Year 2 2021 - 2022
Meet the Team
We are pleased to welcome Year 2 children back to school following the Christmas holidays.
We have been straight back to work and children are enjoying ‘The Days the Crayons Quit’ by Oliver Jeffers, (the literacy focus book for this half-term). School has invested in a new phonics reading scheme and we will shortly be sending home reading books attached to the Little Wandle Scheme. We are also working hard in handwriting, ensuring correct letter formation and knowledge of the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet. In mathematics we are continuing work on ‘Money’ and as of next week (week beginning 17th January) we will be consolidating work on ‘Multiplication’ and moving on to ‘Division’. We would really like the Year 2 children to achieve their ‘Times Tables Badges’ in the weekly Friday Celebration Assembly. The first badge requires a fluent knowledge of the 2x, 5x and 10x table, with questions answered without hesitation. To this end we will be encouraging children to learn their tables thoroughly for homework – this includes both multiplication and division facts.
Sheffield United Football Coach, Rob, (a specialist PE coach) will be taking one P.E. session on a Tuesday each week, working on multi-skills. The other P.E. slot on a Wednesday will focus on gymnastics. Please would you ensure that your child has the correct clothing and foot wear for these sessions.
‘The Victorians’ is the history topic this half-term. We have discussed Queen Victoria and her family tree. As homework children have been encouraged to draw their own family trees and see if they can get back as far as the 1800s and thus see a relation of their own who lived in Victorian times. In class will be looking at inventions, transport and schooling. (We will be studying a Geography based topic next half-term). We have linked this topic to work in design and technology, art and music. In design technology we will be making a vehicle. In art we will be looking at silhouettes (very popular in Victorian times), and paintings by the famous Victorian landscape artist M W Turner. In music we will be learning some popular music hall songs form the period.
We are still looking at the topic ‘Materials’ in science. Having identified a range of materials, children are now exploring a range of properties and considering why certain materials are used for specific jobs e.g. a box made from cardboard - robust and strong.
Following on from the very successful unit in information technology, using ipads to take digital photographs, we are moving on to explore ways of conveying sound digitally.
Rather than providing a homework grid this half-term we ask that parents consolidate times tables knowledge and listen to their child read. These two areas are of such importance in terms of children’s learning and progressing.
Finally, we would like to thank you for the kind messages we received before the Christmas holidays and would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our parents, grandparents and carers a very happy 2022.
In Autumn 2, our topic was ‘The Snail and the Whale'. This amazing book by Julia Donaldson really captured the children's imaginations. We wrote a brilliant story from the point of view of the snail, as well as an information text about either a snail or a humpback whale. Our science topic ‘Everyday Materials’ focused on pupils' understanding of the materials that everyday objects are made from and why that material is suitable. In mathematics we progressed on to looking at money, including counting pounds and pence, comparing amounts and making different totals using coins. P.E. lessons were on Monday and Wednesday and focused on Dance. Pupils' ICT learning turned to digital photography, where they used I Pads to take photographs. Children continued to listen to class stories from a range of children’s authors, and continued to read books from the home/school reading scheme. Children will be encouraged to change their books regularly. In the run up to Christmas, Year 2 and Year 1 collaborated to put on a fantastic nativity production called 'Children Of The World', which looked at how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of the world. There was some superb singing and acting and the children loved the performances.
Our topic is ‘The Great Fire of London’ and children will be introduced to this topic through a story about a young boy named Toby. We will study the cause of the fire, comparisons of life in Stuart times with today and use a range of resources to understand the past. The topic will be used as a writing stimulus and writing will include pupils’ increasing knowledge of grammar and punctuation. Neat handwriting and presentation will also be encouraged. Art and music will be linked to this topic. Our science topic ‘Living things and their Habitats’ will focus on pupils understanding that adaptation is important for animals to survive in a range of different environments. In mathematics we will continue to consolidate pupils’ knowledge of place value and addition and subtraction. P.E. lessons on a Monday and Wednesday will focus on multi-skills.Pupils are being introduced to ICT and will learn basic computing skills. Enjoyment from and an appreciation of books will continue to be fostered in Year 2. Children will listen to class stories from a range of children’s authors, and continue to read books from the home/school reading scheme. Children will be encouraged to change their books regularly.
Monday and Wednesday
Please can children wear PE kits on the days of their PE lessons.
Spelling homework will be given out each Friday and returned to school the following week
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