Summer 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find below an overview of the topics that we will cover next half term. We hope you will find this useful.

Children will read and compare a range of well-known traditional tales and their alternative versions, before writing their own version, with a twist! They will then explore The Invisible by Tom Percival, a moving, powerful story that shines a light on those that feel invisible in our world - and shows us that we all belong. They will compare this with Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by our World Book Day author, Christian Robinson, discussing themes and ideas in both stories.
Following this, children will be writing free verse poetry and information texts about the ‘change makers’ they study in history. Following our DT unit this year, the children will write instructions teaching others how to make hand puppets as a character from a traditional tale of their choice. The children will continue to learn to join their handwriting and revise the different Year 2 spelling rules and patterns.

Children will continue to learn to tell the time, find durations of time and compare lengths of time. Please reinforce telling the time with your child at home. The children will also revise and develop many different skills they have learnt throughout the year including fractions, shapes and problem solving. Please continue to support your children at home by practising the formal methods for addition and subtraction (the column method) and the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. It is an expected standard in Year 2 for children to be able to recall these facts.

History – Change Makers
Children will be learning about famous movement makers this half term, including Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst and Martin Luther King. Children will learn about the conditions of life in a given period for different groups of people. They will also learn how people have responded to challenging circumstances and worked to change injustice.

Science – Lifecycles
Children will be learning about animal lifecycles this half term before recapping some science curriculum topics covered earlier in the year, such as habitats, materials, plants and keeping healthy. Children will be observing an insect’s lifecycle (silkworms) as they live and grow in their classrooms and will learn about the lifecycle of an amphibian (frogs).

Children will learn about food in French this half term, including a range of fruits. They will read the story La chenille qui fait des trous (The hungry caterpillar).

The children will be learning how to conduct digital research. In addition to this, they will also learn to create eBooks, linked to their science topic of lifecycles.

Children will continue learning the Ocarina to learn songs using the notes BADDGEFC and to improve their finger co-ordination. They will also learn to improvise and develop simple compositions. Art In Art this half term Year 2 will be inspired by artist and author, Faith Ringgold and her book, 'Tar Beach'. They will make a mixed media artwork, exploring painting and drawing on different surfaces. PE –

Indoor PE lessons
The class will be split into two groups of up to 15 children for their Indoor PE lessons with lessons being 30 minutes each due to hall space and distancing requirements. They will continue to have an opportunity to explore and promote their physical fitness and wellbeing through movement-based games, dance and yoga. In addition, over the term children will have an opportunity to create, devise and compose movement in response to classroom curriculum based topics and given stimuli such as music, visuals and text. Children will be encouraged and taught to share and develop the language to feedback and comment with an emphasis on team building, problem solving, communication, decision-making and actively encouraging peer learning.

Outdoor PE lessons
Children will continue to learn about personal space and how to travel safely following instructions. This will be achieved through a variety of fun and age related activities with story and action themes such as ‘their bodies’, the jungle, animals, colours and much more. Children will experience athletic training, obstacle courses, yoga, movement to music, mindfulness & wellbeing. Through interval training, athletics and circuits, we will also introduce the idea of setting personal goals and improving personal bests.

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Please ensure that your child wears appropriate P.E. kit on the correct days. As the weather is getting warmer children are encouraged to bring in a named water bottle.

Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)
Children will be learning about ‘A changing me in a changing world’. This will include relationship and sex education (RSE). A separate letter has been sent out, outlining what and how topics will be taught.

Mathletics homework will continue to be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday. SPAG homework will continue to be set once a fortnight.

Reading books
The children receive a guided reading book from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher.

Guided Reading
Thank you to the many parents that write a comment in their child’s reading record. Please use the reading record each week to inform your child’s class teacher on how your child enjoyed their guided reading book and how they progressed through it.
Please make sure that your child brings in their guided reading book and reading record each day as reading days may change. If you have any outstanding guided reading books please do bring them into school.

Healthy snacks
As Belleville is a healthy school and a nut free school, we remind you that children are provided with a piece of fruit at playtime and do not need to bring in their own snack from home.
Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 2 team
Hannah Coles 
Assistant Headteacher (KS1),
Sarah Peach
Year 2 Leader, Polly Marwick,  Hayley Williams-Macpherson,  Sam Bevan


Download the Year 2 PSCHE letter

Download the Phonics Parent Workshop

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