Year 2


Welcome back to the New Year! We hope you had a restful Christmas break and your children are ready for a busy year ahead. We are looking forward to continuing to work with you and your children, and we know that we will have a brilliant year together. At Trent, we recognise that your child’s success is often attributed to tremendous commitment from the whole family team – thank you in advance for your continuous support.  

This letter is for your information, outlining the learning taking place in Year 2 this term. 

Throughout the spring term, we will be covering the following:

Autumn 1st Half Term TopicTowers, Turrets and Tunnels

Subject

Learning taking place at school 

Links to previous learning to use as discussion points at home 

Additional ideas to support your child at home

Project – history, geography, art, DT and computing

For our first topic (Towers, Turrets and Tunnels) we will be: researching more about Isambard Kingdom Brunel in history, sketching bridges using 3 grades of pencil in art, locating famous castles/ palaces in different continents and looking at how jobs vary in different locations in geography. 

For our second topic this term (Muck, Mess and Mixtures) we will be: researching more on the history medical influences of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, making a clay pot to hold medicine and investigating different materials and their suitability.

In Computing we will be learning more about online safety, drawing bridges using Jit and spelling rules using Barefoot Computing.

Year 1 topic – Bright Lights, Big City

Year 1 topic Superheroes – Mary Seacole and Rosa Parks

Reception – The mud kitchen

Reception – Timelines 

Reception – Fairytales – The Three Little Pigs 

Children should be able to carry out individual research and project work to develop understanding in areas of interest to them.

Here are some websites we will be using in lessons to support our learning. Children can also use these at home to really underpin their learning. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/true-stories-isambard-kingdom-brunel/zjrtvk7

(this is a website with more information on Isambard Kingdom Brunel)

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkrkscw

(this is a website on key monarchs and leaders for KS1)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/true-stories-florence-nightingale/z68fcqt

(this is a website with more information on Florence Nightingale)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zns9nrd/articles/zjsxcqt

(this is a website with more information on Mary Seacole)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p

(this website has a range of subjects and activities to explore for KS1 learning)

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/map-skills

(this website is brilliant for children to practice their OS map reading skills)

English – writing and SPaG

Throughout this first term, we will be focusing on two main books to support our literacy lessons: The Kiss that Missed by David Melling and The Three Little Pigs by Nicole Baxter.

In the second term, we will be focusing our literacy lessons on the novel, George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl. 

Throughout these books we will be learning to write traditional tales, recounts, character profiles, setting descriptions, instructions and story maps.

Spellings

Spelling is an essential part of the National Curriculum. We will be exploring and learning about homophones, spelling rules for different sounds and common exception words for Year 2

Reception – Fairytales – The Three Little Pigs

Please discuss the learning from the current topic with your child and ask them what their writing targets are.  Encourage use of a dictionary during home learning. 

Please continue to help your child practice the Year 1 and 2 common exception spellings. Please also support your child to develop a consistent joined up cursive handwriting style. 

Please encourage your child to write as much as possible at home with any opportunity such as writing a diary, a recount of their day/ weekend/ holiday, writing narratives, creating a newspaper report, writing character and setting descriptions. Encourage your child to: write in full sentences, use different sentence types (statements, commands, exclamations and questions), use subordinating and coordinating conjunctions, time connectives, expanded noun phrases, adverbs and different sentence starters to make their writing more descriptive.

The KS1 CGP SPaG book is a great place to start preparing your child for SATs style questions.

 

Reading

In reading, we will focusing more on comprehension. We still have a large focus on pace and fluency of reading.

 

Please ask your children questions on the books they are reading at home. Ask them a mixture of inference (using evidence from the book to suggest an answer) and deduction questions (using evidence from the book to provide the correct answer). 

Please support your child in completing their reading journals and by signing off their reading challenges for books read at home. Try to ensure that your child maintains their reading habit (at least 20 minutes every day is advisable for this age group). If your child has not read for two nights in a row and had their journal signed, they will miss part of their playtime to consolidate this skill.

The KS1 CGP Comprehension book is a great place to start preparing your child for SATs style questions.

 

Maths

Maths will follow the National Curriculum Year 2 objectives. This first half term we will be covering money, multiplication and division.

In the second half term we will be covering properties of shape, fractions and measurement

 

Please support your child by them helping you in shops purchasing items, asking them questions such as: what is the total amount of money required for these items? If I have X amount to buy and I have Y amount of money, how much change will I get? Can they count up in 2p’s, 5p’s, 10p’s and 20p’s. 

You could hand your child different amounts of money and see if they can count different amounts of pennies and pounds together. You could set up a pretend shop with them. This is a great way for your child to get use to counting money and working out change.

Please continue to work on counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s. 

Please support the strategies we use for multiplication, division and fractions, these will be shown in their homework when we reach that module.

Familiarise your child to different 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. Can they use the key words: faces, sides, edges, vertices and corners to start describing different shapes?

For measurement, please start encouraging your child to read the time as much as possible to the nearest 15 minutes and the nearest 5 minutes. Please also encourage them to read different scales from mearing length and width using a ruler to weighing flour on scales.

The KS1 CGP Mathematics book is a great place to start preparing your child for SATs style questions.

Science

In Science, we will learn about ‘Living things and their habitats’ and ‘Everyday materials’. These will be linked to our topics by looking at food chains, suitable materials to build the three little pigs’ houses and materials to hold George’s marvelous medicine.

