Year 2- Larch & Yew

Spring term 1 – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas. 

This term the children in Year 2 will be following a topic entitled… 

Under the Sea

We will be kicking off our topic with a WOW day on the first day back. The children will have a demonstration on how to prepare and cook fish. They will then taste various types of seafood. The children will also be sketching creatures and creating 3D papier mache models

ENGLISH

This half term there will be a focus on poetry and writing as well as looking at the use of rhyming words, we will be looking at the book Commotion in the Ocean together.  In our fiction writing, we will be looking at stories involving sea creatures, particularly the story of Finding Dory. In Non-Fiction writing there will be a focus on making fact files about what we find under the sea.

As always the key skills we concentrate on are writing in sentences, using capital letters and full stops and other punctuation, e.g. ! ? , It is also important for the children to write simple stories and non-fiction texts. 

Reading- Guided reading takes place every week.  Every day special reading activities are planned for groups of children with one group taking part in a focus Guided Reading session with the class teacher.  This group session will focus on decoding and understanding the text.  Individual reading also takes place each week. The children also participate in Whole Class Reading sessions daily which supports them in understanding a picture book in detail through discussions, role play etc.  

Home reading - Home reading continues to be an important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book because they receive rewards when they have completed them by Friday. 

Spellings and Keywords- Keywords are checked in class and always in a different order from the list. Spellings are tested weekly.   It is also part of your child’s homework to practice their key words to read and spell every day with you.         

                                                                      

MATHS - We shall be having a push on times tables.  It is very important for children to know their times tables as it comes into so many aspects of their maths work and rapid recall of the multiplication facts is what we are aiming for. Please support your child with their times tables at home, or even on the way to school!

We continue to build on the children’s previous learning. This half term they will be learning about multiplication, division, statistics and shape. There will be a focus on problem solving using all four operations. In Year 2 children will be encouraged to use jottings as a method of solving problems.

SCIENCE This half term the children will be investigating both animal and human lifecycles, as well as animal habitats, sorting animals by specific categories, and investigating their senses.

ART– This half term children will be drawing tentacles and using collage material to create different effects.

GEOGRAPHY This half term the children will be looking at and using maps, learning where the hot and cold parts of the world are and learning about the oceans of the world.

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing.

Morning Learning – Children often enjoy learning with family members therefore in a morning please encourage your child to have a go with the activity on the board outside. The class teachers will always put activities out that would hugely benefit your child so it is important that they have a go.

Homework – will be handed out every Friday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them.

As always if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please come in to arrange this, on the playground in the morning or after school

The Year 2 Team