Year 2 – Spring Newsletter 2020
Happy New Year and welcome back to Year 2. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break. Myself and the rest of the year 2 team, Mrs Barker, Mrs Abusham, Mrs Pemberton and Mrs Abrahams would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you for all the kind messages and gifts we received at the end of last term.
I hope the children are ready for all the exciting learning coming up this spring term.
Please find below an outline of the curriculum we will be focusing on throughout Spring.
We are starting the term with a focus on fiction, particularly Traditional Tales. Please take the opportunity to read as many of these kinds of stories with your child along with alternative versions, for example ‘The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig’ by Eugene Trivizas. We will of course be sharing many of these stories at school. Through exploring Traditional Tales, we will have the opportunity to develop many of the children’s writing skills. Again, through other aspects of the curriculum (science, geography, history etc.) we will be developing our non-narrative skills with information, report and instructions writing. Ensuring your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day will help their reading skills to develop along with discussions around the text read. It is just as important to read to your child regularly along with listening to audio books.
To begin the term, we will be continuing to look at multiplication and then moving onto division. Don’t forget to use Times Table Rock Stars at home, this can be access through smart phones, tablets and PC’s. Throughout the term we will develop children’s statistic knowledge, geometry (property of shapes), fractions and measures (length & height). To assist with children’s mathematical development encourage them to handle real money and understand the value of coins and notes along with reading analogue and digital time in a 12hr and 24hr format. Children will also be taking part in a weekly mental arithmetic session along with securing their fluency and reasoning & problem solving skills.
History and Geography
Our geography topic this term is ‘Weather (hot and cold)’ this will give the children the opportunity to learn about seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and the location of hot and cold areas of the world. In History our topic is ‘Explorers’ where children will learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
Throughout the Spring term we will be looking at the area of Science ‘Every day Materials.’ Children will be identifying and comparing the uses of a variety of everyday materials. They will be finding out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials may be changed.
We will continue to reinforce the importance of ‘how to stay safe online’. Children will be using the school laptops to learn how to research and find useful and trustworthy information and will continue to consolidate their word processing and keyboard skills.
Art and DT
Through our art children will be learning about hot and cold colours by developing techniques using colour and pattern for effect. DT will be linking closely with our Science and children will be testing materials to suit a particular product.
RE and PSHE
In RE, we will be considering special symbols and special words and focusing in on different religions. Our PSHE learning will ensure children will understand that household products, including medicines, can be harmful if not used properly and other aspects of keeping safe.
The children will be combining the musical elements of rhythm, pitch and pulse with singing and playing musical instruments. Children will also be considering tuned and untuned instruments and how they can be used musically.
The children will have PE on a Monday (swimming) and Wednesday afternoon. For Wednesday lesson, each child will need trainers suitable for use on the field as well as the playground and warm outer layers to be worn over their PE shorts and T-shirts. Children will be focusing on team games and multiskills.
Along with listening to your child read, the children will be set spellings to learn each week on a Friday, ready for a test on the following Wednesday; please assist them with look, cover, write, check activities to consolidate their learning or an alternative approach. The children will have one piece of homework to complete each week: either a piece of English, Maths, Science or Topic work to help support or consolidate their learning in the classroom. Please support your child to ensure that they understand what has been asked of them and that their work is clearly and neatly completed.
If you have any concerns or issues you would like to discuss regarding your child, I am available at the end of the day so please don’t hesitate to come and discuss them or ask any questions.