Year 2

Summer 2022

Welcome back to our last term in Year 2! We hope that you had a lovely Easter and that you were able to spend some time relaxing and having fun. We’re sure that you enjoyed eating lots of chocolate eggs too.

It is so nice to be in the classroom and see all of your smiley faces. The children have settled well again and have thrown themselves back into their learning.

Thank you for all of your hard work as always. We really do appreciate the support from you at home.

We are going to be busy this term:

English

This term we are going to be:

Reading

  • Reading daily in the classroom, please bring your school reading book and diary in school every day
  • Reading a range of texts such as ‘Meerkat mail’ and ‘Pumpkin Soup’.
  • Discussing favourite words and phrases in different texts.
  • Making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.

Writing

  • Focussing on handwriting and letter formation. We will continue to practise handwriting and encourage children to form letters correctly so that presentation is neat.
  • Writing in lots of different genres – stories, shapes poems, information texts.
  • Learning how to use apostrophes to mark where letters are missing in spelling and to mark singular possession in nouns (eg the girl’s name)
  • Choosing the correct tense (future tense, present tense, past tense) throughout writing.
  • Proof –reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation

Maths

We will be:

  • Including daily mental maths sessions to support rapid recall of number facts
  • Number facts: Mixed Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division. Recapping and consolidating learning of the four operations.
  • Measurement: Time
  • Geometry: Position and Direction
  • Measurement: Mass, Capacity, Temperature

This term we are looking forward to our new topic ‘Third rock from the Sun’. Here are some things that we are hoping to learn about:

Science

We will be thinking about how animals and plants grow:

  • Recapping previous learning of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores
  • Looking at animal classification and describing lifecycles of animals
  • Healthy eating and healthy hearts
  • Growing and observing plants
  • Learning about germination and seed dispersal

Computing

  • Using laptops to organise, retrieve and manipulate digital content to create PowerPoints
  • Using Ipads to use Turtle Logo/Scratch programs
  • Learning about E-safety and how to stay safe online

History

  • How has our local area changed over time?
  • The changing landscape of S-o-T
  • Significant individuals – Edward Smith

Geography

  • Recapping - UK capital cities and the United Kingdom
  • Learn about human & physical features e.g. coast, mountains, towns, villages
  • Recapping the world/globe – 7 continents & 5 oceans
  • Identify different types of habitats around the world

Art

  • Choose and use three different grades of pencil when drawing
  • Know how to use charcoal, pencil and pastel to create art
  • Create a piece of art in response to another artist  (Clarice Cliff)

Design and Technology

  • Design and build a solid Structure (animal dens)
  • Begin to strengthen and join card
  • Follow a recipe to make a healthy sandwich
  • Cut food safely and weigh ingredients

PE

PE will be taught on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. Please wear PE kits for school on these days and no jewellery.

Tuesday – Athletics - Mr. Sigley

Wednesday – Cricket (outdoor kits please)

RE

  • In RE we will be learning about the important seasons in the Liturgical year - Easter and Pentecost.
  • We will also be following the RSE programme – Life to the Full.

Year 2 Newsletter - Summer 2022

 

Spring 2022

The children will learn through a range of lessons dedicated to each specific subject covered in the National Curriculum. Here is a taster of just a few of the exciting things we will be learning about this term:

In our exciting Maths lessons we will be learning:

  • Multiplication and Division
  • Statistics
  • Fractions
  • Working with money
  • Shape and measures

In English lessons we will be reading a wide variety of texts and we will explore several different genres of writing including:

  • Postcards and Letters
  • Instructions
  • Story setting and description
  • Poetry
  • A large focus will be upon Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Vocabulary

Our class author in Year 2 is Judith Kerr and we will enjoy reading more of her novels during this term!

In R.E. lessons we will continue our spiritual journey growing closer to God through the themes of:

  • - Parables & miracles
  • - Special celebrations
  • - Lent
  • - Holy Week
  • - Easter

We will also learn more about our class Saint – Saint Francis and his love and care for God’s creation.

