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Lime Class - Year 2

 Welcome to Lime Class

Class teachers: Miss Hartnett (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

                 Miss Wilcox (Thursday and Friday)         

 

Teaching assistants: Mrs Kirk, Miss Shimbles, Miss Balson and Mrs Gentleman

 Mrs Abbas teaches in class on Wednesday afternoon.

 

 Summer Term

Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely break over the holiday.  
Well done to all children who have worked so hard whilst completing their SATs.  They have made us really proud.
 
We are going to continue our final half term in Year 2 with our Fame topic for the first few weeks and will look at significant individuals from Yorkshire including Emily Bronte and Barbara Hepworth.  We will complete our time in Year 2 with the topic 'Journeys and Adventures'.  Within this half term we are planning a school trip and will hold our class assembly, keep your eyes open for these dates over the next few weeks.  
 

  Literacy

Our focus for writing is accuracy.  Children are required to write with correct use of basic skills in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Basic skills include a sentence making sense, having correct use of capital letters and full stops, and the majority of words spelled correctly.  Ensuring these basic skills are used consistently, across a range of writing is a main focus for writing in Year 2 this term.  

We will be using the texts 'Man on the Moon' to help children practise these basic skills in different aspects of writing, and will link grammar and punctuation activities to these texts to make it interesting and exciting for children.  We will also have a focus on non-fiction writing using books about plants to find information. Children will learn the features of a non-fiction text and how to use them to find information. 

Image result for bob the man on the moon

Spelling:

Your child will usually have their spelling test on a Friday.  They will bring home their spellings sheet where there is room for them to practise.  At school, we will incorporate spellings into a full sentence to test them as this will be the format of the SATS spelling paper.  A photocopy of your child's spelling test is sent home weekly so you can see how they are progressing.  Please continue to encourage your child to practise the spellings we are sending home, along with the Year 1 & 2 common exception words which are situated in your child's planner. This year, spelling is much more important than it ever has been!

Grammar:

Grammar focuses on the rules of English language. Children have been learning about word types including nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs and how to use them accurately in different aspects of writing.  There are some really useful online games that you can play with your child at home to support them in being confident about knowing and understanding word types.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy2.htm

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-games

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/

 

Reading

Children read every day at school for lots of different reasons and purposes throughout the curriculum.

They also have regular guided reading sessions and will  be listened to individually at least once a week either with their reading book or during guided group work. In addition to this,  daily phonics sessions and reading assemblies ensure that we are giving children as many skills and strategies as we can to support them to be effective readers. At home we would ask you to engage in reading with your child as often as you can. This doesn't always have to be listening to them read their school reading books. It could be you reading to them, asking them to tell you about what they have read, reading a comic or a newspaper together or reading signs and labels when you're out shopping - it all helps.  It is vital that children can answer questions about what they have read to check their understanding.  

Please encourage your child to use Bug Club and Reading Cloud to practise their reading and comprehension skills.  Here they have a variety of books to read, and questions to answer about those books.  

Bug Club - https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Reading Cloud - https://www.readingcloud.net/

 

Maths

This half term children will be revisiting prior learning to consolidate how to solve mathematical calculations in the four operations.  We will be practising solving basic calculations as well as solving calculations in a word problem.  Children will also be practising skills involving shape, time, money and measures.   If you would like information about the methods we teach children to solve calculations in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, please do not hesitate to come and see us.    

 Some useful websites that support children in practising solving calculations and problems:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

http://primarygamesarena.com/Years/Year-2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

http://www.ictgames.com/moneyPage.htm

http://www.year2maths.co.uk/

 

Science

Our science focus is Plants.  Children will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants, and will find out and describe how plants need water, light and suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. We will be planting some of our own seeds in the garden outside our classroom.  

  

P.E

Our P.E. sessions take place on  Mondays and Fridays every week.  On a Monday the P.E session will be led by a P.E coach and supported by the class teacher as we learn new skills in different areas of P.E.  The children look forward to these lessons and are hugely disappointed if they cannot participate because they do not have a suitable change of clothing or footwear. Please help your child to be prepared for these lessons.  All children require a full P.E kit. This is to ensure the children's hygiene and safety.  Details of our P.E kit can be found in our school prospectus and in our new home school planners.

 

Homework

Our main focus for homework in Year 2 is to regularly listen to your child read, including questioning their understanding, to practise the spellings we send home weekly, and to practise maths passport targets that are in your child's planner.  These aspects focus on the basic skills needed to help your child in reading, writing and maths.  When new learning has taken place in particular subject areas we will occasionally send additional homework that focuses on consolidating that learning.  In addition to this, we will create opportunities each term to have a topic based homework project.  This is often a creative activity which encourages your child to use their imagination and work with adults at home to produce something based around the learning taking place in class. 

Spellings are sent out weekly and children are tested on a Friday.  If your child has struggled on their spelling test, we might send home the same spellings again to secure their knowledge before moving on to new spellings. We will also put a copy of the spellings on the class notice board (on the window).  

      ~ SATS ~    

All SATs have now been completed.  Well done to all children, it was lovely to see them thinking about everything we have learnt this year and using these skills to help them when completing the various papers.  We are very proud and children have worked so hard all year. Well done!                                                                                  

 

Below you will find some useful information and links to websites about the tests, including sample papers you can use to support your child.  We will hold a parents information evening before Christmas about these tests.  

 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-2016-sample-materials

http://www.satspapers.org.uk/Page.aspx?TId=4

http://www.theschoolrun.com/KS1-SATs-in-2016

If you have any questions about the SATS tests or any other aspect of your child's learning, please do not hesitate to speak to us.  You can do this by speaking to us at the door, phoning the school office to make an appointment or writing a note in your child's planner.   

 Information for parents leaflet:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/507259/Informationforparents_2016nationalcurriculumtestsattheendofkeystages_1and2_PDFA.pdf