We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Christmas break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the spring term.
The spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 2. In English, we will continue to concentrate on grammar, punctuation and spelling every day, through discrete lessons and as part of our daily English lessons. Children will have the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts including recounts, stories and reports.
In Maths, we will continue to focus on methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Throughout the term, children will secure their knowledge of number place value and will practise their arithmetic skills regularly. Please help your child continue to learn their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100, as well as timetables as these are extremely important skills.
In Science, we will be studying ‘Living things and their habitats’ and children will have the opportunity to visit West Midlands Safari Park to learn more about living things. Foundation subjects will continue to be taught as part of a thematic approach, which means that children’s learning will follow a theme. Children will be able to make connections between areas of learning and consolidate their skills.
During the spring term year 2’s topic theme will be ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. Children will be learning about hot and cold rainforests around the world and exploring animals habitats within these places. Children will have the opportunity to explore tribes, looking at their way of life in the past and present. As part of their DT and Art learning this term, children will also be designing and making their own jungle mosaic and creating their own jungle painting in the style of the artist Henri Rousseau.
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
Children in Year 2 receive regular homework including spellings. In addition to weekly phonics based spellings, children will also be taught ‘whole class’ spelling patterns. These spellings will not be tested formally, but will be practised every day in class. Children are still expected to complete their reading comprehension homework and questions are usually found inside the front cover of their reading book. Children should complete at least one comprehension per week. Additional creative homework (purple book) will also be given out throughout the year.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
Year 2 children had a fantastic visit at the B.C.L.M. They were greeted by a costumed tour guide, Carol, who showed and explained what life was like to live and work in one of the world’s most heavily industrialised landscapes. Sparks flew as the children observed a chain maker forging a link and stomachs rumbled at the smell of the fish and chip shop which served chips as they did in 1930.
The children laughed and giggled in the cinema, which only screened black and white moving pictures to music. They were shocked at the basic furniture, food and clothes in the original period shops and houses. Children were amazed at how people from the past survived without hot running water, electricity, bathrooms and the television !
Overall Year 2 had a great time to kick start their history topic - Transport. They found out why the Black Country became famous for the manufacture of vehicles and they took a ride on the vintage tram and bus.