Hello and welcome to Year 2.
Your class teachers are Mrs Park and Ms Pimenta
This half-term our theme is 'Reasons to be Cheerful'. This theme will be underpinning the learning across all subject areas.
English this half-term your child will be learning about:
‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King-Smith
This term we will be reading ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King-Smith. The children will have the opportunity to further develop their skills, including using expanded noun phrases and adverbs in their writing, using a range of punctuation and conjunctions. Using the text as a starting point, we will be writing for a range of purposes including making predictions, describing the setting, writing a persuasive letter and an instructional text on how to cross the road safely.
Reading is a big focus for Year 2, through daily RWI phonics lessons and guided reading sessions. We love reading and we always make time in class for children to share their favourite stories. We encourage parents to read for just ten minutes daily with their children and sign their reading record books so that children can earn house points in class.
In the autumn term we have been focussing on children’s place value knowledge; using manipulatives (Base 10, ten-frames, Cuisenaire rods and numicon) to support their understanding. We are moving on to addition and subtraction and applying our understanding to reasoning questions and problem solving. Later in the term we will also be completing a measurement unit on Money, including recognising coins and notes, counting and comparing money and finding the difference.
We will also be reinforcing children’s understanding of basic skills throughout the year focussing on:
In Religious Education, the topic(s): for this half-term will be:
Baptism: Children will explore the signs and symbols prevalent around us and how they help us. We will look at what happens during a baptism and the important signs and symbols used. Children will be able to identify and describe the meaning behind the different signs and symbols present during a baptism.
Science – Materials – This half-term, children will be exploring the uses of different materials and which materials can be manipulated by squashing, pulling, twisting etc. We will investigate what materials are present on our school grounds, what materials are best to make a waterproof coat and look at what materials would be most suitable for different purposes. Our Scientist this half-term is John McAdams, a Scottish engineer who invented tarmac.
Geography – Can I remember the seasons? – We will be identifying features of our local area as well as describing the different seasons in the year. We will be investigating the weather in our local area and comparing it to another part of the country. We will be looking at the four points of a compass and learning how to read weather charts and be predicting the weather. This will culminate in the children creating a video weather report showing what they’ve learned.
Art and Design – Self-Portraits – We will be investigating portraits by various artists and talking about what we think and feel about the different styles. We will experimenting with a range of drawing media and techniques to implement in our own self-portrait. Our artist hat we’ll be learning about this half-term is Andy Goldsworthy, A British sculptor who used natural materials in his work.
Computing – Design – Children will be creating their own eBook outlining their ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ using Scratch Jr and Book Creator software. We will be creating digital illustrations for our eBook and programming on-screen sprites to tell the story. Children will also be taught about the importance of keeping their passwords secure and how to create a password that is difficult to guess.
PSHE – This half-term we will be looking at what makes a good friend and how to treat our friends. We will also be looking at how to identify feelings of loneliness within ourselves and others as well as how to solve arguments in a constructive manner. As part of our Journey in Love, we will be looking at belonging to a community, which communities we belong to and how we show that we belong.
PE – Traditional Dance - Children will learn how to dance and perform folk dance moves and actions with a partner. Year 2 PE day is Tuesday.
Music – Christmas Music - Learning the song “Ho Ho Ho” by Joanna Mangona focusing on pulse, rhythm and keeping in time.