Welcome to Year 2
Welcome back after the Easter holidays. I hope you all enjoyed a well deserved break and managed to spend some time with your family. We are now in our Summer 1 term and this term is always very busy in year 2. We usually have KS1 SAT's, however, this year they have been cancelled due to Covid-19. Children will continue with the daily routine already established in the class and a love for learning will be at the forefront of our days. Please keep an eye on our class page for pictures of what we will be learning about as well as some work to be proud of.
If you need to contact me for any reason please do so on our class email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Children will take part in PE on a Monday morning with Premier Sports from 11am - 11:50am. Children should come to school on a Monday in their PE kit and they will wear it for the remainder of the day. Year 2 will also have PE again on a Wednesday afternoon with me, therefore should wear their PE kit to school on a Wednesday too. We are very lucky this half term to be partaking in cricket lessons. These will take place during our PE lesson on a Wednesday. Children have really enjoyed this in the past and we are very much looking forward to it.
Please don't send children's uniform in a bag on the days they have PE as they will not be getting changed back into their uniforms.
This half term we are continuing with the new homework grid approach. Children will be given back their homework book with a new grid of 20 tasks liked to our new class text 'If you were a kid aboard the Titanic' written by Josh Gregory. The tasks will cover a broad range of the curriculum including English, Maths, Science, Art/DT, History and Music activities. This half term we are going back to the points system to the homework grid whereby children earn points based on the tasks they choose. The aim is for them to earn as many points as they can whilst completing activities that interests them.
Spelling homework will be sent home every Friday in your child's reading folder. Children will get 8-10 spellings per week to learn and they can practise these on their weekly spelling grid. We will have a spelling test every Thursday afternoon. Please return your child's spelling grid in their reading folder every Friday and a new one will be put in for the week ahead.
Read Write Inc
Children will take part in daily RWI lessons where they will practise sounds as well as practising their fluency - daily reading of a RWI book matched to their RWI level.
Each week I will continue to upload the sounds we have learnt/revised with a list of words which include the sound for children to practise reading at home. Please encourage at home as it is very important they know all of their sounds before going into lower KS2. I will email everyone the group that that your child is in so you know which RWI tasks they need to complete.
Some children may not have weekly sounds to practise but instead a RWI book on Oxford Reading Tree to encourage and promote their fluency.
Children will be given 2 reading books to take home every Friday. One will be a book bag book which is based on their current phonic level. I have assessed all children before Easter and they will all have a book bag book matched to their phonic level to bring home every Friday. The other is an oxford reading tree book. Both books should be returned every Friday in their reading folders and new books will be given out. I ask that parents/carers listen to their child reading at least 3 times per week and record it in their reading diary.
Please don't feel that your child needs to read 3 full books every week. They may wish to read parts of the book/read other books from home.
We are encouraging children to continue with their use of Get Epic. To login to access your child's books , go to www.getepic.com/students. Then click on students and enter our class code jel1264 and read as much as you like! I will assign some new reading material on here weekly in line with the topic we are learning about.
It has also come to my attention that the terms and conditions of GETEPIC have changed since June. There are now 2 options to explore the website:
- During school with Epic School: From 7am to 4pm, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7am to 4pm. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day. Epic School is always free for our educators.
- After school with Epic Free: In addition to all the reading time that they get with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4pm for free on Epic Free. Epic Free is also available for students to access at any time on the weekends. But unlike Epic School, there is a time duration limit! Students can read on Epic Free for up to 2 hours per week. Also, students will need their parents’ help to unlock Epic Free with a parent email. Parents only need to provide their email address once during sign-up. There is no fee for for Epic Free. After the first log in, students can freely access Epic Free using the class code. They will transition between Epic School and Epic Free, depending on the time of day.
Unfortunately, this change in terms means that some books are not accessible on the Epic Free version.
A huge well done to everyone this week. We have red 140 as a class and a total of 796 minutes. We have now achieved our green badge on our readapillar!
This half term our Learning Challenge Question is:
What was life like for someone aboard the Titanic?
As Historians... we will be having lots of fun learning about the voyage of the Titanic, discovering the history behind the sinking of the vessel. We will compare life in the 1900's to now, looking at differences in clothes, transport etc.... We will also explore a range of historical sources from the Titanic.
As writers... we will explore the book 'If you were a kid aboard the Titanic' written by Josh Gregory. We will be learning key elements we need to include in diary writing which will lead us up to writing our own non-fictional diary entry of what life was like aboard the Titanic. We will continue working on the non-negotiables (capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, adjectives and punctuation). A big focus will be given to vocabulary this half term which will enable children to become more detailed writers. We will also be learning more about conjunctions and how we can use them effectively to expand our sentences.
As the half term progresses we will move on to explore the book 'A story of Titanic for children' written by Joe Fullman. Our writing outcome will be to produce an persuasive brochure, persuading people why they should buy a ticket to travel on the Titanic to America. We will conduct our own research and incorporate cross-curricular subjects into this (including Maths - finding out the cost of a ticket, Geography - the planned route of sailing, Art/DT - sketches for the brochure, visualising the vessel). We will also explore different sentence types, including command sentences and exclamation sentences.
As Mathematicians... we will begin the term by learning about fractions. We will recognise and find 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4 of shapes and numbers. We will also learn about equivalent fractions - recognising that 1/2 is the same as 2/4. Once we are confident with these fractions we will use them to solve problems. We weill also be learning about shape through our topic work, including 2D and 3D shapes. We will learn the names of these 2D shapes and learn about the number of sides and vertices they have. We will also explore lines of symmetry before moving on to the names of 3D shapes, edges and faces. We will use shapes (tangrams) to make boats which again will link to our topic.