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Year Two (Miss Webb)

                                                                              Welcome Back! 

I hope that you all had a magical Christmas and opportunity to recharge your batteries. I am very excited to be working with you and your children for the remainder of the year and looking forward immensely to lots of new learning and fun along the way.

 

This half term we will continue to reward children with dojo points for following our new school rules - be kind, be respectful and be responsible. Please let me know if you are not connected to dojo and I will print off a joining instructions letter for you.

English

In English we will be exploring 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 and they will be building their independent writing confidence. 

 

Our outcomes for the unit will be:

 

Reading Outcome:

 

  • Introduce and discuss words within the context of a text. - Begin to make inference about character (and events), using evidence from the text
  • Introduce and discuss words within the context of a text, linking new meanings to known vocabulary.
  • Explain and discuss their understanding, giving opinions and supporting with reasons.
  • Introduce and discuss words within the context of a text, linking new meanings to known vocabulary. 
  • Explain and discuss their understanding, giving opinions and supporting with reasons.

 

Writing Outcome:

 

  • Say, write and punctuate simple and compound sentences using the joining words ‘and’, ‘or’(co-ordination).
  • Generate and effectively use noun phrases.
  • Use subordination for reason using because and if
  • Use past tense for recount.
  • Use specific text type features to write for a range of audiences and purposes, e.g. to persuade.

Maths

 

This half term, we will be focussing on Money and Multiplication and Division.  

Children will continue to build on their knowledge and understanding from Year 1 and prior learning in Year 2.

 

Within Money we will cover:

  • Counting money in pence and pounds (notes and coins)
  • Choosing the correct amount
  • Comparing amounts of money
  • Calculating amounts of money
  • Making a pound
  • Finding change.

 

Within Multiplication and Division we will be working to:

  • Recognise equal groups
  • Make equal groups
  • Add equal groups
  • Introduce the multiplication symbol
  • Multiplication sentences
  • Use arrays
  • Make equal groups - grouping and sharing
  • Doubling and halving
  • The two times tables
  • The five and ten times tables
  • Dividing by five and ten

 

 

 

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.

Science 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This half term, the focus will rest on Animals including Humans

 

The children will be able to:

 

  • notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults 
  • find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air) 
  • describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.   

 

By Working Scientifically we will encourage:

  • Children explore the world around them. They make careful observations to support identification, comparison and noticing change.
  • The children use practical resources provided to gather evidence to answer questions generated by themselves or the teacher.
  • notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults 
  • find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air) 
  • describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene. 

 

RE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This half term in RE we will be focussing on The Good News. The children's learning objectives will be:

 

  • Know that Jesus can change sadness into joy
  • Know what we should always remember to thank Jesus for his help
  • Know that Jesus used his power to help others and reflect on the importance of these events
  • Know that Jesus brought the good news of God’s love and reflect on what this means for us

 

 

'...and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.' (Luke 9:2)

 

History

 

In History this half term we will be learning about Blackpool Tower.

 

The children will be able to:

  • Recognise that their own lives are similar/different from the lives of people in the past
  • Identify some similarities and differences between ways of life at different times
  • Use historical concepts such as now/then and same/different when making simple connections and noting contrasts.
  • Retell simple stories about people and events from the past
  • Talk about who/what was significant/important in a simple historical account

Spellings

 

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.

Reading

Year 2 have started with an excellent attitude to reading. They are really enjoying reading every day at school and we can tell that reading at home is really helping them develop too.  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

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, please feel free to phone the school.  Alternatively, please make an appointment with me through the school office if you feel the issue is of an urgent or sensitive nature.  

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