Year 2 Newsletter - Autumn Term 2nd half 2018

 Dear families,

 We hope you all had a great half term holiday. We are looking forward to an exciting, hardworking and busy term. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information and reminders about year 2, which we hope you and child will find useful.

In our year group this term we will have the following adults; Juniper - Mrs Wood/ Mrs Cookson and Mrs Bradford. Cherry - Mr McMahon, Miss Withers and Mrs Haider. Elder - Mr Fuller and Mr Lambourne. Lime - Ms Martin. 

Maths

Our focus will be place value in the first two weeks , then we move on to consolidating methods for adding and subtracting which we will then apply in word problems. Finally we will move on to multiplication and division.

 English

In our English lessons this half term we will begin by using the book ‘The Pirates Next Door’ by Jonny Duddle as a stimulus to write character descriptions, diaries and a story. We will also complete a biography of James Cook. Finally we are planning on finding out about festivals of light and using our knowledge of these to write non-chronological texts.

 Science

Our focus will be staying healthy. We will be looking at diet, exercise and how to stay happy.

 Cornerstones Curriculum

Our topic is ‘Land Ahoy!’ During this half term, we will use our topic ‘Land Ahoy’ as a stimulus to help improve our writing. We will explore the seas and oceans of the world, and then use our scientific skills to think about floating, sinking and suitable materials to make a boat. We will also be finding out about the explorer Captain Cook. This half term we recommend ‘The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates’ by Caroline Carson or ‘How I Became a Pirate’ by Melinda Long.

 P.E.

Our focus will continue to be collaboration – we will be working in teams and focusing on our ball skills.

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 - Thursday and Friday. Cherry - Tuesday and Friday. Elder - Tuesday and Wednesday. Lime - Monday and Thursday,

 Homework

Children need to be able to recall quickly their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times table both in and out of order. We will be supporting the children with this in school and would ask for your help in this at home.

 My Maths -As a year group we will set a number of tasks for the children to do across the half-term which will be related to work we complete in class. These can be accessed with a log-in on the internet. If you need a reminder, please let your class teacher know.

 We will also set the children a research task each week that they may wish to complete. This is entirely optional and is just there to give you some ideas that you may wish to explore together.

 Reading

Children are expected to read for 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 read for twenty minutes a day, discuss their reading and then record that they have read in their reading record.  We would ask that you sign this at least once a week. 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.  Obviously, you should continue to question your child about the stories they are reading to check their understanding.    

Please remind children that their reading books and reading record books should be in school every day.

Water Bottles

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 well being.

SATs Testing

Children will undertake a variety of standardised assessment tasks and tests (SATs) after the Easter holidays, in May.  Please particularly bear in mind the school’s attendance policy at this time, as absence could have an impact on the outcomes.

 We look forward to another super term ahead.

 Yours sincerely

 Mrs Cookson, Mr Fuller, Ms Martin, Mr McMahon and Mrs Wood