Year 2 - Miss L Hofmann
Year 2 Curriculum
A big welcome back to everyone in LHY2. I hope everyone has had a nice rest and I look forward to hearing all about what the children have been up to. I want to congratulate all the children for all their hard work last term and their tremendous achievements in the SATs tests. I am very proud of them all. Results will be given out along with their reports in July.
Spellings and Homework
Spellings and homework will continue to 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 2 Topic – Our Wonderful Town
Our topic this year is all about our local area. We will be learning more about where Batley is situated and local historical figures such as Joseph Priestly. In Science children will identify different foods and classify some of the foods that humans eat by plant or animal origins. We will focus on how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain. The children will explore their immediate local environments and use reference material to discover more about the differing habitats around the world. They will look at a variety of plants and animals, including micro-habitats and mini-beasts found in Batley. In computing we will be making our own presentations all about Batley and in Art we will make natural sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.
In English we will start by looking at poetry and riddles. We will use the book ‘Out and About’ by Shirley Hughes to explore rhythm and rhyme and develop our understanding of poetry. We will write our own poems inspired by our local area and incorporate similes, metaphors, adjectives, verbs and adverbs in them. We will finish by looking at the books ‘The Bog Baby’ by Jeanne Willis and ‘On The Way Home’ by Jill Murphy to inspire personalised story writing.
In Reading we will be continuing to work in groups to share different types of book. We will 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.
During the beginning of the term we will be focusing on how visual methods can be used to help to support calculation. The children will also be focusing on the application of the skills that they have mastered to be used in context, making sure that they are able to explain their answers and how they have reached them. We will be continuing to work on the 4 number operations. The children will also be recapping other areas of Maths such as time and measure. Please continue to support your child at home by involving them in every day Maths activities, such as sharing out food, using coins to pay for small items in shops, looking for opportunities to rehearse counting in multiples and recognising the time an event starts and finishes. Year 2 also need to make sure that they are fluent in their 2s, 5s and 10 times table, knowing the answers off by heart. They also need to be able to have a method to work out answers in the 3 times table.
Please come and see me if you any questions.