Spring Term 1 – 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…
Paws, Claws and Whiskers
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 a non-chronological report. On Thursday 10th January we will be visited by Lion Learners, a company that will bring a variety of animals for the children to see, touch and find out fascinating facts about. The handler, Rachael, has been running workshops within schools for ten years and will be bringing with her; a rabbit, a lizard, a giant millipede, a snake, a hissing cockroach, a giant snail and a tortoise. If you wish to discuss this further please let your Class Teacher know as soon as possible.
In our fiction writing, we will be looking at stories with recurring language and will be focussing on ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’. We will also be looking at a poem called ‘Wild Horses’ by Shelagh Bullman, discussing vocabulary, creating our own verses.
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. ! ? , “ - ”
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 problem solving using all four operations as well as continuing our work on reading measures, time and symmetry of shape. 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.
SCIENCE – This half term the children will be investigating animal habitats, animals food chains, sorting animals by specific categories, and investigating their needs.
ART – This half term we will be looking at using paint, using a variety of tools and techniques for effect as well as texture.
GEOGRAPHY – The children will be looking at and using maps, learning about the 4 countries that make up the UK and the seven continents and five oceans on a world map.
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.