Dear Parents and Carers,
It was wonderful to see all of the children return after the Easter break full of enthusiasm to start a brand new term. We have been continuing to support the children with transitioning them back into class routines and collaborative learning.
Curriculum and key dates
On the first day back we arrived to some mysterious hot air balloons hanging in the peace garden. We spent the day inquiring where we thought they had come and discovered our big question ‘What colour is our world?’ Over the next few days we found out that our messages had been coming from Max, a mischievous character from the text ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. We then immersed ourselves in the story and wrote our own story extracts. Also, in our English learning we explored different descriptive mini beast poems and created our own. In our science learning we have begun to learn about how animals survive and how humans stay healthy. We will be using the information that we have learnt to help us create our own non-fiction pieces of writing based on the human body. As part of our project learning we have investigated compass points and used our maths positional language to help us interpret instructions. We will also be using this knowledge to help us to plot our own maps using the different features. In computing we are learning how to take effective photographs and edit them successfully. In R.E. our key questions for this term are ‘What happens in a Synagogue?’ and ‘What is Shabbat?’ We will be making comparisons between the Christian and Jewish faiths.
In Summer 2, we will be using texts such as ‘The Tin Forest’ and ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ to help us understand how plants grow. We will be observing the artwork of Van Gogh and producing our own pieces of art in his style. Linking with our learning in Summer 1, we will be continuing to think about where different foods grow and how they get to the shops. Throughout the term we will also be exploring a range of Quentin Blake stories and discussing the similarities and differences. We will end the year by ‘Looking back’ and ‘Looking forward’ where we will spend some time reflecting on our time in year 2 and thinking ahead to the transition to year 3.
Forest School sessions for year 2 will continue to be on a Tuesday. Hedgehogs group 2 have 2 remaining sessions which will take place on Tuesday 18th and Tuesday 25th May. Further details will be sent out to the second group of Squirrels shortly and their sessions will begin after half term.
Homework and reading at home
Children will continue to bring their book band reading books home from school and they should be reading for 10 minutes every day. Please fill in their reading record each time you read at home, filling in the title and page numbers. If you would like to write a brief comment about how your child got on that is always helpful. The children will again be taking part in the reading challenge where they will be earning certificates for reading 20, 50, 100 times and beyond and these will be awarded to the children during assembly times. On Monday’s children will continue to swap their reading books and have their reading record checked.
Maths and English homework will continue to be set on alternate weeks on a Friday and needs to be handed in by the following Wednesday. This will be linked to the learning that we have been doing in class.
In addition, children will be set spellings to practise on Spelling Shed and these will be tested on a Thursday where they will be asked to apply the words in sentences. These will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns. These words will be tested in the back of their homework books, so that you can see how your child is progressing.
This term, Year 2 will start participating in the times tables ‘Rockstar Challenge’ at school which focuses on children being secure in their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. They will also be given their own ‘Rockstar’ logins so they will be able to practise online at home too. Further details will be sent out about this shortly.
If you have any questions about your child’s homework please send us an email.
This term, PE in year 2 continues to be on a Tuesday and Thursday and on these days, children should attend school in their PE kit. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know via the year group email address. PE is only cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions. Therefore, a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are useful. If your child does not have an alternative sweatshirt, they will have the option of wearing their school one. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape provided from home. Long hair should also be tied back.
Water bottles and snacks
Please remember to bring in a named water bottle every day. Children will be provided with their fruit snack for playtimes however if they would like to bring in an additional healthy snack for break time they can (for example, fresh fruit, a bagel, raisins). Please ensure any snacks are both nut and egg free.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day as children will only stay inside at playtimes if it is raining heavily. All clothing, including PE kit, should be clearly labelled with your child’s name. In addition to this your child only needs their water bottle and Bookbag. We are trying to reduce the cross contamination of things travelling from home to school and back again so please can we remind the children not to bring things in from home, thank you.
We are really looking forward to a great Summer term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please contact us through the year group email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as we can.
Miss Thouless and Miss Lymer