Welcome to Year 2
Staff working in Year 2:
2A- Miss Chigara
2B- Miss Mawdsley
2C- Mrs Cleal
Miss Devi and Mrs Harwood
Our P.E days are:
2A-Tuesday and Swimming on Thursday
2B- Wednesday and Thursday
2C- Monday and Friday
You need to have your PE kit in school. You will need:
- a house t-shirt (speak to your teacher if you need to know what colour you need)
- a pair of black shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms
-a pair of pumps or trainers
Please remember to remove all jewellery on PE and swimming days
We will be looking at stories from other cultures– mainly ‘Baba Yaga’ through this we will study narratives and diary writing. Later in the spring term we will also study, ‘Wombat Goes Walkabout’ through this we will study letters and non– chronological reports. We will be continuing to develop basic skills such as
handwriting, punctuation and checking what we have written makes sense. High five sentences will be a focus in every lesson! Please learn the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words that have been sent home. We will be having weekly spelling tests, please help me learn them!
This term, we will continue our Little Wandle Phonics sessions where we focus on the application of Phonics once a day and also 1 reading session a day.
The children will learn to read different graphemes and be able to use this knowledge to read and write different words. Once children have progressed to the end of Little Wandle they will have daily Spelling sessions. During the reading session, children will have the opportunity to learn new vocabulary, decode words in order to read sentences. They will be encouraged to use prosody whilst reading and also answer comprehension questions based on what they have read.
Please ensure you log on to Collins Ebooks and read with your child. Books will be allocated every Friday.
In Maths this term we will be learning how to recognise and calculate with money. Children will also be looking at multiplication and division. It would be really helpful if children knew their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will be looking at measuring length and height, as well as mass capacity and measure. All of this will lead on from work children have previously done in Year 1. It is really important that children continue to develop their fluency with number so whilst a lot of this term will still be focusing on number bonds, addition and subtraction. It would be really helpful if you could continue to practise number bonds to 100 at home with your child. We will also be sending home a KIRF (Key Instant Recall Fact) that children are expected to learn.
In Science children will find out how the shapes of solid objects that are made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. They will investigate the bounciness, elasticity, rigidity and strength of materials.
Children will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. They will research larger habitats and learn about how animals are adapted to suit their surroundings. They will identify that different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend upon each other.
In computing learners will learn to recognise that different devices can be used to capture photographs and will gain experience capturing, editing, and improving photos. Finally, they will use this knowledge to recognise that images they see may not be real.
Learners will be using a computer to create music. They will listen to a variety of pieces of music and consider how music can make them think and feel. Learners will compare creating music digitally and non-digitally. Learners will look at patterns and purposefully create music.
Look out for information on helping your child stay safe online throughout the year.
Exploring Feelings Through Music - How Does Music Make The World a Better Place? Children will continue to be exposed to a range of different songs and associated genres. The songs in question deal with themes of music acting as a ‘changemaker’ in wider society as well as exploring a variety of emotions and feelings. Within this, there will be continued opportunities for listening, appraising, performing, composing and improvising on a tuned instrument.
In RE children will recognise that there are special places where people go to worship and talk about what people do there. They will give examples of stories, objects, symbols and actions used in churches, mosques and/or synagogues which show what people believe. They will make comparisons between these places of worship. In RE children will understand that religious stories help us answer some big questions in life. They will learn that our actions are dependent on our belief in God. They will also give simple examples of ‘hidden messages’ in faith stories or wise sayings.
In this unit children will be using a piece of music to represent Australia where they will begin to understand the beat of the music and mirror, copy and perform simple dance moves. They will work with a partner or a small group to express their ideas and perform to a group. Children will give positive comments about performances they have seen.
Introduction into Striking and Fielding:
In this unit children will be able to accurately pass and receive a ball with good control. They will be able to send a ball off a tee using a bat or racket.
Children will be able to understand and play as a fielder, bowler and batsperson and use this to help them play in team games.
2A will be swimming throughout the spring term.
In Art & Design children will build on their printing skills from Year 1 to create aboriginal art using greater fine motor control and techniques to create dots and marks of different shapes and sizes. Children will be introduced to the idea of creating a colour palette of earth tones. They will build on their knowledge of how to make colours lighter and darker to introduce tints and shades of earth colours.
In Design & Technology children will make bridges linked to their topic on Australia. They will continue to build on their ability to generate ideas based on simple design criteria and their own experiences through more detailed mock-ups and drawings. They will then build on their prior experience of using tools and materials to select their own equipment to make their structure, explaining their choices, whilst understanding how to make freestanding structures stronger, stiffer and more stable using a range of techniques. Children will continue to select from and use a range of materials and components according to their characteristics and will continue to evaluate their ideas throughout and their products against original criteria.
In Geography children will be building on what they have learnt about their local area, in order to complete a contrasting locality study focusing on Birdsville in Australia. They will continue to secure their knowledge of the five oceans, seven continents and the four points of the compass to describe Australia’s position on the globe in relation to the UK. Children will use aerial photographs to ask questions and draw conclusions about the human and physical features of Birdsville. They will also build on their map drawing skills from year 1, in order to create simple maps of Birdsville, using realistic symbols in line with those used in ordinance survey maps.
In this unit children will, identify how money is earned & investigate purposes. Explore the values of humans being different around world. Give reasons for following rules within class & school. Explore the benefits of sharing, taking turns and returning borrowed items. Recognising that not all information found online is true.
Environment project: Plastic In Our Oceans. Children will, understand that I am living in Britain where its citizens have to follow the 'rule of law'. Understand human effect on the World’s environment & need to protect it. Explain how to follow safety rules when using the internet. Understand that the digital content we make belongs to us & others need to ask permission to use it.
Your grown ups can help at home by:
-Bringing you to school everyday and on time. 8.30-3.30
-Reading regularly with you
-Practising your spellings with you
-Supporting you with your homework
-Attend meetings, workshops and Learning Together Days
-Ensuring all your belongings are labelled with your name and class.
Logins (your child has their own login for these websites)