Year 2 2020 - 2021
Autumn Term 2020
WELCOME TO YEAR 2!
I am so excited to begin our new academic year with the children. I feel so lucky that I am able to teach them again in Year 2 and look forward to seeing each child grow and develop academically, emotionally and socially. Mrs Loynton will be working alongside me, supporting your child in their learning.
THIS TERM’S TOPICS
Our topic for the first half term is ‘The place where we live” where we will be looking at stories in familiar settings, with a focus on the Katie Morag series by Mairi Hedderwick. As well as this, the children will be writing their own information book on houses. Our topic will also enable the children to look at the Geography of the UK in detail, focusing on the features of Hesketh bank and comparing the children’s lives here, to those who live on the Isle of Coll. In the second half term, our topic is ‘Fighting fit’ where we will study the life and work of Florence Nightingale.
The children will read regularly in school as part of our English lessons and discrete Guided Reading lessons. The children are also encouraged to read during the day, thus it is imperative book bags are brought in daily. This will encourage fluency. Additionally, reading must be ongoing at home. Please use this opportunity to test your child’s understanding of the text by asking questions about the characters, setting or events. For non-fiction books, please help your child to find information using the contents page, index and glossary.
PHONICS AND SPELLING
Spelling lessons will take place four times a week in Year 2. The lessons will consist of revision for Phase 3 – Phase 5 phonics, to prepare the children for the phonics screening assessments that will take place, as well as ensuring gaps are filled and expected progression is being made. These lessons will also consist of an activity based on the Year 2 spelling rule that is the weekly focus. Spellings that incorporate these rules will be sent home every Friday, ready for the spelling test on the following Friday. In addition to the spellings sent home for testing, your child will need to continue practising their Common Exception words and Tricky words. These will also be a focus task as part of our Guided Reading Carousel.
This term, we will be learning about Number and Place Value up to 100, Addition and Subtraction, Measurement (Money) and Multiplication and Division. The children will be learning through a concrete, pictorial and abstract structure. They will be exposed to different ways of showing their working out, solving problems and developing their reasoning skills. In addition to our daily maths lessons, the children will be taking part in a ‘Basic Skills’ programme which aims at filling gaps in their learning from Year 1, ensuring expected progression is made throughout Year 2 ready for their SATs.
Homework will be handed out on a Friday and needs to be returned back to school by the following Wednesday. The homework will be English, Maths or topic based, however, in addition to this, we encourage you to practise their spellings, number bonds and times tables.
P.E will take place on Monday afternoon and a Wednesday morning. We are very lucky to have a dance specialist taking the lesson on a Wednesday.
In R.E, the children will start the year looking at the Bible and the books and stories within it. We will look at the different types of Bibles that are available including the Jewish Torah.
In the second half term they will learn about ‘Good news and News bringers’. We will read stories from the Bible that have angels delivering good news including the Christmas story.
Many thanks, Miss Gore