Welcome back to Summer 2!
I am really looking forward to continuing our learning journey in Year 2. I hope you have all had a fantastic half term and are ready for a fun packed final half term.
I 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.
This half term we have changed the dojo reward system slightly to tie in with our new curriculum drivers. The drivers are what we, at Sacred Heart, live by. Below explains each one in more detail:
We are explorers
At Sacred Heart, our curriculum:
We are achievers
At Sacred Heart, our curriculum:
We are problem solvers
At Sacred Heart, our curriculum:
We also have a 4th dojo - Gospel Values. This is given when a child shows kindness, respect and love, amongst other things, to their peers and the adults within school.
Please let me know if you have been unable to sign up to Dojo 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 we will be continuing our wonderful unit of Aladdin. Within the unit, children will be given many opportunities to use the key skills of writing that they have been taught so far this year, to engage the reader within their independent writing.
Our outcomes for the unit will be:
This half term, we will be focussing on time, mass, capacity and temperature. Time is one of the most difficult concepts for children to master so any extra help at home would be greatly appreciated. Asking them regularly what the time is can help children to understand the concept of time.
Children will continue to build on their knowledge and understanding from Year 1. They will continue to practice their 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10x tables and we will begin to use these facts to help with our division work.
Within time, children will learn how to:
Within mass, capacity and temperature, children will learn to:
The children are still able to access Numbots at home and we have seen a huge improvement in children working through the levels regularly. 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. For those who have completed Numbots, they are able to access TTRS which focusses on their multiplication and division understanding.
In Science this term, we will be looking at 'Animals including Humans'. In this unit, Animals Including Humans, children will begin by looking at animal young and comparing them to their adults. They will look at how animals change as they grow up and be introduced to the life cycles of several varied common animals, including humans. They look in detail at how humans change as they grow older, drawing on their own observations. Children are introduced to the three basic needs of animals for survival (water, food and air). They will apply this knowledge, alongside research from secondary sources, to suggest ways to look after pets. The unit ends with children looking at healthy lifestyles, including the importance of exercise, healthy eating and hygiene. These healthy living lessons develop ‘working scientifically’ skills through investigating the impact of exercise on our bodies and how handwashing is essential for good hygiene.
In RE this half term, we will be looking at 'The Church is Born'.
Throughout the unit children will learn the following:
This half term our topic is 'At The Farm'. During the unit children will find out what a farm is before looking at some of the different types of farms, namely arable, livestock and dairy. They will explore what happens on each type of farm and consider why farms are so important. Children will identify why farms are found in rural as opposed to urban areas and will identify some of the main buildings in a farm, such as the pig sty, hen house and office and think about how the land around the farm is used. Children will use appropriate vocabulary to discuss each feature, identifying what each is used for.
During this half term we will be visiting Ridgeway Farm for our class trip.
Children will be given a set of spellings to learn each week based on different spelling patterns. Please help your child to learn their spellings each week. Children will also be given the opportunity to practice their spellings within the classroom during provision.
This year, Year 2 have made excellent progress in their reading. This is due to us listening to the children read each day alongside them reading at home. 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 regularly.
PE sessions will take place each Tuesday afternoon for the year. Please ensure your child comes dressed in their PE kits on this day. This should consist of black shorts or trousers and a red t-shirt. Children can wear a dark coloured tracksuit during the winter months.
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.