Year 2 - Pearl Class

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Welcome to Year Two
Mrs Richardson and Mrs Stoker

Topic
Transport — Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Our topic this term is Transport. In History, we will learn that Transport has changed over time and is still changing and developing. We will begin to develop an understanding of the chronology of transport inventions e.g. the wheel, Stevenson's Rocket and the Shuttle. We will learn about explorers such as Christopher Columbus and their adventures at sea. In Geography, we will be undertaking simple fieldwork, and using the locality to carry out simple investigations e.g. a simple traffic survey. We will plan expeditions, draw maps and plans and use a compass to follow routes around the school buildings. We will use geographical terms to describe an area and major geographical features. We will explore bus routes and timetables.
In Science, we will learn about the journey of life. We will learn that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults and that we change as we get older. We will investigate and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air). The children will then explore forces and movement using toy cars; exploring ways to make them speed up and slow down, and compare how objects move.

English

Throughout the term we will look at stories related to Transport. We will use the story 'Journey' by Aaron Becker to write narratives and descriptions. We will explore non-fiction tests and write simple explanations. We will edit and improve our work using ambitious vocabulary and through the use of conjunctions to make compound sentences. The children will also create non-chronological reports and riddles. We will be concentrating on spelling by adding prefixes /suffixes 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 developing our mental arithmetic skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will apply skills to solve one and two step problems through money and measures. We will begin by introducing fractions of shapes and amounts. During this term we will assess the children's grasp of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Please practise these to help your child master quick mental recall of these number facts.
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.

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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 Summer 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: 'Transport.' 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:
Easter service at St.James Church on Wednesday 17th April at 9.30am

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