Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 2
What have Year 2 been doing?

the robot and the bluebird

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Year 2’s key text this term is ‘The Robot and The Bluebird’ written by David Lucas. The story begins when a broken-hearted robot is left on the scrapheap. Day turns into night, Autumn into Winter, as he lies there it seems he will never move again until a Bluebird arrives who needs help to get to a warmer place. Throughout this term the pupils in Year 2 will draft and write by noting ideas, key phrases and vocabulary, and composing and rehearsing sentences orally. They will develop their skills in sequencing carefully structured sentences to form short narratives when writing for different purposes including fictional pieces, personal experiences, poetry, non-fiction and real events.   This term will be focused on embedding their skills in using basic punctuation such as capital letters, full stops, questions marks, commas and apostrophes and ensuring that they use the past and present tense correctly and consistently. The children will also be challenged to widen the range of conjunctions they are able to use to link phrases within a sentence such as because, which, so and however. In reading, our key focus for this term will be to draw inferences on the basis of what is being said and done and to identify and describe the structure used in different narratives and how this has an impact on the reader.

WORLD BOOK DAY

Term 4: On Thursday 7th March 2.40-3.10pm, there will be open classrooms as part of our World Book Day celebrations. Children are invited to dress up as their favourite fictional character from one of the texts we have explored in Year 2 this academic year.

Here are some ideas:

Term 1 Text – Traction Man – Be creative, you could dress up as Traction man or even scrubbing brush 

Term 2 Text – The Princess and the White Bear King – You could dress up as the troll, a polar bear or a princess.

Our new Term 3 Text – The Fox and the Star – Maybe dress up as a fox, the star or another woodland creature. More details to follow.

MATHS & Times tables

The children in Year 2 have begun the term reading scales to measure the mass of different objects and will be calculating the difference between different amounts. The children will then be learning about how temperature is measured and how to read picture graphs. In both of these areas your child will need to count up in 2s, 5s or 10s and calculate the difference using subtraction. Throughout the term the children will be solving a range of word problems which will require them to use their written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division confidently. Please continue to support your child in learning the times tables they are set each week as they need to rapidly recall these to solve mathematical problems throughout the year. They are required to be secure in their 2, 5 and 10 times tables to meet the expected standard at the end of Year 2. Thanks to the Year 6 children who are continuing to lead times tables club at lunchtimes this term too!

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HISTORY

We will be creating our own timelines on the history of flight, researching the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart and modern day pilots. We might even have a special guest fly in!

science

Year 2 will be consolidating their learning of animals and their habitats. We will then be exploring animals including humans, learning about healthy eating, exercise and life cycles.

computing

The children will be looking at photography. They will understand what makes a well taken image and the functions of a camera. We will also discuss how we can enhance and edit out photos showing them how to make simple changes by cropping and straightening photographs.  

r.e

In R.E this term we will continue to learn about Christianity, with a focus on the Easter story and how Christians believe that Jesus was rescuing people and that he gave them instructions about how to behave. The children will also develop their skills in being able to think, talk and ask questions about whether the story of Easter has anything to say to them about sadness, hope or heaven, by exploring different ideas

p.s.h.e

Helping children to develop resilience and respond to challenges in a positive way will be our focus this term. Oxfordshire 2 will be carrying out the Small Steps Pedestrian Training this term which is led by a Kent County Council Instructor.

p.e

Children will participate in PE lessons twice a week. This term all Year 2 children will be having specialist PE coaching on a Wednesday for dancing lessons and another PE lesson during the week with a focus on football.

art and d.t

In Year 2 we will be developing techniques to join fabrics and apply decorations such as a running or over stitch. We will generate, develop, model and communicate ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.

MUSIC

The children will continue to have singing with Mrs Bateup every Monday morning. Every Thursday afternoon all Year 2 children will be having their music lesson with Mrs Capewell, our music specialist where they will work on a variety of musical skills, including opera, composition and performance.

HOME learning

Wednesday  - Please return your child’s green Home Learning book, school reading book and yellow reading record.

            - In class we will have a weekly spelling and times tables check.

                            - Buster Book Club bookmark sent home, please read and enjoy a book from home.

                 Thursday - Please sign and return your child’s Buster Book Club bookmark.

                            - Home Learning set and green book, reading book and yellow reading record sent home.

1. RWInc sounds/ words for children having Read Write Inc. lessons.

2. Daily Reading – Yellow Reading Record to be signed weekly by an adult.

3. Mathletics /Times tables & number bonds

4. 8 Spellings a week (5 statutory, 2 topic, 1 wizard word. Write definition of topic and wizard words. Additional challenge to write all spelling words correctly within a paragraph.)

5. From Term 3 - Fortnightly comprehension.

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