Welcome to term 5. Later this term children in year 2 will take statutory assessment tests in reading, writing, maths, spelling and grammar; it is therefore really important that they continue to attend school every day and that the children have had plenty of sleep so that they are fresh and ready to learn. Below is an overview of learning and development.  Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any further questions. 

Maths Reasoning and problem-solving around various mathematical concepts and within different mathematical areas of learning will still make up a large part of each lesson. During the first week we will continue our work on time which will involve the children telling and writing the time to the nearest five minutes and comparing and sequencing intervals of time. We will then move onto capacity; children will use standard units to estimate and measure capacity (l/ml) and temperature (oC) to the nearest appropriate unit, using thermometers and measuring vessels. A period of time will then be spent on revision before testing begins during the week commencing 16th May.

English Children in year 2 will begin the term studying instructional texts which will result in a written piece of work which demonstrates the use of features specific to this text type. For example, children will learn to use imperative (‘bossy’) verbs effectively and accurately, as well as commas for a list where appropriate, a main heading, sub-headings and bullet points. The context for their own set of instructions will be an area of science; children will plant their own bean to observe and monitor growth and will then write their own set of instructions informing their audience or reader of how to plant a bean. From here we will then study Traditional Tales with a Twist. The final outcome will be another extended piece of writing which will give children the opportunity to write their own twisted tale which includes a variety of rich vocabulary and punctuation to make the story exciting for the reader. Children will continue to use ‘language through colour’ planning frames to organise writing into events which are sequenced. The children will also continue to develop their skills reading, spelling and grammar through daily teaching and learning sessions.

Science Living things and their habitats- We will begin the term with a continued focus on plants as living things. Children will investigate over time the process of the growth of seeds into plants. They will investigate and then describe how plants need light to grow and stay healthy and will observe how different seeds germinate. Children will then explore and look closely at the natural environment around them. They will learn about and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of plants and animals. Children will identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats and learn about how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain. Working scientifically will involve children asking questions, observing, carrying out simple tests and sorting and classifying.

Theme Our topic work this term is music. Children will be provided with the opportunity to develop their skills through the interrelated strands of ‘listening’, ‘performing’, ‘composing’ and ‘appraising’. For example, they will learn to: • Keep to a steady beat • Copy and play more complicated rhythms • Develop symbol notation for long and short rhythms, and for compositions • Create their own rhythms for others to play-record these using grid notation • Devise questions and answers in rhythms-body percussion and instruments • Singing in pitch, in unison and in two parts (a selection of songs/rounds/raps) • Watch a conductor for speed • Develop listening skills: identify melodic phrases: identify rhythmic patterns: recognise different sections in pieces • play tuned and untuned instruments with control and rhythmic accuracy • compose, developing rhythmic and melodic material and performing compositions to class peers

Physical Education PE will continue to take place each week on Tuesday. The focus will be invasion games activities. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions.  Thank you. 

RE Children will begin by learning about features of Hinduism with a specific focus on worship, Gods and Goddesses. They will then move onto Christianity in order to learn about the birth of the Church. 

Homework

Spellings Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning.  These will form a mix between high and medium frequency words, and words that reinforce various spelling patterns.  On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them.  They will bring them back to show the class teacher on Monday. Maths Homework will be set and given to children each Friday for them to complete over the week-end. This homework will enable children to practise skills already taught in class. Children should bring their completed task back to school on Monday morning so that we can mark the work together at the start of the maths lesson. Writing A piece of written work will also be set each Friday for completion over the week-end. This work will either re-enforce children’s learning of grammar or it will link to the text or genre that your child is studying.  Reading Children in Year 2 should be reading for a minimum of 15 minutes, at least four nights per week.   Any additional reading they do on their own is wonderful!  If your child is a confident, fluent reader, he or she will still need to read aloud to help develop expression and use punctuation correctly.  Your child will benefit from talking about the book - forming opinions, summarising, guessing what might happen next.  Please help take an active role in your child's reading experience by reading with him or her regularly.  Each child should have a named book bag in which to keep their reading book and reading record.  This book bag should be brought into school every day.

Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful during reading sessions: • Who is(are) the main character(s)?  What is the main idea? • What is the problem?  How was it solved? • Describe the setting using evidence from the text.  Where does the story take place? • Did you think the story had a good ending?  If not, how could you have changed the ending? • Are there any words you didn't understand?  How can you find out their meaning? • Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same (very important for developing vocabulary)! • Did they like the story?  Why or why not?

Thank you for your continued support.

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