YEAR 2

Spring 1
 

Dear Parents/Carers
Please find below an overview of the topics that we will cover next half term. We hope you will find this useful.
English
Next term will produce creative narrative writing based upon Roald Dahl's classic The Twits and procedural writing based upon Revolting Recipes (both texts being memorably illustrated by Quentin Blake). Children will then read Two Sides by Polly Ho-Yen (illustrated by Binny Talib) which is a wonderful story about the complexity of friendships, told from two perspectives; this book featured n Empathy Lab's 2020 Read for Empathy Guide. This engaging story will provide the context for narrative and persuasive writing. Please continue to encourage your children to practise spelling their words to learn each week.
Maths
This half term children will be learning to measure and compare mass, volume and temperature. They will also learn to solve word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In addition, the children will learn how to read and create picture graphs. Please continue to practice the column method for addition and subtraction and begin practising the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and related division facts for these with your child.
History – Life Changers
In history children will learn about several ‘Significant Individuals’ and their impact on our lives. These people will include Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Joseph Bazalgette. Children will discover what conditions were like in certain time periods and will look at comparing and sequencing different events in chronological order. To further enrich this topic this year, we will complete a Mary Seacole drama workshop, run by the Drama Hut.
Science – How to survive and thrive
In science this half term children will be learning about the importance of staying fit and healthy. They will be learning about different diets and food types, exercise, hygiene measures and growth. In addition, children will be learning about people who play a role in keeping us healthy, from PE teachers, cooks, doctors, parents and more. In addition to this, children will continue to develop their scientific enquiry skills, from identifying, grouping and classifying, asking and answering questions, completing comparative tests and more.
Music – Rhythm and pulse
Children will continue to learn to play the Ocarina and will be focusing on the notes Low D, high D, B, A G, E. Children will learn how to play these notes using songs in different genres. Children will also have to opportunity to improvise and compose using 4 notes.
ICT and Computing – Researching and presenting
Children will be researching and presenting information using Keynote on the iPads. They will learn how to create and save files, insert pictures and change themes. They will learn to find information using the internet and represent their findings on the slides. This will be linked to our history topic ‘Life Changers’. Art Children will be learning about artist, author and Illustrator Faith Ringgold. They will make a mixed media artwork inspired by her book Tar Beach, representing their ideals and dreams through painting and textiles. RE – Rules – do we need them? Children will focus on ‘rules’ and how religious and non-religious rules affect lives. They will be encouraged to make connections between beliefs and know that some practices are common in more than one religion. They will be able to express their views and opinions and will learn to explain what is important to them and to other people, understanding that we all have different views.

PE –
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.
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Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) Children will learn how to keep themselves healthy and safe. The children will also continue to have a weekly circle time with their class puppet, Sage, to discuss ways to keep themselves healthy and safe, as well as discussing different emotions.
Homework
English (spag.com) and maths (mathletics.com) homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday. Words to learn each week will be sent home in your child’s guided reading record. Your child needs to bring their guided reading record to school every day.
Healthy eating at playtime
Children can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich (no crisps, biscuits, sweets, yogurts, cakes etc please) – teachers will monitor these snacks to make sure they are suitable. There should be no foods containing nuts brought into school.
Water
All children need to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day and take it home each night to be washed. They can re-fill this bottle from the water stations in school during the day.
Communication between home and school
At the end of the school day, your child must always say goodbye to their teacher at the end of the day before leaving the school premises.
It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please can you check that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and up to date.
We will work in close partnership with families to ensure your child’s time at school is successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher on the playground or through the office and we will be glad to discuss any queries with you.
We hope you had a lovely Christmas break, and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow,
Yours faithfully,

 

The Year 2 Team
Sarah Peach (2P - Year Leader)
Hayley Williams-Macpherson (2W)
Maria Guzsvany (2G)
Polly Marwick (2M)

 

 


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