Here is an online phonics guide for parents which we will be a really useful way for you to find out more about phonics, how it is taught in class and how you can help your child at home.
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Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter- Summer Term (First Half)
Welcome back, after the Easter holiday. We hope that you all enjoyed the beautiful weather and feel refreshed and ready to learn! As I am sure you are aware this is going to be a very busy half term for Year 2. We will of course be using the National Tests as part of our ongoing assessment process, however this will be incorporated into our normal school routine as much as possible and we will be doing lots of other interesting topic work. As always Mrs Adkinson, Mrs Pringle, Ms Corcoran & Mrs Steenkamp will be working with us.
This term in Literacy we will be studying significant children’s authors (Ronda Armitage – The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch). The children will be reading a selection of books and discussing story themes, characters and settings. They will be writing simple evaluations of the stories and writing stories based on new characters.
We will continue to develop our work on punctuation, thinking about capital letters, full stops, commas and speech marks in both reading and writing.
Spelling- We will continue to revise the long vowel sounds. We will be using syllables to help spell new words. We will also be looking at words that sound the same (Homophones) but have different spellings and using the suffixes ful, ly and ness.
- To punctuate sentences with a capital letter, full stops, commas and speech marks and to always reread work.
- To use a wide range of connectives instead of 'and' but because etc.
- To use joined handwriting for all written work
Number – This half term we will be revising the concept of multiplication and division. We will be developing mental calculation strategies for both multiplication and division by recognising the relationship between the two operations.
Mental/Oral –We will be revising doubles and halves of numbers up to 100 and we will be developing counting in patterns of 2s, 5s and 10s and learning all our Times Tables
Shape, Space and Measures
We will be learning to measure, using nonstandard and standard measurements, this will include capacity and mass (weight). We will spend some time working on symmetry and angles with Mrs Steenkamp, our maths specialist.
- Counting in 3s,4s and 11s
- Quick fire knowledge of all times tables
- Number bonds to 100+
Our topic this half term is twofold – we will learn about life cycles from butterflies and frogs the local environment. We will be looking at different types of
habitat and the plants and animals that live in them. We will be conducting surveys and creating our own fact file on different creatures. Don’t forget to look in your own back garden to see what you can find.
Our ICT will be closely linked with our science topic. The children will be looking at questions and answers and how we can use computer databases to find out more information about different animals.
This term we will be looking at the Jewish faith. We will be learning about the Jewish way of life looking at beliefs and practices. We plan to visit a synagogue in Catford, where the children will have the opportunity to meet a Rabbi.
We will be starting our topic of the seaside which will run for the majority of the summer term. We will learn about coastal features and the differences between now and Victorian times. If you have any postcards/ pictures from seaside resorts both from the UK or abroad we would be very grateful to have them for our class display.
Recorder lessons in small groups will continue and children are taught notation and to sight read music. We will also learn some sea shanties.
We will be learning about the language of the seaside, the sea, sand, swimming costume etc.
The children will be drawing and sketching shells. We will also look at seascapes, painted by a range of artists, the children will have the opportunity to use a variety of different mediums including water colours and collage, to paint in the 'style' of.
We will be doing tennis and cricket this half term. The children will therefore need out door kit. For this half term the children will require t-shirts, shorts and plimsolls.
Tuesday - Tennis
Thursday - Cricket
Homework is given on a two weekly cycle. The dates for it to be handed in are on the web site. Each week homework will consist of either a Literacy or a Numeracy activity linked to that week’s work. We encourage the children to complete IXL maths and the results have been excellent. It is expected that homework will be neatly presented and that any writing should be done in pencil.
Spelling are tested on Friday.
Children are expected to read on a daily basis and it is essential that parents write a comment. Thank you for your support – it is always much appreciated.
Children are expected to read on a daily basis and it is essential that parents write a comment in the Reading Record.