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Summer Term 2 2017

 

'How do we float our boats?'

 

This is a very busy half term. We will be researching animals that live in the sea, looking at their habitats and exploring simple food chains.

 

In our English lessons, we will be focussing on writing longer pieces of writing with paragraphs. We will be creating our own non-fiction booklets about creatures that live in the sea, writing poems and writing a story based on the short film ‘Bubbles’.

 

We will be investigating the best materials for making model boats. We will then design and make our own model boats and finally test and evaluate these.

 

In maths this half-term we will be consolidating all our learning from the year including telling the time, naming and describing shapes, calculation including weight, length and temperature and rapid recall of number facts.

 

We have some important dates to remember this half term:

 

28.6.17 Sports Morning at Bilton Junior School

We will be taking the children over to BJS for a transition sports morning. They will need pumps or trainers and their PE kit. Please provide a sun hat and ensure your child is wearing sun cream if the weather is nice.

30.6.17 Sponsored Walk - see letter

3.7.17 Federation Science Week

The children will be taking part in themed activities and workshops across the school.

5.7.17 Temple Speech Rooms Cluster Concert

Please see letter

7.7.17 Dress as a mini-beast day (more info to follow!)

11.7.17 Induction Day

Details will be given to you by your child’s new school

14.7.17 Summer Fayre

17.7.17 Leavers Assembly 2.30pm

18.7.17 Leavers Disco 4.30pm -5.45pm

 

 

Summer Term 1 2017

 

Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?

 

This half-term as part of our science we will be focusing on living things, where they live, how they grow and what they eat. Children will look at different life cycles and explore habitats and micro habitats within the school grounds. We will be identifying and classifying animals observed and compiling charts and graphs using the data. We will then move on to research and explore dinosaurs and fossils and will be finding out about the life and work of Mary Anning.

 

In the garden we have planted the potatoes and we will continue to observe them as they grow.

 

In English, the children will be researching and writing information texts about different animals and dinosaurs. They will be reading a range of stories and information texts. Our author of the month is Anne Fine and the children will be listening to and reading stories about the 'Killer Cat'!

 

In maths this term, we are concentrating on calculation and the four operations. For addition and subtraction we will be adding and subtracting two, two digit numbers and using addition to check subtraction and vice versa. We are also exploring the link between multiplication and division and solving problems using these operations.To support your children’s progress in maths, please could you tell the time with them concentrating on half past, quarter to and past and time to five minutes. Look at packets ,tins,bottles and talk about how they are measured. Are they measured in grams, kilograms,litres,millilitres,centimetres or metres? Allow your child to use coins in shops, find the correct money and calculate the change. Keep playing 'strike it out' and 'hit the button' to reinforce addition and subtraction to 20 and multiplication facts.

 

During May the children will be completing their assessment tasks in Reading and Maths.

PE this term will be on Thursday and Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term 2 2017

 

'What can we explore in our 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 Wednesday March 8th 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 are hoping to visit St Mark's 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 recoding 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, poems and riddles and writing about our 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 our fluency with calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Please continue to practise rapid recall of number facts with your child.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term 1 2017

'Would you make a good explorer?'

 

We are looking forward to finding out about explorers this term, in our Learning Challenge “Would you make a good explorer?” 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 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.

Our geographical skills will include compass and map work, as well as continuing our work on human and physical features. In our computing work we will be learning about algorithms and basic computer programming through work on ‘Scratch’.

Our main focus in maths will be on calculation, with an emphasis on addition and subtraction of two two-digit numbers. Towards the end of the half-term we will look at money and how to make totals using different combinations of coins.

Our grammar focus will be on suffixes, contractions and punctuation. 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!

 

This term -

  • P.E will be on a Tuesday and a Friday

 

 

Autumn Term 2 - Where in the world would you like to live?

 

We will explore the physical and human features of different countries and learn the names and location of the world’s continents and oceans. India will be a  country we research in more detail, including the Himalayas, animals that live there, Indian food and clothing.

 

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 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. 

 

On November 15th we will have an exciting morning  when the team from ‘In 2 cultures’ will be teaching the children Bhangra dancing! Our literacy work will focus on stories about the world, including ‘The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin’, a retelling of a Bengali folk tale.  The stories will provide a stimulus for art work using fabric and pattern.

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term 1 - 'Are all castles bouncy?'

 

Welcome to Year Two! 

 

The children have settled into their new classes really well and are rising to the challenges of being the oldest children in the school.  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 Thursday 15th 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. 

 

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.

 

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 various numbers. Please encourage your children to count in multiples of 2,5 and 10 and begin to commit to memory addition and subtraction facts to ten. Games with two dice are a great and fun way to practise these.

 

This term our PE days are Wednesdays 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 a Monday and will be sent home on Tuesdays along with the children’s spelling logs.

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 term -

  • P.E will be on a Wednesday and Friday
  • Learning Together will be on a Tuesday morning
  • Home reading books will be changed on a Monday

Year 2 Shared Learning           
 

Reading
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?

Maths

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.
 
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