Hello and Welcome to Year 2
We hope that you have had a great Christmas break and are ready for what’s coming next…
What is in store for this half term?
This half term our topic is 'Street Detectives'
We opened out talking tub before the Christmas holidays and these are some of the questions we came up with.
Where in the world is Thorne?
How deep are the coal mines?
What's it like down the mine?
How do people change as they get older?
On Tuesday 16th January we will be visiting the National Coal Mining Museum where we will be finding out about the coal mining industry.
As a class this half term we will be reading the fictional novel 'Boy of the Deeps' and the non-fiction text 'You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian Miner'.
Every child will also take part in a Guided Reading session every week with Miss Hennigan and Mrs Chapman, 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 new library and selecting their own book to read for pleasure. 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.
In English this half term we will be learning about diary entries, advertisements and non-fiction texts.
In Mathematics we are going to look at data collection using tally charts, pictograms and block graphs. We will continue to work on strategies to solve addition and subtraction calculations and move onto solving multiplication and division calculations.
Every day each child will take part in our Learn Its challenge. These will be sent home with homework so the children can practise at home. It is important that the children become fluent in recalling these facts.
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 continue learning the 2’s, 5’s and 10 times tables.
In Science we will be looking at humans and how they grow and change. We will be finding out what living things need to survive. We will also be thinking about a healthy lifestyle and how exercise affects our bodies.
This half term we will be using Purple Mash to create a brochure about our local area. We will also be using the ipads to take photographs to use in our brochures.
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.
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 in our shared area. 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.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our class web page. We hope you have found the information above useful and continue to visit our page as it is updated throughout the coming year.
Also please visit our Federation blog, https://brookemarshlandfederation.wordpress.com, which will be regularly updated with all the exciting things we will get up to throughout the year. Don't forget to check for regular updates on our facebook page!
Miss Hennigan and Mrs Chapman