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Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter
Topic: Transport — Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Our topic this term is Transport — Planes, Trains and Automobiles. 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 Design and Technology the children will design and make their own wheeled vehicles. The children will assemble axles and wheels to make a moving vehicle; evaluating and improving their product. In Art, the children will explore abstract Art through the work of Jackson Pollock and Paul Klee. In Music, they will sing some sea shanties and use 'The Train Ride' to create musical compositions. They will understand that symbols can be used to represent specific sounds using the Love Music Trust Unit 'Down in the Jungle.'
In Science, children will
'Transport' optional tasks. Your child can choose a task each week from the grid and respond. You could take a photograph of the results and send them to your class teacher via the class email address.
The children will be looking closely at statements, commands, questions and exclamations. 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. Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to demarcate sentences will continue to be a key focus in writing. We will be concentrating on developing spelling rules when suffixes are added to a root word.
The children will revise their spelling of the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words.
Challenge: Correct the mistakes made by Mr Whoops.
Common Exception Words-videos
Use Mrs Smith's videos to help you practise reading and writing your Common Exception Words.
Y2 Reading part 1-
Y2 Reading part 2-
Y2 Spelling part 1-
Y2 Spelling part 2-
Read Write Inc Spelling 2A
There are five 15 minutes challenges for parents to complete with their children recommended by www.thinkuknow.co.uk. They can be found on our E-Safety section of our website: Online Safety At Home.
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.
Maths Online Games
The children's wellbeing is our priority. We will also be developing our wellbeing toolkit and promoting self-regulation using The Zones of Regulation.
Amaven provide 'Movement of the Day' activities and homework targeted to meet your child's needs. Log in using your child's personal login and then complete homework tasks three times each week.
Cosmic Kids Yoga can be used for meditation and to try out a Yoga Session.
You can contact us at Pearl@stjamesaudlem.cheshire.sch.uk to share your adventures or ask any questions.