Welcome to Year 2!
Teacher: Mrs Bradshaw
Teaching Assistant: Ms Roose
Teacher: Miss Brobbey
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Roddie & Mrs Stevens
Term 5: Medieval Medway
Our Big Question for the term is 'Why are Leeds and Rochester castles so important?' We will go on a school trip to Leeds castle to fully immerse ourselves in the castle's history. Then we will compare our understanding of Leeds castle to a local Medway castle: Rochester castle. We will link our Art learning to our History topic when we develop our castle sketching techniques.
Our English writing this term will be based on two main texts and a poetry unit.
The first story that we will be reading is The Dragon Machine. We will be using this fantastic text to entertain readers by writing our own dragon story. This will include learning and using skills focused on planning, writing a sequence of sentences coherently and prepositions. Our second key text is George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell. We will be using this text to focus on dialogue. Finally, we will focus on appreciating, writing and performing poems. We will begin the unit of work looking at the poem The Magic Box by Kit Wright.
Children will be encouraged to continue playing on Spelling Shed, which is an online resource to support them with their spellings at home. These spellings will be tested each Friday. Click on the image below to visit the website.
In Maths, the children will be learning about the position and movement (turns) of objects before beginning our first unit of work on Measurements (Length and Height). Alongside this key learning we will be consolidating our arithmetic understanding and problem-solving skills ahead of the KS1 SATS in May
Additionally, we will be revisiting reading o’clock and half past on analogue clocks before introducing quarter past and quarter to (linked to our Fractions learning from Term 4).
Children must know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables with rapid recall. Please continue to practise these facts at home using Times Tables Rock stars to help support the speed and accuracy of their times tables.
Important To Note
Children will be expected to read at least 4 times a week for at least 10 minutes. Please record what you have been reading and how your child has got on with the book in your child's reading record.
Homework will be uploaded on to Edmodo each week, so please ensure that you have signed up to your class page.
P.E will be every Wednesday, so make sure that your child comes in to school in the correct kit. Please make sure earrings are not worn, if your child is not confident with taking them out.
Check our our Term 4 visit to a local woodland: the children used iPads to capture portrait or landscape images of habitats and even discovered a BOG BABY!
How can you support your child?
Please ensure you are regularly accessing the online resource 'Times Tables Rock stars'. In Year 2, we focus on the 2, 5 & 10 times tables and this resource is a fun way to support this. The children are able to collect coins as they complete questions correctly and use these coins to change the appearance of their avatars. It is expected by the END of Year 2, that your child knows the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. If you lose/forget your login or have any queries, please see the class teacher.
Please ensure that your child is reading frequently for at least 10 minutes at a time, at least 5 times each week. It is important that your child is reading regularly as this helps them with all their subjects as well as broadening their own vocabulary and knowledge. We encourage your child to read a range of texts, from fictional stories to leaflets to magazines to menus etc. There are opportunities to read all around us.
Please ensure that you are regularly accessing the online resource Spelling Shed. Each week there will be new spellings for your child to practise in fun, different ways. There will be weekly spelling tests on the phonemes that have been set each week. There will also be an extra set of spellings running alongside the weekly ones, which we will NOT be testing weekly. These spellings will be the Year 2 Common Exception Words, which the children are expected to be able to read and spell independently by the END of Year 2. If you lose/forget your login or have any queries, please see the class teacher.
Homework is set weekly each Friday on Edmodo. You do not need to print off your child's work and to bring into school. Edmodo allows work to be uploaded online. If you are unsure or experiencing any issues please contact the class teacher.
Below, you can find a number of useful links to help support your child's learning:
- Number Fact Families
Have a go at practising your fact families.
- Sumdog Maths online games
Contact the office for login details
- SPaG - Small Town Superheroes
Brush up on your SPaG with the help of some superheroes
- BBC Bitesize
- Oxford Owl Free Online Books
So many great books to choose from!
- White Rose Maths 1 Minute maths app
Our Termly Topic Web outlines how the topic of the term will play into each subject. It acts to outline what will be studied across the curriculum in the term. Our current Topic Web can be found in the attachments below: