Welcome to Year 2D!
Autumn 2 2019
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely half term break and a well deserved rest with your family and friends. The children have settled into their new class really well and are ready to have a fun filled year 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
This term we will be exploring many different texts and genres such as 'Bog Baby' and 'Dear Dinosaur'. We will be learning to sequence and write simple narratives as well as drafting and editing our own writing. We will also be writing a short letter to the Queen about our views of The Great Fire of London and who was to blame. We will be reinforcing 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 exciting and interesting for the reader!
In our guided reading sessions we will be continuing using our 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 'predict' and 'retrieve' information when answering questions about a text.
We will continue with adding and subtracting numbers up to 3 digits at the start of this half term; using practical equipment to help us and different formal methods. We will also learn about money this half term and will use our knowledge from Year 1 to help us begin to add different amounts if money using our previously learnt formal methods. 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 to work more formally with multiplication and division.
Topic- The Great Fire of London
This half term our topic is ‘The Great Fire of London’, where we will develop our historical skills about the 1600s and modern day. We will use our geographical skills from last term to locate London on a map and learn all about Stuart London. We will take note of the houses and create charcoal houses in our art lessons. We will also sequence events from around the time of the fire and will also look closely at the events of the fire and how and why the fire spread. We will use our research and knowledge of the fire to help us compare and contrast to the recent tragedy of Grenfell tower fire. The children will also write a letter to the Queen recalling the events in 1666 explaining who they think was to blame and why.
In our Religion lessons this half term, we will be learning about 'Baptism'. We will be exploring different experiences of being welcomed into new situations and groups. We will focus on the faith in our community and will also be creating a Nativity for parents at the end of term to celebrate Christmas.
In Science we will be continuing to learn all about animals and their different habitats. We will focus more this half term and humans, their bodies and we can keep them healthy by eating a balanced diet. We will also explore animals eating habits and learn what the words, omnivore, herbivore and carnivore means and where different animals lie on the food chain and what job they play.
Dates for your diaries.....
School reopens- 4th November
Anti-bullying week- 11th November
Nativity- 11th December
Christmas dinner and party- 16th December
House day- 19th December
School closes- 20th December
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...