Welcome to Year 2. The teachers responsible for these classes are Mrs Dodsley and Miss Daly. They are assisted in the mornings by Mrs Heads and Mrs Cameron. This is an exciting year in your child’s school journey and forms a transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. Consequently, developing independence and maturity are central goals throughout the year. It is pleasing to see how the children develop and grow in this year group.
Throughout the year
This term we have been very excited about our history topic on famous people from the past. We have learnt about Florence Nightingale, Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London. We will be moving on to study Guy Fawkes and Neil Armstrong. In the Spring we will move on to study local history and geography and in the Summer we will learn about Africa.
the children will be able to take part in different experiences to enrich their learning. We have already had Pirate Day and have made an inspiring start to Halloween Literacy Boot Camp. Out of school activities planned for the year include trips into the local environment, the beach and the Royal Square. We will visit the zoo as part of our science curriculum the zoo and will plant seeds I outside spaces. We hope also to welcome visitors such as Safety Sam and put on some performances to demonstrate the things we have learnt throughout the year. We are planning a short dance performance at 2pm on the 11th of December in the Sports Hall and hope you will all be able to attend. We will also be presenting an assembly early next year.
Year 2 is all about gaining confidence in learning, becoming more independent and developing more mature social skills. The children are all making progress with these skills, so thank you for your support. Academic knowledge and understanding is also progressing and expectations will gradually rise as the year goes on. Please continue to support your child with homework especially if they are receiving extra work to accelerate progress. Ensuring that your child has their reading book and diary every day and that spelling folders are returned on Fridays makes our routines so much easier. Please arrange to see us should you have any queries about your child’s learning.
TERM DATES ‘18
|Spring term||Summer term||Autumn term|
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|Wednesday 3 January||Tuesday 17 April||Tuesday 4 September|
|Half term:||Half term:||Half term:|
|Monday 12 February - Friday 16 February||Monday 28 May - Friday 1 June||Monday 29 October - Friday 2 November|
|Term ends:||Term ends:||Term ends:|
|Thursday 29 March||Friday 20 July||Wednesday 19 December|
TEACHERS: Miss Daly and Mrs Dodsley
ENGLISH –In English, the children will continue to explore a range of fiction. They will read two longer, humorous stories by Joanna Nadin: The Whole Truth and Penny Dreadful and the Rat, building up their reading stamina. The children will explore poems with themes and language that are funny and engaging. They will read a range of poetry, including jokes and tongue twisters, and listening to a poem being read by the poet. They will explore alliteration, onomatopoeia, repetition and rhyme, comparing poems and responding to humour and word play. Children will be finding information and exploring the layout of explanation texts. They will also plan and write their own explanation texts.
MATHS – We will be adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers and we will be solving multiplication/division problems in context. We will be learning to find ½, 1/3, ¼, ¾ of amounts using sharing and number facts. We will continue to work on our understanding and recognition of money and solve problems including finding change. The children will also be exploring units of measurement including centimetres, centigrade, kilograms and litres.
SCIENCE – Our Science topic this term is ‘Living things and their habitats’ and the children will be investigating how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on one another. We will also consider the characteristics of living things.
ART – Our art this term will include a study of African art. We will then move on to a seashore theme looking at the artworks of Sasha Harding and local artist Jane James.
PSHE – This term we will be focussing on our relationships. We will think about the importance of family and friendships and consider how to resolve conflicts.
GEOGRAPHY – In Geography we will be learning about the continents and focussing on Kenya while developing our map skills. We will also be looking at the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.
RE – We are learning about the theme of belonging, in relation to the religion of Islam.
To consolidate and support your child’s learning please help them to complete their homework and read with them nightly. Where possible please support your child’s learning in the areas identified above.
All children will be provided with the necessary equipment e.g. pencils, rubbers etc… Please do not send your child in with a pencil case.
All children should bring in a water bottle everyday. These should only be filled with water and not juice drinks.
Lunch for Year 2 is between 12pm to 1pm. Children are given half an hour to play outside and then get a half hour to eat in their classrooms.
Children should bring in one healthy snack to have at break time.