Happy New Year! We trust you have had a fantastic Christmas and the children are well rested and ready for some exciting learning back at school. Here is an overview of what they will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. If you have any questions, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.
Mrs Simmonds, Mrs Darlison and Mrs Ibison
Learning Challenge: What are the momentous moments in marvellous medicine?
This half-term’s learning challenge will have a strong historic focus. We will learn about significant nurses in history, focusing mainly on Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. The children will be learning about their lives, why they’re important and the impact they had. During this learning challenge, the children will deepen their understanding of what hospitals were like when Florence Nightingale was a nurse by going on an exciting trip to Thackray Medical Museum and taking part in their interactive activities. This trip will take place on Thursday 18th January – more details to follow. They will end the learning challenge by comparing and contrasting the nurses with each other and nurses today.
We will continue to focus on key writing skills such as punctuating sentences correctly, ensuring sentences make sense, good spelling choices, and using adventurous vocabulary to ensure our writing is interesting for the reader.
The children will spend some time immersing themselves in some good poetry. They will read poems to themselves, in pairs and aloud in groups and give opinions about which they prefer and why. They will then use this inspiration to write their own poems linked with our learning challenge. The children will learn the key features of a diary and put this into practice by writing a diary entry in the role of Florence Nightingale. This cross-curricular link will motivate the children and allow them to feed their historic knowledge into their writing. Finally, to link with our Valentine’s Enterprise project, the children will learn the art of persuasive writing by creating posters to encourage people to attend their Valentine’s Fair.
We are going to change our approach to reading in Year 2 for the Spring and Summer term to focus and develop the children’s reading skills through a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts in whole class reading lessons. The children will be developing the skills of predicting, using clues in the text to work out the meaning of unknown words, drawing on their background knowledge to help them with their understanding and visualising what is happening in the text. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to discuss their thoughts and ideas about a text in partners, in groups and with an adult. Alongside this, the children will continue to build on their fluency, expression and tone when reading aloud. In addition, children will continue to read with an adult once a week. Please continue to read with your child and foster the love of reading - it really boosts their progress, enjoyment and confidence!
Spelling and Phonics
This half-term, we are going to begin by learning how to spell words in the ‘sh family’ such as: ch-(chef), -tion (option), -sion (division), -ssion (session), -ssure (pressure), -sure (measure), -cious (delicious) and -cial (facial). We will then learn the rule of doubling the consonant before adding -ing, -ed and -er (dropping, dropped, dropper). The children will then build on their knowledge of when to use the possessive apostrophe (Megan’s shoes) and contracted words (do not = don’t). The children will continue to practise spelling the Year 2 National Curriculum exception words and recap their phonics knowledge in every phonics and spelling lesson. We have continued to see an improvement in the children’s spelling in their writing. Thank you so much for helping your child with their spellings at home. We will continue to send weekly spellings home on a Friday which will sometimes include extra information to tell you about the particular spelling pattern your children have learnt in class.
Firstly in maths, the children will be learning how to calculate change to finish off our unit of work on money. They will learn how to count on efficiently to find the difference between two amounts. Next, we will be learning all about multiplication and division. The children will be learning how multiplication and division facts are connected. They will learn various strategies for solving x and ÷ calculations and will also learn how to solve a range of problems in context. Lastly, the children will begin some work on statistics: drawing and interpreting simple pictograms, tally charts and line graphs.
In science, we will be learning about the human body. To link with our nursing learning challenge, we will be focusing on how we keep healthy. The children will identify, name, draw and label parts of the human body and learn about what our different body parts need to work effectively. The children will also carry out an investigation on how exercise affects our bodies and learn about healthy eating.
We will be learning about how Christians and Muslims pray, the meaning behind prayer and the reasons for doing it. The children will develop an understanding of the importance of prayer to those who belong to that religion.
Our unit this half term is Keeping Safe where the children will learn about how to keep safe and manage risk both indoors and outdoors. We will cover how to keep safe in the home, how to contact the emergency services, how to keep safe online and rules for playing outside such as always letting a trusted adult know where you are.
PE for Year 2 is on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. This half-term the children will be doing gymnastics. They will develop a range of ways in which to travel, both on and off the apparatus. They will recap the balances learnt in Year 1 and develop these by linking them with travelling. Then, the children will learn some different jumps, such as a tucked jump or a star jump and practise dismounting the apparatus in a controlled manner. They will have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in small groups.
The children will be learning some new action songs and games this half term from a music scheme called 'The Voices Foundation'. The children will gradually build on their musical knowledge and skills through exploring a range of different songs and they will continue to appraise songs from a range of different genres. They will be learning lots of call and response songs to practise finding the correct pitch. They will also have the opportunity to perform on their own or as part of a small group in class to build their confidence as performers.
This half term in computing we will be looking at Online Safety and especially at the dangers young people face when they are playing games online. To show what they have learned both Year 2 classes will be making films about Online Safety on the iPad app iMovie.
Art and Design and Technology
This will be covered within our learning challenge topic.
Later this half term, the children will embark upon an exciting Enterprise project. They will work in project teams to design and make some Valentines themed cards and crafts which they will then sell at our 'Valentines Fair' which is being held in the school hall on Friday 9th February 2018. Throughout this project the children will be learning some extremely valuable life skills: how to work as part of a team, how to design and make products that people want to buy and how to maximise profit. Watch out Alan Sugar, your next business partner could be among us!