Welcome to Year 2!
Croeso I Flwyddyn 2!
Welcome back to school!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
Our topics for Spring term is 'Big Wide World and Community Explorers'
GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION
Homework will be sent home every week to help keep parents informed of what is going on throughout our term. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings and attempt the maths homework. Spellings will be tested every Tuesday morning in school.
Y2 have PE on a Monday. We will be taking part in Gymnastics this term so indoor P.E. kit will be required. We will also have PE on a Thursday with Fundamental Sports. Pupils will therefore need trainers and jogging bottoms for this lesson as they are likely to be outside. Thank you for your help with this matter. Please note that children are not permitted to wear earrings to school and will not be allowed to participate in PE whilst wearing earrings.
Year 2 - Curriculum News
Spring 2017 Topic: Big Wide World and Community Explorers
Big Wide World -
This project teaches children about a contrasting location overseas and how it may have similarities and differences to
the place in which we live. We will learn to write simple reports and explanations. The children will use geographical
and research skills to learn about the Polar regions, especially Antarctica. We will look at weather, population and lifestyle
in Antarctica before learning about Polar animals, climate change and famous explorers to the South Pole.
The children will use Google maps to explore the world; we will also learn how to use Power Point during the first half term.
Community Explorers –
This topic will begin after half term and also has a geography focus. The children will learn about the geographical and
human features of their local community. We will write a range of instructions and directions using maps and first
hand experiences. Children will learn about important people in the community. The children will compare our local
community to that of a mining village.
ICT will form part of the children’s daily practice, all children become proficient with Microsoft Word and Power Point and
will use these programs as often as possible in school. Our ICT topic is coding and we will be learning how to programme
simple software, looking at simulations and modelling within this topic.
Personal & Social development, Well being and Cultural Diversity
PSHE will form part of our daily sessions. We will be looking at different opinions and beliefs encouraging children
to understand how we can relate to others morally and ethically. We will look at how to identify problems and focus
on solutions to solve them. We will be self assessing our own work and peer work on a weekly basis appraising each other
and finding the way forward.
Your children will be discovering the world of Christianity through prayer writing and recognising Christian symbols in
church, daily acts of worship and through play based activities within their setting. RE lessons will look at the life of
St. Brigit, St. Francis of Assisi and St. David. Lessons will focus on friendship, acts of kindness and Jesus’ authority
in preparation for Easter. Year 2 will be leading St. Bridget’s Day services on February 1st at school at 11 a.m. and
February 5th at St. Bridget’s Church at 11 a.m. also. Parents are invited to both services.
Language, Literacy, and Communication Skills
We will continue with our daily Jolly Phonic sessions consolidating our knowledge of phonic sounds and blends as well
as introducing new spelling patterns and tricky words. Daily handwriting practice will take place.
In the first half of term we will be reading stories by familiar authors; Julia Donaldson. We will be recounting stories
looking at the view points of different characters in the books. We will also be looking at character descriptions.
We will start to look at extended stories by Roald Dahl. We will also revisit poetry writing throughout the term.
Non fiction writing will start with diary writing and postcards and have a strong link to our topic work. We will then begin
to write explanation texts and reports which will form the basis of our ICT lessons. Children will use ICT to further
develop their literacy skills. They will learn how to create a Power Point presentation to produce a simple report,
adding animation, slide design and sound.
Children will continue to read daily in school during ERIC (everybody reads in class) time. We will follow our group
guided reading programme and also listen to children read individually on a weekly basis. In school we use the Oxford Owl
as an online reading scheme. Please ensure that your child returns their books on the day stated on their new reading record.
Your child will then have the opportunity to choose reading books for the week ahead and read to an adult. If you would
ever like any additional books please let me know.
This term we will start a Hobby Hot Seat. Every week a child will bring home a special hobby bag. They need to bring
selected items from home into school which will form the basis of an oral presentation. Objects should be chosen to
reflect the child’s interests (this could be linked to our topic), hobbies and achievements outside of school. The bag will
come home on a Friday afternoon, please ensure that it is returned by Monday morning.
Children will continue to have daily numeracy sessions following the Collins/Numicon schemes of work.
We will look at right angles as a measure of turn which will then lead to clockwise and anticlockwise turns. Work on time
will continue as last term, we will consolidate our knowledge of o’clock and half past on both analogue and digital clocks
moving on to quarter past and quarter to. We will also begin to use and create block graphs and pictograms.
This term we will be rehearsing addition and subtraction facts for pairs that total up to 10. We will look at mental methods
of addition and subtraction using our knowledge of multiples of 10. We will also revisit the idea of fact families and
switchers. This concept looks at the relation of numbers in a number sentence. For example if the children know
that 5 + 9 = 14 then they should equally know that 9 + 5 = 14 (this is a switcher.) We then move on to the inverse of
addition and the children should know that 14 – 9 = 5 and finally 14 – 5 = 9. It would be very helpful to reinforce this
concept at home.
We will also be adding 2-digit numbers to 1s and subtracting 1s from 2-digit numbers. We will consolidate addition
and subtraction learning using money and recognising pounds and pence. We will be exploring properties of 3D shape and
using Venn diagrams to sort and classify them. We will also be learning about Mass and changing units from grams to
Multiplication activities will continue to be daily practice; the children should now be very familiar with their 2, 5 and 10
times tables and know how to answer a multiplication question. We will continue to look at division as grouping and as
the inverse of multiplication.
I will continue to send maths homework to reinforce class based learning. Any additional practice of the four operations
is always beneficial and will help with the Big Maths Beat that and CLIC tests on a Friday.
Sometime during January Year 2 (and Year 6) will be trialling online maths homework for 2 weeks. We would value as
much feedback as possible and more information will follow as soon as the administrative side has been completed.
Welsh Language Development
Children will be learning about Y Tywydd (the weather). Welsh will continue to form part of our daily routine with
commands and instructions.
Year 2 will have PE on a Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your children have their school P.E. kit for these days
(this can be kept in school if required). PE kit should consist of black or navy jogging bottoms / shorts, a white t-shirt
and suitable outdoor shoes. Children are not permitted to wear earrings during PE.
Homework (spelling, Collins/Big Maths and Big Talk) will be sent home on a Thursday although reading books will be changed
on the day specified on your child’s reading record.
All children made fantastic progress last term and I am looking forward to an exciting spring term with the class.
If you have any queries or concerns or ideas that will enhance our curriculum; please do not hesitate to contact me.
If you have a specialist skill that you feel may benefit our topic please let me know as visitors into class are most welcome.
Mrs C. Jones
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