Welcome to Y2NS
We hope that you have had a great half term break and didn’t eat too much chocolate. Summer 1 is going to be a very busy term so we hope your batteries are fully charged and you’re ready to show off how fantastic you all are!
This half term our topic is ‘Scented Garden’
During our talking tub time. The children were extremely curious and asked many great questions including:
On the 16th April the very talented Jessica from Jessica’s Flowers by Design will be popping into school to come and teach Year 2 how to make their very own flower arrangement. She will also share many interesting facts about the plants and flowers she works with. How exciting it is!
As a class this half term we will be reading the fictional novels The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg and The Secret Garden by Zanna Davidson.
Every child will also take part in a Guided Reading session every week with Miss Saul and Mrs Harhoff, where they will read a different text to their individual reading book. Children will also take part in a range of reading activities including enjoying books in our own reading area.
The children will also be exploring our library and selecting their own book to read for pleasure. The children will have a designated library day for them to return and change their books, our library day is Tuesday.
It would be beneficial to developing your child's love of reading if you could find just five minutes several times a week, more if you can, to listen to your child read then ask them questions about the book and recording a comment in their reading record diary. When books are ready to be changed please put them in the ‘finished books’ box within the classroom.
In English this half term we will be writing letters, poetry as well as focusing on vocabulary and comprehension skills linked to our class novels.
In Mathematics we are going to focus on arithmetic, ensuring we are confident and accurate when using the methods that we have learnt throughout the year. We will also recap our knowledge on money, shape and time.
Every day each child will take part in our Learn Its challenge and on a Friday the children will complete a CLIC challenge.
Knowing the times tables to at least 12 x 12 from memory helps us with our written and mental calculations. Therefore throughout the year we will be memorising the times tables too, but it would be fantastic if you could also support your children to learn these at home. We will begin learning the 2’s, 5’s and 10 times tables.
In Science we will be learning about plants exploring how and why they grow. We will learn about what plants need in order to grow by looking at their life cycles.
This half term we will be revisiting how to stay safe online, before researching on the internet, copying and pasting important information.
Homework and Spellings
Homework is given out every Thursday and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. House Points are awarded to any children who return their homework on time.
The homework set will usually be aimed at consolidating what we have been learning that week in English and Mathematics, so it is very important that it is completed.
Spellings that the children need to learn are also attached to the homework on a Thursday. It is important that the children practise these so they can use them in their writing. The children will also have a spelling test on these every Wednesday morning.
Our PE days are Monday and Wednesday. We strongly advise that all children bring both their indoor and outdoor PE kit on a Monday morning and take it home on a Friday for washing. Please ensure PE kit is labelled with your child’s full name.
We recommend that all children have a water bottle in school every day, so that they can keep hydrated throughout the day. We have a designated area in the classroom where we keep our water bottles and can fill them up at the water fountain during break and lunch time. You can purchase a school water bottle from the office or use an alternative bottle. It would be really useful if you can make sure that your child's full name is on the bottle, in case we have more than one of the same bottle.
Please also look on our Facebook page for regular updates throughout the week.
Miss Saul and Mrs Harhoff