In our exciting Science lessons we will be learning all about Materials, we will:

  • Identify different materials & investigate their properties.
  • Identify natural and human-made materials.
  • Compare the suitability of materials and identify materials which are waterproof

We will conduct scientific investigations including:

  • Melting and moulding— Do some materials change shape when heated?
  • Which ball is the bounciest?
  • Which fabric stretches the most?
  • Which is the strongest paper?

In History lessons we will:

  • Compare toys from different times.
  • Identify similarities and differences, explain how and why toys have changed over time
  • Know that children’s lives today are different to those of children a long time ago.
  • Ask questions about the past

In Geography lessons we will:

  • Know the names of and locate the seven continents of the world.
  • Know the names of and locate the five oceans of the world.
  • Compare Ampe in Ghana with a place in the UK
  • Identify where toys are made around the world.

In computing lessons we will learn to:

  • Stay safe when using the internet
  • Program a robot to do a particular task
  • Predict the outcome of a program
  • Identify a problem in a program and debug

In art lessons the children will:

  • Observe and recreate the work of our class artist Clarice Cliff
  • Observe and produce images in the same style as Andy Warhol
  • Work in clay to make a coil pot and add decoration

In design and technology lessons we will:

  • Design and make a textile product — A puppet
  • Develop and improve sewing skills.
  • Design and make an Easter nest
  • Evaluate a finished product and say what went well and identify what could be improved.

In our P.E. lessons we will understand the importance of health related exercise exploring different ways of keeping our body healthy through exercise.

We will work to improve skills in gymnastics and Multi-skills.

Year 2 Newsletter - Spring 2022

Autumn 2021

 

The children will learn through a range of lessons dedicated to each specific subject covered in the National Curriculum. Here is a taster of just a few of the exciting things we will be learning about this term:

In our exciting Maths lessons we will be learning:

  • Number: Place Value
  • Number: Addition and Subtraction
  • Number: Multiplication and Division
  • Geometry: Money
  • Geometry: Properties of Shape

In English lessons we will be reading a wide variety of texts and we will explore several different genres of writing including:

  • Diary entries
  • Recounts
  • Character descriptions
  • Nonsense poetry
  • Traditional stories
  • Classic poetry
  • Instructions

A large focus will be on handwriting, Punctuation, Grammar and Vocabulary

Our class author in Year 2 is Judith Kerr and we will enjoy reading a selection of her animal stories during this term!

In R.E. lessons we will grow closer to God through the themes of:

  • Old testament stories and prayers
  • Sharing in the life of Jesus
  • Parables and Miracles
  • Advent
  • Christmas

We will learn about our class saint – St Francis of Assisi

Our exciting Science lessons will focus on Living Things and Their Habitats.

We will learn about:

  • Comparison of things which are living, dead or have never been alive
  • Habitats and Microhabitats
  • World habitats
  • Food chains
  • Classification of animals including rainforest and polar animals
  • Ocean habitats
  • Water pollution
  • Endangered animals

In History lessons we will be focusing on who were the great explorers?

We will learn about:

  • Christopher Columbus
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Battuta
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Edward John Smith

Our Geography lessons this term will focus on:

  • UK capital cities
  • Human & Physical features e.g. coast, mountains
  • World – 7 continents & 5 oceans

In Computing lessons the children will learn about how to stay safe when using the internet.

We will learn to:

  • Program a robot to do a task.
  • Identify where a program goes wrong and be able to debug it.
  • Predict the outcome of my algorithm

In Art lessons the children will:

  • Observe the work of our class artist Clarice Cliff.
  • Know how to mix paint to create all the secondary colours
  • Create tints with paint by adding white and know how to create tones with paint by adding black.

In Design and Technology lessons we will be making a product with mechanical moving wheels. We will design, make and evaluate a moving vehicle and be able to suggest improvements which could be made to the original design.

We will also design and make a food product eg sangria / pizza

We will focus on skills of:

  • Cutting food safely
  • Weighing ingredients

In our P.E. lessons we will:

  • Understand the importance of health related exercise.
  • Create and perform a 4 part routine set to music in dance.
  • Work to improve our skills of co-ordination and stamina in football.
  • Practice swimming skills.

Year 2 Autumn 2021 Class Newsletter