Year Two

Welcome to Year 2’s class page

We aim to provide the children in Year 2, with an exciting and engaging curriculum with each term focused around a theme.

Welcome Back!

Myself & Mrs Wallace are so happy to welcome you all back to school after the Half Term break. We hope you have had a lovely week off and a well deserved rest!

The classroom is ready for your return and we are so excited to start the 2nd half of this Spring term of learning together.

Creative Curriculum

Autumn Term – Famous Florence

Spring Term – Super Safari

Summer Term – London’s Burning 

It’s Pancake Day!

We started preparing the children for their learning about Lent with a special treat of pancakes at break time on Tuesday. We talked about the tradition coming from Medieval Times and that many people today often try to give up something sweet during Lent as part of fasting. Will you be giving anything up for Lent this year?

Y2’s Big Breakfast 🙂

How lovely it was to share breakfast with our parents on the first morning. back! Thank you everyone who came to our Big Breakfast. Year 2 absolutely LOVED it!

Twycross Zoo Trip – Wednesday 23rd March 2022

We are super excited that this term we will be going on our first class trip to Twycross Zoo which links to our learning about animals and their habitats. Parents remember that we will be leaving school early on this day so the children must be at school at 8am promptly. Please bring your child to school via the main entrance where Miss Hilton and Mrs Wallace will collect them. The children will arrive back at school before 3pm so pick up time will be as normal at the end of the school day. All children that have school dinners will have a school packed lunch to take with them, sandwich children need to ensure they bring their own packed lunch but in a labelled plastic bag. Children must be wearing their school uniform and will need a warm coat and sensible shoes.

New for Spring 2 – Forest Schools

We are lucky to be taking part in our new and exciting ‘Forest Schools‘ every Tuesday afternoon for this half term so please ensure that your child has the correct outdoor shoes (wellies/boots) and a warm coat (gloves) on this day as whatever the weather, we will be outside. They can bring old/warm clothes that you don’t mind them getting dirty into school on this day for the children to change into before their session.

What else can you find on our class page?

Below we will share information about our curriculum and class routines and provide resources for the children to use to enhance and further their learning at home.

End of Y2 Expectations

Parents Meeting September 2021

We will also share photographs of our work throughout the year for you to see! Here are a few pictures so that you can see what our lovely learning environment looks like.

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Home Reading

Reading helps children with their knowledge, understanding and language. The children are taught to read in school however it is important that you encourage your child to read at home daily and listen to them read a couple of pages of their book every night.

Reading books will be changed every Tuesday and every week the children will also choose a library book to read over the weekend.

  Parents  you must sign your child’s reading diaries so your children can be rewarded with a stamp for their efforts.

Phonics

The children will be learning Phase 6 Phonics daily following Bug Club Phonics to teach spelling rules.

Some children will also be receiving additional boosters to help with their reading of Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonics. To help your child at home you can access the Phonics Play website which has some brilliant games to play.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources

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Spellings

Each week children will receive 10 spellings from the Year 1&2 National Curriculum to practice in class and at home.

New spellings will be stuck into your child’s reading diary every Tuesday.

Please help your child to practise their spellings as they will be tested each Monday. 

As one of their weekly homework tasks we would like the children to practise their spellings by writing their words in sentences in their homework books.

In class we use the spelling shed app which the children really enjoy playing.

This can be downloaded (£2.99) from the App Store if you have access to an iPad at home.

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It’s really easy to use. Children can play on the Year 1&2 spellings or you can input our weekly spellings into the Your Lists at the bottom of the main page!

Homework

Maths homework is to be completed online using MyMaths each Wednesday (to be completed by the following Monday)

https://login.mymaths.co.uk/login

Arithmetic books will also be going home 2-3 times per week with four arithmetic questions that need to completed and returned the following day.

You can also download the new White Rose 1 minute Maths app on your phone or tablet for free which can help your child practise their number bonds and addition or subtraction at home.  Just go to your apps and search for 1 minute maths.


What will we learning this Term?

Spring Term 2

R.E – This term the season of Lent begins which is a very important season in the church’s calendar. It is a time for reflection and thinking about how we can make changes within ourselves and be more like Jesus Christ. We will be starting Lent with a Shrove Tuesday celebration (eating pancakes!) then on Ash Wednesday as Lent officially begins, our Catholic children will be attending a special mass. We will be learning about forgiveness through the parable of the Lost Sheep and asking God to forgive our own sins through writing prayers for forgiveness. 

Maths– Multiplication and Division/Fractions

You can access more learning on these objectives by visiting the White Rose Home Learning link below.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

There are lots of great games that you can play to help practise your skills on Topmarks Maths.

Click on the links below to access the free maths games.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=PostSortingcalculationsv2

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

English 

This half term the children will begin by exploring the twisted fairytale The Ghanaian Goldilocks which links to our geography topic of exploring Africa. We will then be writing our own versions of Giraffe’s Can’t Dance which we read at the end of the last term, We will  then move on to reading ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ which will be the basis of our letter writing unit and in guided reading we will be exploring the chapter text of Mr Majeika. 

Science  – In Science we will be continuing our learning all about Animals and their Habitats across the World. We will be learning about how animals are suited to their environment and exploring how polar bears and penguins survive artic conditions.

Geography  – Our Geography topic is ‘Let’s go on Safari’. We will be learning all about Africa and the different countries in Africa including Ghana and Kenya. We will be comparing villages in Kenya to our local area of Cobridge. We will be using maps skills and compass directions to describe the position of key features on a map.

DT – In DT, we are going to be making delicious pasta salads. We will be tasting and evaluating different salad types, learning about different vegetables, then designing and making our own pasta salad pots. Our skills will include measuring out ingredients, chopping, cutting, granting, slicing and peeling ingredients to make our pasta pots.

PSHE – Our puzzle for this half term focuses around ‘Healthy Me’. We will be thinking about how we can eat healthy and what we can do to ensure we are living a healthy lifestyle.

Computing – In computing we are going to be focusing on our computing skills starting with using a 3D paint programme to select a range of tools to create pictures which can be saved or printed.

PE – Our P.E this term will now take place on a Thursday with Mr Sigley who is going to help us to improve our throwing and catching skills through Handball and Dodgeball games.

Please ensure that your child’s P.E kit is in school by the start of every week.