Year 2 - Miss L Hofmann
Welcome back LHY2.
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 this term is on a Monday and Tuesday. 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.
Spring 2 Topic – ‘Amazing Australia’
This term we will be learning all about Australia and we will be comparing the similarities and differences between Australia and the United Kingdom. In Geography we will identify and name the states and territories in Australia and use maps to explain direction. We be studying the human and physical similarities and differences and describe their appearance and location. In Science the children will learn about a variety of habitats and the plants and animals that live there. They will learn to tell the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. Children will make observations of a local habitat and the creatures that live there, investigating conditions in local microhabitats and how they affect the minibeasts found within them. We will then begin to explore and explain why the animals in a habitat need the plants to survive and start to draw simple food chains.
In Art we will be studying Aboriginal art made by the indigenous people of Australia. We will use line and colour to create pictures inspired by an Aboriginal story and use a range of colours to create paintings using the Aboriginal dot style.
In English we will be reading the story ‘Wombat Goes Walkabout’ by Michael Morpurgo. Will we focus on the different animals found in Australia and what they look like. We will research these animals and write non-chronological reports based on our findings. We will end the term by writing animal inspired poetry and riddles.
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 into year 2 and the high frequency and common exception words. Most of the children will now move on to learn about spelling rules and develop their knowledge of different prefixes and suffixes that we might add to change a word’s meaning.
In Maths we will continue to learn more about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and then we will move on to studying fractions. We will end the term by looking at the measurement of height and length. The children will continue to develop their mental math, times tables and reasoning and problem solving skills throughout.
Please come and see me if you any questions.