A very warm welcome back to Year 2! I hope you have had a lovely summer and are looking forward to your time in Year 2.
There may be worries and concerns about coming back this year, but let me assure you that we are taking every precaution around the school and within our classroom. The new routines will incorporate the advice that schools have been given and will not impact on the children's learnin in any way.
Within Year 2, we will continue to use provision to extend children's learning with areas set up to develop children's independent learning skills, creativity, resourcefulness and social skills.
I will continue to use class dojo for our rewards system within the classroom. We use Dojo throughout the school as this allows the teachers to reward children in different areas e.g. helping others, persistence and teamwork. Each child is set up with an account and a letter has been sent home to you explaining how you can join our Dojo community. I believe that the benefits to connecting with parents are:
✓ Parents are in the know about their child and are able to provide better support at home
✓ Sharing moments from school fosters a sense of community
✓ Messaging directly (in 50+ languages) breaks communication barriers
If you have not already joined us, please let me know and I will print you off the letter. Particularly at this time, this is an excellent way to keep in contact with each other. If you have any queries or questions you are able to ask these on Dojo and I will reply to you as soon as I can.
In English this half term, we will be using the bridging units that have been developed by the Lancashire English team. These units ensure that the Year 1 objectives the children have missed are covered throughly at the beginning of Year 2.
Our unit is called 'The Way Home for Wolf' by Rachel Bright and is illistrated by Jim Field. Throughout the unit, the children will be creating interest by sharing and exploring in detail the text. They will take part in a range of reading response lessons which will incorporate short writing opportunities, both modelled and independent. Within the unit the children will also look at a non-fiction unit. They will be given the opportunity to create a page for an information book based on a chosen animal. Again this will be facilitated through both modelled and independent writing. Upon returning to the narrative unit, children will use the non-fiction content on their chosen animal to informathe writing of their own story based on the original text.
In Autumn term, we will be focussing on Place Value. Children will continue to build on their knowledge and understanding from Year 1.
Children will learn to:
The children have also been given their usernames and passwords to access Numbots. NumBots is an online game that playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths and we are already excited by the impact NumBots is having with the children already using it. The children will use Numbots each day within provision and are able to access the programme at home.
In RE this half term, we will be looking at the Dignity of the Human Person. Within this unit, children will see that every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, every person’s life and dignity must be respected and supported from conception until the end of their natural life on earth.
Children will cleberate that God has created each person uniquely and therefore each person is infinitely loved. They will question what happens when others are not treated fairly and what they can do to ensure they live in a fair world.
In Year 2 we will be looking at Everyday Materials for our Science topic. We will be identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials including, wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses. We will be carrying out experiements, making predictions, testing our theories and coming to a conclusion. We will gather and record data to help us answer questions and will find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
For our History topic we will be looking into Our Local Area - Preston. Our focus will be the history of the Cotton Mills in Preston, in particular Tulketh Mill. Cotton manufacturing became the largest employer in Preston in the 19th Century. It developed from the first mill in Preston in 1777 and by the middle of the 19th Century 80% of the population of Preston depended on it. Not just making cotton but making the buildings and machines.
After the Spinning Jenny was invented and enabled multi-spindle spinning it still had to be hand powered. Preston born Richard Arkwright developed the Water Frame in Preston that enabled it to be powered by a water mill which greatly expanded output.
The children will be using the internet to research the industry as well as using books and posters to identify and discuss different aspects. The children will also be using cotton within their own creations. Keep watching this space to see pictures of their creations as they develop!
In Year 2, phonics sessions will take place twice a day, 4 x a week. Children will continue working on Phase 5. We will continue looking at alternative spellings for sounds e.g. 'igh' The children will continue to master these new sounds in reading first, and as their fluency develops, we will begin to see them using them correctly in their spelling. Children will be given weekly spellings based on their phonics and the Year 1/2 High Frequency words.
During Phase 5, children will begin to learn new graphemes (different ways of spelling each sound) and alternative pronunciations for these: for example, learning that the grapheme ‘ow’ makes a different sound in ‘snow’ and ‘cow’.
The children will become quicker at blending, and will start to do this silently as they are reading.
By the end of Autumn term, children should be able to:
Children will take part in the phonics screening at the end of Autumn 2. Those who don't pass this will get another opportunity in June 2021.
Children will be given their spellings each Monday and will have a test the following week (Monday). The spellings will link to their phonic sounds that they are learning that week. Please practise these spellings with them regularly as this will aid their progress in writing.
ICT - We are Astronauts - The children will build on work from Year 1 to program a sprite (such as a spaceship) to move around the screen. Within this unit the children will;
Art - In Art this half term, we will be focussing on the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldi. Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo used fruits, vegetables, animals, books, and other objects to resemble human portraits. His best-known works include individual portraits of the four seasons and the four elements (Earth, Fire, Air, and Water).
Music - This half term our topic is 'Friendship'. Throughout the unit we will explore the following social themes and discuss or further investigate these areas:
PHSE - Children will be thinking about 'Our World'. The children will be thinking about rules and why they are important. They will look at the class rules and discuss why they are needed and what should happen if someone does not follow them. They will spend time getting to know each other and discuss what makes them different from their friends. They will look at what makes a community and how to belong to one. Children will look at saving energy around school, recycling and pollution and will think of ways to make the world a better place.
This year we will be putting a big emphasis on reading. The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy. Just as children walk talk and grow at different times, so their progression through the skills of reading will be at different rates. The key is for your child to feel positive about themselves as a reader right from the start. To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to attitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them. We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week. Children will be supplied a reading book, however to keep them engaged feel free to read with them the books that interest them, those that take them to a world of make believe, that encourage them to dream and introduce them to the amazing vocabulary that surrounds them. Children's books will be changed 2/3 times a week and they will be listened to by the class teacher and teaching assistant daily.
PE sessions will take place each Tuesday afternoon for the term. Please ensure children's PE kits are in school on this day and each item is clearly labelled.
Snack & Water
Toast is available to children for snack. Children must pay £1 at the beginning of the week for a slice of toast each day. Children are able to bring in their own snack for playtime. This can be a cereal/breakfast bar (please no sugary cereal bars), fruit or veg. We would really like to encourage children to bring in their own water bottles each day. This ensures that they are able to have a drink regularly and not having to use the schools cups. Although we will ensure cups are cleaned regularly and only 1 child is using each cup it would be more beneficial if each child had access to their own bottle. Please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child's name.
If you have any queries, then feel free to use ClassDojo to send a message or phone the school. Alternatively, please make an appointment with me through Mrs Thompson in the school office if you feel the issue is of an urgent or sensitive nature.