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Year 2



Welcome back!

We hope you have enjoyed a relaxing week off and are looking forward to the exciting Summer 2 learning that has been planned for our last few weeks together. We will start off with Arts Fortnight, where we will be creating an outcome based on the theme of ‘local community’. We will be continuing our theme of sustainable development within our global curriculum, and in English we will be using our core text to explore recycling and its impact on the planet. Our core value for this term is Resilience.


Throughout this term, children will be reading an inspirational story book called ‘One Plastic Bag’ by Miranda Paul. They will write a diary entry from the perspective of the main character, Isatou Ceesay, one of the recycling women of the Gambia. Later in the term, the children will create their own fact files about recycling and reuse of materials. Children will discuss their ideas and the themes within the book, and familiarise themselves with the story by exploring the character’s feelings and emotions.


During this half term, we will be focussing on some areas of maths that children need to consolidate further to ensure they feel confident before moving up to Year 3.   The strands that we will be revising are the four main operations: subtraction, addition, multiplication and division. We will also recap different methods to solve the calculations using a preferable method. Children will then revisit fractions to find half and quarters of shapes, amounts and numbers. Finally, they will apply their knowledge of the four operations to solve a range of word problems and reasoning challenges.


In science, the children will continue to investigate a variety of man- made and natural materials and compare their properties. They will classify, identify and discuss the purpose of materials based on their properties. When working scientifically, children will carry out a comparative test to explore which material is the most suitable to make certain items such as an umbrella.

Art/Design Technology
This term we will be having an Arts Fortnight based on the theme of ‘Community’. Elm class will be creating  individual vases from clay and they will decorate them with acrylic paint. The children’s learning journey will include collage using patterned materials to create a large canvas to represent integrity.  Each pupil and member of staff will also be creating a self-portrait of their eyes for a whole school installation that represents the phrase, “The eyes are the windows to the soul”.                                 


This term’s focus is athletics and children will move and balance with control and coordination. They will learn how to show an awareness of obstacles and how to manoeuvre objects safely. Later, they will apply force to them in different ways and finally we will practise for our Sports Day races.


In geography, we will explore our local area and compare it with different places around the world such as Gambia. They will identify physical and human features to contrast localities. In history, we will continue to focus on our local area and identify what has changed over time.


In RE, we will develop our knowledge of Sikhism. They will explore beliefs and values as well as understand how and where Sikhs worship.


This term children will learn about pulse, pitch and rhythm. They will listen and appraise pieces of music thinking about what they like and dislike, what instruments they can hear and what style of music it is.  They will perform songs such as ‘Zoomtime’ and will use different instruments to accompany the music.


This term’s emphasis will be on feeling special and safe as well as being part of a class. The children will have opportunities to discuss their rights, responsibilities and consequences of their behaviour and actions either themselves or others. The class will create its own Learning Charter


The children will start using the Purple Mash programme to understand what simple algorithms are. Also they will understand that the program will perform by following their precise instructions.


Useful Information

PE Kit
Children will have PE twice a week, with an indoor gymnastics session every Tuesday 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 ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book. We are very pleased to announce that every child also now has access to an exciting range of online texts via Bug Club, a separate letter explaining how to sign in and access the platform has been sent to parents.
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.

Termly homework- Topic Curriculum Map

In addition, children will receive a curriculum map linked to our global theme of the Sustainable Development. The children, will choose two activities to complete over the Summer 2 term. These will be shared at the end of the term and celebrated in class each week.