Welcome back LHY2. I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter break and are ready for the SATs tests that we have all been working towards. Children in year 2 will be sitting two Maths and Reading tests and three English Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation tests at the end of May. Please continue to help your child with any homework, reading or extra test materials that are given out in this important term.
Spellings and Homework
Spellings and homework will be given out on Fridays. These have to be returned by Wednesday of the next week, when we also have our spelling test. All the children who have completed their homework will also go into a weekly prize draw.
Your child’s reading book will be changed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Please make sure that you write a comment in their reading record to show how they are getting on with the book they have been given. This way, we can make sure that your child is reading the books they can understand and enjoy. You do not always have to read the entire book every night. Focus on 2 pages and talk about the characters, setting and plot in a lot of detail. You might want to take it in turns to read so your child can hear how you read. Please make sure that reading books are in school every day, as your child will read it to an adult at some time throughout the week.
PE will continue to be on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure that your child has their kit in school on those days. They should wear a white or blue t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or pumps for outdoor sessions.
Summer 1 Topic – Space
During the first part of our summer term we will be learning about the very first moon landing and why it remains such an important historical event in our living history. Through our topic, we will be learning about the events of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and understanding why the achievements of the astronaut Neil Armstrong make him a significant figure in History now. We are very excited about a planetarium visit we have coming to school to help us understand more. We will continue to learn about materials in our Science topic, conducting different investigations about the properties of lots of everyday materials. We have taken inspiration from a painting created by the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh, for our Art work this half term. We will be looking closely at his piece called ‘Starry Night’, and making our very own starry pictures using some of the same painting techniques.
In English the children will be reading lots of space-themed story books and developing their ideas for different characters and the adventurous that they may go on. We will be taking inspiration from the books ‘Bob the Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram, ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy and ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers to practise using adjectives, adverbs and good sentence punctuation. We will use these skills to build up to our own independent creative story writing and character descriptions by the end of the half term.
Children will take three separate papers in grammar, spelling and punctuation:
In Reading we will be continuing to work in groups to share different types of book. We discuss the things we have read and give our thoughts and feelings about each book. We also try hard to answer questions about stories, thinking about how characters are feeling and why things have happened. The children will continue practising their phonics and the high frequency and common exception words. Most of the children have now moved on to learning about spelling rules and developing their knowledge of different prefixes and suffixes that we might add to change a word’s meaning.
The reading test for Year 2 pupils will involve two separate papers:
Each paper is worth 50 per cent of the marks, and should take around 30 minutes, but children will not be strictly timed, as the tests are not intended to assess children’s ability to work at speed. The texts in the reading papers will cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and will get progressively more difficult towards the end of the test. Teachers will have the option to stop the test at any point that they feel is appropriate for a particular child.
There will be a variety of question types:
In Maths we will be looking at measures. We will first look at telling the time to five minutes, including quarter to and quarter past. We will draw the hands on clock faces to show these times and compare and sequence intervals of time. We will then move on to measuring mass, weight, length and height, capacity and temperature. We will finish by describing movement and turns.
The Maths test will comprise two papers:
Paper 1: arithmetic, worth 25 marks and taking around 15 minutes.
Paper 2: mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning, worth 35 marks and taking 35 minutes, with a break if necessary. There will be a variety of question types: multiple choice, matching, true/false, constrained (e.g. completing a chart or table; drawing a shape) and less constrained (e.g. where children have to show or explain their method). Children will not be able to use any tools such as calculators or number lines.
If you require any more information regarding the SATs tests or any other information please come and see me. I know this can feel like a very daunting time for the children, they just need to remember to try their best.
I want to express my appreciation for all your continued support as we enter this important school term.