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 – Summer Term 2nd half 2019
Welcome back to the last half term in Year 2.We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and managed to relax and enjoy the weather. 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 we break for the summer.
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 Mrs Hodgman
Lime - Ms Martin/Mrs Cookson and Mrs Bazeley
Miss Taylor – Lead TA across all classes and Mrs Hodgman phonics boosters in the afternoon.
Mr Palmer will continue to teach some PE sessions across Year 2 each week.
With SATs out of the way, our lessons will focus on consolidating all areas covered this year and preparing the children or Year 3. This will include the four operations, shape, position and direction, statistics and fractions. We will revisit many, if not all, the topics previously covered to strengthen their understanding as well as secure any prior topics.
Our English lessons this half term will continue to focus on a variety of books to inspire our writing and develop our reading skills. These will include: Dr Xargle’s book of Earthlets, Gruffalo Crumble and The Paper Bag Princess. We will continue to work on all areas of grammar and punctuation as well as our weekly spellings and handwriting of Year 1 and 2 common exception words. The children will continue to take their spellings home each week to learn. Reading for understanding will carry on each week however we will just focus on inference and retrieval questions.
This half term we will be looking at Astronomy. In this module the children will begin to learn about the planets in our solar system, understand the reasons why we have day and night, what the moon is and why it appears to change shape at different points in the month, describe and name some constellations and understand that the earth is made up of layers and why volcanoes and geysers occur. It will be a highly enjoyable topic and I’m sure the children will get a lot out of it.
PKC geography work
This half term our geography topic work will focus on the British Isles. The children will learn how to name, locate and identify characteristics of the 4 countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas, use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather. They will learn about key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop. They will get the opportunity to look at maps and draw their own too.
We will be looking at a dance unit during our indoor lessons this half term. They will create and perform short pieces that communicate different moods and feelings. Our outdoor lessons will be taken by the PE coordinator, Mr Palmer and he will work on Athletics. Through a series of multi-skills activities children will explore running, jumping and throwing activities, increasing their awareness of speed and distance.
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 (Navy), 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 – Wednesday and Friday
Reading and homework
We will continue to focus 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 out 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
Tuesday 11th June – SEN Parent Consultations
Friday 14th June – Father’s day craft afternoon
Tuesday 2nd July – transition morning
Friday 5th July – Class parties
Monday 8th July – Move Up Stay Up
Wednesday 24th July – last day of term
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.