Welcome to Year 2!
Year 2 have two classes:
Spain Class – Mrs Brydon
TA – Mrs Holmes
Netherlands Class – Miss Diggins
TA – Ms Warner
Key Stage 1 HLTA – Mrs Connor
Our topic this half term is: World War Two
This half term we will be kicking off the year with plenty of exciting experiences! For our topic hook, we will be giving children a taste of what it was like to be evacuated in the war, with children being shipped off, far and wide across the school to their new ‘families’!
We will be visiting the Portsmouth City Museum to explore artefacts from the war, and producing lots of writing in role as children from the war. We will be learning about Remembrance, and the symbolism of the poppy in our art lessons, as well as learning to ‘Make Do and Mend’, making authentic rag rugs in our DT Textiles lessons. We will learn about rationing, and how children were affected during the war.
In Science this half term:
We are learning about Everyday Materials, looking at the different uses certain materials have, and why they have been chosen for a purpose based on their properties. We will be exploring heating and cooling, and will start to use terms such as reversible and irreversible change. We will explore what happens to ice and water when it is heated and cooled.
In Maths this half term:
We will practise remembering all the number facts and knowledge we have learnt in Year 1. We will be consolidating our understanding of number and place value, representing numbers in different ways, comparing numbers and using our understanding to solve problems. We will then use our understanding to develop our written methods and problem solving for addition and subtraction.
In English this half term:
We are learning how to craft sentences across a range of genres. We are learning how to write really good sentences by saying each sentence out loud, writing it and finally reading it back to check it makes sense. We will be really concentrating on using punctuation correctly, learning new types of punctuation, and extending sentences using conjunctions. We will be adding detail to our writing through expanded noun phrases, and learning to engage our readers by using a variety of different sentence types. We will be working really hard to spell high frequency words correctly by using our word lists to check our spellings. We will be practising joining our handwriting in a neat cursive style, so that other people can read it back.
We will be sharing a wide range of books in our whole class and guided reading sessions and using these to help us with our writing, collecting any interesting vocabulary we find and checking we understand the meaning of words we read. We will be practising how to answer comprehension questions.
We will be practicing our writing skills in Topic, Science, RE and PSHE.
PE is a very important part of our curriculum. Please make sure that your child has suitable kit and sensible PE shoes in school every week otherwise they will have to wear spare kit. Earrings must be taken out or taped over.
How you can support your child at home:
– Listen to your child read at home regularly – we are now a term into our new Reading Challenge, and your child will need to read four times a week to stay on track to earn a top prize!
-Support them to learn the weekly spelling rules sent home each week (including the termly common exception words, and Year 1 words still to learn)
– Support them to learn their times tables and division facts each week
– Support with the homework tasks and projects that your child has been set
– Support / test them on their weekly “Learn Its” to help improve their mental calculations
– Support / test them on their Mental Maths challenge (blue booklet)
– Support / test them on their Spelling Bee challenge