Summer Term in Year 2 - Half termly letter
We will be using the text, ‘The day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt as inspiration for a range of writing including narratives, descriptions and recounts. We will continue to work on punctuation as well as using adverbs and suffixes in our writing. In addition to this, we will be looking at using a variety of conjunctions as well as the progressive past 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 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 telling the time to the nearest five minutes. It would be extremely helpful if children were looking at analogue clocks at home instead of digital if possible. We will also be going over their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills in preparation for the SATS. As well as revising these four basic skills we will also be re-looking at 2D and 3D shapes, fractions, money and measurement.
Our science topic next half term is Plants. We will be exploring what plants need to stay alive and looking at their lifecycles. We will be exploring this through planting our own sunflower seeds, visiting local green areas and looking at leaves in detail.
We will be creating a presentation in Google Slides on IPads comparing the four countries that make up the U.K.
Our topic question will be: “Is the UK all the same?” We will be discussing the similarities and differences between the four countries that make up the UK and looking at their geographical footprint.
The children will be looking at plants in science and therefore we will be studying the Vincent Van Gogh Sunflower painting. We will be using a new medium to recreate this iconic piece of artwork.
We will be following the PATHS program which is a resource to support children with their emotional well being; this includes recognising and managing feelings. We will look at what a healthy and balanced life style is and again at internet safety as this is a hot topic at the moment. We will also be looking at how we can be kind and how this will effect other people.
Our learning will be focussed on a song by Joanna Mangona and Pete Readman called ‘Friendship Song.’ We will be learning about singing and playing together in an ensemble.
PE will continue to take place with Mr Clack and Mr Haughton on Fridays with a new focus on athletics and gymnastics.
In the summer term we will be looking at the Hindu religion. We will be re-telling the story of Rama and Sita through drama.
Trips and Special Events
We will be going on our science walk to extend our understanding of our new topic in Science; Plants.
PE Kit should be named and kept in school and will remain here until the May half term. 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 Friday and children are expected to attempt the three tasks throughout the week.