Year 2 – Summer Newsletter 2023
Welcome back, we hope everyone had a good break and we are looking forward to the new term of learning.
Throughout the term we will continue to develop our information writing skills in English and other aspects of the curriculum. To further improve our narrative writing we will look at stories by the same, a film study and be creative with poetry. The children will secure their understanding and application of using full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks, commas for lists and apostrophes for contracted forms and the possessive (singular) along with expanded noun phrases to describe and specify, the present and past tenses, subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but).
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. It is important that an adult records in the reading record every time your child reads at home, whether this is a schoolbook or a home book. If your child has read to themselves, get them to tell you what they have read – these discussions should also be recorded in their reading record.
To begin the term, we will be looking at fractions, recapping addition, subtraction, multiplication and division before moving onto securing measures, statistics and geometry for year 2. We will be using a variety of equipment to help children build their practical mathematical skills to support problem solving and calculations. The children will also be developing their mathematical vocabulary to develop reasoning tasks. To assist with children’s mathematical development encourage them to handle real money and understand the value of coins and notes along with reading the time on an analogue clock, weighing, and measuring around the home for different reasons such as cooking, woodwork etc. Continue to practise the times tables and start using Times Table Rock Stars.
History and Geography
We begin the term with a Geography topic – UK City Comparison. We will focus on a city in the UK and compare it to another city in a different part of the world. We will continue to use atlases and develop our research skills as well as recalling prior learning from previous Geography topics in KS1. In History we will be exploring Monarchs with a particular focus on the periods of time when Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria reigned.
Throughout the Summer term we will be looking at Plants. In the first half of the term we will be investigating how plants grow and the second half we will focus on how plants contribute to habitats.
In computing we will be exploring animation and learning to make stop motion animation followed by exploring collecting data in information technology.
In Art children will be studying the artist Andy Goldsworthy to support our sculptor work we will also be developing our sketching skills by observing birds.
Design and Technology
In Design & Technology the children will be focusing on Textiles and learning to create templates and different methods of joining.
This term our focus will be philosophy. Our question focus will be: Why do people have different views about the idea of God?
Our PSHE learning will lead us to learn about health and wellbeing with a focus on:
- Physical health and Mental wellbeing
- Growing and changing
- Keeping safe
In Music we will be developing the skills of listening and appraising, musical activities and perform and review.
The children will continue to have PE on a Monday and Thursday this term. The children will cover yoga, net & wall, team building, striking & fielding and athletics in their PE sessions. All children must come to school in their PE kit on PE days, please check the uniform policy to ensure your child has the correct kit.
Along with listening to your child read, the children will be set spellings to learn each week. Five sets of spellings will be issued for the half term and tests will take place every Friday; please assist them with look, cover, write, check activities to consolidate their learning or an alternative method that suit your child’s way of learning. The children will have one piece of homework to complete each week or a project over a few weeks: these will be English, Maths, Science, PSHE or Topic work to help support their learning in the classroom. Spellings and homework will be sent home in learning logs – homework is due in every Wednesday unless otherwise stated.
Please ensure children do not bring any toys into school and you will be notified of when we will have show and tell.
Miss Morton & Mrs Bond