Summer – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 2
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fabulous break.
This term the children in Year 2 will be following a topic entitled…
This newsletter will give you some ideas as to what your child(ren) will be learning about this half term.
There will be a focus on non-chronological report writing and looking at the features of an instructional text, recount and a narrative. We will be taking influences from our topic to help inform our writing.
As always the key skills we concentrate on are writing in sentences, using capital letters and full stops and for some children paragraphs and other punctuation, e.g. ! ? , “ - ”
Reading - Guided reading takes place every day. Every day children will be taking part in either a focussed session with an adult or working on a comprehension task. Individual reading also takes place each week. We aim to hear all children as many times as possible but need your help to hear them read at home. During whole class reading lessons we are reading Georges Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and a range of other texts.
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. Remember that your child also has access to Bug Club and their log in was provided at the last parents evening. If you require this again, please speak to your child’s Class Teacher.
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 2, 5, 10 and 3 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. We will develop understanding of + - ÷ and ×. There will be a focus on reading measures, fractions and properties of 3D shapes.
As always maths in Year 2 remains a very practical activity but some children will be encouraged to use jottings as a method of solving problems.
ART – This half term we will be taking our inspiration from local buildings, drawing these from first hand observations. We will also be exploring different textures to put into our art work.
GEOGRAPHY – The children will be looking at and using maps with a focus on local maps. We will be looking at the different symbols used on maps and creating our own.
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.
Homework – Homework will be a combination of being handed out and online but all work will be expected to be completed with little rewards along the way. 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, after school is better as we will have more time to spend with you. Thank you.
The Year 2 Team.