Hello and Welcome to Year 2
Thank you for coming to visit our web page.
What is in store for this half term?
This half term our topic is 'Beachcombers'
We have already opened our new Talking Tub and here are some of the questions we came up with.
Which animals live in the sea?
What do animals eat in the sea?
Where is the Pacific Ocean?
What vehicles can we use on water?
Why do crabs live on the sand?
How do boats float?
Where did Christopher Columbus and James Cook explore?
Why did people send messages in bottles?
We are very excited to be visiting Cleethorpes in June. Don’t forget to check the blog for pictures and more details of what we got up to!
As a class this half term we will be reading...
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 the 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. Children need to bring their books and reading record to school every day.
In English this half term we will be writing recounts, stories and postcards. We will also be writing letters to pirates with a message in a bottle. We will be having a big focus on spellings with tests every week and prizes for those that get full marks!
In Mathematics we will continue to work on strategies to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division calculations. We will be applying the knowledge we have to solve a range of word problems. We will be collecting data and producing bar charts as well as asking and answering questions about them.
Each week every child will complete a Mental Mathematics test, which tests a variety of our mathematical knowledge and understanding. Every day we complete our Learn Its test. We look at our Learn Its every day and these are sent home every week as homework. It’s important that we know this facts off by heart, understanding the 'switcher' calculation. The focus this half term will be the 2 times table. We will continue to practise the 10 and the 5 times table as well as all previously learned ‘Learn Its’.
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. We will also be learning the related division facts.
In Science we will be learning about habitats, food chains and floating and sinking. We will be linking our Science learning to our topic as we focus on habitats around the coast.
This half term we will be creating simple sorting diagrams using the computers. We will also be using the Internet to research.
Homework and Spellings
Homework is given out every Thursday and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. House Points are awarded to 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. Homework also includes an optional homework menu with tasks related to our topic.
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. As the weather is getting warmer it would be beneficial for the children to bring their own water bottle so that we can use it during outdoor PE sessions. Please remember that earrings must be removed or covered with plasters for PE sessions.
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. It would also be beneficial for the children to bring a sun hat as the weather warms up.
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. Our new Facebook page will also be updated regularly.
Miss Hennigan, Mrs Chapman and Mrs Fleet