Welcome to Year 2
We hope you have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer break. The first couple of days back to school have gone very smoothly and all your children have settled in well to their new classes. In order for you to find out more about Year 2 and meet the Year 2 team, we will be holding an informal parents meeting on Tuesday 11th September at 3.45pm at Webbs Road for 2S, 2M, 2P and 2B.This meeting will take place in 2S. On the same day, Tuesday 11th September, at 3.45pm we will hold the meeting at Meteor Street for 2SB. This meeting will take place in 2SB.
Please find below an overview of the topics that we will cover this half term. We hope you will find this useful.
Nonsense poetry based on Michael Rosen’s Book of Nonsense
Extended writing based on the text The Diary of a Killer Cat.
Non-fiction – writing a report about London.
Grammar, spelling and handwriting
In the guided reading records children will have words to learn each week. Please ensure that the children practice spelling these at home to be able to write them correctly in class the following week.
The children will begin with looking at and understanding the value of numbers to 100. They will further learn how to order and compare these numbers, as well as different ways to make these numbers. Following this, the children will explore different number patterns within 100, including counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s. Later in the half term, the children will learn about addition and subtraction within 100. They will learn different methods including counting on, use of concrete resources and pictures as well as the column method.
The science topic will be Taking Care and the children will be learning about the importance of staying healthy. They will be learning about different food types, exercise and growth.
In addition, Year 2 will be starting an ongoing topic of Our Changing World and will revisit this each half term, looking at how the animals and plants in our local habitat change throughout the year.
Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)
We have a new and improved PSCHE programme for this year and in the autumn term the theme is: ‘Understanding our feelings’. A range of feelings (e.g. happy, sad, brave, afraid, angry, calm, generous, selfish) will be explored through storybooks, poetry, roleplay and discussion activities. We will be developing children’s language to describe different feelings, how an emotion may feel in our bodies and how our feelings can link to our actions. We will also be participating in Anti-Bullying week in November and this year the theme is ‘Choose respect’.
The children will also have a weekly Circle Time session. This is a structured class discussion which helps children to understand and support each other. The children have been introduced to Sage, the Circle Time puppet, and will be sharing their ideas about a range of themes, for example: saying good things about ourselves, cooperating with others in work and play, learning from mistakes, knowing what to do if anyone is being hurt, trying to be fair, how to show we are sorry, what makes us all special.
In Geography Year 2 will be learning about why people visit London. During this unit, the children will go on a trip to central London where they will view popular landmarks from the London Eye. More information will be provided closer to the time.
The children are learning how to use the sketch book app to draw London landmarks.
The children will be learning days of the week, colours and numbers 11-20. As children learn more numbers and colours, it will enable them to start describing objects around them. They will also learn more classroom language.
Year 2 will be taught outdoor games and dance this term.
Please ensure that your child has suitable clothes and trainers for outdoor P.E. and that everything is clearly labelled. Please note if your child has P.E. period 1 or period 2 they are to come to school dressed in their P.E. uniform with their school uniform in their P.E. bags.
Each class will have P.E. on the following days:
Monday: dance with Ms Robbins (period 2)
Tuesday: outdoor games with Ms George (period 2)
Tuesday: dance with Ms Robbins
Wednesday: outdoor games with Ms Wilson (period 2)
Monday: dance with Ms Robbins
Tuesday: outdoor games with Ms George
Tuesday: dance with Ms Robbins (period 2)
Wednesday: outdoor games with Ms Wilson (period 1)
Monday: dance with Ms Robbins
Tuesday: outdoor games with Ms Wilson
This term year 2 will be exploring songs and instruments and will be learning to sing songs in unison, rounds and harmony. The children will also be learning how to add simple chord and bass accompaniments and be able to improvise/compose their own ostinato patterns and accompaniments.
Year 2 will be learning how to make a watercolour wash background for a drawing from their imagination in the style of the Spanish painter and sculptor, Joan Miro. They will then extend their ideas to design and build a sculpture inspired by Miro.
Children will be set English and Maths online homework every Wednesday and it should be completed by the following Monday. Children will also receive weekly spelling words to learn. Further information with log in details will be sent out.
The children are provided with fruit everyday as a snack for playtime. Therefore, no additional snack is needed. We encourage children to bring a small, labelled bottle of water to drink in the classroom that is separate to the drink they may have in their lunch box.
Please make sure all school uniform, including PE kit is named.
As you are aware home time is a very busy time and the playground becomes very crowded. Please ensure you tell your child’s teacher before collecting your child to avoid any confusion. At Webb’s Road we line up in the bottom playground.
Your child will have a weekly guided reading homework given on the day they read with their teacher. It is expected that they will do their reading homework before the following session. To help support your child with their reading, please hear your child read regularly and ask them questions about what they’re reading. Any comments in your child’s record regarding their progress, difficulties and discussions are welcomed. Please ensure the book is kept safely and brought in daily. Guided Reading books will be given out next week as well as reading and spelling homework.
We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the meetings.
Megan Shaw Sarah Peach Freya Miles Samuel Bevan Samantha Burst