Welcome to Year 2
Miss Simmons, Miss Walker and Miss Johnson
We are really excited about all of the learning we will do this half term. We hope you're enjoying year 2 as much as we are!
This half term
Our theme this term is called ‘Where do the Bong Trees Grow’ This is a literacy focused theme and children will continue to learn all about the poem The Owl and the Pussycat. We will be learning about Edward Lear and other nonsense poems as well as creating our own Owl and the Pussycat art work.
In English the children will be basing our learning on The Owl and the Pussycat and other poems by the same author. We will also be learning about cats and owls and creating our own non-fiction writing about these. In addition we will be learning to recite the poem and will even be making our own television screens to animate the poem for an audience. We will be learning about the rhyming and rhythm and will do a short unit of work on limericks, and finally, we will be learning about fables and stories with morals.
In Maths we will be completing some work on money. Children will learn to recognise different coins, make different amounts, compare different amounts of money and consider money addition and subtraction problems within the context of paying for things and giving change. We will also be learning about shape and space. In this wide topic we will look at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, we will be learning to spot and continue patterns and we will be learning to use positional language in particular clockwise and anticlockwise turns.
We will start the half term looking mainly at poetry books, but we will also be looking at a few books by famous authors and making our own opinions and judgements. Children will continue to be able to discuss their favourite authors of genre of books. We will also be focusing on our comprehension skills and will be working on three key skills; finding and copying information from a text, inferring knowledge about characters from a text, and finally, using a text to learn new words and broaden our vocabulary.
Don't forget about our new and exciting library in Key Stage 1. Your child will be able to borrow fiction and non-fiction books as well as a book banded reading book. It is a wonderful space which we hope will really inspire the children to enjoy reading and engage with choosing a suitable book.
Your child still needs to ensure that they have their reading book 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.
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.
PE is currently timetabled for Mondays, 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. Lots of children are struggling to find their kit on a Friday so it would be really helpful if everything was labelled and put into a named bag, which should go home weekly.
Resources are all provided for Year 2 children, they should not be bringing pencil cases to school.
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.