The sun is shining and it’s our last half-term in Year 2! We are so excited about our ‘seaside’ themed learning challenge and have lots of fun activities planned! Here is an overview of what the children will be learning in the different subject areas. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to pop in anytime.
Mrs Simmonds, Mrs Darlison and Mrs Ibison
Learning Challenge: Why do we like to beside the seaside?
This learning challenge will be geography led for the first half of the half-term. In these few weeks the children will be learning about what a seaside is and using an atlas to find a variety of British seaside towns on a map. They will explore what the features of a seaside are and identify which ones are human and physical geographical features. The children will also learn about seaside resorts in the past and how they have changed over time. The children will be able to experience first-hand all that they have learnt about when we go on our Filey trip on Friday 13th July – more details to follow!
The children will be learning all the skills of writing a fictional story. They will use a story mountain to plan and write a discovery-based story set at the beach. Before writing, they will learn how to describe a setting using all the senses, how to use adjectives, adverbs and time conjunctions effectively and how to link their sentences together in a chronological sequence. They will have plenty of opportunities to self-edit and peer edit, refining these skills ready for Year 3. Developing these skills will help them to find their own punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors, as well as identifying how they can improve the content of their own writing or that of a classmate. The children will also practise their letter writing skills, using all of their geographical knowledge about seasides, to write postcards from the beach! (This beautiful wordless picture book by David Wiesner will be our inspiration for writing a story set at the beach)
We will be continuing to teach reading lessons as a whole class to focus and develop the children’s reading skills. The children will begin the half-term by reading the fantastic picture book ‘Flotsam’. They will be developing their prediction skills, generating questions about characters and making inferences based on events in the story and character’s thoughts, feelings and actions. The children will then move on to developing these and other skills through the reading of non-fiction and poetry texts based on the seaside. 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.
Spelling and Phonics
This half-term we are going to be revisiting all that we have learnt in Year 2. This will include: using an apostrophe for possession, revising the spelling of many homophones and adding the suffix ‘-ment’, ‘-ful’, ‘-ness’ and ‘-ly’ to a word. The children will continue to practise spelling the Year 2 National Curriculum common exception words. As we have done throughout the year, we will continue to send weekly spellings home on a Friday. We have seen such an improvement in the children’s spelling in their writing throughout the year and want to thank you once again for your role in this through your continued support with spelling homework.
In Maths we will begin by recapping the work we have done on telling the time - aiming for as many children as possible to be able to tell the time to five minute intervals using the analogue clock. Having this skill secure will really help the children in Year 3. The rest of the half term will be devoted to developing problem solving skills. We will be consolidating the calculation methods we have learnt all year and applying these to problems in a range of different contexts - specifically measure, money and time. There will be a larger focus on the children finding multiple methods to solve a problem or calculation and then choosing the most efficient method. Of course times tables will still be a huge focus as the children need to know their 2s, 5s and 10s off by heart by the end of the year.
The children will carry out an experiment into how plants grow, learning that seeds need light, water and a suitable temperature to grow. They will plant their own seeds and observe the changes over time. They will also plant some seeds in different conditions to find out how these conditions affect growth.
This half term we will continue to explore 'Creation' from the perspective of different religions. We will then think about 'right and wrong' and have some philosophical lessons discussing different views and opinions about what this means. Through our Philosophy lessons, the children will learn some valuable conversation skills: how to take turns, actively listen, respond appropriately and challenge the views of others respectfully.
This half-term, our focus will be physical health and wellbeing. The children will learn about how to keep their bodies and minds healthy through diet and exercise.
Year 2 will be practising their athletics skills in preparation for Sports Day. They will be given the chance to develop their running, jumping, throwing skills over the course of the half-term.
In music this half-term, the children will be learning to perform song rhythms using a range of percussion instruments. They will be working on the concepts of dynamics, pitch and tempo. They will also develop an understanding of the concept of metre and will perform songs with a 4-beat repetitive sequence as well as listening to music with a 4-beat metre.
The children will use some fun and engaging programs to practise their word processing skills. Then they will use these skills at the end of the half-term to type up some of their science findings using Word.
Art and Design and Technology
The children will be given the design brief to make a moving vehicle and to keep this seaside-themed, they will be making an ice cream van of course! The children will learn how to use wheels and axles as mechanisms to make their vehicles move.