Year 2 Newsletter

Spring 2 2019

Spring Term!

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Our Topic

We will continue with our topic of Go Wild this half term.

English

Our key fictional text is The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson and after exploring the text in depth, the children will be writing their own sequel! We will be looking an explanation texts in our non-fiction unit.


Mathematics

This term the children will continue to develop their fluency in maths by using and applying their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be recapping the properties of 2d and 3d shapes and looking at positioning. The children will be learning how to distinguish between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anticlockwise).


Topic

We will be learning about Sir Isaac Newton this half term and the reasons why he is such a famous scientist. In our science lessons we will be observing the changes to materials when they are heated and cooled.

We are looking forward to creating a multi-media presentation in computing on a topic of our choice (we shall see what the suggestions are!) The children will use a variety of sources online to research for their project and then use Microsoft Powerpoint to bring it all together.

Dates for your diary

Please check the website calendar for all dates for the coming half term and beyond. Our whole school newsletter will also contain the list of 'events' as well.

How can you help?


Practice the spellings sent home and remember to practice the common exception words.


Here are some websites that have online games linked to English and maths that your child can play.

www.ictgames.com

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1


Do look on the App store for additional games that can be played in regards to practising for SATs. By following this link:

https://www.gov.uk/education/primary-curriculum-key-stage-1-tests-and-assessments

You will find past SATs papers similar to the one that your child will be taking in May this year. These can be downloaded and printed if you would like to practise these at home with your child.


Below are some additional activities that you can do to support their learning:


English

  • Write their own story. Choose a section of the story to edit and improve. Can they improve an adjective they have used by using an expanded noun phrase? Is there a better way to start their sentence?
  • Practise common exception words and their joined up handwriting by choosing words from the list and putting them into sentences. Can they use alternative punctuation (! ?) at the end of their sentence?


Maths

  • Ask your child to tell you the Rolling Numbers songs for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
  • Give them a problem solving task e.g. "There are 4 apples in a bag. I have 5 bags. How many apples do I have?"
  • Practise their knowledge time and reading both an analogue clock and a digital clock to five minute intervals.


Topics

  • Carry out a science experiment of your own at home! There are lots of ideas on the internet that can be completed at home.
  • Ask your child what their multi-media project is going to be about and help them to research an element for their project.