A warm welcome back to all Year 2 children and adults! I hope you had a wonderful Easter break. We had a fantastic Spring Term, full of adventures, laughter in learning and thought-provoking liturgies; these activities allowed all the children to shine, making us all very proud. This term, we will continue to inspire creativity and passion by exploring the topic, ‘Bloom and Blossom: How will you grow this term?’ This links perfectly to our yearly theme, which is: ‘BRW Spirit Strong’. I am looking forward to the children being even braver and bolder in their final term.
Our topic for the Summer term is…
As always, our RE topics will be at the heart of our curriculum.
This term, our topics are: ‘Spread the Word’, ‘Rules’ and ‘Treasures’. We will be learning about the story of Pentecost and how we are challenged to follow Jesus’ rules and instructions. We will have chance to explore the many treasures in the world around us and to share what we are grateful for.
Our key questions this term are:
Why should we spread Good News?
Do we need rules?
Is the world a treasure?
In Maths, we will be revisiting a range of topics to ensure that Year 2 are confident mathematicians when they move to KS2 next year. We will also explore the topics of ‘Measure’ and ‘Geometry’. Year 2 will be challenged to measure, follow directions and problem solve efficiently. We will of course continue to practise our number facts so we are ready for any Maths problems that lie ahead.
In our English lessons, we will meet a variety of characters including trolls and dinosaurs! They will help us to think about how we can be kind and grow as a person. As always, we will be checking our spelling, punctuation and grammar to make sure our work is of the highest standard.
Phonics: As reading will help us in all areas of our learning, we will continue to practise our phonics knowledge every day and ensure we talk about how we can use our phonics knowledge to help us to read new words.
In Science, we will exploring the topic of ‘Growing’ and ‘Living things and their Habitats’. We will investigate what plants need to grow and we will learn how to name and group living things and their habitats. Our Geography learning will focus on a non-European study of India. This will link greatly to our work in DT; we will be learning how to safely design and make a curry. In Art, we will explore Indian Rangoli art and this will form part of our Forest School sessions in Glapton Woods. This will help us to continue to develop our team work and collaboration skills. In History, we will be learning about an inspiring woman: Mary Seacole. Listening to her inspiring story will help us to bloom and blossom. In PE we will head outdoors and practise our athletic skills so we are ready and raring for KS1 Sports Day! Our Music lessons with the Becket staff will challenge us to listen carefully to different musical pieces and compose short musical sequences.
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.
PE: PE this term will be outside so please make sure your child has their full PE kit in school all week. Your child can bring in black jogging bottoms as well as their normal black shorts if the weather is cold. They can also bring in sports hoodies to wear over their white PE tops.
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.
Reading: “So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: they begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky” William James. I love this quote from William James; it is very true that once children are able to read fluently, the task of reading becomes so much more enjoyable as they are not just concentrating on reading the words but can also begin to truly understand the story behind it. Fluency comes with practice so please read every evening with your child so that they will become more confident. Sign your child’s reading record in their diary so we can keep up-to-date with their successes at home.
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…