Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 2! We are happy Spring is here and we are very excited about our new learning challenges this half term!
Our new topic is called 'Happy ever after'
Our class text 'Hansel and Gretel' by Anthony Browne will inspire our reading and writing this half term.
Children will read and explore the story, then we will write about the characters and learn how to write instructions for how to make a witch's potion. We will also write a letter to the witch in the story. We will work on using accurate punctuation in our writing and we will continue to work on using neat, cursive handwriting which is joined when children are ready.
This half term, we will focus on fractions, learning how to find half, a quarter and three quarters of a number. We will also learn how to measure capacity and temperature. We will continue to do lots of work on learning the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables, learning multiplication and division facts.
We will continue to name and describe the properties of a range of 2D and 3D shapes. Can you help your child find any 2D or 3D shaps at home?
Help your child at home by counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, and by asking them to count coins, groups of objects in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Try asking them to tell you the times table they are learning in reverse order!
If you have a tablet or laptop at home which your child can use, please encourage them to go on Times Tables Rockstars. Every child has a username and password to access this fantastic website. Alternatively, there's a great free website for practising times tables and number bonds.
Search for Hit the button to play.
Our Science topic is called 'How can I b the next Royal Chef?' Children will learn about healthy eating and hygiene. They will design a healthy meal and make a sandwich for the Queen. We will ask questions such as 'How can we keep bread fresh?' and 'How can we stop germs from spreading?'
This half term we will focus on our skills as historians. Our topic is called 'What was it like when the Queen came to the throne in 1953?' Children will learn about how what happened on Queen Elizabeth's Coronation day and they will find out about how different life was back then, We will have our very own Coronation street party just like people had in 1953.
The Learning Challenges document below shows you what we are going to learn about each week this half term.
Our PE days are MONDAYS 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. Thank you for your support at home.
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.
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.