Summer Term in Year 2 - Half termly letter
As the children thoroughly enjoyed our Roald Dahl writing on the book ‘The Magic Finger’, we will be continuing with Roald Dahl and reading ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. We will be revising the grammar we have learnt so far this year as well as focussing on checking, editing and improving our work. We will also be writing non-fiction pieces of work through our learning about Florence Nightingale in Topic and will end the summer term with poetry. 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 on Fridays. 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 focus on measurement, including length, capacity and mass. The children will be reading scales in ones, twos, fives and tens. We will also focus on position and direction, using the language ‘forwards, backwards, left, right, clockwise, anticlockwise, a quarter turn, half turn and three quarter turn.’ We will be revisiting and revising the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as looking at how to approach word problems.
Our science topic next half term is Living Things and Their Habitats. This will include understanding life processes, explaining what a habitat is, learning the differences between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, as well as understanding food chains.
We will using the ChatterPix app on the iPads to bring Florence Nightingale to life.
Our topic question will be: ‘Why was Florence Nightingale so important to the world?’ This will include investigating who Florence Nightingale was and comparing hospitals before and after Florence Nightingale.
The children will be examining and understanding the work of the artist Paul Klee. They will be creating portraits of Florence Nightingale in the style of Paul Klee.
We will continue to follow the PATHS program which is a resource to support children with their emotional well being. We will also be learning about the process of growing from young to old, the names of the main parts of the body, identifying and respecting the similarities and differences between people and noticing that animals, including humans have offspring which grow into adults.
Our music consolidates the learning that has occurred during the year. Plus we will focus on the song topic ‘Zoo’ which involves a reggae song.
PE will continue to take place with Mr Clack and Mr Haughton with a new focus on track and field in preparation for Sports Day.
This half term we will be learning about Sikhism. We will be finding out about the founder of Sikhism - Guru Nanak - as well as learning about the festival ‘Baisakhi.’
Trips and Special Events
We will be going on our science walk to extend our understanding of our new topic in Science ‘living things and their habitats’. We will also be visiting The Florence Nightingale Museum on 12th June, and Wigmore Hall on 20th June for the ‘Glitter Bird’ concert.
Moving up morning: Monday 8th July
Sports Day: Friday 19th July
PE Kit should be named and kept in school and will remain here until the summer holidays. Children should keep all books in their books bags at all times and please continue to read daily with them as it is invaluable to developing their spelling, comprehension and storytelling skills. 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.