Welcome to Year 2
Miss Simmons & Miss Walker
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are coming back to school ready and a fun-filled half term of learning!
This half term
Our theme this term is called ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’ This is a science and design and technology focused theme and children will continue to learn all about different materials as well as beginning to learn about forces. We will be designing and making different methods of transport, learning about recycling and making some recycled artwork.
In English the children will be basing our learning on Mrs Armitage on Wheels and other books by the same author. We will be learning to use exclamations in our writing, using conjunctions and adverbials to extend our sentences. We will be continuing to learn about how stories are constructed and will be using story mapping to help us plan and shape a story before we write.
In Maths we will be completing three units of learning; telling the time, working with fractions and using regrouping for addition and subtraction. Children will explore how many hours are in one day and how many minutes are in one house. They will compare and sequence events and will become confident at telling the time to quarter to and part the hour. They will work on recognising, finding, naming and writing fractions of a line, shape, object and quantity, and finally, they will build on their mental addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers and will learn strategies to help them with bridging a ten.
We will be beginning our focus on reading based on 'Mrs Armitage on Wheels' but we will be using this as a jumping off point to be thinking about different authors. We will be looking at a few books by famous authors and beginning to make our own opinions and judgements. Children will begin to be able to discuss their favourite authors of genre of books. We will also be focussing 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.
We have a 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. 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 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.