Year 2

Welcome back!

It is hard to believe it is already the third and final term in Year 2!  I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break.

This newsletter contains useful information about what you should expect from the Summer term. If at any time you have any questions or you are unsure of anything, please ask. We are always happy to speak to you, however, if we are unable to see you at the beginning of the day please make an appointment to meet at a mutually convenient time.

Summer Overview

This term our topic is ‘SEASIDE’.  We will be learning about the seaside in the past and what it is like in the present. We will be looking at all aspects of the seaside from travel to food.

Maths

The main objectives we will be covering are:

  • Read and write two digit numbers in figures and words e.g. 98 – ninety-eight.
  • To be able to say the value of each digit in a number i.e. how many ones and tens.
  • Say the number that is 1 more or less and 10 more or less than any given number.
  • Create and describe number patterns e.g. multiplies of 2, 5 and 10.
  • Recognise sequences, including odd and even numbers to 30 and beyond.
  • Use the vocabulary related to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division plus symbols to describe and record number sentences using these four operations.
  • Double numbers to 10 and know their corresponding halves.
  • Solve problems involving counting, adding, subtracting, doubling or halving in the context of numbers, measures or money, for example to ‘pay’ and ‘give change’.

-Multiplication and division.
-Fractions using halves, thirds and quarters.

. Sort information using one or two criteria.

. Organise information using lists, tables, block graphs and pictograms.

  • Problem solving.
  • Tell the time on an analogue clock (with hands) to 5 minutes e.g. 5 past 3.

Important Reminders

  • Please make sure your child’s belongings are clearly named.
  • Reading books need to be in school every day and please remember to sign your child’s Reading Record.
  • Please make sure any money sent into school is in a named envelope.
  • Please make sure your child has their named PE kit in school every day.
  • Children will receive spellings on a Tuesday that they need to practice for the following Monday.
  • Homework – reading, spelling and times tables.
Holy Trinity School

Our motto is:

Alta Pete – Aim High

“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”

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English

We will be using information books to research what a seaside environment is like, both in and out of the water.  This links with our geography and history work too.

For English, we will be completing work linked to the book ‘How to wash a woolly Mammoth’ by Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley. We will be looking at instructions using this book.

After half term, our book will be Monsters: an owner’s guide by Jonathan Emmett & Mark Oliver. We will use this to learn about explanation texts.

The main focus of writing this term is to be absolutely confident at writing in sentences, punctuated and spelt correctly in a neat handwriting style.  We are also starting to write in paragraphs where possible. Presentation is very important and we want children to take pride in their work.  This term we will also be concentrating on story writing to become more creative in our writing. We will also be continuing to learn the 200 high frequency words.

Reading is an integral part of our school day. As well as a daily designated class reading time the children will access a wide range of texts throughout the day. They will be given opportunities to read texts during shared teaching, as part of a small group and individually. Your child will read with an adult in school at least twice a week. It is important that your child brings their reading book into school every day so that we can maximise additional opportunities for them to read. Please encourage your child to read every day at home and make it a special time together. Remember little and often is the best way to develop a love for reading! Please can you sign the reading record when you have read with your child, thank you.

Foundation Subjects

SCIENCE
Our topic is looking at ‘Plants’ and ‘Habitats’, which will include lots of investigative activities.  We will explore the school grounds, identify plants and mini beasts we find, discuss habitats and explore the similarities and differences. 

HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY
We will compare experiences of the seaside today and in the past, before most people owned a car. We will then continue with this theme incorporating maps of the Seaside and skills work associated with this.

RE  
This term we will be learning about the Muslim faith and about community and belonging within this faith.

COMPUTING  
In computing, pupils will be finding out about messaging and virtual worlds.  They will develop their understanding of digital texts, communicating in a technical world as well as understanding what a virtual world is.

PE  
Please provide your child with trainers as we will go outdoors as often as possible to play games and do athletics.

MUSIC   
We are learning a range of summer songs and adding musical instrument to them.

ART and DT
In Design and Technology, the children will be designing and making a kite. Which we will then fly and explore how they work. Then we will be creating a healthy diet and food associated with this.

Homework

Homework may be given to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding and it may also extend learning through research and investigation. The task set is the responsibility of the child with the support of parents.  Homework encourages independence and responsibility in the children. The most important homework your child can do is to read and share books with you, at least daily, practice the weekly spelling lists and learn at least the 2, 10 and 5 times tables by heart.

 

We hope you have found this information useful insight into the term ahead and thank you for your continuing support.

The Year Two team – Mrs Tyrrell, Mrs Stickler and Mrs Hart and Mrs Vincelli.