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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 be more awesome like Captain Resilience; we are working hard on managing our distractions so that we can set learning goals and work towards them. 

  • P.E is on Tuesdays - 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.
  • Please make sure you read with your child (and write it in their reading diaries) at least 3 times a week.
  • Please make sure your child has their book bag and their book in school every day.
  • Please remember to check our class notice boards for any other information and to see what your child is learning in class.
  • This half term, the children will be skating every Wednesday – please make sure they have a coat and socks for each session.

English:

In English, we have started the year by looking at ‘Lost and Found’, a book all about a penguin who meets a boy and they become friends.  We will be using the book as a basis for extended pieces of writing and drama based activities.  Our topic during Autumn is ‘Life is a journey’, so later in the term we will move on to look at some adventure stories, both fictional and real-life. We will be practicing our spellings in class weekly and these will also be sent home.  We will be practicing phonics and handwriting daily.  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
  • Asking the children questions about what they have read, before during and after reading

Maths:

In Mathematics, we will all be doing different challenges based around number, addition, subtraction and looking at multiplying groups of 2, 5 and 10. We have been recapping our number bonds to 10 and 20, looking at different ways to represent numbers and starting to apply our knowledge when solving problems.  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.  We encourage all children to practise telling the time throughout the school day as we will be learning to tell the time in 5 minute intervals.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Playing simple counting games, asking them what’s 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less etc.
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s; to make it more challenging try starting from a number other than 0!
  • Practise telling the time, talking about key vocabulary like minutes past and minutes to

 Science:

In Science, we are exploring and investigating animals.  We’ll start the year by thinking about what we already know about animals and their similarities and differences before coming up with questions we’d like to investigate.  We will be moving on to learn about different habitats and what animals and plants need in order to survive.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Looking at different habitats and discussing which animals may live there and why
  • Discussing what your pet or your plants at home need to survive
  • Encouraging your child to ask different questions

Topic:

Our topic for this half term is ‘Life is a Journey’.  In Art, we will be practicing our painting skills based around a book called ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker.  We will encourage the children to mix paints to create new colours that they can use.  In History and Geography, we will learn about great explorers, finding out about their adventures and where in the world they travelled. In P.E we will be taking part in gymnastics and developing our partner skills through moving and travelling.  We will be encouraging the children to play a range of different playground games.