Year 2 – Overview for the Winter Terms 2019

Year 2 – Overview for the Winter Terms

Teachers – Miss James, Mrs Kench and Mrs Duck

‘How easy is it to be Brave?’

Our Topic this term gives us many opportunities to explore different areas of the curriculum. We will be begin by exploring what it means to be brave and thinking about the characteristics of bravery.  We will then research famous historic explorers and the children will use their enquiry skills to establish what happened and why.  We will explore the difference between life in a cold climate and life in Aldbourne as the children find out what life as an Inuit is like.  In Art we will use clay to create our own clay animals and will link this to science when we learn about the habitats that these animals live in. Also in science we will be investigating how arctic animals keep warm as well as grouping different animals. In PE we will continue to develop our agility, balance and coordination skills. Our focus in RE, is to explore Christianity and what God is like, we will then move onto looking at the Easter story and Judaism. We will have opportunities to write our own prayers based on the terms Value.

Spellings

Children will be working on using their sound knowledge and new spelling rules to spell words correctly.

English

To begin with the children will write a recount based on Captain Scott’s journey to the South pole then they will create their own Narrative based on The Bear where they will be thinking really hard about descriptive language. Later on in the term the children will be writing an explanation about the life cycle of a Penguin.

Targets:

Must – I can form letters of the correct size and orientation using cursive.
Should – I can spell words using the correct grapheme (letter) for the different sounds.
Could – I can use exclamation and questions.  

Maths

The children will be exploring multiplication and division using their knowledge of 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.  We will be working hard on developing our problem solving skills. We will also explore fractions if shapes and amounts.

Targets:

Must—I can count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
Should—I can group/share amounts together and I can use repeated addition.
Could—I can find ½, ¼ and 1/3 of amounts.

Important dates will all be listed on our class page on the website

Class Information

  • Please make sure that your child has a full, named PE kit in school on Monday for the whole week.  They will also need trainers in school as we participate in the mile run everyday.
  • Reading books need to be brought into class daily so that the book can be changed and for other adults to hear them read.
  • All children to have a named clear water bottle in school everyday.

Homework

Spellings – spellings will be given out on Friday and will consist of a phonics activity or key words (based on our teaching for that week). Books should be handed in by the following Thursday.

Reading – Please do try to read with your child as much as possible. If you have difficulty reading with your child please come and discuss this with me. Reading at home has such a huge impact on their progress in reading and writing in school so really go for it!

Maths– We will send home the Maths club, children need to practise their club at home for a test during the week. When the children have completed the club, they will get a new club, which will be stuck in that back of their spelling books.

Forest Schools (After half term) – Each session we like to take three parents with us to the forest to support the children in their play. Please sign up in class if you are able to help.