Welcome to Year 2!
Year 2 have two classes:
Spain Class – Mrs Castelli
TA – Mrs Holmes
Netherlands Class – Miss Diggins
TA – Ms Warner
Key Stage 1 HLTA – Mrs Connor
Our topic this half term is: The History of Nursing
This half term we will be learning about some incredibly influential women, and how they have influenced nursing throughout history. We will learn about Florence Nightingale, and the changes she made during the Crimean War which helped to shape the cleanliness of hospitals today. We will also be learning about Edith Cavell, a nurse who trained other nurses in Belgium during WW1, while helping to save and treat men from both sides.
We will kick off our topic by thinking about what we already know about hospitals, as well as stepping back in time to speak to a very special visitor!
In Science this half term:
We are learning about Healthy Living. We will be thinking about the different ways that we can keep our bodies healthy- from what we eat and drink, to exercises that keep us strong and fit.
In Maths this half term:
We will continue to use our number work from last half term by practising addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division to help us to solve a range of problems. We will conclude learning about fractions by using what we know to solve different problems. We will also continue our investigation of measures, looking specifically at money and telling time.
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