Welcome to Year 2
We are delighted to welcome you to the Year 2 web page - this page will develop with more information over the school year. We hope that you will find all the information here that you require, if you have any suggestions we will be pleased to hear from you.
Mrs Martin - Acting Year Leader
Year 2 Newsletter – Spring Term 2nd half 2019
Welcome back to another half term in year 2.We hope you all had a most enjoyable break and managed to relax and recharge your batteries. We are looking forward to another exciting, hardworking and busy half term. This letter will provide you with information and important dates to remember from now right up until Easter in Year 2.
In our year group this term we will have the following adults;
Juniper – Mrs Wood/ Mrs Cookson and Mrs Bradford
Cherry - Mr McMahon and Mrs Haider
Elder - Mr Fuller and Miss Kearns
Lime - Ms Martin and Mrs Bazeley
Miss Durham – Lead TA across all classes and Mrs Hodgman phonics boosters in the afternoon.
We also welcome Mr Palmer to the team, our new KS1 PE lead, who will be teaching some PE across year 2 over the week.
Following our recent test week, we will be moving some of the children into different groups for Maths, so they will get an even more focussed and tailor made curriculum suited to their individual style of learning. As with last half term, this will mean that your child may be taught by any of the Year 2 team. This enables us to cater for all of our children’s needs as closely as possible, offering them a more customised curriculum to ensure they achieve their personal best. This half term we will continue to work on consolidating our arithmetic skills on Fridays by tackling a variety of questions, using all the operations. We will revisit the four rules on number as well as strengthen previous work on time, money, shape and fractions.
In our English lessons this half term, we will focus on a variety of story books to inspire our writing and develop our reading skills. These will include: ‘The Night Shimmy’, ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ and ‘Winter’s Child’. We will continue to work on all areas of grammar and punctuation as well as our weekly spellings. As part of the new homework policy, the children will be taking their spellings home each week to learn. Reading for understanding will carry on each week however we will concentrate on inference and retrieval questions in addition to the range of SATs style questions.
This half term we will be looking at Materials. In this module, children will be introduced to different ways of changing the shapes of objects made from different materials. They identify materials that can be changed by the actions of squashing, bending, twisting and stretching, and link these actions with the properties of the materials that allow them to be changed. They will discover that some materials have different properties according to how they are shaped and what they are made into, and choose materials for uses according to their properties. They will also learn that pushes and pulls can cause movement or a change in shape. Children will apply their knowledge by making clay models and catapults. This module builds on a previous module which introduced materials and their properties.
When working scientifically, the children will carry out identifying and classifying enquiries and comparative tests. They’ll record using photographs, labelled drawings, Venn diagrams, tables and bar charts. They will have opportunities to measure using non-standard or standard measures and to compare their findings with those of other children.
PKC Geography work
This half term our topic work will focus on Maps and Globes. We will be covering the use of world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage. The children will use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map. In addition to this they will use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key. We will undertake simple fieldwork and use observational skills to study the geography of the school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.
We will continue with some gymnastics in our inside lessons this half term. Our Outdoor lessons will be taken by the new PE coordinator, Mr Palmer. He will continue to work on ball skills and team work as well as a variety of sporting games. Don’t forget jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt as it might still be chilly at times.
The children will need to ensure they have their full P.E. kit: Please make sure the children’s P.E kits are named, along with all of the following contents: Shorts, t-shirt, long jogging bottoms, sweatshirt, t-shirt, socks and plimsolls. Children must be able to remove and replace earrings independently. If your child has only just had their ears pierced they will need to bring in medical tape to cover their earrings themselves, not plasters.
Lessons take place on the following days:
Juniper – Wednesday and Thursday
Cherry – Wednesday and Friday
Elder – Tuesday and Thursday
Lime - Monday and Friday
Reading and homework
We will be focussing on reading as a whole school this half term and there will be a huge emphasis on reading at school as well as at home. Children will be awarded points for regular reading at home with a parent which will be accumulated by the class and prizes given to the top scoring classes in the school. Children are expected to read for 15-20 minutes every evening either to themselves, an adult or another child, and it is vital that this happens regularly. We would like all pupils to discuss their reading and then record that they have read in their reading record. We would ask that you sign this each time you read with your child. The children will have opportunities to change their home readers every day and they are encouraged to change their book at least two to three times a week. Class teachers will remind children to change their home readers, but it is their responsibility to remember when they are due for a new home reader. If you feel that your child is a particularly fluent reader, then you may want to encourage them to begin reading books to themselves, and you may only hear them read out loud occasionally.
Please remind children that their reading books and reading record books should be in school every day.
Other homework will be set weekly as detailed in the new homework grid. This will include My Maths assignments that relate to the topic studied in class that week, some research and written work on a chosen topic and then weekly spellings and times table practice.
Please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day. It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general wellbeing.
Dates for your diary
Thursday 7th March - Word Book Day – Children to come to school dressed in PJ’s
Thursday 7th March – ‘Mike the campout man’ parent meeting at 3.30pm
Friday March 29th - 2.45pm Mothers Day Classroom Activity (letter to follow).
We look forward to another hardworking term ahead.
Mrs Cookson, Mr Fuller, Ms Martin, Mr McMahon and Mrs Wood
Knowledge organisers give an overview of what pupils will be learning in school over the course of their History, Geography or Art unit of work for the half term. Pupils have a copy of this in their Curriculum books to refer to within lessons. The Knowledge Organisers for each half term are available for you to download below so that you can support your child in discussing with them what they have been learning this week and build upon this learning at home, if you wish to do so.