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Year 2

 Welcome to Year 2!

Throughout the year, we are trying to become more like our Captains – Captain Reciprocity, Captain Reflective, Captain Resilience and Captain Resourceful. This half term we are trying to think carefully about all our captains and what we have learnt this year so that we can continue to make links in our learning and be awesome team mates, friends and learners.

  • P.E is on Mondays and Thursdays - please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school every day (as P.E. sessions may change days) P.E. kits include a t-shirt, a pair of shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or plimsols.
  • Book change and spelling tests are on Tuesdays, Maths ‘Superhero Times Table’ tests are on Fridays
  • Please make sure you read with your child (and record it in their reading diaries) at least 3 times a week.
  • Please make sure your child has their book bag, reading diary and their book in school every day.
  • Check our class notice boards for any other information and to see what your child is learning in class.

Dates

  • For those children attending, the Wollaton Hall overnight trip is Wednesday 13th – Thursday 14th June
  • Superhero Maths workshops will be held at 9am and 3pm on Wednesday 13th June
  • 2A’s re-scheduled Class Assembly will be on Wednesday 20th June
  • Year 2’s Alton Towers trips is on Tuesday 26th June

English:

We are starting the Summer Term by reading, writing and illustrating beautiful stories, using all the wonderful ideas from our imagination.   Later in the term, we will be finding out all about some important, famous places around Nottingham and creating fact-files about our local area.  Following this, well will be finding out all about local legend Robin Hood and writing some poetry inspired by him and the county.  We will be practicing our handwriting, phonics and spellings in class weekly.  A big focus this year will be on our handwriting where we will be persevering with correct letter formation, working towards joining our letters in a cursive form.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Talking about the sounds in different words and encouraging the children to use their phonics to decode tricky words
  • Reading regularly and recording this in their reading dairies; remember, this could by anything and is not limited to their home reading book
  • Practicing reading and writing the common exception (tricky) words for their phase – the children should have these in their reading diaries.

Maths:

In Mathematics, we will all be doing different challenges based around shape to start the term!  We’ll be revisiting how to read analogue clocks, working towards telling both ‘minutes past’ and ‘minutes to’ times in 5-minute intervals.  Towards the end of the year, well will be putting our Mathematical knowledge into practice and cooking using what we have learnt about weights, measures and time.  We are continuously learning and practising our number bonds and tables (2s, 5s and 10s) through our ‘superhero maths’ tests which are every Thursday. We will focus this year on using our mathematical knowledge to reason, thinking about different ways to solve problems and choosing the best and most efficient methods.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practising recall of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. To make it more challenging, try asking the tables in different orders, playing ‘elevens’ with the particular table or using the division facts as well.
  • Practise telling the time, talking about key vocabulary like minutes past and minutes to, how much longer till…? What time will it be in….?
  • Discussing fractions with the children and how they can be used in everyday life, share different foods and ask if they can find a half, a quarter and a third.

 Science:

In Science, we will recap the different topics we have covered this year and carry out some exploration and investigation to consolidate our learning.  During Science Week (commencing 11th June) we will be thinking about animals and their habitats, as well as food chains and adaptations.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Discussing the different types of wildlife in your garden or local park – which different animals can you spot? Can you find any clues that animals have been there?
  • Discuss animals and humans as part of a food chain

Topic:

Our topic for this half term continues to be ‘Heroes’ with ties to Robin Hood and the local area as part of the city’s ‘Hoodwinked’ celebration.  In Geography we will be exploring the local area through orienteering, as well as making maps after our visit to Alton Towers.  In History we will be finding out all about Robin, his Merry Men, local figures of historical importance and the buildings of interest in Nottingham like Wollaton Hall and the Castle.  In PSHE we will be debating where it was right for Robin to steal from the Rich and give to the poor, thinking about moral dilemmas.  In DT, we will be using our mathematical knowledge to cook up some tasty local delicacies! In music, we will create our own theme tunes for our Nottingham narratives and link this with computing by recording our compositions on the iPads.  We will be taking part in regular PE sessions every Monday and Rugby every Thursday.