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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:

  • Provides our children with challenging, engaging experiences which promote their natural curiosity and self-reliance
  • Inspires our children to make choices and decisions to inform their own learning and faith journey
  • Engages our children through encouraging risk taking, developing life-long, critical thinkers.

 

We are achievers

At Sacred Heart, our curriculum:

  • Utilises our children’s innate fascination to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to become self-assured learners
  • Encourages resilience and perseverance as they grow in mind, body and spirit
  • Celebrates the pride we take in our achievements.

 

We are problem solvers

At Sacred Heart, our curriculum:

  • Leads our children to solve problems in more ways than one, through enquiry and investigation
  • Produces practical learners who will anticipate problems, imagine, evaluate, amend and problem solve as they progress
  • Recognises and commends the uniqueness of each child made in God’s image.

 

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.

 

English

 

 

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:

 

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 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:

  • Telling the time to the hour
  • Telling the time to the half hour
  • O'clock and half past
  • Quarter past and quarter to
  • Telling time to 5 minutes
  • Writing time
  • Hours and days
  • Find durations of time
  • Compare durations of time

 

Within mass, capacity and temperature, children will learn to:

  • Introduce weight and mass
  • Measure mass
  • Compare mass
  • Measure mass in grams
  • Measure mass in kilograms
  • Introduce capacity and volume
  • Measure capacity
  • Compare volume
  • Millilitres
  • Litres
  • Four operations with mass
  • Four operations with volume
  • Temperature

 

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 

 

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.

RE 

 

In RE this half term, we will be looking at 'The Church is Born'.

 

Throughout the unit children will learn the following:

  • Children know that when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit they spread the Good News 
  • Children know that we can spread the Good News that Jesus is alive and wants us to love one another
  • Children know about the early Christian Community and understand that we are part of that community.
  • Children know that the apostles realised that God would work through them.
  • Children know the story of Peter's escape from prison.
  • Children know the story of Peter's escape from prison and reflect on its meaning.

 

 

Geography

 

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.

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

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

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.  

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