Year 2

YEAR 2

SPRING TERM 2, 2019

This Half Term our topic will be ‘Amazing Animals.’ For our enquiry question we will be asking ' What is the difference between Devon and Ethiopia?' 

In literacy we will be writing information texts about animals based on the book ‘Dino-Dinners’. Our second book will be 'Wanted! The perfect pet'. We will have an opportunity to write and advertisement for a perfect pet. 

In science 2N will look at how plants grow and 2B will be learning about what animals and humans need to be healthy.

During art we will look at the painting ‘Surprise’ by Henri Rousseau and will create jungle themed drawings. These will then be shown at our Summer Art Exhibition. 

HOOK DAY
 
On our first day we had an exciting visit from exotic animals. We got to meet lots of exotic animals and learn amazing facts about them. We met a bearded dragon, a possum, a skunk, a corn snake, a tarantula and a parrot called Turnip. What an exciting start to our amazing animals topic. 
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTICES AND DATES
FOREST SCHOOL
 
 
Forest School this term will be taught on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs Haggerty, Miss Neely and Mrs Bromhead. Mrs Haggerty will focus on parts of plants and planting vegetables, Mrs Bromhead will be focusing on healthy eating and Miss Neely will be carrying out science investigations with cress. 
 
 
 
HOME LEARNING 
 
 
Remember that home learning is due in each week on a Wednesday. We ask that you complete the weekly spelling activity on wand and that children read 3 times per week at home. Please sign your child's bookmark so they can move up on rocket reading chart. 
 
 
READING
 
 
Reading is a skill that helps children with many aspects of learning.
Do try and read with your child 3 times a week to keep up the practising to help them progress. Remember to ask your children questions throughout the stories-  Please record any reading on their reading bookmarks.
If you have any questions please see us.
Reminders:
  • When reading pink to orange books- read a book 2 or 3 times so that your child becomes confident with the text. Then you can be asking more questions about what they have read.
  • Encourage them to sound out a word using their phonics, 'sound it out'.
  • If a word is tricky, discuss how it is tricky and that we need to remember that word eg come, my, said.
  • Ask your children questions about facts from the book eg where, when, who, what, why and how? And ask your child questions wondering...do you think...How do they feel etc. 

 
PE
 
PE kits are needed for Year 2 on a Thursday. 
 
 
ABOUT YEAR 2 
2B and 2N
 
 
The year 2 teachers are Mrs Bromhead- Smith and Miss Neely. The teaching assistants working in our team are, Miss Huxham, Miss Lee and Mrs Hewlett. 
 
 
GROWTH MINDSET 
 
We are trying to encourage a healthy attitude towards challenges so please continue to support your children with their 'can do'  attitudes. We often talk about the learning pit as can be seen below.
 
 
RECOMMENDED WEBSITES FOR EDUCATIONAL GAMES
 
https://www.timestables.co.uk/games/ - timestable games
 
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/words-and-spelling   - spelling games
 
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - Maths and Literacy (select Maths or English and age group Key Stage 1)
 
http://www.ictgames.com/ - Maths and Literacy
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/- Maths, Literacy and Science#
 
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/- Phonics games- choose the free ones!
 
 
 
PHONICS
 
The scheme that we use in school to teach our phonics is Read, Write Inc. We will continue to embed this learning in Year 2. Please see below for the sounds that your child will be learning in class.