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Summer 2 2018


 “How do we float our boats?”


Throughout the challenge we will be reading about a most industrious lighthouse keeper called Mr Grinling. Our writing will be based on these books by Ronda Armitage, and will include writing newspaper reports and character descriptions. We shall be focussing on correct punctuation including capital letters, full stops and a variety of other marks including question marks and speech marks.


We shall be finding out about the life of Grace Darling and comparing her with another historical figure Mary Anning who we studied in the Autumn term. Seasides of the past will be another area of history that we shall be finding out about and researching.


The children will be involved in a design and technology project to design and make their own boat answering questions such as “How do boats float?”, “Will it have a mast and sails?”, and “Whose boat is best?”. Initially the children will look at existing boats and use their knowledge to design their own, looking carefully at the materials they will use and giving reasons why they have chosen these. Tools will be chosen carefully to carry out the required job and then the finished product will be evaluated against the criteria they noted on their plans.


In maths, we shall be exploring how 2D shapes tessellate and fit together and discovering how we can see this all around us in our environment.


Finding out about how artists paint their boats and objects will be our art challenge. We shall use our research to paint and draw in the style of canal artists.


Our potatoes that we planted in April are now flowering so we are looking forward to digging them up. This will happen in the last week of term and the children will be busy cleaning and preparing oven chips for all of Year 2.


As it is our last term we will be busy preparing our leavers' assembly and practising for our concert in the Temple Speech Rooms.


We have transition activities planned for the term with Bilton Junior School to help the children adjust to their new setting. These include a chat with the new teachers, a sports morning and a whole day’s induction visit in July.


P.E this half-term will be on Thursdays and Fridays.






Summer Term 1 2018

'Are all castles bouncy?'


This half-term our learning is focused around the big question “Are all castles bouncy?” As part of our learning in science, we will be investigating materials and thinking about their properties, whilst trying to answer the question “which material would make the best bouncy castle?” Our visit to Kenilworth Castle will really bring the topic alive for the children and enhance their historical knowledge of castles and the people who lived in and built them. Expect great excitement towards the end of this half-term when we celebrate with a medieval style banquet! The children will be asked to prepare a joke, song or other form of entertainment to present at our banquet and we will also be putting their cooking skills to the test.


We will be writing for different reasons this half term. As part of our castle topic, we will be writing a non-fiction text about castles to include features such as a contents page, titles and labelled diagrams. We will be describing characters in books and writing letters from book characters.


In maths, we will be revisiting the four operations and making connections between multiplication and division and between addition and subtraction. We will be measuring length, capacity and weight in different contexts and using money to problem solve.


This term our PE days are Thursdays and Fridays, so please ensure your child is not wearing earrings on those days and that they have their PE kit in school.

Reading books should be returned to school on Tuesdays in 2W and Wednesdays in 2K. New books will be issued to 2W on Wednesdays and 2K on Thursdays.


If you have any questions or need to talk to us about anything, please do come and find us at the end of the day. We are always happy to have a quick chat!










Spring Term 2 2018

'What can we explore in the local area?'


Our learning challenge this half-term is “What can we explore in our local area?” and we will be using the school grounds to follow routes, complete treasure hunts and find out more about habitats.


On Monday March 12th we will be visiting Rugby Art Gallery and Museum and touring Rugby School. This will enable us to find out more about Rugby’s history and our local geography. In addition, we will be visiting St Marks Church in Bilton to look at sculpture and to take part in an Easter trail.


Our science focus will be on plants and habitats. We shall be planting a variety of seeds, watching them grow and recording our findings. In our art sessions, we shall be using natural materials as our stimulus for painting, sketching and sculpture.


Thank you for supporting your child to learn to spell and use their common exception words. We are pleased to see the children using these with much more confidence in their writing. As many of the children have now completed step 7 you will have received a new list of words based on the suffixes which the children are expected to use in their writing. These are also available on the website. We look forward to awarding the children with their next certificates. This half term we will be writing instructions, stories and writing about their trips out into the local area.


In maths, we are starting with a focus on fractions. We will be finding a half, quarter and third of shapes and numbers of objects. Towards Easter, we will be looking at shape and measurement. We will continue to work on developing their fluency with calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Please continue to practice rapid recall of number facts with your child.


This term our PE will continue to be on Tuesday and Friday.




Spring Term 1

'What do we need to survive?'



We are looking forward to finding out about explorers this term, in our topic “What do we need to survive?” This topic will include explorer stories and music, and researching the lives of famous explorers, as well as thinking about the values that explorers need. We shall compare the lives of significant explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, and discover similarities and differences between their expeditions.

