Welcome back everyone! We hope you have all had a lovely break. We are looking forward to all of the new and exciting things we will learn during our last half term in Year 2.
Our new topic is called 'Prehistoric Manchester'. We will be finding out lots about what dinosaurs were like and how we know about them.
Our dinosaur theme will inspire our reading and writing this half term. Children will write a poem about a dinosaur, a description of one, and a story set in prehistoric times. We will work on using accurate punctuation in our writing and checking to make sure it makes sense. Children will use a range of conjunctions to make sure their writing includes more detail.
This half term, we will continue to focus on measuring time and temperature. We will work on solving problems using efficient methods and we will do some maths investigations.
Our Science topic is called 'Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?' We will ask questions such as 'Where did dinosaurs live?' and 'What did they need to survive?' We will investigate fossils and learn how they were made. On our trip to Blackpool Zoo, we will see some huge model dinosaurs in the dinosaur safari!
This half term we will focus on our skills as historians. Our topic is called 'What was Gorton like 100 years ago?' Children will use old photographs to gather evidence and they will look at old household items. They will also find out about Gorton Monastery and Bellevue Zoo.
Our PE days are TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS. All children should have a full PE kit, which includes a T-shirt and shorts or jogging trousers/leggings. Children will need outdoor shoes this half term as we will be doing Outdoor Games.
Please make sure that your child's name is written inside each piece of kit. Long hair must be tied back and no earrings should be worn on these days.
Homework will be sent out on Fridays. Please return homework books by the following Wednesday so it can be marked.
All children will have spellings to learn every week. They will be sent out on Mondays, and children will be tested on Fridays. Please make sure your child brings their spelling book back to school, so we can mark it and send it home in order for you to keep track of their progress. Practising spellings at home for a few minutes each day is essential, and really helps to improve children's written work.
Reading and Book Bags
Children need to bring their book bags to school every day. They will read regularly as part of a group or individually when possible, but reading at home is just as important.
Now they are in Year 2, children are encouraged to change their own book bags. There will not be a change over day - children will change their books when they have read them, but it is expected that this will be at least twice a week. They can change their book every day if they wish!
Please continue to read with your child at home and sign their reading record when they have read their book. Many thanks for your support.
Trip to The Lowry Centre - 16th January 2018