Welcome to Y2NS
We hope you has a fantastic Christmas break, enjoying time with family, playing with your toys and having a rest – we sure did!
This half term our topic is Pit Boot and a Snap Tin.
Inside our talking tub, there were lots of exciting and interesting things. The children exploded all these objects and were very inquisitive. They asked many wonder questions:
- Why is coal dirty?
- Where can coal be found?
- How do people get underground?
- What county do we live in?
- How far down do miners go underground?
- How old do you have to be to be a coal miner?
- How old do you have to be to work in a coal mine?
- Why do our bodies grow and change?
We are extremely excited about our visit to the National Coal Mining Museum, where we will experience what it would be like to be a coal miner. You will receive a letter within the first weeks of the spring term informing you of dates and donations for this.
As a class this half term we will be reading ‘You Wouldn’t Want to be a Victorian Miner’ by John Malan, ‘Boy of the Deeps’ by Ian Wallace whilst also looking at documentaries of the miner’s strike and focusing on information texts of the great Florence Nightingale.
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 Thursday.
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. It is extremely important that your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day, as there will be opportunities for additional 1:1 reading sessions with an adult.
In English this half term we will be creating a variety of genres; riddles, diary entries, explanation texts and character descriptions.
Grammar and punctuation
- Use full stops, capital letters, question marks, apostrophes for contractions.
- Write sentences in different forms: statement, question, exclamation, command
- Use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify
- Use present and past tense consistently
- Use conjunctions (when, if, that, because, or, and, but) in sentences.
- Write for different purposes.
- Planning or saying out loud what they are writing about.
- Evaluating their writing with their teacher and their peers
- Read their writing aloud using appropriate intonation.
Our key focus in Mathematics will be:
- Use the multiplication symbol
- Identify that multiplication is commutative
- Use the division symbol when sharing
- Use the division symbol when grouping
- Explore representations of division problems
- Find related multiplication and division facts
- Calculate multiplications of two by skip counting
- Explore representations of multiplication problems
- Relate multiplying by two to doubling
- Calculate multiplications of five by skip counting
- Calculate multiplications of ten by skip counting
- Spot patterns in the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables
- Solve multiplication and division problems
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 different animals and plants and the habitats in which they live.
This half term we will be using espresso coding to write algorithms.
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 Wednesday and Thursday. 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.
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Miss Saul and Mrs Harhoff