Year 1 – Animals

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv

(this is a website with more information on living things and their habitats)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrssgk7

(this is a website with more information on everyday materials)

RE

We will be following the New Diocesan Syllabus for Religious Education.

 

During the first half term we will be learning about Judaism. We will be exploring the question ‘What does it mean to be a Jew?’

 

After half term, we will be learning more about Christianity.   We will be exploring the questions ‘What is the story of Noah really about?’ and ‘How do Easter symbols help us to understand the true meaning of Easter?’ 

 

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqbw2hv/resources/1

(this is a website with more information on Judaism)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zdykjxs/resources/1

(this is a website with more information on Christianity)

 

PSCHE

In the first half term we will be looking at developing confidence: knowing what makes us unique, what we are good at, how to talk about feelings, increasing independence/ responsibility and learning from experiences.

In the second half term we will be learning about economic wellbeing: describing where money comes from, understanding why we need to work to earn money when we are older, having economic decisions, learning how to keep money safe and saving money.

 

You can support your child by discussing topics covered in these sessions on a regular basis. Have regular discussion with your child about how they are feeling and what makes them unique, why we celebrate differences, why increasing independence and responsibility is importance as we grow older and discussions about economic wellbeing.

 

French

The children will receive a specialist French lesson each week. They will be revising and adding to their vocabulary including links to the Creative Curriculum topic.  This term the children will be learning about traditional tales followed by colours.

 

You can support your child by discussing lessons and topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

Music

Spring 1: Pupils will develop their understanding of pulse and rhythm through performing a range of songs and pieces.

Pupils will be introduced to a range of different musical instruments, and pitch, tempo and dynamics.

 

Spring 2: Pupils will develop their understanding of pitch through performing a wide range of repertoire. They will follow a range of musical score to performing pieces on tuned percussion instruments such as xylophones.

 

You can support your child by discussing lessons and topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

PE

In their indoor PE lessons, they will be looking at different genres of dance, focusing mainly on African dance styles from different areas, and looking at popular styles such as African Gumboot dance. This unit looks at call and response in dance and syncopated rhythms, as well as traditional dance moves.

 

On PE days, children should come to school dressed in their PE kit (yellow Trent t-shirt, green tracksuit bottoms or shorts, green jumper and plain black or white trainers). No change of uniform needed.

Homework

Home learning will be set on a Friday and will usually consist of a piece of Maths, English and either a Science, Topic or comprehension. Mental Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar activities may also be included. Home Learning is due in on a Wednesday.  Please encourage your child to get into the routine of returning home learning on time as this will help encourage positive work habits and independence. We would be grateful if you could ensure your child’s home learning is checked before it is returned. Children who do not complete and hand in homework on Wednesday will be required to stay in Thursday or Friday to complete this. It is essential that your child completes all home-learning set and presents their work to the highest standard.

Reading

Your child will continue to benefit from group and guided reading at school. Please make sure your child reads every night for at least 15-20 minutes. Currently your child has a reading journal which should be signed each day by an adult at home. Please feel free to leave a comment if you wish. Please note as above, if your child does not read for two nights they will be asked to stay in during part of their break time to read.

Equipment

Thank you to all who have bought the school pencil case containing the equipment your child will need for this year. The children have already shown responsibility in looking after their own equipment, however if items need replacing, we would be grateful if you could support us in this. The items your Year 2 child will need are: a clear pencil case, a pencil, a rigid 30cm ruler, a sharpener, a glue stick, a whiteboard pen, purple pen, yellow highlighter and a whiteboard rubber. This can all be purchased from School Money.

As the children are in KS1, fruit is provided at breaktime. If you would prefer to provide your child with fruit or vegetables for breaktime from home, please bring them in labelled with your child’s name and we will have a bowl for them to place their snack in, ready for them to collect at break time. Please provide your child with a water bottle every day. 

Wet Play 

If your child would like to bring in an activity book to keep in their tray for use during wet play there are more than welcome to do so. 

Behaviour Policy 

The Behaviour Policy has been clearly explained to all the children across the school. They understand the standard of behaviour expected of them and are responding positively. In Year 2, we will be encouraging and recognising positive behaviour by rewarding children who try incredibly hard in a variety of ways.

Home Time

If anyone else is collecting your child, please do either let us know in the morning or call the school office. If we have not been told that anyone else is collecting your child we will not let them go at the end of the day even if it is with a parent in the class.

Dates for your diary (assemblies, trips, workshops etc):

Wednesday 15th January – Year 2 school trip to Bruce Castle

Friday 17th January at 9am – Year 2 Curriculum Information Meeting

Wednesday 22nd January – Year 2/3 school trip to Southgate Progressive Synagogue

Tuesday 11th February (15:30-18:00) and Wednesday 12th February (17:00-19:30) – Parent consultations

Friday 20th March at 9am – Year 2 Class Assembly 

Next term for one of our Wow Events for our topic Muck, Mess and Mixtures, the School PTA have very kindly offered to help provide resources for a pottery painting session at school to help reduce costs for this wow event. This will cost £3 per child. More information on this is to follow.

We look forward to working with you this term; thank you in advance for your support and dedication. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Best Wishes,

Miss Wheeler and Miss Bazzoni

Here you will find the Year 2 Topics Overview

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