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Year 2

Autumn Term – Year 2

 

Welcome to Year 2! I hope that you have all had a super summer break and managed to create lots of fantastic memories together – socially distanced of course! The children have already started to fill us in on everything that they have been up to!

Unfortunately, this year we are unable to hold a ‘Meet the Teacher’ session, so this letter should help to explain some important things to help us all through the upcoming academic year. Please note that lots of the information will is available on our new school website: https://www.st-giles.staffs.sch.uk/

 

This is a summary of the units of work that we will be studying in Year 2 this term! Our focus for the term is through our vehicle is ‘Fast Food’.  At the end of this we are going to hopefully create our very own healthy fast food menu!

 

English

 

Writing

We will start the year with a big focus on the children using their basic skills and punctuation. Capital letters, full stops and fingers spaces will be revisited so that the children can apply them to all aspects of their writing! We will move on to word classes, specifically nouns and adjectives, before moving on to verbs after half term. Most importantly we will be encouraging the children to check that their own sentences make sense! Our class texts will be a mixture of visual and book based: ‘Bubbles’, ‘The Colour Monster’ and ‘Bedtime for Monsters’ in the first half term. The overarching focus of these excellent texts is an understanding of wellbeing and managing emotions, which is integral as we move back into the relative normality of school life.

 

Reading

Once the initial assessments have been completed, the children will continue to take home a RWI book once a week and a ‘reading for pleasure book’.  The reading for pleasure book can be changed as and when needed, however we will encourage children to read the book more than once to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of the text. The children will be provided with a reading folder and can place this in the ‘book changing’ box if a new book is required.  Please make sure that your child’s reading diary is signed daily. When returning the book to school, please send in the book open at the page that you have read to, with the diary page open too. We will be training the children to do this too, so that it is a much easier transition of books back in to school.

 

Maths

In Maths this term we are focusing on the basic skills of number and place value – specifically what makes a number a number. We will be consistently recapping our numbers to 100 as well as basic number bonds to 10 and 20 in every lesson. We are using the part whole model, ten frame and start to look at bar models which will help the children visualize what Maths a question is asking us to use. We will move on to addition and subtraction soon after, where the children will use the same equipment and representations to add and subtract simple numbers. We will even look at numbers moving across the ten! Please do continue to use the NumBots app at home.  It’s a great way for your child to continue to develop their Maths skills!

 

 

RE

Our class saint is St Bernadette! We have already spent time learning about her life and why she became a saint. RE units for the Autumn term will include; Old Testament and Stories, Sharing in the Life of Jesus and Advent.  We will also be studying the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.  We are incredibly lucky to have Mrs Howard coming to visit us and helping us take part in a class liturgy.

 

History

Our topic this term is ‘local sporting history’ linking to our ‘Fast Food’ vehicle. We will explore the different aspects of local sports – from football and cricket to local representatives in the Olympic Games! We hope to have virtual visitors who can talk to us about the impact of local sport in our community. We will compare new and old sports kits, as well as the different routines of athletes from the past and today. The focus will very much be on how whoever we study has changed things for the better, whether that be for themselves, the locality or even on a national scale.

 

Geography

In Geography this term we will be focusing on the United Kingdom and the Seas and Oceans around it. Children will be able to name the oceans and seas, as well as the continents of the world. We will then move on to studying the equator, looking specifically at how the weather changes based on a country’s location around the world. After half term we will look at mapping skills, discovering keys, globes, atlases and even creating our own maps!

 

Science

Our Science focus this term links in with our healthy eating theme across our vehicle. Children will first learn all about humans, how they grow, keep safe and most importantly stay healthy and fit! Children will name and describe the different stages of a human’s life, as well as the 7 important features of a living creature. We will then move on to animals and how they use their environments to keep safe. Children will learn about food chains, discovering where food comes from, ensuring that they have a confident grasp on their knowledge, before applying this to their vehicle end product. They will also know and understand key terms such as predator, prey, consumer, carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.

 

Design and Technology

In D&T we will be designing and making our very own healthy menu! The children will learn all about the importance of hygiene in the kitchen, as well as how to be safe when cooking. They will have the chance to design, make and evaluate products, as well as looking at advertising and the importance of customer feedback.

Music

In music we will be using Charanga! The children will be focusing on identifying simple style indicators and instruments used when listening and appraising a piece of music.  The will begin to understand what it means to find the pulse and start to use musical language to describe the music they are listening to and express their feelings towards it. Due to COVID we will not be singing. 

 

Art

In our art lessons we will be focusing on the pop art movement! We will look at the technique of Ben Day dots and how different artists used them in different ways. This will inspire us to create our own self-portraits using different materials, such as paint, pastel and even bubble wrap! We will study the life and influence of both Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, taking inspiration from their work to adapt and change our own.

 

Computing

In computing the children will start by ensuring that they are competent in the basic skills of turning the computer on and off! They will recap the key features of both desktops and iPads, before learning about the importance of safety when using devices. They will discover coding and how it links to everyday life, with a particular focus on debugging and how this can change their thinking when problem solving.

