Year 2 - Pearl Class

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Welcome to Year Two
Mrs Richardson and Mrs Stoker

Topic
Fire and Light

Our topic this term is Fire and Light. In History, we will be studying the Great Fire of London. We will be placing events in chronological order and using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. We will ask why people behaved as they did, why events happened and what happened as a result. We will find out about the past from a range of sources including paintings, artefacts and the written accounts of eyewitnesses such as Samuel Pepys? We will be studying famous people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally.
In Science, we will learn about grouping and changing materials focusing upon the effects of heat on materials. We will also explore light and dark; creating an electrical circuit to light a bulb.

English

Our studies in English this term aim to develop the children's knowledge of Traditional stories from around the world and Non-Chronological report writing. We will also examine stories and myths about fiery dragons and we will look at stories related to Fire and its origins. Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to demarcate sentences will be a key focus in writing. We will be concentrating on spelling homophones (see/sea) and common high frequency words.
Your child will be part of a guided reading group with an allocated day. During this session the children will complete a focused reading task with the teacher. In addition, it would be very helpful if you would continue to support your child by reading and discussing texts brought home from school each day and then recording this in their home/school book. The children will be awarded three team points for three signatures/parental comments in their home school books and five team points if they read each evening. It is very important to read regularly and discuss the texts. Team points will only be given if the reading record is signed by parents/carers.

Maths

Throughout the term we will be concentrating on number looking at place value, addition and subtraction. We will deepen our learning through problem solving activities and use our reasoning skills to explain. We will also be developing our understanding of data handling by carrying out simple surveys, presenting our results using a tally chart and block graph. Each week your child will be given a challenge to complete at home; the child will have a week to finish and return the task. It will be set on Friday to be completed and returned to school on the following Thursday. It may be a task using Mymaths or an investigative activity.
We will revise number bonds to 10, 20 and then 100. We will then learn to count on and back in tens.

www.fireoflondon.org.uk/

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z9w3g82

www.learnyourtables.co.uk/en/index2.htm

www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers_random.html

www.ictgames.com/dinoplacevalue.html

Routines in Year Two

Our P.E. lessons take place on Friday but if the weather is fine we may venture out at other times. Please ensure that your child has a P.E. kit with shorts, t-shirt and pumps at school. During the Autumn term many of our lessons will take place outside so please could you ensure that your child has suitable footwear at school at all times. Tracksuits may be worn when the weather is cold. Children should have their hair tied back and earrings must either be taken out or covered. Please send in some micropore tape or plasters to cover their earrings. Also, the children are encouraged to bring labelled water bottles to access during the day.

Homework

There is an optional homework grid in your child's homework book. This term it is: 'Fire and Light.' Homework- Your child can choose to complete an optional homework task each week from the grid and return tasks to school each week on Thursday. Please return the homework book to school each week.

Important dates:
11th September -- Individual photographs
11th September --Meet the Teacher meeting 5-6pm
17th September -- Clubs start this week
3rd October -- Harvest church service
8th & 11th October -- Parents' evenings

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