Spring Term – Year 2
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.
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, which is ‘Bridge over the Antarctic’. Through our Design and Technology lessons we are going to hopefully create our very own bridge across a small body of water!
We will carry on our hard punctuation work this term, ensuring that we do not forget about our basics of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We will move forward in to some more complicated punctuation ideas such as commas and apostrophes, as well as continuing with our work on editing our work too! We are well versed in nouns and adjectives so will spend this term making sure we are just as confident in using verbs and adverbs. Our class texts will be a mixture of visual and book based: ‘Flat Stanley’ and ‘Rapunzel’ which will give us all a more extensive text to get our teeth in to!
The children will continue to take home a RWI book once a week and a ‘reading for pleasure book’. The RWI book may seem simple but the point of it is that the children can work on their fluency, which is a concern this year - the children must understand what they are reading as well as not becoming robots during their reading time too! 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 up to, with the diary page open too. The children have been great at this so far this year, so hopefully with a little prompting from home, this can continue relatively easily!
In Maths this term we are moving on to Multiplication and Division. We will be consistently recapping our numbers to 100 as well as basic number bonds to 10 and 20 in every lesson, whilst this time we will be working on our times tables, specifically our 2s, 5s and 10s. Following our work on Multiplication and Division, we will look at reading graphs and charts within our Statstics unit, then move on to simple measurement of length and height. After this we will look at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and finally we will move on to Fractions! As you can see this term is a very busy Maths term for us in Year 2! To help this, I will be setting homework via MyMaths so that the children can access additional learning at home. 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!
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 Spring term will include; Christmas, Parables and Miracles, Special Celebrations, Lent and then learn all about Holy week. We are incredibly lucky to have Mrs Howard coming to visit us and helping us take part in a class liturgy.
In our history sessions this term we are looking at explorers, which links to our vehicle, 'Bridge over the Antarctic'. We will look at various key questions in order to drive our learning:
- What is an explorer?
- Where did they explore? When did they explore?
- Who was Ibn Battuta and what impact did he have?
- What can we learn from Scott of the Antarctic?
- Did Levison Wood have the same impact as other famous explorers?
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!
Our Science focus this term is all about materials! We will explore the suitability of different materials through lots of tests! We will test absorbency of materials to create mops, waterproofing materials and also trying to create our own waterproof pictures! After half term we will look at how bendy and stretchy m materials are, testing various different materials and recording our findings in a graph!
Design and Technology
In D&T we will be looking at how to design and build our very own structures! We will start by researching existing bridges, then look towards the important criteria in order to design our own! Following this we will make a bridge to cross a small body of water. Finally we will evaluate our designs based on our criteria from early in the unit!
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.
In our Art lessons we will be focusing on the work of David Hockney! We will explore the importance of his work throughout history, with a great focus on different drawing techniques. We will use different shaeds of pencils in order to explore the techniques we can achieve throughout our work! We will create a final piece through the inspiration of David Hockney, finishing by evaluating our final piece.
In Computing the children will start by ensuring that they have a strong graps of the importance of Online Safety within and out of school. We will look at making Music using a program, moving on to creating and designing our own images. We will also work on our presentation skills, creating presentations to share with the class. We will import images and media and work on our organisational skills within a computer too!
Our PE days for the upcoming term 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 be splitting our PE in to Yoga, delivered by our coaching partners at ASM, and Invasion Games, where children will apply their skills into game based scenarios – please ask the children what they have learned in PE and see if they can apply it outside of school!
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.
- 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