Spring Term in Year 2 - Half termly letter
In the first week back we will be continuing with poetry and looking particularly at the poem ‘Ten Things in a Wizard’s Pocket’ by Ian McMillan. We will focus on using exciting vocabulary, such as adjectives, similes and verbs. Next we will be using the text, ‘Farmer Duck’ by Martin Waddell to coincide with our trip to Bockett’s Farm. We will focus on writing a recount of the text from the farmer’s point of view, particularly focusing on using a variety of suffix endings and starting our sentences in a variety of different ways. Finally, we will be ending the half term by reading the text ‘Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram to link in with our topic question, ‘Why was the first man on the moon so important?’ We will be using thesauruses to broaden our vocabulary as well as using the progressive form. 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. We will start by looking at fractions of shapes as well as amounts. We will be using resources to find halves, quarters and thirds before moving onto solving problems using their knowledge of fractions. Next we will look at reading and setting the time to the nearest hour, half hour, quarter to and quarter past and to the nearest five minutes. We will continue to work on our place value and the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.)
Our science topic next half term is animals, including humans. We will look at understanding that animals, including humans, have offspring that grow into adults. We will look at the basic needs of animals and humans for survival as well as describing the importance for humans to live a healthy balanced lifestyle.
We will be looking at effective searching to help the children with their digital literacy skills through the computing program ‘purple mash’.
Our topic question will be: ‘Why was the first man to set foot on the moon so important?’ We will be learning about ‘The Space Race’ and identifying the countries involved on a world map. We will be asking and answering questions about Neil Armstrong, as well as looking at the more recent space visit by Tim Peake.
We will be studying and imitating the artist Peter Thorpe who paints beautiful space pictures. We will be using chalks and oil pastels to create our own planets as well as designing, making and evaluating our own moon buggies.
We will begin the half term by setting our own personal goals. We will then focus on identifying our feelings, focusing on empathy and how different behaviours effect us. Finally we will look at e-safety and the importance of looking after our environment.
Our learning will focus on a reggae song by Joanna Mangona called Zootime. We will be looking at the pulse, rhythm and pitch of the song whilst singing and playing instruments.
PE will focus on working as a team, looking at netball skills, such as throwing and catching, footwork and shooting. We will also be exploring dance through stories.
Christianity is our R.E focus and we will be re-telling the story of Easter and looking at the meaning behind giving and receiving Easter eggs.
Trips and Special Events
We will be going to Bockett’s Farm on Thursday 8th March.
PE Kit should be named and kept in school and will remain here until the Easter 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. Please remember one key ring per school bag!