Lime Class - Year 2
Summer Term 2 2018
Class teachers: Miss Reilly (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
Miss Wilcox (Thursday and Friday)
Teaching assistants: Mrs Kirk, Mrs Gentleman, Miss Hutton.
(Mrs Kirk covers PPA time on Wednesday afternoon).
Dates for your diary
week beginning 11th June 2018 - Phonics screening (for a small number of Year Two children)
Wednesday 11th July - Year Two Class Assembly
Year Two SATs
The children all worked extremely hard to complete all of their SATs during May. The large majority of our class enjoyed the challenge of these tests and they were keen to prove exactly what they could do! We had lots of competitive children who were trying to achieve the best scores they could. We are very proud of Year 2 for their sensible and calm attitudes and for working really hard during this time. These tests have all been completed now and we are currently compiling all of the evidence and results. The SATs papers aren’t about passing or failing but are used to reflect the level your child is working at. You will be notified of the levels which your child is working at, when reports are sent out in July. If you have any questions about these tests or any aspect of your child's learning, please do not hesitate to ask us.
A small number of Year Two children are taking part in a phonics screening test. This will take place during the week beginning 11th June 2018. You will have been notified about this if your child is involved in this test.
Our topic for this half term is:
The children will learn about the lives of significant individuals in Britain's past who have contributed to our nation's achievements (scientists, reformers, medical pioneers and creative geniuses).
Across the year we have used a range of texts to cover elements of our reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation work. This term we will use the story "Man On The Moon" by Simon Bartram as a stimulus for our work.
Bob has a very special job looking after the moon and we will follow him on his daily adventures. We will find out what he does on the moon: cleaning and tidying, entertaining visitors, performing tricks for tourists and lots more. We are looking forward to lots of creative writing based upon this story.
The children have their spelling test each MONDAY. This will assess the words which are sent home each week and it will take the format of writing the words within the context of a sentence (This follows the format of the Year Two SATS spelling paper which the children will take during the summer term). The children will bring home a list of target words and sentences to practise their spellings each week. Please help with these where you can and encourage your child to practise the spellings we are sending home. These word lists, along with the Year 1 and 2 common exception words (which can be found in your child's planner) are an important aspect of your child's English work this year. These are key words which are used across the children's reading and writing. Please help your child to learn these words. Just a few minutes each day sounding them out, writing them down or reading them out will really help your child to learn these.
Grammar focuses on the rules of the English language and the children are now expected to have a good understanding of how to apply this in their work. The children will learn about different word types including nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and how to use these accurately in different aspects of writing. These will be taught as part of our daily English work, and also within our guided reading and phonics sessions. There are many useful games online which will support your child in their understanding of word types. These might help to make grammar seem more interesting and appealing too!
Take a look at some of these sites:
The children read at school every day throughout the curriculum. They also take part in regular guided reading sessions each week. In addition to these reading sessions, we hold daily phonics lessons and reading assemblies, to ensure that we are providing the children with opportunities to develop the skills needed to become effective readers. At home, we ask you to engage in reading with your child as often as you can. We know how busy and hectic your days can be, but just a few minutes sharing and talking about texts can greatly help your child's understanding and confidence. This doesn't always have to involve reading their school reading book. It could be you sharing a text with them, asking your child to tell you about what they have read, reading a comics, newspapers, magazine articles or leaflets, or simply reading signs and labels when you're out and about - every bit helps! Please support your child wherever possible.
This term, our guided reading sessions are focusing on the skills needed for the reading papers will the children will undertake as part of their SATs. We are working on different examples of these so that the children are familiar with the structure and organisation of them. We are encouraging the children to find the relevant information in the text and to highlight or underline this, in order to help them answer the questions successfully.
All of the children have a login for Bug Club. This can be found at the front of your child's planner. This site can be accessed from home and is a valuable tool for the children to practise their reading and comprehension skills. They are assigned a variety of books appropriate to their reading level and are given questions to answer about the information they have read. They earn rewards for the books and tasks which they complete. On this site they can also access some spelling and grammar games too. For children who might be reluctant or not want to read, this can be a rewarding incentive!
Reading Cloud - https://www.readingcloud.net/
We will begin the term by introducing our new instant recall fact. For this half term this will focus on recalling and using the multiplication and division facts for the 5x tables. We will practice these facts at the start of each maths lesson and we will also rehearse these various times during the school day. You could ask your child about these facts and see how they are doing with them. We will also be exploring inverse operations and learning to identify related number facts, and use inverse to help us check the accuracy of our calculations.
We will cover a unit based on mass, capacity and temperature. We will compare the mass of different objects and measure mass using both grams and kilograms. We will then compare capacity and learn the difference between capacity and volume. We will measure capacity using millilitres and litres. We will explore temperature by learning to read scales accurately, looking carefully at the marked divisions we are given. You could question your child about their maths work using everyday items which you have at home. Many household items indicate the mass, capacity and temperature. See if your child can tell you what they are.
If you are unsure about the methods we teach children to solve calculations in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, or you would like more information about these, please do not hesitate to come and see us. We know that these can seem very different to the methods which you may have been taught! The methods which we are currently working on will also be displayed on our maths working wall in the classroom. You could ask your child to explain these methods and how to use them.
Here are a few useful websites which support children in solving calculations and problems:
In our Science work we will be exploring a unit based on Living things and their habitats. We will explore the differences between things which are living, dead and things which have never been alive. We will identify a variety of plants and animals and name the habitats in which they live. We will look at how different habitats are suited to the needs of different kinds of animals. We will also learn how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals.
Our P.E. sessions take place on Mondays and Wednesdays each week. On Wednesday 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 for both indoor and outdoor work. 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. Please help to ensure that your child is prepared for their lessons.
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 the maths targets which are found 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. Thank you so much for your amazing designs for bird boxes and feeders. We were very impressed with your hard work and they look amazing in our school grounds. We can tell that a great deal of thought and effort went into these.
WELL DONE EVERYBODY!
If you would like to speak to us about any aspect of your child's learning, you can catch us at the start or end of the school day, or arrange an appointment at a suitable time. Please don't be afraid to ask though. We greatly value the support of parents and guardians, and know how a close home/school relationship can support the children in their learning.
Please keep in touch with us.
Thank you from all of the staff working in Year Two.