Year 2 Newsletter
Terms 5 & 6
Welcome to the Summer Term. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and enjoyed the good weather.
There is a change of staff on Monday’s this term. Mrs Regan and Mrs Middleton will continue to teach in the mornings while Mrs Jackson will be teaching on Monday afternoons.
We would like to share what your child will be learning in Terms 4 and 5 and other information that may help you to support your child at school. Our topic during these terms will be
‘Woodlands and Forests’.
Our main class text will be ‘The Owl Who is Afraid of the Dark’ written by Jill Tomlinson.
We will also be exploring other stories written by various authors linked to our topic. This will culminate in the children writing their own stories in the style of a known text and information text. Our work in grammar will involve continued and extended use of correct punctuation, conjunctions, adverbs, adjectives and correct verb tenses. In addition, we will also be using the internet to find out information about woodland creatures. This will link nicely with our science topic.
History and Geography
This half term we are looking at ‘What a Wonderful World’. The children will learn about the location of countries, continents and oceans of the world in relation to the position of the United Kingdom and their s own locality. They will develop global awareness by looking in detail at the position of the seven continents and five oceans of the world, understanding that the world is spherical and creating their own journeys across the world. In addition, they build on their map skills developed in Year 1 using atlases, world maps and globes more widely, along with using aerial photographs to recognise human and physical features including landmarks.
Art and Design
During the Summer Term, the children will be studying Earth Art. This will provide opportunities for the children to create unique artwork using natural materials. In addition, they will have the opportunity to use their sewing skills to create finger puppets.
The term we will be learning all about ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. The children will learn about a variety of habitats and the plants and animals that live there. They learn to tell the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive, and apply this in a range of contexts. They make observations of a local habitat and the creatures that live there, investigating conditions in local microhabitats and how they affect the minibeasts found within them. This unit allows children to research a range of global habitats and how the living things that live there are suited to their environments.
The children will be covering receiving and sending emails and using simple simulations. They will also be using the internet to research woodland creatures of their choice.
Summer Term is covering ‘Relationships’ and ‘Change in Me’. They will also be discussing water and fire safety.
This term the class will work with Mrs Regan to explore instruments and symbols.
As a class, we will be focusing on People & Places in Christianity.
This term, the children will be working on Athletics/Games.
Year 2 PE is now on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please remember to take your child’s earrings out on PE days and fasten up any long hair/long fringes with soft hair bands. Parents of girls - remember to include a pair of socks if your child wears tights. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings, they will be unable to participate in PE for health and safety reasons.
Our library time is on Fridays. Children can take out a maximum of two books and keep them for two weeks. Please encourage your child to read their library books and return both books regularly.
Homework activities will continue to be sent home every Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday. In addition, your child will be expected to learn their spellings in preparation for their weekly test every Wednesday. It is also expected that all children read every night. May we request that you continue to write a comment each time you hear your child read. Thank you for your support last term.
Dave Sharpe of Raptorxotics will visit the school to talk to the children about owls and provide the children with an opportunity to see them in flight, in close proximity. His aim is to cover the important facts in an educational and fun way. The children will follow up the visit by writing their own fact sheets and information text.
We will also visit Weldon Park to go on a scavenger hunt. This will link with our Science Topic.
Celebration assemblies will continue to be held on Thursdays at 3.00pm. Parents/Carers are welcome to attend these assemblies, please refer to our school website calendar for more information.
We thank you for your continued support, please do not hesitate to pop in and see us if there is any further information you need.
Mrs Jackson, Mrs Regan, Mrs Gumbeer and Mrs Middleton.
(Year 2 Teachers)