Welcome back after our lovely Christmas break! We hope you all had a restful Christmas holiday and we wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. On behalf of the Year 2 team, we would like to thank you all for your very generous gifts and warm wishes.
This term we will be looking at various traditional fairy tales in English. In Maths, we will be covering lots of areas, including: multiplication, division, shapes and fractions.
In the summer term, the children will be sitting their KS1 SATs papers. We will be speaking in more detail about this with you later in this term. We are beginning to start preparations for these and to support and enhance this, it would be incredibly helpful if you could work with your child by doing the following at home:
- Consolidate learning on column addition and subtraction methods.
- Practicing on TTRS in garage mode (this is set to just focus on 2, 5 and 10x) for 15 minutes minimum a week
- Rapid recall of + and – to 10 and 20, including sums such as: 13 + ? = 20, 15 - ? = 11, ? – 6 = 4
- Counting and recognising numbers to 100, including the reading of number names (thirty four = 34)
- Recognising links between numbers, for example if 3+4=7, 30+40=70.
- Working with money by looking at real coins and identifying a given amount of money, thinking about how much change you would get from a £1 if you spent less than this. Utilising real life experiences for this would be wonderful, to give children an understanding of how money is used in the real world.
- Use mathematical vocabulary for common 2D and 3D shapes, including edges, vertices, faces, sides and symmetry.
- Please set aside quite time every evening when your child can read to you. As your child improves, they will be confident reading on their own, but it is also very important that they have help from an adult to ensure they are understanding what they are reading. Please use a range of questions to help develop your child’s understanding of the story. When reading please encourage your child to:
- Predict what might happen next in the book.
- Sound out unfamiliar words or consider the pictures/context of the story in order to make a good ‘guess’ at the word. Please then consolidate their understanding of this work. You may wish to support your child to use a dictionary for this.
- Build upon your child’s sight vocabulary in both the reading and spelling of common words (then, there, when, where, some, said, our etc.)
- Pick out key grammar such as verbs, adjectives, adverbs and suggest alternatives. For example, the word ‘shouted’ could be replaced with screamed or bellowed.
- Remember to practise spellings sent home each week. Remember to learn the meanings of the spelling also if you are unsure.
- When talking to the children try to encourage using more adjectives and ‘up wording’ in everyday situations (instead of ‘I looked’ what else could we say? Peered, gazed, spied, glanced etc).
Topic – Our geography topic this half term is China. We will be focussing on the human and physical geography of China and comparing it to England. Thank you for all the fabulous projects that have been sent in. We look forward to celebrating Chinese New Year as a year group and really immersing ourselves into different cultural aspects.
Science – Our science topic this half term is Materials. We will be continuing our study of materials. The children will be looking at the properties of different materials and their different uses.
RE: Our RE topic this term is ‘The Good News’, where we will be looking at various stories from the Bible including Jairus’ Daughter, The Ten Lepers and the Feeding of the Five Thousand. In RSE, we will be focussing on our feelings and how we can express them.
PE: This will be on Friday afternoon and taught by our PE specialist Mr Maher. This term the sessions will be indoors, focusing on developing gymnastics skills. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school at all times. This must include a plain navy/black tracksuit, school PE shorts, school top and trainers all in the school PE bag.
We are always happy to discuss any concerns regarding the children throughout the year. Please come and see us at the beginning/end of the day if you have any concerns or make an appointment through the office. Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you again at the next parent’s evening if not before!
If you have any queries or need to get in contact with us, please send an email to the address below: School email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Barrett and Mrs Okereke