Welcome to Year 2
Welcome to the Spring Term!
Welcome to another exciting term of learning!
Our main topic has a history focus. We are building on the concept of 'Society' and 'Economy'. The main topic is 'The Great Fire of London and our big question is "How did the Great Fire of London impact on modern day London?" We are hoping that the children will enjoy learning about this interesting historical event and make links to modern day society.
The Year 2 Teachers and Teaching Assistants remain the same:
- Miss Glover will be teaching 2AG.
- Mr Kowalski and Miss Byrne will be teaching 2KB. Miss Byrne will be teaching on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and Mr Kowalski will be teaching on a Wednesday morning, Thursday and Friday.
- Mrs Rich (our Reading Teacher) will be teaching on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Year 2 Teaching Assistants, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Foster, will be working with both classes across the week and Mrs Smith (Teaching Assistant) will be working in Year 2 on a Friday.
Underpinning all of our learning and time together is our school values. They are also linked to our Class Dojo rewards. We will learn about and celebrate examples of each value daily.
Our Values this term are:
This term we will continue to develop our phonics and early reading skills. We will practise reading every day so that we become fluent at reading. Our teachers will help us to be fluent by echo and choral reading with us. Echo reading means that our teacher will read a sentence and then we copy. Choral reading means we all read together, including the teachers! We will begin to answer questions by learning about the 6 reading comprehension skills. We remember them by saying VIPERS: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieval, Sequencing.
In writing, we will use the stories written by Dr Seuss as inspiration. The main story we will use will be The Lorax. The main character in the story has a flaw and the plot is dictated by this; it is also set in a familiar setting - the forest. We will consider how the personality traits of a main character can affect the plot of a story. We will learn how to write stories that will engage the reader and allow them to see how a character can develop and change as the story progresses. We will also use what we learn about The Great Fire of London to help us write our own diary entries based on those written by Samuel Pepys in 1666. Following on from this will be a unit on descriptive poetry.
Our class story this term is The Nightzookeeper. We have chosen this story as it is exciting and filled with adventure. The main character is called Will and the story follows the adventures he and his friends go on in the Night Zoo.
We will continue to learn all the spelling as detailed in the Appendix below.
As Mathematicians, we will continue to deepen our understanding of the four calculations. We will learn to recognise British currency and will add amounts of pounds and pence using coins and notes. We will learn about how fractions are equal parts of a whole amount and how to solve problems involving fractions. We will also learn about recording data in a variety of ways, including using block diagrams.
We will continue to learn mental methods to calculate with more efficiency; and we will apply this learning to a range of contexts.
We will also continue to use Numbots and Times Table Rockstars. This will help us to practise the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
As Scientists, we will look closely at the world around us and the materials that we use. We will explore the properties of materials and think about how these properties are vital when making decisions about which materials to use for different purposes.
We will develop our investigative skills and conduct experiments that will help us to further understand the properties of different materials.
History and Geography
As Historians, we will learn about the Great Fire of London. Throughout this learning we will unpick what happened on each of the days of this important Event. We will also look at the causes of the fire and how hard it was for the citizens of London to extinguish at that time. We will learn about the impact the fire had the lessons that were learnt.
As geographers we will revise our learning about the United Kingdom. We will embed our understanding of the countries that make up the United Kingdom and the capitals within each of these countries. We will also practise the skill of locating these on maps.
As Artists, we are going to be continuing to explore the use of colour for effect. We will be creating paintings based on the work by Stephanie Peters.
Homework will be given out on a Tuesday. Homework activities will be posted on Teams but you can also request a paper copy, if that is more suitable.
Spellings will be sent out for the term. Quizzes will take place each Friday.
Reading books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays as a minimum. Please ensure your child brings their book to school everyday, even if you haven't read at home. We will be reading in school everyday.
Times Table Rockstars (TTRS) and Numbots
To help your child with their times tables and number facts, your child has access to TTRS and Numbots. This is a web-based program that will help with number fact recall and times table facts. It is so much fun! If you need help with logging on, contact your child's class teacher and they will be able to help you.
PE is on Thursdays. Please ensure your child has their kit in school for this day. Every child has their own peg so they can keep their kit in school for the week/term should you wish.