Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year! We hope you have all had a lovely break. We are looking forward to all of the new and exciting things we will learn this half term during our new topic.
Our new topic is called 'Manchester's Magic!' We will be finding out lots about the where we live and why people like to come to come and visit Manchester.
Our city theme will inspire our reading and writing this half term. Children will write poetry based on one of L.S. Lowry's paintings, a travel guide for Manchester and a story based within a city setting. 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 focus on multiplication and division, statistics and properties of 2d and 3d shapes. We will continue to work on learning the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. We will also learn division facts for these tables. Help your child at home by testing them on these number facts.
Our Science topic is called 'Which materials made The Lowry Centre?' We will ask questions such as 'What are the properties of this material?' and 'Which jobs could it be used for?' We will find out how the shape of materials can be changed. We will also test materials to see which one is the best for a certain job.
This half term we will focus on our skills as geographers. Our topic is called 'Why would an explorer like to visit Manchester?' Children will learn about the geographical features of Manchester and what makes it a good place to visit. They will also learn how to describe routes and features on a simple map.
Our PE days are TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS. All children should have a full PE kit, which includes a T-shirt and shorts or jogging trousers/leggings. Children will not need outdoor shoes this half term as we will not 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.