Spring Term in Year 2 - Half termly letter
We will be using the text, ‘Care of Henry’ by Anne Fine as inspiration for a range of writing including narratives, descriptions and instructions. We will continue to work on punctuation, as well as using adjectives and conjunctions in our writing. In addition to this, we will be looking at using adverbs as well as possessive apostrophes and using the correct tense. We will continue to develop comprehension and reading skills in targeted phonics and Guided Reading lessons as well as working on the spelling and grammar curriculum for Year 2. There will be a weekly spelling test. We will also continue to work on writing in cursive script during our handwriting lessons.
We will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics. To begin with we will continue to review and revise multiplication and introduce division - choosing and using appropriate methods and solving word problems. We will then focus on money by adding different amounts, giving change, place value and solving word problems. In the afternoons we will be learning about shape. We will cover naming 2D and 3D shapes, properties of shapes and finding these in the environment.
Our science topic next term is animals including humans. We will be looking at what animals and humans need to survive. We will be predicting, testing and observing to build up the children’s investigation skills.
We will be using an online program called Purple Mash to develop the children’s coding skills.
Our topic question will be: “Would you rather live in London or Beijing?” We will be discussing the similarities and differences between London and Beijing and exploring the country in depth by looking at its culture; including festivals, food and the daily routines of children in Beijing.
The children will be using different media, such as water colour and paints, and designing and making their own Chinese Year of the Pig picture inspired by Alison Ingram.
We will be following the PATHS program, which is a resource to support children with their emotional well being- including recognising and managing feelings. We will look at people who work to keep us emotionally and physically safe, feelings associated with change and loss, talking about our sentimental feelings and explaining our feelings when someone has been kind to them.
Our learning will be focussed on a rock song by Joanna Mangona called, ‘I want to play in a band.’ We will be learning about to sing and play together in an ensemble.
PE will focus on games and gym. In games, we will focus on team games as well as footwork skills. In gym, we will be looking at difference ways of balancing as well as linking landing techniques using apparatus.
We will be learning about Judaism. The children will be learning about how Jewish people celebrate Shabbat in the home and synagogue.
PE Kit should be named and kept in school and will remain here until the February half term. Children should keep all books in their books bags at all times. For playtimes, children should only be bringing in fruit as a snack. Mathletics is set on a Monday and children are expected to attempt the three tasks throughout the week.