Spring Term 2021 – Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter
Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring Term in Year 2.
Our English work will be based around our topic this term which is ‘Lighthouses’. Next week we will start our work on the text ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by Ronda and David Armitage. We will get into role as various characters from the story and we will act out scenes and use the Pic Collage app to document our learning. We will also learn about instruction texts and write our own instructions explaining how to make a sandwich. We will continue with this text over the coming weeks and we will write explanation texts, letters and create posters. The unit of work will culminate with your child writing their own ‘Lighthouse Keeper’ story which they will ‘publish’. We are also going to learn about Grace Darling and write a recount and diary entry. We will be using our IT skills to create non-fiction e-books about lighthouses. Towards the 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 your child will continue to read a varied range of reading material. They will continue to bring home reading books on a weekly basis. You should read with your child for approximately 15 minutes each day. Next week we will be testing your child on all the Year 1 and 2 common exception words and high frequency words. The spellings your child knows 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:
measuring mass and length
word problems involving the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
2D and 3D shapes
We are continuing to focus heavily on instant recall on number facts and fast mental maths. Any work you can do at home to support this would be greatly appreciated.
In this unit the children will learn about the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene. They will find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air) and will consider what humans need to live. Your child will identify different foods and classify some of the foods that humans eat by plant or animal origins. They will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and they will identify and name different sources of food. They will use ideas about feeding and exercise to learn about ways we need to look after ourselves to stay healthy. They will 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.
In IT, 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 our understanding and use of Pic Collage and will use it across the curriculum as well as introducing ‘Book Creator’ and the ‘Art Set’ apps. We will also use a variety 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 their understanding of chronology by using timelines and making comparisons between old and new forms of transport. The unit focuses on the early travel methods of the Vikings, through to the invention of cars, trains and aeroplanes. It also looks at significant individuals such as George Stephenson and the Wright brothers. When learning about lighthouses we will focus on physical geography and the geographical vocabulary associated with coasts.
In PE this term your child will be focusing on dance and net games. In games they will further develop the basic skills needed for net games such as, hand-eye coordination, racket skills, sending/receiving and body position, as well as developing 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.
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.
PE: Tuesday and Friday
Spellings: Set on Monday and assessed on Friday
Homework: Set on a Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday.
Please ensure that your child has their winter coat in 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.
Year 2 Team
Ms Byrne Mrs Chappell-Jenkins Mrs Christopher