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Our class Topic Summer 1
This half term's topic is: Titanic and we will be learning all about the Titanic and the improvements the disaster brought to sea rescue. We will learn about key events within this important event from British History as well as learning about how life onboard Titanic would have been different for first and third class passengers and how their experiences may affect their recount of the events that happened. We will also learn more about the history of boats as transport in general as well as how this magnificent ship was built. Many of our Literacy books this half term will teach us more about space exploration as well as different types of exploration too and we will do independent research and write reports and newspaper articles based on what we learn.
In RE this half term, we are learning all about how Jesus was a friend to everyone he met, how we can be the best friend to everyone and learn about some of the miracles Jesus performed in more detail using drama and stories to enrich our understanding.
Alongside our RE topic, we will be learning about our Christian Value for the half term 'Thankfulness' through our daily assemblies as well as reflection time in class too. We will continue to learn more about the meaning of the Holy Trinity and revise what we have learnt so far this school year about our 7 Christian Values and what they mean to us.
In Science, we will be learning all about the use of everyday materials and will be testing which materials float and sink and using what we learn to design and make our own boats that can carry something and stay afloat. We will also be taking a closer look at how icebergs are formed and learning how to speed up or slow down the melting of ice within our school setting, working on making predictions using our scientific knowledge and vocabulary.
Useful websites for this half term's topics:
If you love finding out about different places in the world, why not check out all the countries the GoJetters visit by clicking on the link below:
Science – all about materials
Ideas for Plant experiments you could do at home:
Class timetable Spring
Your child will need to come to school in their PE kit every Monday and Friday this half term.
New spellings will be sent home in your child's green Spelling book each Monday.
Weekly Spelling tests will be every Friday.
Homework will be sent home every Friday and due in the following Wednesday.
In the event of your child needing to self-isolate at any time during this school year, I will be uploading tasks to complete regularly on the Year 2 Information page alongside setting printer free activities and mini challenges on Seesaw too. Maths and English will be set on a weekly basis and will mirror the work the children are completing in task. There will also be a topic grid full of activities that cover all the other subjects we do in class linked to our current class topic.
There will also be a weekly little lesson over on Mrs G's Little Lessons Youtube channel to help you practice your weekly spellings at home and links to other usual learning videos will be posted regularly on our class Seesaw page.
Check out the different spelling, phonics and maths playlists videos and little lessons on YouTube here:
Reading is the cornerstone of all the children do and learn to do in Year 2. As children are expected to leave Year 2 on Stage 10 or higher, it is vital that children read at home as much as possible. Regular reading also helps children to learn the high frequency and common exception words that the children need to be able to read and spell, as well as modelling coherent sentence structures. Children need to become more fluent when reading aloud, and should only need to sound out a few words within the book.
From September, we will be assessing the children's reading and matching their reading books to their current phonetical knowledge. We group the children in class into 2 groups and endeavor to change reading books at least twice a week on a daily alternating basis, to ensure your child's book is changed when needed, please remember to record all reading in the blue reading diary.
It is also really important that your child reads as much as they can - these books do not need to be the school reading book, and I would encourage you to share your favourite books or authors with your children. In the next few weeks, I will be inviting parents (who wish to) to come and read their favourite children's book to the class at home time - to show children that books and stories should be enjoyed and loved! If you would be interested in this, please pop in and see me any time - the children and I would love to have you!
Homework and Spellings
In Year 2, it is very important that the children complete their homework including spellings and reading their homework book every week. At the end of the year, the children will be taking their SATs tests which include separate reading and spelling tests. The outcome of these tests supplement my end of year decisions - spelling plays a big factor in whether or not your child will reach the expected level for Year 2 by the end of the year. At Parent's evening later on this half-term, I will be sending home the lists of High Frequency words and the newer 'Common Exception words' for your child to practice reading and spelling at home to consolidate the work done in class as well as intervention groups. (Please see below for the list of words.)
KS1 SATS MAY 2022
This half term, your child will complete standardised testing in Maths and Reading and there are 2 papers for each subject. This tests will be completed throughout the month of May in small groups and the children are training to be Special Agents so they will feel completely prepared when the time comes. Check out the regularly updated Special Agent Training playlist on my Youtube channel and let me know how you get on on Seesaw to keep those dojo rewards coming!
Phonics Information for Parents:
Please continue practicing using all the phonics resources we will be sending home in September and don't forget I love to see those videos on the Seesaw app.
You can also visit this website to play some phonics games:
Year 2 Common Exception words
These are all the words your child will need to be able to read and spell correctly when writing independently in class, your child may also refer to these as 'rainbow words' too as this is what we call them in class. Keep your eye out for Rainbow word challenges on Seesaw throughout this half term!
TIMES TABLES CHALLENGES:
In Year 2, the children need to know their multiplication and division facts for the 10,2,5 and 3 times tables.
Fancy practicing your timetables facts? Check out these games here:
Want to find out a little more about what Year 2 is going to be like, and what your child will be learning in maths and spelling? Check out these handy Parent guides below:
What will my child learn in Year 2?
More about Year 2 maths:
More about Year 2 spelling: