Year 2 Newsletter
Welcome to Year 2
This next half term in year two is always such a busy one. As well as the exciting learning that is taking place in the classroom, the children will be rehearsing ready for our Year 2 Christmas Carol Concert!
At the end of the last half term we celebrated National Parents Week and invited parents and carers in to see how well their child was doing at school. Thank you to everyone who could make it, the feedback was very positive. We are really proud of the children's achievements and we look forward to you seeing how much progress your child has made by the January parents evening!
Our ongoing topic
Over this half term the children will listen to various types of poems and learn how to create their own blackout poem. We will focus on characters, settings and story language through our key text of Lost and Found (Oliver Jeffers) and create an alternative version of the story. Dougal's Deep Sea Adventure (Simon Bartram) will be our key text when we investigate the features of a diary and this will help us to write our own.
Every day the children will continue to develop their mental calculation methods, spotting the patterns and relationships between numbers. We will develop our knowledge of time through the use of analogue and digital clocks before moving the learning on to focus on multiplication, division and introducing the column method for calculations.
Our topic lessons will continue to be themed around Fire & Ice. We will be developing our scientific enquiry skills - creating a question to investigate, how to conduct the experiment in order to answer our question and interpreting the results. We are looking forward to creating our own maps and how the aerial view is so important. We will become gamers in computing! This is where they will predict, unpick and test algorithms.
Dates for your diary
Tuesday 8th November- PTA Autumn Disco (Year 2 17:00 until 17:45) *Pay £2 on the door
Friday 18th November - Children in Need (Spotacular! Children can come in spotty clothing for a £1 donation)
Wednesday 30th November - PTA Film Evening - Children can stay after school (15:10 until 16:30) to watch a film with squash and popcorn.*Pay £1 to the class teacher on the morning of the disco.
Monday 5th December - Christmas Carol Concert 6pm (more information will follow).
Monday 12th December - Christmas Fayre.
Tuesday 13th December - Year 1 and 2 Winter Craft Afternoon for parents (14:15 - 15:00)
Thursday 15th December - Santa visit to school (more information will follow)
Friday 16th December- last day of the half term
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.
- Conjunctions - can you choose the correct cunjunction to join the two sentences together? http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/joining_words/play/
- Practise those spelling patterns! http://www.roythezebra.com/reading-games-word-level.html
- Practise your column addition. http://www.ictgames.com/addingAlchemy/index.html
- Set the clock to the correct time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/dynamo/den/clock/index.htm
- Learn all about health and growth. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/health_and_growth/play/
- Learn about the oceans around us. http://world-geography-games.com/oceans.html