Term 2 Overview

Dear all,

We hope you all had a great half term. A little reminder- now that the weather is getting colder, every child needs to bring a coat to school.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact a member of the year 2 team and we will do our very best to help.

Our topic and areas for learning this half term

This term the creative curriculum will explore ‘London’s Burning’ with a focus on learning about The Great Fire of London. We will be learning lots of facts, finding out about Samuel Pepys and some doing some diary writing of our own. We will also be discovering Tudor London and writing an information report on what we know about the fire from first-hand accounts and paintings.

In science we are learning about the properties of materials and exploring simple investigations.

In D&T we are continuing to explore wheeled vehicles.

In art we are exploring paintings of the Great Fire of London trough ‘Take a picture.’ We will also explore water colours and charcoal.

In computing the children will focus on computer programming using Scratch in ‘We are gamers.’

Maths and English will be taught daily. English will be made up of phonics, guided reading and a range of writing activities. Maths will include weekly times-tables and practise of the skills of each child’s level for the 99 club. Children are not expected to reach the 99 club until they are in year 6.

Learning Behaviour in Year 2

Our motto is:

It’s ok if you don’t know
But it’s not ok if you don’t try!

Making mistakes help us learn and thoughts help us grow! Encourage your child’s Love of

Learning by getting them to explore their thought bubble ideas!

Remind your child that: “I can’t do it,” does not exist. Encourage them to think,

“I can’t do it... Yet!”

Each week the children will be randomly paired up with a new learning partner. This helps to develop the children’s relationships with their classmates and ensures that all children are involved in whole class discussions.

Busy Bee

Our whole school learning power for the autumn term is Co-operation and our character that represents that learning behaviour is the busy bee.

busy-bee

I can co-operate with others.

I can listen to other people’s ideas.

I can take turns.

I can work with different people in a positive, helpful way.

Class Rules & Year 2 Learning Partners

The children in each class have agreed some class rules. This helps them to keep their name on the ‘green’ area of the class behaviour chart (green is good!) Also each week a child from each of the year 2 classes will be chosen as a “Learning Partner of the week” and they will receive a certificate.

Homework

This term children will be given weekly spellings and timetables which will need to be practised at home. Furthermore children are expected to read with an adult EVERY night.

The homework will be given out every Friday and be returned every Wednesday.

Reading books will be changed x1 a week after your child has read with the teacher and completed a follow-up task. Your child may choose a story book from the reading area every day if they wish to do so.

Your child now has a ‘My Maths’ username and password and can play times-tables games online.

In PE the children will be exploring Games this half term.

Music is on a Thursday.

Dance is on a Tuesday.

PE is on a Tuesday.

Reminder about PE kit: EVERY CHILD NEEDS A PE KIT.

Children MUST wear a white t shirt, dark shorts and black plimsolls.

Jewellery must not be worn for PE