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Welcome to Year 2D!

Spring 2 2020

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely break and a well deserved rest with your family and friends. We have a fun filled half term coming up where we will be exploring new topics and learning lots of new things!

Please see below to find out all of our topics this term, any special dates and what we are learning in each subject.

 

Class teacher : Mrs Dunn

 

English

This half term we will be exploring many different texts such as 'Jack and the Baked Beanstalk’ and we will be writing a non chronological report based on our learning in topic about Continents and Seas. We will be continuing to develop our sentences by trying to add more detail using adjectives, adverbs and a range of suffixes (less, ness, ment, ly, ed, ing). After drafting our independent writes we will be focusing on editing our writing in more depth, using our writing targets to support us.  The key skils we will be reinforcing are the use of using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and applying our phonics in our writing. We will also focus on developing the use of adjectives and various conjunctions like ‘and’, ‘because’,’ but’ and ‘so’ to make our writing more detailed and interesting for the reader!

In our guided reading sessions we will be continuing our use of carousel activities whereby the children will read with the teacher once a week, answer questions and draw inferences based on what they have read. The children will also practice their spelling, punctuation and grammar in this time and get the opportunity to explore different text types. This half term we will be focusing on the children's ability to 'summarise' and 'retrieve' information when answering questions about a text. 

 

Maths

We will continue with multiplying and dividing for the first few weeks and applying what we have learnt when solving some tricky 2 step word problems. We will also learn about 3D shapes this half term and will use our knowledge from Year 1 to help us begin to notice their properties. Each day we will be practicing our counting skills forwards and backwards from any given number, recalling one more and one less and even counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. At the end of the half term we will begin to use our counting skills and number knowledge so far to help us find a fraction of a number and shape. 

 

Topic- What a wonderful world!

This half term we will be starting our new geography topic where we will develop our mapping and locational skills to help us find out more about the United Kingdom and the different continents and seas around the world. We will use our geographical skills from last term to help us locate countries and continents on a map and learn all about different landmarks and cultures. We will choose a destination and write a postcard to a friend and plan an exciting trip from one continent to another, using our compass and directional language and knowledge of different countries to write down what we see on our journey.

 

Religion

In our Religion lessons this half term, we will be learning about 'Thanksgiving' and 'Easter'. We will be discussing why giving thanks is important and understand why we go to mass and what reconciliation is. We will visit St Cuthberts church and take part in our Easter service, helping us understand the different parts of a mass and what prayers and responses are said. 

 

Science

In Science we will be continuing our topic 'Materials' and learning all about their properties. We will be learning about everyday materials that the children will be able to recognise and their properties that make them unique. We will have the opportunity to do some experiments and test some materials to see whether they float, sink, melt, stretch etc. We will be focusing on the suitability of materials and look at the different uses of each material. 

 

Dates for your diaries.....

 

School reopens- Monday 24th February at 8:45 am

Thursday 5th March - Poetry workshops

Friday 6th March - World book day

Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th March - Parent / carer meetings 

Tuesday 17th March - Year One assembly 

Friday 20th March - Languages Cafe

Monday 23rd March - Year Two Lenten reflection 

Thursday 26th March - Year One Lenten reflection 

Tuesday 31st March - Year Two assembly 

Wednesday 8th April at 2pm - School closes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your child's learning and development in Key Stage 1 relies on your support at home. 

 

  • Your child will be given a new homework board for learning logs this half term. The children are able to choose which activity they wish to complete each week from their homework board and we ask that this is completed in their learning log and brought back to school on a Friday morning. The children will have chance to share their home learning with their peers on Friday afternoons.

  • Spelling lists will be given out half termly and the children will be tested on a Friday. By the end of KS1 all children must be able to read and spell over 200 high frequency words, so practice at home is vital. 

  • We kindly ask that you spend 5 minutes a day reading at home with your child. Frequent, short reading practice will hugely benefit your child's ability to decode words at speed. We encourage you to discuss settings, characters, character's feelings and their predictions. This will prepare your child for the reading SATs at the end of Year 2 and Phonics screening in Year 1. If you read with your child every night, please sign their reading record, this means your child will be able to win pennies to spend in our shop every Friday!

 

A few helpful reminders...

 

  • We ask that your child has their P.E. kit in school all week. Our scheduled day for P.E. is Monday and Tuesday, however, this can change at a moments notice so all children must have a P.E. kit readily available.  
  • We encourage drinking plenty of water throughout the school day so we ask that you provide your child with a named water bottle for those thirsty moments.

 

 

Please click below to view our topics throughout the year.

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