

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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