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Year 2 January Parent Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! The children have settled very well after their break and are ready for the exciting plans we have for the Spring Term which we would like to share with you.

Learning Challenge

Our learning challenge during the first part of the Spring Term is linked to Science. Our overriding question is, Would a dinosaur make a good pet?

The children will be learning about living things, their habitats and how plants and animals are adapted to suite the place that they live in. We will be exploring how to differentiate between living, dead and non-living things. We will be studying plants and animals in different habitats and describing how these habitats provide the basic needs they require and how a habitat depends on this life. Our research will be linked to literacy in our report writing but also to maths when evidencing some of the findings in our investigations.

In the latter part of the half term the children will also learn about key individuals in history from different time periods.

Firstly, we will look at the explorer Christopher Columbus and learn about some of his experiences. We will then look at Neil Armstrong and the children will be able to recall some facts about his mission to the moon.  Finally, we will learn about why we should be proud of Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela. To understand more about what makes someone a significant person and what did these two people do that was so important.

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

Our learning challenge questions are as follows;

•         LC1 Who does this egg belong to?

•         LC2 What does a dinosaur need to survive?

•         LC3 How can a food chain be explained?

•         LC4 How can you re-create your own dinosaur land?

•         LC5 How do you know that dinosaurs really roamed the Earth?

•         LC 6 What can we learn from Explorers?

•         LC 7 Why should we be proud of Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela?

Our RE topic this half term will focus on what we can learn from sacred books.

 

English

Our English text this term is the ladybird children’s classic of “The Lost World” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story describes the dangerous expedition to South America where the characters find a place where prehistoric animals and other extinct creatures still survive. The text types we will be covering this half term based on the book will include a newspaper report and adventure story where the children will describe characters, setting and come up with their own ideas about an exciting and dangerous adventure.

                    

Mathematics

This half term we will focus on number work in our Mathematics; place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be learning about statistics in the forms of data collection, tables and different ways to present data e.g. a pictogram or block graph.

Our mental maths sessions will include recall of multiplication and division facts for the x2, x5 and x10 tables. Some children may also progress to their x3 tables. The children will be adding and subtracting tens from a 2 digit number and then progress to 2digit +/- 2digit numbers. They will also practise their number bonds to 20 and beyond, doubling and halving skills.

 

 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 on a Monday afternoon at 2.45pm.

 5th February – 1MT

12th February – 2ES

19th March  – 1AD

26th March – 2AR

 

 P.E.

Please will you ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school each day and it is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Also, each item must be labelled.

 

Homework Weekly Expectations

 Reading

We would hope that children read daily and that reading for pleasure is valued at all times. We encourage parents and carers to discuss their children’s books and ask questions about them to ensure that there is understanding of their book as well as accurate reading.  We request that there are at least 4 entries, signed, in reading diaries on a weekly basis.  Children are able to read their school reading book as well as materials from homes (websites, magazines, comics etc).  A reading comprehension task will be sent home to be completed on a voluntary basis.

Spellings

Spelling rules will be taught to children on a weekly basis.  We will then allow children to take these spellings home in order to further practise applying their knowledge of specific rules.

 Maths

Children will be allocated weekly, interactive tasks via Abacus (all children have a login to access this).  Interactive materials will be used as either a pre learning tool or as an opportunity to consolidate.  As maths is ‘all around us’, we also encourage children take note of real life maths opportunities.  For example: following a recipe, shopping with a budget, planning a TV timetable etc.  From time to time, worksheets will also be sent home and to be completed on a voluntary basis.

 Brain Builders

At the beginning or end of each term, children will be given a homework project (click here to view).  This project will be based on the Learning Challenge Curriculum for that term.  These projects often develop children’s research skills as well as promoting learning experiences between school and home. Children will have a choice in terms of how much of the project they would like to complete (e.g. there will be several options to complete; children may complete 1 option or all options).  Children will be given a significant amount of time to complete activities.

 

Helpers

We are very grateful to our parent volunteers and would also welcome extra help, ranging from an hour reading with the children first thing in the morning to other, more extended sessions on a regular basis. If you would like to become involved, then please speak to Miss Robinson.

Happiness is essential for good learning. We model how to encourage your child to make good choices and to take responsibility for actions. Your child will flourish in a caring environment with clear boundaries and positive reinforcement. If you or your child has any concerns, then please talk to us as it is important that we work in partnership with you to ensure your child is happy in school and therefore good learning will take place.

Thank you! Miss Robinson and Miss Shannon