Miss O'Donovan - Year 2 class teacher
I hope you all had a lovely time over Christmas and feel refreshed and ready for new challenges. The children worked hard over the Autumn Term, so hopefully they will go forward with the same level of enthusiasm and grit. A big thank you again for all the lovely cards and presents we received for Christmas.
We will be looking at a number of different texts (both fiction and non-fiction) over the Spring Term. Through this work, the children will be given the opportunity to write a recount, letter, character description, non-chronological report, persuasive leaflet and poem. We are really encouraging the children to try really hard with their letter formation and handwriting. During the spring and summer terms, we will be introducing the opportunity for children to earn a ‘pen licence’ and begin to use pens in some of their lessons.
As it is key to children’s progress; grammar, punctuation and spelling work will also continue this term.
In our reading comprehension sessions, children will have the opportunity to read, listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books. We will continue to focus on developing retrieval and inference skills in order to interpret information in a text. This work will also help the children to develop their ability to infer characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, whilst backing up their ideas with reference to the text.
Reading outside of school:
Please continue to listen to your child reading at least three times a week. As before, their reading diaries need to be dated and signed and any comments about their reading would be appreciated.
Children will continue to have daily spelling lessons, during which we will cover many different spelling rules. Spellings will continue to be sent home on a Monday / Tuesday and tested on Friday. These spellings are linked to the keywords and spelling rules set out in the National Curriculum.
In maths this term we will be focusing on multiplication and division, statistics, properties of shape, fractions and measurements: length and height. Through this work the children will become equipped with a range of new problem solving skills, while developing existing ones. We will also continue to work on addition and subtraction, money, time and place value as it is important that all children revisit all areas of maths on a frequent basis to fully consolidate their understanding.
We will be learning about living things and their habitats. This will give the children the opportunity to develop their understanding of how to compare the differences between things that are living, dead and have never been alive, to identify animals in their habitats, to explain how living things in a habitat depend on each other and to describe how animals get their food.
Our next cross curricular study is a geography topic called ‘Comparing a UK country to a non-European country’. During this topic we will learn about the differences and similarities between Cheshire and Beijing. Writing, Art, Design Technology and ICT will also be taught through the topic.
We will continue to develop our skills in programming and presentations; linking our work to other areas of our learning such as researching specific subjects and data handling, where appropriate.
Our PE lessons will continue to be taught alongside a specialist PE teacher, Miss Berry, who will teach multi skills.. Elements of these lessons are then further developed during our Friday morning PE lesson. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school and that pumps fit. Indoor kit should consist of shorts, t shirt and pumps, outdoor kit should consist of long trousers, sweat shirts and trainers/pumps.
Homework will now have a Times Tables Rock Stars focus, so instead of maths and reading/grammar homework being sent home on a Monday the children will be expected to complete work set for them on the Times Tables Rock Stars website. All children have been given log in details and it is hoped that children in year 2 will log on at least three times a week. Again, we will be monitoring which children are completing or at least attempting work that has been set for them.
We have seen a real difference in the children since starting in year 2, and to help continue this independence here are a few reminders……
Children are responsible for putting any reading book that needs changing in our designated blue box. This is done as soon as they come in the morning.
Please could all children bring in letters or money themselves and place them in the class box, rather than parents handing them in to a member of staff at the door.
As always, if you have any questions, please call in to speak to any member of the year 2 teaching staff and we will do our best to help.
Miss O’ Donovan, Miss Cook, Miss Bailey and Mrs Ball.