Welcome to Year 2
We are the Barn Owls and we will be continuing our learning journey in what will be a very exciting year.
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
Firstly, I’d like to thank you for your lovely messages and gifts, they were very thoughtful and kind of you all. Hopefully, the children are now ready and eager to continue their learning journey in 2020.
Here is a preview of some of the great learning Barn Owls will be mastering this term.
Maths - this term we will continue to develop our knowledge of place value and apply this when adding and subtracting numbers. We will use our knowledge of adding and subtracting 10 to adjust the answers when using 9 and 11. We will then move on to using a number line to help us find the difference between two 2-digit numbers and use known number bonds to solve problems. A new focus this term will be multiplication and understanding the term 'lots of'. This is a new concept for most of the children and we will be developing their skills through games, songs and written forms. During our geometry lessons, we will focus on learning the properties of 3D shapes and how to make different nets for these shapes, learning to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks, and how to tell the time in 15-minute intervals.
English - we will start this term’s English journey by reading and sharing a range of fairy tales. The children will look for patterns in the different tales and make links between them. We will look at the different problems that the good characters face and identify how these occur in different parts of the tales. We will be writing character descriptions and writing new versions of our favourite fairy tales. The children will continue to identify specific targets they need to apply so they can improve their writing. Each week one of our English lessons will focus on an area of SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar), which we will then include in our writing.
Phonics - phonics will continue to be taught to those children that need this support for their reading. Children who are confident in their sound knowledge will learn how to apply this knowledge when writing. We have assessed the children and will be having a little shuffle around so that the children receive the correct input to support their reading and writing. All children will have access to support in learning the Year 2 conception words and the required spelling rules during SPaG lessons.
Science - our science is all about plants which we will focus on after half term as this links in really well with our farming topic. The children will learn what plants need to grow as well as identify plants and trees in our school environment. We will also be carrying out an investigation into growing different plants in a variety of conditions. During the autumn term we planted bulbs near the science shed. We will look at how these have grown and will continue to watch them carefully over the next 12 weeks. During our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic we will develop our material knowledge with investigations to find out which materials are best for different products.
Geography - we will be looking at the farming community around Great Milton and which crops are grown. The children will investigate how farming has changed through time and how the crops have changed. This will link in to our science, art and DT.
History - in line with our topic, we will start by thinking about people who help us and how their roles have changed. We will study famous ‘helpers’ and look at how they have changed our lives.
Art/DT - we will be creating our own work based on the artist Arcimboldo and using natural materials to make different portraits. In DT we will be using different plants to make our own dye and using sewing techniques to produce decorative fields.
RE - the children will continue to listen and read different stories from the Bible and will learn how these are connected to our school values. We will also look at baptism and naming ceremonies across different religions.
Music - in music we will use different instruments to investigate how they make musical sounds. We will then investigate different notations and how they are used to know how an instrument is played
PE - during the term, the children will take part in activities to develop their hand-eye coordination to accurately throw and catch various sized balls when using different types of bat. The children will use their knowledge from our topic “People Who Help Us” to make up different dances. PE days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trainers, jogging bottoms and a warm top will be needed on a Thursday as the children will be outside. Plimsolls need to be worn for indoor PE.
Computing - this will be linked closely to our history. During these lessons the children will develop their research skills by finding information from the internet. We will use this information to produce an information leaflet using Word.
Homework - the children will continue to have a piece of English or maths homework each week along with a list of spellings and a spelling activity. Sometimes the homework will be connected to our topic work to incorporate the creative curriculum.
Spellings are individual to your child and are chosen by a diagnostic spelling assessment and through their written work. Some of these spellings may seem easy, however, it is essential that they make links to other words that have the same patterns to broaden their understanding of phonics so that they apply this knowledge independently in their writing. If you would like to support your child further, then may I suggest dictating sentences that include some of their spelling words which will enable them to apply what they know out of context.
Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Sometimes homework can become a bit of a battle or the children are unsure of what they need to do. Please note that homework is an opportunity for your child to show off what they have learnt and to demonstrate how they apply their skills. Homework should not be a stressful experience. If this is the case, please send your child into school on Monday with their homework folder and I will happily go through the work with them. Please encourage your child to complete their homework independently, and in pencil, unless otherwise stated. Thank you for your cooperation.
Shoes - we would appreciate it greatly if the children could bring in wellingtons for outdoor play. We have such wonderful facilities that become extremely muddy at this time of year and unfortunately mud finds its way into the classroom. This then makes our carpet area an unattractive place to learn. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please keep coming back to our class page and see what we have been up to.
See you soon!
Mrs Green, class teacher, and all the Barn Owls.
Class support is provided by:
Mrs Dickson (Mon,Tues,Thurs and Fri) and Mrs Cox (Wed), teaching assistants
Mrs Drummond and Mrs Hawksworth, learning support assistants
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