Meet the Year 2 Team!
Welcome to Year 2
Please find below information about the curriculum as well as important diary dates and routines and procedures in year 2.
2B - Thursday 14th December, Thursday 15th March
2J - Thursday 30th November, Thursday 8th March
2Y - Thursday 7th December, DATE CHANGE now Thursday 10th May
Class assemblies start at 3pm and last until just before home time. Parents, carers and family members are all welcome to come and watch. Younger siblings are welcome to come too but we ask that you take them out if they become noisy so that the children can be heard. We look forward to seeing you there!
DAY CHANGE - We invite you to come in and read to / with your child every Monday morning between 8:50 and 9:10.
Trips and visits:
We will add information about trips here as soon as we are able to confirm them. We know that you appreciate as much prior warning as possible. We welcome parent volunteers to help out on our trips, and will endeavour to make the process a fair one by keeping track of everyone who's come along throughout the year. There will also be opportunities to come in and help with various activities in school, so please do let us know if you'd like to lend a hand!
Wednesday 29th November - Muller House
Monday 4th / Wednesday 6th / Thursday 7th December - Tyntesfield House
Friday 12th January - BGS puppet show
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PPA cover teachers:
2B - Every Tuesday afternoon Ms Smith & every other Friday Mrs Welsford.
2J - Every Thursday Ms Davies & every other Friday Ms Davies.
2Y - Every other Friday Ms Pugh.
Term 4 ~ Weeks 1-3
We will be reading George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and doing our own instructions for some interesting potions! We will learn to use time connectives, bossy verbs and of course- full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks and questions marks.
This term within out literacy, we have also had a focus on using suffixes to change words e.g. adding -ing and -ed. We are also looking at homophones such as hole and whole.
In weeks four and five, when the topic changes to 'Starry night' we will be doing some poetry as well as some story writing. We will practise using conjunctions and a range of punctuation. The children are also learning to read their work back and think about how they might change or improve it.
The reading skills we will focus on are:
- responding to and discussing a text (asking questions, making comments, making links, giving opinions etc.)
- Scanning the text to retrieve information
- Using inference to answer questions
- recalling details from the story
- explaining why we think what we think
Fractions (weeks 1 and 3):
Through using objects and drawing s we are learning to recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
We are also learning to write simple fractions for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2.
Position and direction (week 4- details to follow)
Place value: (week 5 - details to follow)
Other skills we will focus on are:
- counting on and back in ones, twos, fives and tens - from zero and any number
- making a number using any addition or subtraction sum e.g. can you make 7?
HOME LEARNING opportunities:
Whilst we do not set formal home learning in year 2, there are always opportunities to continue the learning at home!
1. READING, READING, READING! We can not stress how important it is that your child practises their reading as often as possible - ideally every day, at least 3 times per week!
2. Can you add up coins and find change up to £1.00?
You could use this website: http://www.ictgames.com/moneyPage.htm
3. Can you read o'clock and half past times? Now try quarter past and quarter to times!
You could use this website: http://www.ictgames.com/hickory4.html
4. Linking our learning to real life - Can you help with some cooking and measure the weight of the ingredients? Can you help pay for items in a shop by adding the coins? Can you measure how much juice to pour into the cup?
Curriculum Overview Term 4
We have a cross-curricular approach to our learning and much of our learning centres around our key topics, this term they are:
Weeks 1 to 3: The 80s! We will be learning about the 80s as part of the 70th anniversary celebration of the the school.
Weeks 4 and 5: 'Starry Night' We will be looking at Van Gogh's painting, 'Starry Night' and producing our own art and poetry inspired by this.
We have timetabled PE slots, but sometimes these are changed due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. It is therefore useful for the children to have their PE kit in school all week.
Please make sure the children have the following in their PE bag: a white t-shirt, black shorts or trousers & sweatshirts now that the weather is getting colder and daps or trainers that they can do up themselves. Long hair should be tied back and earrings removed if possible.
This term we are doing gymnastics and rugby.
This term we will be producing a large display for the 70th anniversary timeline. We will make our own bricks for the Berlin Wall and create some collage letters.
We will also look at Van Gogh's art work and produce our own drawings and paintings.
As part of our 'Starry night' topic we will be learning a little bit about space.
Computing and E-safety
This term we focus on the positives and the negatives of the internet as we look at when it first began back in the 1980s. We will also be learning how to carry out a safe online search.
Healthy Me- we will be thinking about all the ways to keep a healthy body and healthy mind. The children will think about exercise, sleeping well, a balanced diet and keeping calm.
Our RE topic this term is Christianity - and we will be finding out why Jesus is important to Christians.
Our topic is called 'Three Little Birds' and we will be singing one of Bob Marley's very popular songs and learning a little bit about reggae!