Year Two

Summer Term 2019

Welcome to the Summer Term in Year 2
We hope you all had a relaxing Easter holiday and we are looking forward to an action packed final term in KS1.

In English we have started the term with a poetry unit based on the work we did with the poet Brian Moses. We will then be finding out about creation myths and writing our own stories based on an African myth about Anansi the spider. Later in the term we will be focusing on the great outdoors. Through drama activities we will be developing our extended writing using a range of sentence types and vocabulary. We will also be focusing on non-fiction writing looking at features of non-fiction texts and designing posters and fact sheets about pond animals and other mini beasts.

In Mathematics we will be covering 3D shape, fractions, time, volume and word problems. Please continue to focus on times tables using the Times Tables Rockstars program. If you need reminding of your log in details please do not hesitate to email your teacher.

In Science we will be exploring the school grounds and our school pond finding out about mini beasts, life cycles and habitats. Later in the term we will visit St Ouen’s Bay for a mini beast hunt, looking at the differences between the mini beasts found on the sand dunes and those found in our Forest School. More details about the trip will follow.

This term we are continuing our work on coding. We are also fortunate to have a local IT specialist teacher who is going to teach each Year 2 class for a series of three lessons on the coding program Scratch. We will also use the app ‘Sketch Nation’ to create our own minibeast themed platform games. We will continue to use IT across all curriculum areas, using apps such as ‘Pic Collage’, ‘Book Creator’, ‘Hit the Button’ and ‘Squeebles’ to further develop subject knowledge and multimedia presentation skills.

This term our focus will be a comparison of the seaside in the past and today. Living in Jersey the children are all very familiar with beach activities and we will be looking at what their grandparents or great grandparents might have done at the beach as well as what they might have worn, eaten and seen on a typical Victorian beach. In Geography we are focusing on naming and locating the other Channel Islands and the surrounding waters. We will then focus more specifically on Jersey before learning about the different climatic zones of the world. We will also be finding out about life in Africa by reading about a girl from Uganda and comparing her life with our life in Jersey.

Physical Education this term will include, cricket, rounders and athletics. We will also practise the games and races in preparation for Sports Day on 15th July.

The focus in music this term for Year 2 will be exploring the musical elements of timbre, tempo and dynamics. The children will be singing a variety of seasonal songs and playing classroom instruments to accompany these – learning specific accompaniment parts and learning the beginnings of rhythm notation. They have discussed the sound that different instruments make and will be creating their own music by combining sounds to perform in a class composition for a song called “Noah’s Ark.”

In RE we are focusing on Islam and learning to understand why Muslims visit the mosque. We are also going to learn about what happens during Hajj and explore the importance of this to Muslims.

Art/Design Technology
In Art the children will use pastels to draw pictures of spring blossom and will be looking at and recreating the work of Monet; in particular his water lily paintings. We will be using a wide range of art and design techniques and learning how to use colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space effectively. In Design Technology we will be making vehicles focusing on wheels and axles.

Useful Information:
On Thursday 18th July at 9.15am we will celebrate with our final end of KS1 assembly which will celebrate your child’s time in KS1 at JCP. This assembly will involve all children in the year group. As always please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries.
Many thanks

Ms. Byrne                                Mrs Chappell-Jenkins                          Miss De Bourcier