Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter for Spring 2 2021
Welcome back everybody, we hope you have enjoyed the half-term break. Let’s hope the weather starts to pick up this half-term and we can start spotting the signs of Spring outside! Here is an overview of what the children will be learning this half term in the different subject areas.
Mrs Ibison and Miss Robertson
Learning Challenge: How would my life be different in China?
We will be kicking off our learning challenge by; learning all about Chinese New Year, how to say some words in Mandarin, learning some fun facts about China and learning how to use chopsticks in our chopstick challenge! The learning challenge will be mainly focusing on developing the children’s geographical skills and knowledge. They will begin by exploring atlases, maps and globes to understand where the UK and China are in the world. The children will also be comparing Farsley and Beijing by looking at their human and physical geographical features, highlighting any similarities and differences.
We will be using a traditional Chinese tale called ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ to inspire our writing this half-term. The story tells of a poor young girl who is given a magic paintbrush. She kindly paints food and water for the poor but a greedy Emperor steals the paintbrush. The children will explore the contrasting characters in the book and use expanded noun phrases and conjunctions to describe them in detail. Then, we will use ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques to make our own changes to the characters and events and write a similar story. Our writing focus will be to ensure our story ideas are well thought out and link together. The children will need to spell all Year 1 and 2 High Frequency Words correctly and use a range of conjunctions to extend their sentences. We will be giving the children plenty of opportunities to write at length, so they can fill a whole page in their writing book!
We are going to continue with our RWI reading lessons over this half term. We are also going to being exploring richer texts to develop the children's reading skills. 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. 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 to add the suffix ‘-er’, ‘ed’ and ‘est’ onto words ending in e (e.g. baker, baked, closest). We will then move onto learning to add the suffix ‘-ing’ and ‘-ed’ to words of one syllable (e.g. clapping, clapped). After this, we will learn that the or sound can be spelt with the letter a before the letter l or ll (e.g. ball, call). To finish our spelling for this half term, we will spell words with the short o vowel sound (e.g. done, cover). The children will continue to practise spelling the Year 2 National Curriculum common exception words in every spelling lesson. We will send weekly spellings home on a Friday now that we are back at school. We will also continue to set spelling assignments on Spelling Shed. Thank you so much for helping your child with their spellings at home.
This half term the children will be learning all about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. They will learn how to count the number of sides, edges, faces and vertices and how to recognise if a shape has a vertical line of symmetry. They will also be practising accurately drawing different shapes, recognising which 3D shapes are represented by 2D nets and exploring shape patterns. After that, we move on to fractions. The children will consolidate their learning from Year 1 - finding one half and one quarter of lengths, objects, shapes and quantities. Next, they will progress to finding one third and three quarters. We will still be practising times tables or number bonds every morning so keep up the hard work on Times Table Rock Stars! The children are making amazing progress.
In science, we will be finding out about the basic needs of humans for survival. We will also have lots of opportunities to use our scientific investigation skills in Science Week.
This half-term we will begin a unit of work about looking after our planet and the children will produce some creative outcomes detailing what they think is good about our world. The children will learn about how people of different faiths believe that the world was created. We will then think about what we can do as responsible citizens to protect and care for the world we live in.
Our unit this half term is ‘Medicines and Me’ where children will learn that medicines are taken to help people stay healthy or to get better if they are ill. They will learn that doctors can prescribe medicines or that they can be bought from a pharmacy. Most importantly, they will learn all about how to keep safe around medicines and that they can be harmful if not taken correctly.
This half term, the children will have the opportunity to be taught dance by Phoenix Dance Company once a week to improve their dance, co-ordination and confidence. The other lesson will be an outdoor lesson developing the skills we have been previously learning. For example, throwing and catching, team games and thinking tactically.
In Music this half term the children will add to their growing bank of songs and rhymes and will continue to learn about rhythm, pulse, tempo and dynamics. The children will be learning about the key elements of music predominantly through singing and games - along with opportunities to create rhythms using a range of instruments.
In computing this half term, the children will be developing their searching skills. We will be looking at a range of browsers and learning how to search the internet in a safe way. This will lead to the children creating their own blog.
Art and Design and Technology
The children will be developing their drawing skills and learning how lines can be used to create different textures and patterns. To link with our China topic, they will then apply these skills to create a drawing of a Willow pattern plate which depicts a traditional Chinese story.