Year 2 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Year 2!
We are so excited to start a brand new year. Yes, school will be a little different for the children, especially getting used to their new environment and ways of following the social distancing guidelines within the classroom, but the class teachers will always be there to help and reassure the children anytime. We have worked really hard to create a safe environment for the children. As well as creating a safe environment for the children, we have also created a stimulating and fun environment for the children to thrive in.
This term our topic will be: ‘London’s burning’
The children will be working hard to achieve their goals in all areas of the curriculum.
Have a look at some of the things they will be learning!
This term in Maths, we will be learning about number and place value to 100. We will then move on to addition and subtraction. Later on in the term, we will find out about measurements, money, multiplication and division. Throughout the year, we will work on our reasoning skills by solving word problems. The children will be introduced to Timetable Rock Stars and they will learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
In Year 2, we like to plan our English lessons around a book. The book we have chosen this term is ‘The Queen’s handbag.’ The chosen book initially remains a secret from the children as we encourage them to speak and write about the book even before they find out what the title is. We will be having a book reveal a couple of weeks into term. Watch this space!
We will learn to compose and write basic sentences, developing these into more complex and interesting sentences. We will be using the past and present tense and developing expanded noun phrases. This book will support our descriptive writing, our retelling of the story and we will be using drama to freeze frame scenes which will support the writing of a new story adventure based around the Queen.
Our focus this term will be the Great Fire of London which has a direct link to our English text. In history the children will learn about an event beyond their living memory. They will have the opportunity to look at pictures and artefacts. We will make a comparison of the Great Fire of London and the Great Fire of Nantwich.
In geography the children will learn about the UK and the names of the countries in the UK. They will enjoy learning about the directions of the compass and how they can be used. To support our learning, we will be focusing on the book the Queen’s Handbag, where her adventure takes her around the UK where we will identify geographical similarities and differences.
Our London’s Burning topic lends itself nicely into our science lessons this term where we will be investigating everyday materials. We will be exploring material characteristics and their properties and learning how materials can be changed. We will be talking about the materials that houses were built out of during the Great Fire and why the fire spread so quickly.
PE: Our PE day will be delivered once a week by an external provider. The children should have their PE kit in school every day. Please check that all PE kits are clearly labelled. Our PE day will be Tuesday.
Home Journals: Please ensure your child’s home journal is in school everyday. If you wish to deliver a message to your child’s teachers please use the home journal as a form of communication, however please send your child into the class with their journal if there is a message in it.
Reading: We put a high emphasis on reading in school with daily phonic activities. It’s our expectation that all children read at least 3 times per week at home. We ask that parents read with their children and sign the home journals at least 3 times a week (ideally every night).
We cannot wait for an exciting year of fun filled learning.
Miss Atherton, Mrs Durban and Mrs Taylor J
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