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Y2 Spring 1 2020

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.


Best wishes

Mrs Simmonds, Mrs Darlison and Miss Lockwood


Learning Challenge: What are the momentous moments in marvellous medicine?

This half-term’s learning challenge will have a strong historic focus. Florence Nightingale herself (An expert from Thackray Medical Museum) will be coming to spend the morning with us in Week 2! She will tell us all about her life as a nurse in the Crimean war including the sights, smells and sounds, giving the children a real understanding of what is was really like to be there. She will also talk about the impact she had on medicine today. She will bring historic medical artefacts for the children to have a hands-on experience of the medical equipment that was used in the past. The children will also learn about Mary Seacole, 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. 


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! We will be using this fantastic book by Anthony Browne in our reading lessons.


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. 



To begin our new term, the children will be learning about money. They will develop their knowledge about all the coins and notes we have in our currency, and quickly learn how to add up different amounts of coins. Soon after, the children will be learning how to calculate change (using subtraction as a key method), as well as using efficient methods 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. We will end the term by introducing statistics: drawing and interpreting simple pictograms, tally charts and line graphs.


This term we will also be launching TTRS (Times Tables Rock Stars) with the children. Please continue to spend lots of time playing on Numbots.



In science, we will carry out experiments and investigations which require us to think scientifically, considering how to ensure a test is fair. We will make close observations, gather data and draw conclusions to answer scientific questions.



We will be learning about how Christians and Muslims celebrate new life and looking atthe differences and similarities in welcoming ceremonies for new babies.  As part of this topic, we would like to play ‘Guess who’ with baby pictures! Please can you email with a picture of your child as a baby by Friday 17th January.  


This half-term, the children will be working on their ball skills. They will learn to track the path of a ball over a net and move towards it. They will practise hitting and return a ball using their hand and also with a racquet. The children will also work in pairs and teams to play games which involve throwing, catching and hitting a ball.



The children will continue to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They will practise listening with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.  The children will also begin to experiment with, select and combine sounds using their developing knowledge of music dimensions.



This half term in computing we will be learning word processing skills. We will become more familiar with the layout of the keyboard and practise typing all upper and lower case letters. We will then use Word to create a simple fact file linked with our learning challenge.


Art and Design and Technology

We will be learning about the basic principles of a healthy and balanced diet. The children will learn about where food comes from and will have the opportunity to design and create a healthy dish. They will learn some important food preparation skills such as cleaning vegetables, grating, and cutting hard and soft foods with a knife.