Monday, 13 January 2020

Exciting times in Year 2!

In year 2 we have launched our woodwork area and the children have started creating some wonderful wooden models using the tools that have been provided. If you have pieces of untreated pine wood please send them into school for the children to transform them into something wonderful!

Within our garden area we have managed to grow some potatoes.  This area will be an ongoing project so we will keep you informed of our next success.

We have an artist visiting in February but we need newspapers so the children can make a sculpture of a ship.  Please could you send in unwanted newspapers.
Thank you for your continued support.

We have included a copy of the curriculum letter so you can see what else we are doing this term. I think you will agree the children are going to have some exciting learning opportunities.

Dear Parents and Carers,
Year 2 - Curriculum Newsletter Spring
Happy New Year and welcome back to the New Term! 
Our expectation at Mead is that every child should do the following every night: 
  • 15 minutes reading to themselves or an adult (please sign your child’s reading record when they read at home so they can be rewarded at school). It is also important they bring in their book bag every day. Reading is an essential life skill that improves with practice.  Regular reading at home will help your child’s reading fluency as well as their spelling and writing.
  • 15 minutes practicing spellings
  • 15 minutes rehearsing counting/arithmetic or times tables facts 
Your child will also have the opportunity to bring a library book home to share with you. We also have the Year 2 Bingo homework to attempt each half term. Children do not have to attempt every activity, but instead select the activities that interests them. We hope that children will take their time with the homework and be proud of the work they produce. Then they should hand completed work into their teacher at the end of the half term. This will then be rewarded in our ‘E’ for Excellence assembly.

Spellings will continue to be given out on Fridays. The children should practice their words every evening. The test will take place on Thursdays. 
Year 2 will visit the library and Raphael’s park this term as well as perform at the Music Festival with other local schools. They will also be part of the Living Eggs experience and watch chicks hatch in an incubator. We are also going to be visited by an artist and create a large sculpture of a ship using paper. (Please start collecting newspaper and bring them into school we need lots!!!) 
Curriculum Information
We have included a summary of the topics, which the children will be covering this term. If you would like to make any suggestions for what you or your child would like to learn in relation to the topics taught, please complete the form attached and return it to your child’s class teacher. We welcome any suggestions you may have.
Thank you for your continued support.
Yours Sincerely,

Mrs Rolph           Miss Gibson Miss Smith   

Year Group leader
Madagascar                    Egypt teacher Kenya teacher 



1st Half Term
2nd Half Term
Year 2: Fantastic Explorers
Year 2: Fantastic Explorers
Year 2
RWI/Literacy and Language
Year 2
RWI / Literacy and Language. 
Please fill in the reading journal after hearing your child read.
Your child will also bring a library book home to share. Please encourage your child to look after these books and they can be changed regularly in class. There is a charge for lost or damaged books.
For a good selection of children’s books visit your local library. We are visiting the library in classes.
Useful web links-
Year 2
Number- Multiplication and Division
Addition and Subtraction
Year 2
Position and direction 
Please practice times tables with your children. 
Useful websites: (cdn have log ins)    
Year 2
We are Zoologists(photography)
E safety
Year 2
Espresso Coding Log in UN-student12206  Password- mead60
Animals including humans
Living things & their habitats
Living Eggs project-Life cycles
We are visiting a park to carry out a habitat workshop.
History/ Geography
Year 2
Christopher Columbus
Using maps
Year 2
Using maps
Compass points
Year 2
PE with coaches
Year 2
PE with coaches
Please ensure your child has their P.E kit for Monday.
Remember to name clothing.
Music lessons Monday afternoons with a music teacher.
Music Festival Performance
Music lessons Monday afternoons with a music teacher.
Art/ Design and Technology
Year 2
Making a moving windmill(DT)
Visit from artist for sculpture workshop
Year 2
Year 2
New Year resolutions/changes
Chinese New Year
PSHE-Dreams and Goals
Achieving realistic goals Perseverance Learning strengths Learning with others Group co-operation Contributing to and sharing success 
Year 2
Easter and new life
Living Eggs project
PSHE-Changing Me
Life cycles – animal and human
Changes in me. Coping with change
Changes since being a baby
Differences between female and
male bodies (correct terminology)
Linking growing and learning