Welcome back to Year 2!
We hope you had a lovely Christmas break.Thank you for the generous gifts we received and we hope you are excited for the awesome term we have ahead of us!
Our topic this term is The Great Fire of London; a thrilling, fascinating and occasionally grim piece of our history! We will be looking at the key events surrounding the fire and asking Who was to Blame for the Great Fire of London? We welcome any research or information you have at home in the classroom, to be shared with the other children. As part of our topic we will be burning cardboard houses and visiting St. Paul's Cathedral!
In Literacy this term we will be looking at Samuel Pepys' diary and writing some diary entries of our own. We will also be writing report texts, poems and stories. Please continue to practise our new weekly spelling rules at home as well as reviewing the others we have learnt in Year 2. Reading comprehension skills will also be developed and we encourage children to discuss the books they read at home.
In Maths we will be developing our knowledge and strategies we use to solve the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We will be working with data in our work on statistics, studying 2D and 3D shapes and working on fractions of shapes and numbers. Our weekly Arithmetic and Learn Its tests scores will continue to improve and we encourage children to practise their times tables at home to achieve even better scores!
In other subjects we will be studying materials and mini-worlds, researching old toys, learning about the UK's weather patterns, investigating the Easter story, designing comics, improving our hockey skills and lots of other exciting stuff!
As homework, we expect children to read at least 6 times a week at home. This means we expect 6 parent comments in reading records every week. Books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays. We do not expect a whole book to be read each night, just a few pages are fine. Please discuss the books you read with your parents and perhaps they can ask a few questions such as, why did that character make that choice? What has happened in the story so far? What work tells us how that character is feeling?
Spellings will be sent home every Friday, to be tested on the following Friday. Accurate spelling is an essential part of Year 2 and we expect children to practise their spellings every evening. It also helps to put them into sentences.
We will also send home weekly Learn Its (40 times table/addition questions that are completed in 90 seconds) and Arithmetic tests. Please practise these questions at home to help you improve.
Finally, we provide weekly Education City tasks to complete online, along with Spellodrome and RM Easimaths access for spelling and maths practice. So there’s plenty to be getting on with! We know you will be very tired after a busy school day so get plenty of rest as well.
Make sure you bring in a pair of plimsoles, as these are our indoor shoes. You also need a pair of headphones to use with the school computers.
If your parents have any questions or queries, please catch the class teacher at the gate after school, or arrange and appointment with the school office.