Year Two

January 2021 


Dear Parents 


Spring Term 2021Year 2Curriculum Newsletter 


Happy New Year and welcome tothe Spring Term inYear 2. 


English/Cross Curricular 

Our English work will be based around ourtopicthis term which is ‘Lighthouses’.  Nextweek wewill start our work onthe textThe Lighthouse Keepers Lunchby Ronda and David Armitage. We will get into role as various characters from the story andwe will act out scenesand use the Pic Collage app to document our learning. We will alsolearn about instruction texts and write our own instructionsexplaining howto make a sandwich. We will continue with this textover the coming weeks and we willwriteexplanation texts, letters and createposters. The unit of work will culminate withyourchildwriting their own Lighthouse Keeper story whichtheywill publish.   Wearealso going to learn about Grace Darling and write arecount and diary entry.  We willbe using our IT skills to createnon-fictione-books about lighthouses. Towardsthe end of term, we are hoping to visit St Catherine’s lifeboat station and produce a recount and a non-fiction booklet about the RNLI. We will also do a small unit on poetry focusing on the seashore and the use of descriptive language. 


Through our ‘Guided Reading’ sessions yourchild will continue to read a varied range of reading material.  They will continue to bring home reading books on a weekly basis.Youshould readwith yourchildfor approximately 15 minutes each day.   Next week wewill be testing your childon all the Year 1 and 2 common exception words and high frequency words.  Thespellings your childknows will be highlighted yellow in the front of their spelling book and the words not highlighted are the words they need further work on.To meet year group expectations your child will need to be able to spell these words correctly by the end of Year 2.   



This term in mathematics we are concentrating on: 

  • measuringmass and length 

  • word problems involving the four operations (addition, subtraction,multiplication  and division) 

  • money 

  • 2D and 3D shapes 

We are continuing to focus heavily on instant recall on number facts and fast mentalmaths.  Any work you can do at home to support this would be greatly appreciated. 



In this unitthechildrenwill learn about theimportance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene. They willfindout about and describethe basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air) and will consider what humans need to live.Your childwill identifydifferent foods andclassifysome of the foods that humans eatby plant or animal origins. They willdescribe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, andthey willidentify and name different sources of food. They will use ideas about feeding and exercise to learn about ways we need to look after ourselvesto stay healthy.Theywill also have opportunities to consider ways in which science is relevant to their personal health and to relate science to aspects of their everyday life (food, exercise, hygiene), and to recognise and control hazards and risks to themselves.Children will work scientifically by using observable features and research to identify and classify foods into those of plant or animal origin. They will ask questions and use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to their questions. 



InIT, we are using programs to learn the basics of coding and will be exploring a range of IT resources to enhance learning. We will continue to develop ourunderstandingand use ofPic Collageand will use itacross the curriculum as well as introducing Book Creator’ and the ‘Art Set’apps.  We will also use avariety of websites to research our topics and support our learning. 



This term our focus is ‘Travel and Transport’ and through this unit we will learn about the development of travel and transport throughout history.The children will consolidate theirunderstanding of chronologybyusing timelines and making comparisons between old and new forms of transport. The unit focuses ontheearly travel methods of the Vikings, through to the invention of cars, trains and aeroplanes. It also looks atsignificant individualssuch asGeorge Stephenson and the Wright brothers. When learning about lighthouses we will focus on physical geography and the geographical vocabulary associated with coasts.    



In PEthis term yourchild will be focusing ondance and netgames.  In gamesthey will further develop the basic skills needed for net games such as, hand-eye coordination, racket skills, sending/receiving and body position,aswell asdeveloping their awareness and understanding of games, space, positions, rules, tactics and strategies.  In dance they will be aiming to perform body actions with control and co-ordination and choose movements that express an idea, mood or feeling. They will learn to link actions and remember and repeat dance phrases. 



This term music is still under the restrictions imposed on us due to Covid which means that singing is not allowed. The focus this term will be on “pitch” – learning what this means and using the instruments to explore high and low sounds. We will listen to recorded music and discuss the range of sounds and use the tuned percussion instruments to learn simple accompaniments. We will continue to learn about rhythm notation such as crotchets and quavers and extend this to include minims and rest symbols. 


Art/Design Technology 

Your child is going to be using a range of materials creatively to design and make products.  We are going to make fruit kebabs in DT. In Art we are going to be explore a wide range of techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space, starting with mixed media lighthouse pictures.  We will also be working with clay to create diva lamps. 


Useful information: 

  • PE:Tuesday and Friday 

  • Spellings: Set on Monday and assessed on Friday 

  • Library: Friday 

  • Homework: Set on a Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday.    


Please ensure that your child has theirwinter coatin school every day, including PE days and that all gloves, hats and scarves are named. 


Thank you for your continued support.  As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Kind regards 


Year 2 Team 


Ms Byrne            MrsChappell-Jenkins         MrsChristopher