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Year Two

Dear Parents,

We hope you have all had a restful break and are ready for the year ahead. All of the Year 2 team have closely worked together to plan an exciting first half term for the children. We are looking forward to getting to know your child.

Topics taught this first half term

English – The books we are studying this half term are ‘How to Find Gold’ and ‘The Emperor’s Egg’.

We will be using this book as a starting point for all aspects of our literacy work.

We cannot stress enough the importance of reading with your child every day. Please ensure your child’s reading book is in their book bag every day, signed and dated – there is a space for a comment if you would like. The children will be completing a phonics screening towards the end of the Autumn term, so it is essential they are confident on all their sounds. Reading daily will support this tremendously.

Maths –

Maths will be taught every day and the focus will be:–

  • Rapid recall of + and - facts to 10
  • Rapid recall of + and - to 20, (e.g. 8+12=20, 20-8=12)
  • Counting and recognising numbers to 100
  • Reading number names to 100
  • 2, 5 and 10 times tables
  • Addition and subtraction within 100

RE – We will continue to follow the school Religious Education curriculum- ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life.’ Our first topic will be about ‘God’s Chosen People’. You may like to talk with your child about how we are special people to God and the important gifts he has given us that we can use to help others.

Science – Living Things and Their Habitats

We will be looking at living things and their habitats. It would be helpful if you could get your child to discuss with you the different types of animals they know, what habitats they live in and why. For example, polar bears live in the Arctic for the cold conditions and the availability of fish. We will also be asking questions about things in a habitat that are living/dead/never lived and looking at food chains for different habitats.

Geography – Our Wonderful World

We will be studying the location of countries, continents and oceans of the world in relation to the position of the United Kingdom and children’s own locality. The children will develop global awareness and understanding that the world is spherical. They will develop the skills of using atlases, world maps and globes.

Homework

Homework will be sent home on a Thursday and should be brought back into school fully completed by the following Monday. Please sign your child’s homework book every week after you have completed the task with them. We will provide a half termly spelling overview, with a week-to-week breakdown. Our spellings test will be on a Friday, children will take their spelling books home following the test and they must be returned, with the homework book on a Monday.

P.E.

The children will have PE on a Friday. Please ensure they bring their PE kit to school.

Ensure all uniform is clearly labelled including school bags and PE kits. Children must have an OLOG t-shirt, blue shorts, navy blue tracksuit bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls.  Please tie long hair back with a plain red, black or white hair band.  Children are not allowed to wear any jewellery including earrings, hair beads or shave patterns in their hair.

We are looking forward to working with your child and encourage you to check their book bag regularly for upcoming events and important information.

If you have any queries or need to get in contact with us, please send an email to the address below:

School email: sao@ourladyofgraceschool.co.uk

Yours sincerely,

Miss Barrett and Mrs Okereke

Class Teachers