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Year 2

Welcome back to Autumn 2!

I hope that you have had an amazing half term break, and that the children are ready for another wonderful term ahead full of joy and happiness. I would like to say that all of them have been working really hard on their handwriting and presentation in books to make themselves proud and inspire others.
Children’s wellbeing will continue to be a focus this half term, along with our core value  of ‘Responsibility’ for themselves and others.    

This half term, our core text is ‘ Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head’. Children will continue to  develop their reading and comprehension skills by making predictions based on visual images and the text, inferring and clarifying their understanding of words and phrases in order to develop their vocabulary through . They will make links with real events happening in the world around them and continue to develop learning behaviours such as supporting and actively listening to each other. In writing, they will focus on writing character descriptions using noun phrases, adverbs,  conjunctions, similes and a variety of punctuation. They will share their feelings and emotions with others and use feedback to coach and improve their oracy skills by taking part in a class debate. Members of the House of Parliament watch this space!

In maths, children will further develop their skills of addition and subtraction, using concrete materials, abstract and pictorial representations as well as opportunities to apply their skills in practical tasks. They will continue to count in 2s, 5s and 10s and revise number bonds to 10 and 20. They will use more formal methods such as column methods to add and subtract numbers to 100. As we know, all  children enjoy learning about money, therefore they will use coins and notes to make different amounts, adding totals and giving change.

Throughout the term, children will learn about animals including humans. Our topic will include looking after chicken eggs and watching them hatch, studying  the life-cycle of animals and understanding the importance of exercise as a part of  a healthy lifestyle.

Throughout the term, children will learn about Judaism. They will  explore special celebrations and festivals, investigate different artefacts and read traditional Jewish stories.

Art/Design Technology
In art, children will be inspired by the painting of  Juli Cady Ryan called ‘Happiness’. They will continue to develop their sketching and painting skills to create their own artwork on canvases.                                      

This term, children will focus on games such as net games using their hands and tennis rackets. They will practise catching and throwing and they will learn how to control the racket and hit the ball accurately. In gymnastics, they will be taught by a gymnastics coach to learn different postures and positions to show balance and flexibility.

The children will learn about the past events in history. They will study a timeline and learn to place historical events in chronological order. Children will be learning about the Tudors by exploring primary and secondary sources of information to understand what it was like to live in the 16th century.

Useful Information

PE Kit
Children will have PE twice a week, with an indoor gymnastics session every Monday and an outdoor session every  Thursday. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit on these days and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.

Reading Records and Passports
Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary, reading books and reading passport. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in EVERY DAY, the same as the reading passport. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box. Some of the children have already received their Bronze reading certificates which is fantastic!

Water Bottles
Children are encouraged to bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day as our water fountains are out of use. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.

Children receive either an English or Maths-based homework sheet to complete each week. These will alternate weekly and will reflect the learning that has taken place in class.
Also , children will receive a curriculum map,  where they will pick two activities to complete over the half term. These will be shared at the end of the half term and celebrated in class.
Spellings will be given out on Friday and tested on the following Friday. We are also focusing on to improving our handwriting this term, so will send home handwriting activities every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Diary Dates

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November – Parent consultations

Friday 4th December 2020 – INSET day-school closed to children

Friday 18th December 2020 – Last day of  autumn term

Monday 4th January 2021- First day of spring term