Term 5 Overview

Dear all,

We hope you all had a fantastic Easter break and didn’t eat too much chocolate!

Term 5 is a crucial time of year for year 2 children, as we will be doing KS1 SATs.

It is vital that children come to school every day and they are on time, well fed and hydrated.

During term 5 please support your child’s learning at home by doing:

  • Year 2 common exception words (In homework books each week and posted as an attachment on the year 2 website page).
  • Reading every day and it is strongly recommended that children are not having too much tablet/gaming time, especially before bed.
  • Going over the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
  • Telling the time to the nearest 15 minutes (hour, quarter past, half past and quarter to)
  • Adding money and giving change.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us or 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 How does your garden grow’ with a science focus on identifying a variety of common plants, labelling parts of a plant, observing how seeds and bulbs grow and finding out how plants stay healthy. We will also be planting a variety of seeds and exploring the life cycle of plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

Maths & English

Our English text is Eddie’s Garden and we will base our writing on the story of the secret garden.

Maths and English will be taught daily. English will be made up of phonics, guided reading, spelling, grammar 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.

Geography

Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. We will be looking at features of our local environment by going on an observational walk to the sensory garden to explore plants and flowers.

Art

Exploring seeds in exotic fruit and still drawings of fruit.

Computing

We will continue to explore 2Code on Purple Mash and We are researchers data handling.

 

Our whole school learning power for the summer term 1 is

Being Determined

Our character that represents that learning behaviour is a Gerald the Giraffe (From Giraffe’s Can’t Dance)

 

I can keep going when things are hard for me.

I don’t let others put me off.

I can settle down to a task and finish it.

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.

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 will also be set a weekly My Maths task based on what they have been learning in class.

PE/Music/Dance

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

  • Music is on a Monday.
  • Dance is on a Wednesday.
  • PE is on a Monday/Wednesday

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.