Class 2G

 Welcome to Class 2G –
Mrs Green’s Class

Spring Term 2018

Hello and welcome back. This term, our topic will be explorers. We have a fantastic text which will excite our imaginations. Our learning will take us around the world and to the moon and back! This term, we will be sending out interim reports and having a parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress and targets. Thank you for your continued support.

English

This half term, we will be focusing on the text ‘Man on the moon’ by Simon Bartram. This exciting text tells the story of a spaceman called Bob. We are very much looking forward to exploring this story and getting to know more about the character and plot. A significant amount of our writing will be based around this text during the first half term, which will allow us to show our understanding. We will be producing character descriptions, navigation commands, Newspaper Reports, Narrative, and additionally, we will continue to undertake weekly focused Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons, linking work closely to ‘Man on the Moon .’

If you would like to purchase your own copy of this story to support or learning in school, here are the details.

Man on the moon  – Simon Bartram ISBN 9781840113693

Spellings for this term

  • Y2 Common exception words.
  • –ful e.g. beautiful
  • –less e.g. hopeless
  • –ment e.g. enjoyment
  • –ly e.g. carefully
  • –ness e.g. darkness

 Maths

This term, we will be looking into the topic of number and shape and measure- specifically multiplication, division, written calculation methods, fractions and properties of shape. As these are such a pivotal area of mathematics, understanding of these will be continually reinforced over the year. Please ensure that you continue to regularly practise your 2s, 5s, 10s times tables too.

Science

During this term the children will be identifying and classifying animals into habitats to which they are suited. Children will describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. We will be observing micro-habitats around our school grounds and describing how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain.

Creative Curriculum

We start the year with a history focus where will be learning about famous explorers from the past and present day. The children will be researching the historic event of the first moon landing.

The children will then use this knowledge to create a moving information poster all about ‘The Moon Landing’ in our design technology lessons, where our focus is ‘Sliders and Levers.’

Vincent Van Gough’s famous painting ‘Starry Night, will be used as inspiration for our art unit of work, where the children will explore adding texture to paint to crate effects.

In Geography the children will be naming the seven continents and oceans of the world.

We will be looking at the travels of Christopher Columbus and compare the lives of explorers today and in the past.

Music

Samba: The music of Brazil. We will be learning drumming technique and reading drum scores.

We will perform these rhythms and learn about cultural aspects of Samba.

 PE

Our current PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. It is very important that PE kits are in school every day. We are timetabled to have two PE lessons per week but, as you can appreciate, timetables have to be flexible so the days may change. If your child wears their PE kit to an after school club, please ensure that they bring it back in the following day. If for any reason they cannot partake in our PE lessons, they are required to bring in a note of explanation from home. No spare PE kits are available for children to use if they forget to bring their own in.

This term the children are learning to balance on a line with control. They can balance forwards and backwards with control.

PSHE

This term the children will recognise how bodies and feelings can be hurt. We will be listening to others and playing cooperatively. The children will learn about respecting similarities and differences in others; sharing their views and ideas.

Themed day/Focus Weeks

This term we have planned a history, art and geography focus weeks.

Visits

This term the children have the exciting opportunity to visit Jodrell Bank. Dates and information will follow shortly.

Homework

Year 2 children will initially have an English or Maths homework task set every week, usually on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday. Spelling homework will also be handed out on a Friday and returned on the following Wednesday and will be tested on the following Friday. Occasionally, children may be asked to complete a short activity relating to topic work or research a particular subject at home.

We expect everyone to read from their school reading book regularly – a minimum of three times per week. Also, please make sure that you update your planner when you have read. This includes personal texts such as non-fiction and magazines. Children will be given a raffle ticket and superstar points each week that they have read 3 times or more

Planners are to be signed by parents/carers for every Monday.

Parents/carers – In order to develop your child’s understanding of their reading, it is advised that children are asked questions about their book. In the back of their planners is a list of questions that you can ask your child in order to help develop their comprehension skills. If you require any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Tasks

  • Rapid recall of x2, x5, x10 times tables ( division and multiplication facts)
  • Read and spell Y2 Common exception words (found in the back of children’s planners)
  • Identify and name common 2D and 3D shapes around your house.
  • Look at a map of the world. Find places you have been on holiday and discuss what it was like when you went there.
  • Read books with moving parts, sliders, levers.
  • Research the first moon landing.
  • Look in your garden for different micro-habitats.

Any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Mrs Green