Year 2 Newsletter
Dear parents / carers,
Happy New Year! I hope you have had a restful break over the Christmas period and are feeling ready for a new start with the Spring term.
We will start off the half term by exploring descriptive writing. Within this unit, we will recap on the use of expanded noun phrases and adjectives. We shall then explore how to write a recount, with a clear focus on writing simple, coherent narratives about personal experiences. The use of properly demarcating sentences with capital letters and full stops will be imperative within this unit. Finally, we shall learn how to write Non-Chronological Reports, with an acute emphasis on grammar and punctuation, as we will explore question marks in further detail and the use of possessive apostrophes and apostrophes used for contractions.
Our topic this term will be on Castles and we shall therefore be reading Terry Pratchett’s short story Dragons at Crumbling Castle for our class book. Hopefully, this book will be a fitting introduction for our descriptive writing of castles, knights and dragons!
We will be learning about Division in the first few weeks of term, followed by a thorough recap on Addition and Subtraction. This will be our main focus for Maths homework, as the children will need to continue to improve their methods of workings to improve their mental arithmetic. We will then move on to explore Geometry: properties of shape and finally, Statistics. Please ensure your child is continuing to practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables at home, as we shall be moving on to our 3 times tables at school.
Our focus in Science will be Animals Including Humans. In this unit, we will learn how humans and other animals are born, grow and change, and what we need to survive and be healthy. We will learn how to classify different kinds of animal babies, learn about the basic needs that are shared by humans and animals, and research the differing needs of animals within our care.
This half term, our new topic on Castles will be taught predominantly through History. We will learn about how people lived and worked in Castles and discover more about Castles in our locality: both Stansted Mountfitchett’s and Saffron Walden’s castles. In Geography, we will develop our Geographical skills and fieldwork by learning how to use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.
We will also use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language, to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
In DT, we will build our own Castles, with an aim to develop technical knowledge. We will learn how structures can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable and also explore and use mechanisms.
In Art, we will develop our drawing and painting skills to produce portraits of monarchs.
In Computing, we will continue to work on enhancing confidence with the use of Microsoft programmes, as well as safely using the internet.
In Music we will be learning a new class song, ‘I Wanna Play in the Band’, where we will learn about singing and playing together in an ensemble.
Finally, PE will be on Monday and Friday afternoons, starting off with Fundamental Movement Skills.
Please remember we are a healthy school and the children are only allowed to bring in a healthy snack for their morning break time. Check out http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/ for ideas on swapping to healthier snacks.
We also have several children and adults with severe nut allergies in school so please remember Henham is nut-free. If your child does bring in a food item that may contain nuts, please be advised that we will place this back in their school bag to be returned home. Thank you for your continued support.
Please do let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you all!