Welcome to Year 2
Miss Simmons & Mrs Brogden
We hope you are excited about all of the learning we will be doing in this second half term.
This half term
Our theme this term is called ‘Fire! Fire!’ This is a history focused theme and children will learn all about the Great Fire of London. We will learn about what life was like in 1666, the events of the great fire, and what happened afterwards towards rebuilding London. We will be thinking hard about whether it was a good or bad event in history.
A busy half term for English – the children will be learning about: information texts, looking at the different features of an information text such as a contents page, title, subheading, picture and caption. They will also be writing learning about the diary of Samuel Pepys and writing their own diaries. The skills we will be focussing on are using contractions such as it’s, don’t, didn’t, adding suffixes to root words such as –s, -es, -ing, -ed, -ly and we will be beginning to write in paragraphs.
In Maths we will be focussing on measuring, understanding appropriate units of measure (cm, m); comparing and ordering and reading scales to 100. We will also be learning about graphs, constructing tables, tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams. We will also be comparing data. Finally, we will begin learning about multiplications and division by 2, 5, and 10 using concrete, pictorial and written methods.
For our class books this half term we will be looking at a variety of fiction and non-fiction books around the Great Fire of London, in particular ‘The Great Fire of London Anniversary Edition’. For our class reader we will be reading a David Walliams book ‘The Midnight Gang’ altogether, before moving onto one of the Flat Stanley series. We will, of course, share lots of other, exciting books as a class on a daily basis.
Your child will have a reading book from the Key Stage 1 Library, which must be in school every day. There are many opportunities for reading with teachers during the school day so it is important that children do have a book and their reading record in school. You should read with your child as often as possible during the week at home, we expect that you will write in your child’s reading record at least 3 times a week, this is especially important in year 2. Children will get a sticker for their bookmarks each week if they have 3 reads, and will receive a certificate when they have 3 stickers. A special visit from Mrs Davidson happens when your child has 9 stickers.
For spellings, children should practise the rules which we are learning in class, which will be sent home on a Friday. Each week we pick 6 ‘speed spell’ words to practise at home. These will be on our weekly letter, and are usually ‘tricky’ words.
For maths, children have Schofield and Sims books which will be collected in and marked every Monday.
There will also be a reading grid sent home with different tasks on, we ask that you choose 6 tasks to complete with your child, these will be collected at the end of every half term.
PE is currently timetabled for Thursdays and Fridays but children should have their kit in school everyday. The children will continue to take part in Forest Schools, which happens on a Friday as one of our PE sessions. For this, children will need a waterproof coat, wellies, and either water proof trousers, or trousers that you don’t mind getting muddy/wet.
Resources are all provided for Year 2 children, they do not have to bring in a pencil case. They may use their own colouring pencils or felt tips for some art lessons, but children must keep any pencil cases that they bring in, in their bag or tray for most of the day.
Thank you for your continued support.
If you have any questions regarding any of the information above or regarding your child’s learning and progress, please do not hesitate to pop in and see me at the end of the day or alternatively make an appointment with the office.