Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter- Autumn Term (1st Half).
Welcome back, after what was hopefully a busy and enjoyable summer holiday. As usual we have a busy term with lots of exciting activities planned. This year Mrs Adkinson will be teaching Year 2 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoon and Mrs Favell will be in class on Wednesday morning, Thursday and Friday. We are also very lucky to welcome back Mrs Pringle as the year 2 Teaching Assistant.
Set out below is some information on the topics we are covering this half term. Our theme is ‘The Heat is On’ and encompasses all aspects of the creative curriculum.
Our focus this term is familiar stories with a twist, with a particular emphasis on story settings – these might include a creepy old castle, a beautiful gingerbread house or a deep and gloomy forest. We will be discussing good and bad characters in stories and also the language of fairy tales – ‘Once upon a time...,’ ‘They all lived happily ever after’. We will also be looking at a variety of Authors and enjoying a range of different stories. Please feel free to share with us your favourites too!
We will have a particular emphasis on the Children joining up their handwriting to support their presentation skills across all curriculum subjects. We will be teaching cursive handwriting skills and practising several times a week.
You will be given an overview of this half term’s spellings in your child’s green spelling book. There will also be a copy available on the website.
- To punctuate sentences with a capital letter and a full stop.
- To rehearse sentences before when writing.
- To begin to use joined handwriting.
- To read every day at home.
Number – We will be reading, writing and ordering numbers to 100/1000. We will be looking at odd and even numbers and recognising multiples of 2 up to 50.
Mental/Oral – We will be continuing to revise number bonds to 20 and we will be using this to help our mental strategies for addition and subtraction. We will be revising doubles and halves of numbers up to 50 and we will be developing counting in patterns of 2s, 5s and 10s.
Shape, Space and Measures
Our work on measures will involve time. The children will revise o’clock and half past on the analogue clock and we will be introducing the digital clock. Please encourage your child to do this at home.
- Counting in 2s, 5s and 10
- Number bonds to at least 20.
Our topic this term is ‘Healthy Me’. The Children will learn:
- What they can do to keep themselves safe and happy
- To be able to say why exercise is important
- Know what kinds of food will help them to stay healthy
- Understand why personal hygiene is important and how it can help them to stay healthy
We will be finding out what algorithms are and how they work on programs and digital devices. We will programme Bee Bots and give them simple instructions. We will also begin to use basic word processing programmes like Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
During this half term we will be learning about Harvest Festival and its significance within the church. We will discuss our talents and our ‘harvest’ of talents. We will also be looking at why Jesus told stories by reading and exploring the Parables.
Our topic this term is the Great Fire of London – finding out how and why it happened. This is a fascinating subject and it would be fantastic if you could take your child/children to see The Monument and Pudding Lane.
There is a whole school emphasis on Art this year. We will be learning about lots of different artist and using Sketch Books to practise keys skills with lots of practical hands on activities that will help the children to explore what it means to think like an artist.
The children will be exploring beats and rhythms and we will produce accompaniments to a variety of songs using percussion instruments.
This term we will be revising counting to 50, using songs, rhymes and games. We will also learn the names for parts of the body.
Out-door games – Tuesday and Thursday. We will be practising ball skills and learning to play netball and hockey. For this half term the children will require: a plain white t-shirts, black shorts a dark track-suit and plimsolls. (Girls that wear tights will need a pair of ankle socks.)
An overview of your child’s homework will be given out in your child’s homework book, which should be covered and clearly named. Homework will consist of a fortnightly written piece. Homework books need to be given in, on or before the dates indicated so that it can be marked.
Maths will be a weekly task set on Fridays through iexcel. Completion of these tasks will be monitored every Thursday.
An overview of the weekly spelling taught will be given out in your child’s green spelling books. Spellings will be tested on Thursdays. Please try to spend an appropriate amount of time each week examining the tricky words and the phonemes taught though each list. Your child’s green book contains further guidance in this area.
Children are expected to read on a daily basis and it is essential that parents write a comment.
This year the school will continue to focus on Reading – so please encourage your child to read at every opportunity – also checking understanding and asking children to predict what will happen next. Thank you as always for your continued support.