Autumn Term in Year 2 - Half termly letter
We will be using a variety of texts, starting with ‘On the way home’ by Jill Murphy 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 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 be working on writing in cursive script during our handwriting lessons.
We will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics and focusing on the themes of length and mass, graphs and multiplication and division – choosing and using appropriate standard units of length and mass, comparing and ordering length and mass; interpreting and constructing simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and tables; recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and solving problems involving multiplication and division.
We will be continuing our focus on Materials and their uses. We will be using the scientific knowledge we built up this term to carry out a design project.
We will be focussing on Digital Literacy and using ‘Chatterpix’ to plan a script and present our knowledge about a historical figure.
Our topic question will be: “Would you like to be a child in Mexico?” We will be discussing the similarities and differences between England and Mexico and exploring the country in depth by looking at its culture; including festivals, food and the daily routines of children in Mexico.
The children will use papier mache and paint to design and make masks linked to the Mexican Day of the Dead festival.
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 also look at the choices that we make and how they can impact our health and wellbeing. We will discuss our likes and dislikes and the differences between fair and unfair and right and wrong. Autumn 2 also includes Anti-Bullying Week. This year’s theme is to choose respect over bullying. We will be exploring what respect means, how bullying is a behaviour choice, and how to respectfully disagree with others.
Our learning will be focussed on the Christmas songs within the KS1 Winter Production.
PE will focus on games and dance. In games, we will continue to focus on ball skills, particularly throwing and catching. In dance, we will be moving to different rhythms and moving in a range of ways to music again linking to the Winter Production.
We will continue learning about Islam with a focus on Islam stories and what they teach us.
Trips and Special Events
We will be practising for our Winter Production which will be taking place on Monday 17th (2.30pm) and Tuesday 18th December (9.30am).
PE Kit should be named and kept in school and will remain here until the Christmas holidays. 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.