Dear parents / carers,
Welcome to Year 2! I hope you have had a wonderful summer break and are feeling refreshed and ready for the new term.
We will start off the half term by exploring Letter writing. Within this unit, there will be a focus on demarcation of sentences and ensuring full stops and capital letters are secure early on in the term. Our class book will be Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvelous Medicine, which will lend itself to a lot of our writing in class, as we go on to explore Instructions and Poetry writing. We will also be practising and applying what we have learnt in Spelling and Grammar lessons to our writing, with additional spellings to be sent home every Friday for the children to practise.
We will be learning about Number and Place Value in the first few weeks of term, followed by Addition and Subtraction. We will also be consolidating counting in steps of 2, 3 & 5 from 0 and in tens from any number forward and backward at the start of the term, to ensure greater fluency with mental arithmetic. Place value will take priority for the first few weeks and a solid understanding in this area will be crucial. I will be teaching this thoroughly with the use of visual representatives, such as base 10, to ensure secure knowledge within this area.
Our focus in Science will be ‘Living things and their habitats’, including dependence with habitats and micro- habitats. This will be an exciting unit for the children, as they will take part in practical sessions that will help develop scientific ways of thinking through close observations, identifying and classifying and gathering and recording data.
Our Topic this term is The Great Fire of London, which will predominantly inform our History unit as well as Art & DT. In History, we will introduce the idea of a timeline whilst documenting the main events of the Great Fire. We will also learn about the history of London and compare the city from around 1666 to the present day. In Art, we will use a range of materials to design and make scenes from the Great Fire, as well as explore colour mixing techniques with painting. In DT, we will have the chance to design, make and evaluate our own Tudor houses. In Computing we will address key computer skills where the children will develop confidence and independence with ICT. We will also learn about algorithms using the programme Purple Mash. In Music we will be learning our class song ‘Hands, Feet & Heart, experimenting with different rhythms, sounds and learning to play a variety of different un-tuned instruments musically. In RE the children will be studying the theme of ‘Special Things in Nature’, where learning and teaching will focus mainly on the suggestions for ‘personal experience’ and Christianity and Judaism. Finally, PE will take place on Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons, starting off with Dance and Gymnastics.
Looking forward to meeting you all properly over the next term!