Mrs McElwee and Miss Brown
Welcome back everyone! We hope you have all had a lovely holiday. We are looking forward to teaching you in Year 2 and learning lots of new and exciting this year.
Our new topic is called 'Wish you were here!' We will be finding out lots about the seaside and why people like to go there for a holiday.
Our seaside theme will inspire our reading and writing this half term. Children will write seaside poetry, a description of scary sea creatures and a character profile based on Mr Grinling in The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We will work on using accurate punctuation in our writing and checking to make sure it makes sense.
This half term, we will focus on using and representing numbers to 100. We will count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0, and count in tens starting at any number, forwards and backwards. We will also begin learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables quickly. Help your child at home by talking to them about what time it is, especially when it is an o'clock, half past, quarter past or quarter to time.
Our Science topic is called 'What's for dinner?' We will ask questions such as 'How do I know if something is alive?' and 'What can all living things do?' We will find out why some animals are suited to certain habitats and what they need to survive there. We will also find out about food chains that occur in ocean habitats and how the living things there depend on each other.
This half term we will focus on our skills as geographers. Our topic is called 'Why do we like to be beside the seaside?' Children will learn about the geographical features of Blackpool and what makes it a good place to visit. They will also learn how to use compass directions to describe routes and features on a simple map.
Our PE days are TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS. All children should have a full PE kit, which includes a T-shirt, shorts and pumps or trainers. 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.