Welcome to Year 2!
Year 2 have two classes:
Spain Class – Mrs Johnson
TA – Mrs Holmes
Netherlands Class – Miss Diggins
TA – Ms Warner
Key Stage 1 HLTA – Mrs Connor
Our topic this half term is: Ancient Egypt
This half term we will be excavating Ancient Egypt! We will learn about the way of life of the Ancient Egyptians, the importance of the Nile and their beliefs about the Gods. We will discover all that we can learn about people of the past from the objects and artefacts they have left behind. We will be launching our new topic on Thursday 8th June, so get out your best Egyptian outfit ready to walk like an Egyptian!
In Science this half term:
We are learning about Electricity. We will be able to identify objects which use electricity and learn how we can stay safe when using electrical appliances. We will investigate how to make a circuit, predicting and testing out our ideas, explaining why they work or do not work. We will use all that we have learnt about circuits to design and make an illuminated picture.
In Maths this half term:
We will practise remembering all the number facts and knowledge we have learnt in Year 2. We will be using our reasoning skills to be able to explain our findings using mathematical language. We will be applying our knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to a variety of puzzles and problems, recording our working out in different ways. We will be calculating, measuring and understanding shape. We will be solving problems, looking at position, direction and movement, and practising telling the time.
Last term we held a Maths Workshop to provide parents with strategies to help their children with Maths at home. You will find the PowerPoint presentation below which includes these different strategies.
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 learning how to organise and structure our writing to produce whole texts – stories and information texts. 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
Support them to learn the weekly spelling rules sent home each week
– Support them to learn their times tables and division facts each week
– Support with the homework tasks and projects 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
Help your child to look up information about the different continents and oceans. Find a country that you have already visited on a world map, or find a continent that you would love to visit one day!
This Half Term’s Topic letter for parents: Year 2 topic overview – Ancient Egyptians – Summer 2
This Half Term’s Homework: Summer 2 Year 2
Read about the expectations for Year 2 children in our parent-curriculum-meeting-2016 PowerPoint.