Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 2
Our topic this term is ‘Super South West’
In Literacy, we will begin our term by exploring character descriptions. We will be using the story of the ‘I need my monster’ to help us with this. We are focusing on using adjectives and similes as well as improving our punctuation. We will also be looking at persuasive letters, including those persuading us to visit certain places. We will explore non-fiction books that are structured in different ways.
Each week we will take part in guided reading or whole class reading. The children will continue to use different strategies to decode unfamiliar texts and will answer a range of different questions using a text they have just read. Any reading that is done at home will be very helpful.
We will begin by finding out about multiplication and begin to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Next we will explore division and learn to divide by sharing and grouping. We will make links between division and multiplication. In addition to this we will learn about statistics. We will also continue to explore 2D and 3D shapes, with a focus on symmetry. After half-term we will find out about fractions, including finding a half, a quarter and a third of shapes and numbers. We will practise our addition and subtraction skills every day.
During the first half term we will be learning about different habitats. We will investigate microhabitats in the school grounds. Next, we’ll look at different habitats from around the world (including the South West) and find out how animals and plants have adapted to live there. Next half term, we will be looking at animals (including humans) and finding out how to keep our bodies healthy.
In geography, we will be answering the question, “What is the geography of where we live?” In art we will be looking at local artist Brian Pollard and exploring different painting techniques. After half term, we will focus on DT and will be making models of local landmarks. In music, we will be using our voices expressively. During our Computing lessons we will be using Google to undertake research about the south west and then present our findings. Our PE lessons will continue to focus on practising and developing our fundamental skills. In particular, dynamic balances, static balances, partner balances and ball skills. In RE we will be finding out about ‘Leaders and Teachers’. Our SMSC theme is “Good to be me.” We will use Circle Times, Drama and Art to explore this.
Shorts, T-shirt and plimsolls will be needed for P.E. on Tuesdays.
Key Dates and General Reminders
Drama Games with TR2 link—January 22nd (in school)
David Hill athlete visit– Thursday 7th February
Local Area walk – Date to be confirmed
Homework books will be handed out on a Friday. It is to be completed by the next Wednesday.
Spellings will be given out each Friday, to be learnt by the following Friday.
Please put names into your child’s clothes/belongings.
We will be finding out about famous explorers from different times of history. During our DT work will focus on the work of a designer which we will use to design a moving picture. After half term we will use ‘exploration’ as an inspiration for our art work. During these art lessons, we will be using a range of materials to make our pictures. In music, we will begin to look how to use instruments to create sounds. During our Computing lessons we will begin to look at non-computer and computer based programming. PE will be made up of dance and games. During our games lessons we will be practising and developing our fundamental skills. In RE we will be looking at ‘Beliefs’, from both the Christian and Jewish perspective. Our SMSC theme is ‘Changes’.
Year 2 have P.E. on TUESDAYS. Please ensure your child has a full P.E. kit in school at all times (including plimsolls), and ensure that they don’t wear any earrings on these days. Spellings will be given out each Friday, and need to be learnt for the following Friday. Homework will be sent home on Friday, to be returned each week on Wednesday.
We will continue to change our library books weekly, usually on a Wednesday.