Autumn Term 2020
Welcome to Year 2
The children have settled into their new routines well and have made an excellent transition into Year 2 and a productive start to the term. Outlined below are some details about the subjects and work we will be covering this term.
This first half of the term the children will be focusing on a cross-curricular learning theme about ‘Famous Explorers’. During this topic your child will have a range of writing opportunities that will include stories, poetry, letter writing and non-fiction factual pieces. Through the various genres of writing we will be developing our understanding of grammar, looking specifically at noun phrases, conjunctions, similes and questions. The topic will also include history elements as we learn about Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Robert Falcon Scott. In Geography we will look at the oceans and continents and where in the world the explorers went.
In the second half of the term our focus will be India. We will be creating posters on India and retelling the traditional story of Rama and Sita. We will then have an R.E. focus on Christianity and the Christmas story.
Your child will be exposed to a wide and varied range of reading materials. They will bring home reading books on a weekly basis. They should read for approximately 15 minutes each day. Your child will participate in guided reading sessions at least twice a week.
This term in mathematics we are concentrating on:
- number and place value
- addition and subtraction
- multiplication and division
- measuring length
Your child will be learning about the properties of materials. They will name, identify and hunt for everyday materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass and fabric. They will list properties of different materials and they will learn that the properties of materials are important to the object they are made from. They will identify suitable and unsuitable materials for different objects. Working scientifically, children will classify materials sorting them into groups in a variety of ways. They will use reference materials to find out some fascinating facts about a type of material. They will compare the strength of different types of materials predicting which will be the strongest. They will learn what absorbency means and explore the absorbency of different types of materials. They will examine different ways to record results and select an appropriate way to record the results of an investigation.
IT is an integral part of the children’s learning in Year Two. They will be developing their IT skills to support all areas of the curriculum. We will be using specific apps such as Pic Collage to support learning in Maths, English and Science as well as using a variety of websites to research our topics and support our learning.
In PE this term, your child will be participating in gymnastics, invasion games and physical literacy activities. In gymnastics, they will be focusing on developing different methods of travel, flight, balance and climbing, through the use of floor and apparatus work. In games, they will further develop their throwing, catching, kicking and striking skills, as well as developing their awareness and understanding of games, space, positions, rules, tactics and strategies. In physical literacy, they will work on activities which improve the confidence and competence with which they perform various fundamental movement and sports skills.
This term in music we will continue to learn about rhythm through a range of musical activities and explore the musical elements of tempo, pitch and dynamics. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions on music we are not allowed to sing at the moment, but we will use the tuned and untuned percussion instruments to explore long and short sounds. We will also use tuned percussion to play specific accompaniments and play games to improve our listening skills.
Your child is going to be using a range of materials creatively to design and make products. We are going to make number bunting in D.T. as well as learning to weave. In Art we are going to explore a wide range of techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line and shape, starting with water colour fish.
- 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
You can help by
- Helping them to learn their number bonds to 10 and 20. E.g 3+7=10 or 12+8 = 20
- Counting with your child in 2s, 5s and 10s and then 3s
- Beginning to instantly recall the times table facts for 2s, 5s and 10s, eg 6 x 5=
- Helping them learn their spellings on a nightly basis
- Helping with their homework and reading aloud daily
Please make sure that your child has their painting apron and a named bottle of water in school. When the weather gets colder please ensure that your child brings a warm coat to school.
As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Ms Byrne Mrs Chappell-Jenkins Mrs Christopher
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