Year Two

Spring Term 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring Term in Year 2.

English/Cross Curricular

Our English work will be based around our topic this term which is ‘Lighthouses’.  Last week we started our work on the text ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by Ronda and David Armitage.  We have got into role as various characters from the story and we have had fun acting out scenes and using the Pic Collage app to document our learning.  We have also learned about instruction texts and written 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’ ready for you to read at Open Day.   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 will 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 daily basis. You should read with your child for approximately 15 minutes each day.  They may keep longer books for more than one evening. This week we have tested the children on all the Year 1 and 2 common exception words and high frequency words.  We have been really pleased with the progress the children have made with this and we are grateful for the hard work people put into this over the Christmas holidays. 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:

We are continuing to focus heavily on instant recall on number facts and fast mental maths.  The maths homework of a minimum of ten minutes, three times a week on Numbots will support this. We will continue to monitor usage of Numbots and your child will automatically progress to the next level when they can answer accurately and within the time limit.  Your child will keep a progress chart in class and as they move through the levels and complete a ‘robot’ they will receive the matching sticker. Important: please don’t allow siblings, friends or family to answer for them, but do support your child if they’re stuck.


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.


Your child will be developing their sense of pitch through singing games and story songs, and will investigate how to play tunes on tuned and untuned percussion instruments.  They will learn to identify and control changes in pitch and use it expressively to create short melodic patterns in response to a stimulus.  They will sing a variety of topical songs and songs for assembly.

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 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:

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.

We look forward to sharing all of our achievements with you at the end of term during Open Day. Thank you for your continued support.  As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards

Ms Byrne       Mrs Chappell-Jenkins        Mrs Christopher