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Year 2

Welcome back! The children have come into school happily after their Easter break and we are all looking forward to a busy and exciting Summer Term. In this newsletter, we would like to share plans around the learning with you.

Learning Challenge

Our Learning Challenge during the first part of the Summer Term is linked to History and learning about a key, historical event. Our overriding question is 'Who was responsible for the sinking of the Titanic?' A big question with plenty of opportunity for debate.

The children will be learning about

Why was the Titanic built? What evidence can you see that the ship was special in some way?

What happened to the Titanic?

What happened to the people on board?

When did the Titanic sink?

Who was the Captain?

Who built the ship? Where was it built? How long did it take? What did it cost?

Where did the Titanic set sail from?

Where was it going?

They will also be learning about the characteristics of the passengers from different social backgrounds who were on board Titanic and describing some of their experiences.

Our learning will also be linked to Science and materials. We will compare and classify the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses, by identifying the uses of different materials. We will learn about the properties of materials e.g can they be squashed. Will they float or sink? We will also consider which materials could be used to build a boat? What the main reasons were for choosing materials for various parts of Titanic’

 

Our research will be linked to  English in our report writing but also to Maths when evidencing some of the findings in our Science investigations.

A total of six learning challenge questions will be answered by the children;

  • LC1: What key facts can we learn about the Titanic?
  • LC2 What was the timeline of events in the sinking of the Titanic?
  • LC 3 What were the characteristics of the passengers on board the Titanic?
  • LC4 Why should I choose to travel on the Titanic?
  • LC 5 What was Titanic made from?
  • LC6 How can I be sure I have chosen the right material?
 

English

Our English text this term is “Kaspar Prince of Cats” by the popular author Michael Morpurgo. The story describes the adventures of a Bell Boy at the Savoy Hotel, a Russian Countess who sings in the Opera and an unusual cat called Kaspar. Kaspar proves that no cat is too small for big adventures and that he is no ordinary cat, in fact he’s the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic!!

Our Writing this half term will include character and setting descriptions, a recount, writing a travel brochure and our own adventure story.

Mathematics

This half term we will focus on shape and number work in our Mathematics; addition and subtraction (2digit +/- 2digit), multiplication and division. We will also be revisiting fractions of shapes and working out fractions of amounts.

Please continue to practise Times Tables with your children. We are all working really hard to ensure that  their recall of multiplication and division facts for the x2, x5 x10 and x3 tables is lightning fast!!

Sats

The Year 2 statutory SATs tests have now been timetabled. The tests in Reading, Spelling and Mathematics will take place in small group sizes during the period Monday 15th May to Thursday 25th May.

 

Class Assemblies

We hope that you enjoyed the class assemblies from last term. The dates for the Spring Class Assemblies are detailed in the table below. They will last for approximately 15 minutes and be held at 2.45pm on the days shown.

 

Date

Class

Monday 22nd May

1KB

Monday 19th June

2AR

Friday 30th June

1MT

Monday 3rd July

2AD