Year 2 Curriculum
Welcome back LHY2. We hope you’ve all had a brilliant Christmas and New Year!
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 is back to Tuesday and Wednesday this term. 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 1 Topic – ‘Once Upon a Time’
During the first part of our Spring term we will be learning about castles and why and where the first ones were built. We will look how they have changed over time and place them on a timeline in chronological order. We will be labelling their features and thinking about the roles of the people who once lived in them. In Geography we will study the physical features surrounding a castle and where the best places to build them are. We will name and locate countries and capital cities in the UK and their castles. This will lead on to looking at towers and castles around the world. We have taken inspiration from a painting created by the famous artist, Paul Klee, for our Art work this half term. We will be looking closely at his piece called ‘Castle and Sun’, and making our own castle pictures using some of the same painting techniques. In Science we will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. Find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy and linked in with Jack and the Beanstalk, investigate how bean plants grow best.
In English we will start by writing some newspaper reports and character descriptions inspired by some magical objects found in our classroom and an unexpected visitor in our school. We will look at Traditional Tale features and learn the story of Jack and The Beanstalk using Talk for Writing. We will study a range of twisted Fairy Tales and write our own beginning, middle and end story. We will end the term by studying and writing explanations.
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 work on multiplication and division. Looking at arrays to help us understand our times tables and sharing and grouping to help us divide. Next we will move on to studying statistics, looking at charts, pictograms and diagrams. We will finish the term by looking at Geometry and the properties of shape which we will continue into Spring 2.
Please come and see me if you any questions. My door is always open.