Year 2 have had a great half term settling into Mrs Cowin’s and Mrs Kelly’s classes. We have been learning how to write traditional tales and had a great morning acting out a scene from Little Red Riding Hood (Look out Hollywood, here we come!).
The Year 2 Team
Year 2 Curriculum
In year 2, children are required to complete their SAT’s in May. In order to prepare pupils for these we work hard in class at encouraging children to become independent thinkers and to build up their stamina to read and write longer pieces of work.
Please ensure all children bring their book bags into class every day, regardless of whether they have read the night before. Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. We ask children to re-read books to develop fluency. In year 2 we also encourage the children to write and draw about their favourite books they are reading at home using their reading record. There is a prize each Friday for the child who has tried their best with this activity. We also encourage adults at home to ask children questions about this reading books not just listen to them read. This help with their comprehension skills.
Every Friday children will receive a list of year 2 words, these are either common exception words or words that contain ‘sounds’ we are learning that week in class. These need to be practised at home each evening in readiness for testing on Friday.
Handwriting is very important in year 2 and we are going to be focussing on improving our cursive writing over the next half term. We will send out handwriting homework each Friday along with spellings. We are asking that parents/carers take some time to sit with their child and encourage them to correctly form each letter using the given examples.
Autumn Term Topics
Art – Roy Lichtenstein
Computing – Internet safety / Coding
Music – With specialist music teacher
PE – Gymnastics / Invasion Games
RE – New Beginnings
Science – Habitats / Materials
Topic – Africa / Space (Geography and history taught through topic)
In Science we have been investigating habitats. During our lessons we conducted an experiment to see how penguins keep warm. We found out that they have oil on their feathers to keep them waterproof. It was exciting seeing how oil and water do not mix. We also looked at micro-habitats outside, it was great fun finding slimy worms and pretty ladybirds in the soil.