A very warm welcome back to all Year 2 pupils and parents! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year.
Year 2 worked extremely hard in the Autumn term and they should be very proud of how far they have progressed. They love to learn and I know they will be eager for more knowledge and responsibility in the Spring Term.
Our topic for the Spring term is…
As always, our Come and See lessons will link to all that we do. We will explore the topics of Books, Thanksgiving and Opportunities. Throughout each topic, we will learn stories from the Bible and discuss how we can apply Christian values to our own lives. We will also take part in thought-provoking and beautiful liturgies led by all members of Year 2.
Our aim for this term is to encourage the children to learn through exploration and playing with words, numbers and skills. In History, we will be learning how toys have changed through the ages and comparing the toys that our grandparents played with to the toys we play with now. This will develop discussion about how life has changed and will continue to change. In our English lessons, we will use a variety of texts to inspire us in our own writing, such as ‘The Magic Box’ poem, Meerkat Mail and Fantastic Mr Fox. You may have noticed there is an animal theme in our English texts; this links well to our topic in Science: ‘Animals, including humans’. We will learn about the basic needs of animals and humans. We will also learn about how to look after our bodies by keeping clean, exercising and eating the right foods. In Maths, we will continue to problem-solve, reason and develop our Mathematical fluency. Our Maths topics for this term will be Multiplication and Division, Money, Statistics, Geometry and Fractions. In our Geography lessons, we will learn about the weather, seasons and the impacts of Climate Change. In DT, Year 2 will work in teams to make moving vehicles (this will link to our History topic about toys). In Art, we will learn about the artist Augusta Savage and we will be inspired to make our own sculptures. When we are in the Computing Lab, we will be developing our coding knowledge. The children will also practise their typing skills. PE lessons will continue to develop our Gymnastics skills and in the second half of the term, we will continue our multi-sports lessons with Gordon.
Ways to help at home :
Homework: Year 2 will be given homework on a Monday and it will be due in the following Monday. This will include two spelling lists. The children will choose the list they would like to challenge themselves to learn. The Diamond list is more challenging as the words are new Year 2 words whereas the Ruby group of words are ones that the children will have experienced in Year 1 (but they may need refreshing). The children will have their spelling test with Mrs Kennelly on a Monday afternoon.
Handwriting: All Year 2 children will be given a handwriting book to take home. Please encourage your child to bring their book in with completed letters so that they can receive Housepoints.
Reading: “There is no such thing as a child who dislikes reading; there are only children who haven’t found the right book.” – Frank Serefini.
At this age, decoding words and reading fluently can still be challenging for many children. Year 2 need to push past this initial challenge and read as much as possible in order to become fluent in reading and therefore able to enjoy the abundance of stories and magical worlds in books. Pease read every evening with your child. Sign your child’s reading record in their diary so we can keep up-to-date with their successes at home.
PE: Earrings: due to health and safety reasons, earrings must be removed before all PE sessions. Please remove them before school if your child is not able to do this independently. Please help your child to make sure their indoor PE kit (white t-shirt/ black shorts) is with them in school at all times.
Science: Please bring in a ‘Science lab coat’ (this could be an old white shirt) for your child to wear over their uniform during Science investigations.
Uniform: Please ensure all your children’s clothes are labelled with their name. This helps us to reunite clothes with the correct child!
Websites for Year 2 to learn from and enjoy…