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Autumn Term 1 2018

'Are all castles bouncy?'


Welcome to Year Two! Until January, our PE days will be Mondays and Wednesdays, so please ensure your child is not wearing earrings on those days, and that they have their full PE kit in school.


Learning Together sessions will be on Thursday mornings from 8.40a.m. till 8.55 a.m. and will begin on Thursday 13th September. Don’t worry if you are not able to join us for this every week, just send your child into school as normal from 8.45a.m. Please do not send unaccompanied children in any earlier than this, as it is difficult for us to set them work whilst talking to the other parents.


Reading books should be returned to school on Monday in 2W and Tuesdays in 2K. New books will be issued to 2W on Tuesdays and 2K on Wednesdays. Shared Learning should be completed in your child’s new pink book and returned to school each Monday. We will endeavour to return these to you by a Wednesday.


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!


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 on 19th September 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.


This year, the whole school is focusing on enriching the vocabulary of our pupils. Year 2 will be leaning about the words associated with castles including: castle, tower, turret, portcullis, drawbridge, dungeon moat, ramparts, flags, arrow-slit window, cannon, knight, Lord, Lady, armour, shield, lance etc. As we are also learning about materials we will be using words such as: wood, plastic, glass, metal, fabric, rigid, transparent, opaque, rough, smooth, waterproof, stretchy, flexible etc. Hopefully you will also hear your child using lots of mathematical and English language terminology such as adjectives, nouns, verbs, command, question, statement, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, inverse, one-digit number, two-digit number and numeral.


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 titles and labelled diagrams. We will also be writing instructions to give directions for a journey. We will be describing characters in books and writing letters and diary entries from book characters. We will also be writing recounts about our visit to Kenilworth Castle.


In maths we will be learning about addition and subtraction. We will be encouraging the children to write numbers up to 100 in figures, using place value to help them decide which way round the digits go e.g. 24 is 20+4 and 42 is 40+2. We will be also be counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and ordering and comparing numbers.


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.