 

PE

Our PE days for the first half term of Autumn will be Tuesday and Thursday. PE kits will stay in school until half term when they can be washed and returned after the holiday.  Children will dress and change themselves quickly in order to make the most of the PE time. We will start by looking at socially distanced exercise in order to build up some base fitness – please ask the children what they have learned in PE and see if they can apply it outside of school!

 

Homework

Homework will be sent home each Wednesday, with an expectation that it will be returned on the following Monday, where it will then be placed in quarantine before marking. Please note that if homework is returned late then it will not be marked until the following week.

 

 

Other information

  • Please ensure your child comes with a NAMED water bottle into school every day.
  • As the weather gets colder please make sure that you send a NAMED coat into school with your child
  • Toast can be purchased for break time using parent pay.  Please be aware that this will need to be booked a week in advance.
  • All clothing needs to be clearly NAMED

 

I am on the yard every morning and at the end of the day should you wish to speak to me at any point to pass on a quick message or ask any quick questions.  If a longer appointment is required, please arrange an appointment via the office.

 

Many thanks for your continued support,

 

Mr Hammersley

Mr Hammersley - Mrs Mills

Welcome to the class page of the greatest, most hard working, independent, polite Year 2 class in the entire universe!

 

Come and see our classroom! You will see us working hard all the time - whatever we are learning about. We are fantastic at making sure we are confident in whatever we are doing. If not? Then we have excellent partners all through the class who are always willing to help us achieve our absolute best!

 

In Year 2, we are beginning to see ourselves as role models for children who are younger than us, so always be on the look out for the most polite and responsible children - that will be us! Year 2 is the end of Key Stage 1, so we are all preparing for life in Key Stage 2. 

What do we get up to?

 

RE

Our class saint is St Bernadette! We have already spent time learning about her life and why she became a saint. RE units for the Autumn term will include; Old Testament and Stories, Sharing in the Life of Jesus and Advent.  We will also be studying the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.  We are incredibly lucky to have Mrs Howard coming to visit us and helping us take part in a class liturgy.

 

 

English

Writing

We will start the year with a big focus on the children using their basic skills and punctuation. Capital letters, full stops and fingers spaces will be revisited so that the children can apply them to all aspects of their writing! We will move on to word classes, specifically nouns and adjectives, before moving on to verbs after half term. Most importantly we will be encouraging the children to check that their own sentences make sense! Our class texts will be a mixture of visual and book based: ‘Bubbles’, ‘The Colour Monster’ and ‘Bedtime for Monsters’ in the first half term. The overarching focus of these excellent texts is an understanding of wellbeing and managing emotions, which is integral as we move back into the relative normality of school life.

 

Reading

Once the initial assessments have been completed, the children will continue to take home a RWI book once a week and a ‘reading for pleasure book’.  The reading for pleasure book can be changed as and when needed, however we will encourage children to read the book more than once to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of the text. The children will be provided with a reading folder and can place this in the ‘book changing’ box if a new book is required.  Please make sure that your child’s reading diary is signed daily. When returning the book to school, please send in the book open at the page that you have read to, with the diary page open too. We will be training the children to do this too, so that it is a much easier transition of books back in to school.

 

Phonics/Read Write Inc

Children will take part in daily phonics sessions, where they will focus on specific sounds every day. Some children will move towards a more spelling focused phonics session, however the importance is still on reading words.

 

 

Maths

In Maths this term we are focusing on the basic skills of number and place value – specifically what makes a number a number. We will be consistently recapping our numbers to 100 as well as basic number bonds to 10 and 20 in every lesson. We are using the part whole model, ten frame and start to look at bar models which will help the children visualize what Maths a question is asking us to use. We will move on to addition and subtraction soon after, where the children will use the same equipment and representations to add and subtract simple numbers. We will even look at numbers moving across the ten! Please do continue to use the NumBots app at home.  It’s a great way for your child to continue to develop their Maths skills!

 

 

Through our Vehicle, 'Down at the Allotment', children will have the chance to explore different aspects of plants and their uses throughout Science lessons, whilst also learning about where different plants grow using their Geography skills. they will have the opportunity to meet a real life carpenter, who will tell us all about the best uses of wood and joining. This will support us as we make plans to make planters out of pallets for a Key Stage One playground allotment area.

 

PE

PE this term will be net and wall skills! We will spend the first few weeks getting to grips with throwing, hitting and attacking and defending, before putting our skills into practice in game scenarios.

Please ensure that PE kit is in school every day - we will be inside for PE so PE pumps will need to be in school each day.

 

 

Homework

Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school, completed, the following Monday, if you wish to hand in before the date then feel free.

In your child’s homework book, there will be weekly sheets explaining work to be completed that week. If your child is unable to complete their homework for any reason, please pop in to school or write a note in their diary.

 

Reading

As per the homework policy of the school, 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.

End of Year Expectations Year 2

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