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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2:
Kandinsky Class & Gee Class


Miss Aitken is teaching Kandinsky Class this year and Miss Saunders and Mrs. Lucas are the class teachers in Gee Class.
 

Welcome

Thank you for your continued support through the start of this academic year. The children have settled in to year 2 brilliantly. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home.


Key Times

Homework

Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn. Please return your homework by Friday 8th December.

PE

In year 2, the PE days are Tuesday for both classes, Wednesday (Gee) and Friday (Kandinsky). Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days.

Trips

This half term we will be visiting the cinema on Thursday 23rd November.  We will be leaving at the start of the day and returning by lunchtime. If you have informed the class teacher that you are able to help, they will be in contact with you soon.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be spellings and grammar at 9.00am on Friday 1st December. We would welcome parent involvement in this, and look forward to seeing you then.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. Children should be lined up before 8.55am. In KS1, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:20.

 

Homework

Read it

Research it

Make it

This half term we will be reading the book: ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge. Your task is to research and read other books that include beasts and monsters. You could write a book review about your favourite one.

The local library is a great place to sit and enjoy a story. Design a way of presenting your favourite things about that book – it could be in a book review or as a mind-map. What was your favourite part? Who would you recommend it to? What happened in the story? Who was your favourite character?

This half term our IPC topic is Let’s Celebrate! Here, we will be learning about celebrations and festivals from different cultures. Your research task is to find out about a different celebration from around the world. A list of possible celebrations to research from the following continents could be:

 

  • Chinese New Year
  • Eid and/or Diwali
  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving

 To link with your ‘design it’ task, make your own beast made out of junk modelling materials.

 

Think about:

  • Portraying it’s emotions and personality
  • Which materials you will use.
  • Will it be large or small.

 

Try to be as creative as possible.

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Spend some time practicing the skills we are learning in school:

* Practise adding number bonds to 10, 20, 50 and 100.                                                                          * Continue practising your new spellings each week.              

* Read to an adult every evening and record this too.                               

* Practise skip counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s and from any given multiple also.                                   

* Practise counting to and across 100 in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s – forwards and backwards and from any number.

* Use all of the centre pages of your reading record diary to help you learn all of your phonics sounds.

Your write it task is directly linked to your research task above.

 

Your task is to write in detail about one of the festivals that you have researched

 

Present your work in a fun way so that other children can learn about the festival too.

 

For example, you might wish to create a poster to promote and display your festival. Alternatively, you may wish to create a fact file writing facts that you have learnt through your research

Can you create and design a brand new character that Julia Donaldson might use in one of her upcoming stories?

 

Design and draw your character to help you write about them in the ‘write it’ part of the homework.

Is the character friendly, scary, shy, fearsome? What features will you give your character so that we understand how you want him/her to make us feel?

Think about how Julia Donaldson gave the Gruffalo purple prickles all over his back so that he was scary!

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.

 


What are we learning?

In literacy we will begin by reading the Power of Reading text “The Lonely Beast”
by: Chris Judge

The children will be learning about the following genres of writing: poetry, narrative stories, alphabetical categorization.

Text work:

  • to reinforce and apply their word-level skills through shared and guided reading;
  • to use phonological, contextual, grammatical and graphic knowledge to work out, predict and check the meanings of unfamiliar words and to make sense of what they read;
  • to be aware of the difference between spoken and written language through comparing oral recounts with text; make use of formal story elements in re-telling;
  • to understand time and sequential relationships in stories, i.e. what happened when;
  • to discuss familiar story themes and link to own experiences, e.g. illness, getting lost, going away;
  • through shared and guided writing to apply phonological, graphic knowledge and sight
  • vocabulary to spell words accurately;
  • to use language of time (see sentence level work)
  • to structure a sequence of events, e.g. 'when I had finished ...', 'suddenly ...','after that ...'.
     

Sentence work:

  • to use awareness of grammar to decipher new or unfamiliar words, e.g. to predict from the text, to read on, leave a gap and re-read; 
  • to find examples, in fiction and non-fiction, of words and phrases that link sentences, e.g. after, meanwhile, during, before, then, next, after a while; 
  • to recognise and take account of commas and exclamation marks in reading aloud with appropriate expression; 
  • to re-read own writing for sense and punctuation.

In maths, we will be focusing on multiplication and division. We focus on these for a term so that children have a good foundation of number skills before moving on to other areas of mathematics.
 

Children will be taught to:

  • Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words.
  • Count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward.
  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones).
  • Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs.
  • use place value and number facts to solve problems.

Our topic learning will be based around the IPC unit ‘Let’s Celebrate’ – we will be learning about festivals and celebrations from different cultures and religions. We will use this learning to help us to understand and appreciate the many different cultures within our year group.
 

How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children also have a Mathletics login – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts. We also encourage the children to use their ‘Literacy Planet’ login to help practise their spelling skills.

If you have any questions, please talk to Miss Saunders or Miss Aitken, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.


Thanks,
Miss Aitken, Miss Saunders and Mrs. Lucas