Year 2 Newsletter

10th January 2014

This half term

Welcome back! We wish you all a happy new year and hope you enjoyed the holidays. A big thank you to everyone for our thoughtful and generous Christmas gifts, they were much appreciated.

This half term our topic is 'Winter Tales'.

In numeracy, we will continue to work on problem solving and investigation skills, with particular focus on; odd and even, ordinal numbers, comparing numbers, addition and subtraction, right angles and quarter turns, estimating, measuring and comparing weight in kilograms and grams and measuring and reading time on both analogue and digital clocks.

In literacy, we will be looking at the texts 'The Firebird', a Russian folk tale, 'Tiger Child', an Indian tale and 'The Rabbit who stole Fire', a Native American Tale.

In history, we will be exploring the life of Igor Stravinsky who wrote music for 'The Firebird' ballet and also looking at how prehistoric man made fire (linked to 'The Rabbit who stole Fire').

In geography, we will be looking at St Petersburg (where composer Stravinsky was born and raised) and comparing it with The Hague.

In science, we will be looking at what materials different objects are made of, where they come from and how to sort them according to their properties.

In DT, we will be looking at the traditional Russian bread and salt greeting. The children will make their own embroidered 'towel' and make bread to serve on it to you! We will provide a date shortly. Anyone willing to help with the embroidery process with the children would be gratefully welcomed and should approach Miss Foulkes or Ms Bintcliffe.

In PSHE, our theme is 'Preparing to play an active role as citizens'.

In art we will be exploring colour, shape and form, looking at warm and cool colours and exploring the portrayal of fire and ice through art.

In ICT, our theme is 'Time Travellers' and the children will be learning stop motion techniques to show how prehistoric man made fire.


Please ensure all clothing is still named as over the course of the year, names wear off/come loose and it is difficult to reunite unnamed clothes with their owners! Thank you!