Hello and Welcome to Year 2
We hope that you have had a lovely Easter holiday and are ready for what’s coming next…
What is in store for this half term?
This half term our topic is 'The Scented Garden'
We have already opened our new Talking Tub and here are some of the questions we came up with.
What are the different parts of a flower?
How do flowers grow?
Why are flowers different colours?
How do plants stay healthy?
Why do we need bees?
We are very lucky to be having a visit from Jessica who owns local florist shop Jessica’s Flowers by Design.
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 our 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 learning looking closely at the vocabulary in our class books learning what new words mean. We will be writing descriptions and poetry.
In Mathematics we will continue to work on strategies to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division calculations. We will be consolidating our knowledge of fractions. We will be applying the knowledge we have to solve a range of word problems.
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 plants and flowers. We will be planting sunflower seeds and watching them grow, recording what we find in a diary. We will also be learning the parts of the plant and their functions. We will be dissecting flowers so we can observe them closely.
This half term we will be learning about coding. During our coding sessions we will be writing simple code that will enable us to design our own games.
Homework and Spellings
Homework is given out every Thursday and is to be returned by the following Tuesday. 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.
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. Our Facebook page will also be updated regularly.
Miss Hennigan and Mrs Chapman