Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter
Term 3 and 4 - 2017
In reading we will continue with a focus on developing inference skills through Guided Reading and in comprehension activities. Children are expected to read independently at home. We will continue ‘Talk for Writing’ but will also focus on letter writing, writing poetry, writing commands and writing non-fiction texts.
There will be a weekly spelling investigation along with testing of the key spellings that children are expected to know in Year 2. The focus will include homophones, past and present tenses, compound words, use of apostrophes, suffixes and contractions.
In our number work we will continue to develop the children’s understanding of place value, working on addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. We will work on fractions, including recognising and identifying fractions of shapes and numbers. We will use, compare and order a range of standard measures, length, weight and capacity. Using money we will also look at the value of coins and solve practical problems such as giving change.
We will be continuing our work on plants and continue monitoring our bulbs and continuing with further planting in the spring. Our new topic is ‘Animals and Humans’. We will be looking at how animals and humans grow and change over time. We will be looking at what we need to survive and the importance of basic hygiene and following a healthy lifestyle. We will then begin to explore our new topic ‘Living things and their habitats’ but focus on the characteristics of living things.
Design and Technology:
We will be exploring textiles and investigating using templates and joining techniques. We will design and make a simple puppet. We will also revisit skills in food technology.
PE will continue to take place on Monday and Wednesday in the Spring Term. We are working on Gymnastics, Dance and in Games our focus will be on ball skills and target games. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school and long hair must be tied back and earrings covered or removed.
We will be covering the units ‘We are researchers’ and will be learning how to use ICT to research our topics in Geography and Science. In our next unit ‘We are detectives’ we will be using ICT to collect clues and support our learning.
We will reinforce our learning on the continents and then focus on the Rainforest. We will learn about the climate, the layers of the rainforest and animals that live there.
We will be learning about ‘What Jesus taught us?’ and learning about ‘Leaders and Teachers’.
We will be exploring pitch, pulse and rhythm in whole class lessons using instruments. We will also explore different ways to move to music through dance.
We will be studying the artist Henri Rousseau and his work ‘Surprised ! ’. We will work with paint and explore printmaking.
In Term 3 we will be looking at ‘Good to be me’ and developing the children’s self-confidence and personal development. In our lessons in Term 4 we will be looking at the focus ‘Going for goals’ and developing the children’s attitude to learning
We will be having a meeting on Monday 3rd February at 2.30pm to discuss the format of the assessments that will take place in Year 2 in May.
Snacks and lunches
Please try to ensure your child always has a filled water bottle in school and that all snacks brought in must be fruit.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs. Rowley and Mrs. Hodgson