Term 3 Overview

Dear all,

We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas holiday. We wish you all a very happy new year.

A little reminder- now that the weather is much colder, every child needs to bring a warm 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 Creatures of the Night’ with a focus on nocturnal animals and their habitats.

We will be learning lots of facts about nocturnal animals and we’ll do some factual writing and make information leaflets. We will be reading: One Snowy Night and I Want My Hat Back.

In science we are continuing to learn about habitats and food chains.

In D&T we are designing and making nocturnal puppets.

ART: Exploring nocturnal animals and making clay models of nocturnal animals.

COMPUTING: In computing the children will focus on being ‘photographers’ and will also explore recording factual documentaries based on nocturnal animals.

Maths and English

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.

Our whole school learning power for the Spring term 1 is seeking out a challenge and our character that represents that learning behaviour is a Beagle.

  • Looking for a challenge.
  • Working outside your comfort zone.
  • Knowing that if it’s easy, you’re not learning anything new.
  • Knowing that you’re more likely to make some mistakes trying something challenging, but that’s how we learn.
  • Having a positive attitude to learning.

Seeking out a challenge

The Grovelands Beagle (to be named)

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.

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.