We are thrilled to have welcomed the children back into the classroom and are pleased to share that they have settled back in very well. Please find below an overview of the topics that we will cover next half term. We hope you will find this useful.
Children will read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. They will write recounts in the form of diaries and will learn to write persuasively. Year 2 will also look at different books by Anthony Browne, comparing these and writing their own stories based on these books. The children will continue to learn to join their handwriting and learn different spelling patterns. Please endeavor to read with your child daily and record your reading efforts in your child’s reading diary. Please continue to support your child in learning their spelling words in their reading records.
Children will continue to learn to identify and name the fractions 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 2/4 and 3/4. The children will learn to find these fractions of shapes as well as numbers. The children will also begin to learn to tell the time (including o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and then to the nearest 5 minutes). Please continue to support your children at home by practising the formal methods for addition and subtraction (the column method) and the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. It is an expected standard in Year 2 for children to be able to recall these facts.
Children will be learning about rivers in geography. Children will learn to locate the source and mouth of a range of rivers in the UK and will learn about the impacts of river pollution, suggesting ways we can reduce this.
Science – Plants
Children will be learning about plants this half term. Children will grow a range of seeds and bulbs in their classes and will discover what a plant needs to grow healthily. They will learn the simple life cycle of a plant and the differences between healthy and unhealthy plants.
Children will be continuing to learn to play the ocarina and to develop their rhythm skills in 4/4 and 3/4 time. They will be learning songs using the notes BAGECDDF#. We hope to do a Zoom performance at the end of term.
Children will learn what worship and prayer mean and how these differ for different religious groups. They will find out about the different places of worship and recognise some religious symbols and actions. They will then compare and draw out similarities and differences between the different religions we look at.
Children will be consolidating their learning from the autumn term, before moving on to learning names for parts of a plant, which links with their science topic this half term.
Indoor PE lessons
The class will be split into two groups of up to 15 children for their Indoor PE lessons with lessons being 30 minutes each due to hall space and distancing requirements. They will continue to have an opportunity to explore and promote their physical fitness and wellbeing through movement-based games, dance and yoga. In addition, over the term children will have an opportunity to create, devise and compose movement in response to classroom curriculum based topics and given stimuli such as music, visuals and text. Children will be encouraged and taught to share and develop the language to feedback and comment with an emphasis on team building, problem solving, communication, decision-making and actively encouraging peer learning.
Outdoor PE lessons
Children will continue to learn about personal space and how to travel safely following instructions. This will be achieved through a variety of fun and age related activities with story and action themes such as ‘their bodies’, the jungle, animals, colours and much more. Children will experience athletic training, obstacle courses, yoga, movement to music, mindfulness & wellbeing. Through interval training, athletics and circuits, we will also introduce the idea of setting personal goals and improving personal bests.
Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)
Children will learn about various aspects of keeping healthy and safe. Please see the attached letter for more information.
Mathletics homework will continue to be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday. SPAG homework will continue to be set once a fortnight.
The children receive a guided reading book from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher.
Children should continue to record their reading in their reading record. Please read the class teacher’s comments and write a comment each week after reading with them at home. Children will continue to receive one homework task per week linked to the Guided Reading book they have been reading in class. They will also receive some ‘words to learn’ which they should learn to read and spell at home and record on the grid provided.
Please ensure that your child’s Guided Reading book and record is in their book bag everyday as their reading day may occasionally change.
As Belleville is a healthy school and a nut free school, we remind you that children are provided with a piece of fruit at playtime and do not need to bring in their own snack from home.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 2 team
Hannah Coles Assistant Headteacher (KS1),
Sarah Peach Year 2 Leader, Polly Marwick, Hayley Williams-Macpherson, Sam Bevan