Year 2 Newsletter
Welcome to Year 2
In these newsletters throughout the year you will find out about the many different things that your children will be learning about. The autumn term is always a busy time with lots to look forward to!
Year 2 has three classes - Gorillas with Mrs Bramwell and Miss Joyce, Giraffes with Mrs Zastron and Zebras with Miss Guntrip. Mr Summers, Mrs Savage, Miss Bloxham, Mrs Bruce and Mrs Rozzier will be the additional adults supporting the children across all three classes. We are more than happy to answer any questions so please do not hesitate to talk to one of us.
Our new topic
This academic year we are introducing a new approach to the teaching of English that focuses on language development, grammar and techniques that the children use to develop their writing style. Our first key text of the term is Not Your Typical Dragon (Dan Bar-El) and from this the children will retell the narrative, create instructions on how to look after a pet dragon and write a book review. The children will also have daily SPAG sessions (spelling, punctuation & grammar), daily 'Book Talk' sessions, handwriting and a weekly visit to the school's library.
We will focus on number, place value, addition and subtraction initially in year two. The children will be taught about patterns in number and making connections so that their quick recall of mental maths improves. We will explore number problems and developing their understanding and use of mathematical language to explain how they have answered a question.
Our topic lessons will be themed around Fire & Ice. We will be learning about living things and their habitats and conducting experiments involving materials. We will be learning all about the Great Fire of London and in computing, the children will learn and use their knowledge of algorithms to create their own computer game!
Spellings will be sent home every Friday and tested the following Thursday.
Dates for your diary
Monday 1st October - Individual school photos
Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th October - Parents Evening (more details to follow)
Thursday 25th October - last day of the half term
(Other dates will be in the school calendar updated on the school website).
How can you help?
Visit a local library and find books about your child's hobbies and things that interest them. Can you find a story book and an information book and compare them? Can you think of an alternative ending for the story?
Practice the spellings sent home.
Here are some links to useful sites where your child can learn from home.
- Punctuation Game - help the aliens to punctuate the sentences correctly. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/using_punctuation/play/
- Rain Letters Game - Can you catch the raindrops to spell the word? https://www.spellzone.com/games/rain/index.cfm?wordlist=4620
- Practise place value and knowing the value of each digit. http://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers/appDetails/sharkNumbersDemo_online/index.html
- Can you say which two numbers you would add together to make the total on the spinner? http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=Spinners