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Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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 this academic year. The 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 Summer 1. Please return your homework by Monday 21st May.

PE

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

Trips

This half term we will have a healthy meal show and tell party in the afternoon of the 21st May where we will discuss out homework and enjoy a delicious, healthy picnic as a year group. We will be remaining on school grounds and therefore do not need parent helpers this half term.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop next term will be ‘How children learn and helping parents help children learn’. 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 are now used to the soft start where they enter the building at 8.45, ready for the 9am start. In KS1, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:20.

 

Homework

Read it

Research it

Make it

As part of our Literacy topic and POR focus this half term we will be reading and exploring the genre of Narrative. Our POR text this half term is:

Emily Brown and the Thing by Cressida Cowell.

Your task is to read a wide selection of story books written by Cressida Cowell.

 

Choose your favourite story and write a review about why you liked it. Cressida Cowell has written some great stories such as:

  • Emily Brown and the emergency elephant;
  • Cheer up your teddy Emily Brown;
  • How to train your dragon

In Science we will be learning all about the human body in our new IPC topic, ‘Super Humans’.

Your research task is to find out about some of the topics below that interest you and find out interesting and key facts about it.
The main external parts of the body are called

  • The five human senses
  • How we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch
  • How the brain connects to other body parts
  • How to eat healthily and get enough exercise
  • How and why we use medicines

Why body hygiene is important

Your Make it task is directly linked to the design it task below. Thinking about healthy eating and a balanced diet, your make it task is to make a healthy meal at home with an adult.

Think about what ingredients you will choose. Will your meal contain red/white meat or fish? Is your meal going to contain all of the key food groups? What vegetables will you include?

On Monday 21st May we will have a healthy meal picnic party in the afternoon where we will discuss our homework and enjoy a delicious, healthy picnic.

Please ensure that you bring in your healthy meal on Monday 21st May as this is the day of our picnic.

 

Please ensure your meals contains no nuts.

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Spend some time practising 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 counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s and from any given multiple as well.                                    * 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.

This is linked directly to your research task above.

Present the facts and information from your research in an interesting and engaging way. For example:  you may wish to create either a poster, fact-file and/or leaflet displaying and containing all of the relevant and important interesting facts you have found.

Think carefully about using correct punctuation, interesting and technical vocabulary and the types of sentences that you are writing.

Make sure that you focus on meeting your new literacy target.

In Science we will be thinking about why it is important and necessary to have a healthy diet for our bodies and minds.

Your design it task is to design a healthy and balanced meal. Think about what you would need to include to make sure that it is a healthy and balanced meal/diet?

Can you design an engaging and visually realistic poster of your healthy, balanced meal informing others of what a possible healthy meal could look like?

Make sure you label the food groups and explain why each one is important and what each category of food group does to help you to develop and grow healthily?

Think carefully about which different types of foods you will choose to include and why. 


What are we learning?

Literacy:

Text work:

Children will continue to read with an adult at least once a week to help them use their phonics as well as make predictions and inferences. They will be required to clarify meanings of words, summarize main events and evaluate texts based on their opinions and knowledge of a wide range of texts. This includes understanding of time and sequence (e.g. ‘what happened when they…?’) and to link stories themes to their own experiences (e.g. getting lost or being ill).

Reading will also focus on their awareness of the difference between spoken and written language by comparing oral recounts with tests and they will use some of these more formal elements in their re-telling.

We will also continue work on vocabulary within their writing to help with the children’s spelling, including sight-words that occur more frequently.

Children will be asked to use a wide range of punctuation (commas, apostrophes, exclamation marks, question marks), grammatical features (such as time connectives) and re-reading to check their own writing for clarity and to edit or improve.

 

Maths:

Children will be revisiting many different aspects of maths including:

Place value:

Partitioning two digit numbers in different combinations (e.g. 23 is the same as 2 tens and 3 ones which is the same as 1 ten and 13 ones). Using estimation and place value knowledge to check that their answers to calculations are reasonable (e.g. knowing that 48 will be less than 100)

Addition and subtraction:

Adding 2 digit numbers within 100 using the column method. Subtracting two digit numbers using column method where grouping is required and where it is no required. (e.g. 64 – 22 requires no regrouping; 64 – 26 requires regrouping) and reasoning with both (64 – 22 will give an even number answer because…) Recognizing the relationship between addition and subtraction and using the inverse to check calculations (? – 14 – 28)

Multiplication and division:

Recall and use multiplication and division fats for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables to solve simple problems (knowing that they can make 7 groups of 5 from 35 blocks and writing the number sentence). Using multiplication facts to make deductions outside known multiplication facts (e.g. knowing that multiples of 5 end in a 0 or a 5 and reasoning that 18 x 5 cannot be 92 because it can’t be a multiple of 5). Finding remainders using known facts (e.g. 15 divided by 5 = 3 and a remainder of 0 so 16 divided by 3 will have a remainder of 1).

Shape and Measure:

Using different coins to make the same amount (e.g. working out how many £2 coins are needed to exchange for a £20 note), reading scales such as temperatures, weighing scales and measuring jugs, including reading scales in divisions of twos, fives and tens and where not all numbers on the scales are given. Reading the time to the nearest 5, 15 or 30 minutes. Describing similarities and differences of 2D and 3D shapes including lines of symmetry, numbers of edges, vertices and faces.

Fractions:

Identifying 1/3, ¼, ½, 2/4, ¾ which includes comparing fractions of amounts (for example, ¼ of £20).

Our topic learning will be based around the question ‘Super humans?’ We will be talking about the human body and what we need to do to keep our bodies and minds healthy.

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. Please do also use the fantastic Literacy Planet resources to aid your children’s weekly spellings and general Literacy skills at home.

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