This term in Yellow Class...
Year 2 Spring 2 2022 – this half term’s learning
We have already been very busy in the first 2 weeks of term in Year 2, we have already had our stunning start for our topic and spent the afternoon training to be pirates!
You will see from the topic web on the website for Year 2 that we will be focusing on a geography topic this half term. We had intended to do this last half term, but Covid had such an impact that we were unable to complete it. We are going to be primarily focusing on understanding the physical geography of the world and how this is recorded in maps, ultimately creating a detailed map of our own of an imaginary island.
Whilst our curriculum, as always, will be diverse with plenty of varied activities and experiences to engage and enthuse the children about their learning, we will be have some focus on revising the work we have done so far this year in preparation for the SATs and phonics screen test. There is a meeting about these two events (please see the website for more details).
To help with your children’s learning please do continue to support them by listening to them read to you from their book each day. If you can find the time, please do also read to them from a story book either from school or one of your own from home or the local library. The more exposure they have to reading, including listening to stories, the better readers they will be. Please also practise x2,x5 and x10 tables with them and telling the time. As you know these are key life skills, but they do need lots of practise to embed.
Just a couple of housekeeping points for year 2 generally:
- We will continue to have PE on a Wednesday afternoon, so please do send your children to school in their PE kit on Wednesdays. Sometimes PE will be inside and sometimes outside. There will also be plenty of outside exercise time on a daily basis.
- A gentle reminder that PE kit is a white T shirt and black shorts and trainers or plimsolls which should only be lace-up if your child can do their own laces.
- Please send your child to school every day with a water bottle. There is plenty of research to show that drinking water regularly to keep properly hydrated really does aid learning.
- Please make sure your child’s jumper is very clearly marked with their surname, initials are not enough to identify them, especially when the jumper is left somewhere in school other than the classroom as many children have the same initials. We very often struggle to read names on jumpers and if they are not named it is impossible for us to know which child in which class a school jumper belongs to. Please check your child’s jumper regularly to ensure the name is legible; often it washes off or blurs so it cannot be read.
- A further reminder that school uniform does not include leggings for girls and shoes must be black please.
- Reading books as you know are very expensive and need to be used by many children over many years. Those sent home must please be in book bags every day and will be exchanged for the next week’s book on a Friday. However, we can only give children a new book if the old one is returned to ensure that we keep complete sets of books for subsequent groups of children to read. If you find your child is not bringing home a book this is because they have not returned a book or books sent home last term. Please look for these and return them as soon as possible.