Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 2
Our topic this term is The Lights of London
In English we have started looking at stories with a familiar setting, creating our own versions of our story map, ‘Sam and the Great Fire of Plymouth.’ This has included looking at expanded noun phrases, past tense and continuing to use all previously taught grammar. We will then move onto non-chronological reports where we will write a non-fiction piece of writing based on ‘The Great Fire of London.’ We always try our best to produce our neatest handwriting and practise this every day.
Our author of the term is Michael Rosen. During our whole class reading and guided reading sessions we will retrieve and infer answers from a range of different text types including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We are looking forward to exploring the books in the library on our class trips, which are coming up soon. Reading with your child at home would be most 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, including exploring pictograms and block graphs. Later in the 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. You can now access TTRockstars at home. Please encourage your child to do this regularly as it will really help them with their maths skills.
During the Spring term our topic will be materials. We will look at the different materials around us and their uses. We will then begin planning and performing our own experiments linked to the properties of the materials.
The topic this term is ‘The Lights of London’.
In history, we will be looking at the famous historical event, ‘The Great Fire of London.’ In art we will be looking at the famous artist Rita Greer and how to create silhouettes. In music we are creating our own graphic scores to help us perform a soundscape. During our Computing lessons we will be using Scratch to make a simple algorithm. We will be having some games sessions delivered by a PE specialist from Lipson. We will also create a dance based on emotions and will practise and develop our fundamental skills in our Real PE sessions. In RE we will be finding out more about how Muslims live and why Easter matters to Christians. Our PSHE theme is ‘Dreams and Goals’. We will use Circle Times, Drama and Art to explore this. After half term in our DT sessions we will be designing a healthy meal using seasonal fruits or vegetables.
PE for both classes takes place on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please make sure that your child brings their PE kit to school with them. Please could you also remove earrings in the morning, or your child will not be able to take part in the lessons.
Key Dates and General Reminders
Homework is given out on a Friday and is to be returned by the following Wednesday.
Spellings are given out on a Monday and need to be learnt by the following Monday.
Library books are changed weekly, usually on a Wednesday.
Your child can now access TTRockstars to help them with their times tables.
Please name all your children’s clothes and 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.