In science, we will be thinking about how explorers survive in extreme conditions and comparing their diets to ours. Leading on from this we will be finding out about a healthy lifestyle including exercise and diet and the requirements all animals have in order to stay alive.

In our computing work, we will be learning about algorithms and basic computer programming through work on ‘Scratch’. In maths, we will be using mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement. We will also be learning about shape and their properties including 3D shapes. Our calculation emphasis will be on the four operations, with particular attention on divison and the links with multiplication. In addition and subtraction we will move towards adding and subtracting two, two digit numbers.

Our grammar focus will be on suffixes, contractions and punctuation and we shall pay particular attention to the four sentence types (questions, statements, exclamations and commands) taught in Year 2. Throughout all our writing we will be encouraging the children to use noun phrases, conjunctions, accurate spelling and punctuation.

If you have any books, artefacts or photographs relating to this topic or know anybody who has been on an exciting expedition, we’d love to hear from you!


P.E. this term will be on Tuesdays and Fridays.








Autumn Term 2

'Where in the world would you like to live?'


Our learning challenge for this half term has a geography focus. We will be using the story 'Miranda the Explorer' by James Mayhew to find out about different countries around the world. We will find similarities and differences between the physical and human features of different countries,and learn the names and location of the world’s continents and oceans. We have some exciting days planned. On Thursday 9th November, we will be finding out about India and we will be making and tasting a vegetable curry. On December 4th, we will be taking part in a dance workshop focussing on dances from around the world.


Our literacy work will focus on traditional stories. We will begin with the story of 'The Magic Porridge Pot' which we will learn to retell, and will then write our own versions. We will continue to focus on using capital letters and full stops in our sentences. Later on in the term we will look at stories from different cultures.


Our focus in Maths will be multiplication . We shall start with understanding the multiplication sign and how to use it, then move on to solving problems using this operation. During this work we will be using arrays e.g. 2 rows of 3 ,or 3 rows of 2 as in egg-box. We will be learning the 2 times, 5 times and 10 times table and looking at the patterns that these make on different sized grids.


PE will continue to be on Wednesdays and Fridays.



Autumn Term 1

'Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?'


The children are settling in well to year 2 and are enjoying being the oldest children in the school.

This half term we have an exciting learning challenge “Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?” As part of our science curriculum, we will be investigating what our pets and other animals need to survive and comparing lifecycles of diets of different animals.


We have an exciting morning planned on September 18th with our dinosaur and fossil workshop. We will be following this up by investigating fossils and finding out about the life and work of Mary Anning.


We will be writing stories, poems, instructions and letters this term and focussing on spelling patterns and using correct punctuation, particularly capital letters and full stops.


Place value will be a key feature of our maths learning this half term. We will investigate what happens when digits are arranged differently to make numbers. We will also be focussing on the rapid recall of addition and subtraction facts to 10 and will be sending home games to reinforce these facts.


This term our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure your child is not wearing earrings on those days and that they have their PE kit in school. Learning together will be on a Tuesday at 8.40.


Year 2 Shared Learning           

By the time children reach Year 2 most are fluent and accurate readers. The emphasis now changes to higher order skills talking about a text, using inference (hidden meaning and finding clues from the text) to answer questions about characters, settings or plots as well as discussing the authors choice and use of language.
The following questions may be useful when you are reading with your child, particularly if they are a fluent reader.

To deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from text

  • Why did the character say this and how did it affect the story/plot?
  • How did the charcater feel when....?
  • How do we know this?
  • What did.... do to make... say/feel that?
  • Why did the character say this in a gentle/worried/angry voice?
  • How did the character behave when....why?
  • What made that character do that?


To identify and comment on what a text looks like(layout)
  • Which section of the information booklet tells you about...?
  • What is the heading?
  • Which caption tells us about?
  • Why has bold print been used for that word?
  • Explain why the writer has chosen to write that sentence/word like this?


To explain writers use of language
  • Pick out three words that explain how..... moved?
  • What do these words tell us about a character/object?
  • Explain why the writer uses a word... To describe the.....
  • Can you think of another word with the same meaning as...


As a reader what do you think about the story
  • What kind of story do you think it is?
  • What happened in the story to make you think this?
  • Can you think of an alternative title?
  • What did the characters in the story learn?


How does the text relate to you?
  • Can you compare this story with others you have read?
  • What kinds of stories normally start/end/are written in this style?


In maths we often find that many of the skills such as telling the time, money and measurement are best learned when they are practical and fun activities that are covered a little and often. With this in mind if you are looking for additional ideas to help your child these are the areas to cover. You will probably find opportunities to help your child just in your usual daily routine. Kitchen cupboards, cooking, bathtime and shopping trips are perfect sources for initiating activities and conversations about money and measurement.