Year 2's dinosaur modelling.
Year 2 Newsletter
Happy New Year! It was lovely to welcome the children back after the Christmas holidays and hear about the lovely times they had.
We have jumped straight back into our work since being back and the children have shown that they are ready for the next steps in their learning. This half term we are lucky enough to have Mrs McGovern working with us in Year Two and supporting the children. This letter explains some of the things your child will be doing over the coming term, as well as how you can support them at home.
As you know, Year Two is a very important year for your child. It is the time when they consolidate all their learning from Reception and Year One and begin to apply their knowledge in different ways. Our aim is for your child to grow in confidence both socially and academically throughout the year.
While the particular areas of focus are in reading, writing and maths, there is a continued effort to ensure that the children remain enthusiastic about learning through exploring exciting topics.
Your support in all areas of your child’s learning remains vital so that you child can achieve their real potential. This may include: listening to your child read at home, helping them with any homework, supporting with further research around topics at school or practising maths facts.
Our topic for the Spring term is ‘Footprints’. Various curriculum areas will be covered throughout the topic including history, geography, science and art. In particular we will be having a focus on dinosaurs, which the children are already excited about. We will be learning about what dinosaurs were like, how they lived and where their fossils have been discovered.
In Maths we will continue practising the maths skills that the children need in order to make progress. We will also focus on securing the children’s knowledge of how addition and subtraction are linked and we will be introducing more formal work around multiplication and division. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to apply their knowledge through problem solving activities using all four of the calculations. The children will also be looking at time.
Our English focus will be around securing the children’s knowledge of word classes e.g. nouns, adjectives and verbs, and how using these correctly will improve their writing. A particular emphasis will be around the children’s spelling, particularly spelling commonly used words correctly. The children will have the opportunity to look at a variety of different genres including story writing, information texts and poetry.
Things you could do at home
The homework given out include: key spellings, maths skills and, of course, reading. Occasionally homework will be sent out that relates to topic work or to consolidate an area that a child may need more practise with. One of the most important things that you can do to support your child is to regularly listen to them read. Any reading you can do at home with them will greatly improve their learning and confidence.
If you are supporting your child with writing ask them about the things they must now be including all the time and encourage them to improve their sentences where possible.
For maths ‘Learn-its’ will be sent home to practise the key skills that the children need to have in order to make progress. Supporting your child with these will improve their confidence and fluency with numbers.
Could you also please send in a water bottle with your child’s name clearly written on.
I am looking forward to seeing the progress the children will make this term. If you have any questions please do come and discuss them with me.
Miss V Earley