Welcome to Year 2
Summer term 1 2018
Welcome to the summer term! I feel very privileged to be teaching Class 2 this term. They are such a bright, lovely bunch of children.
In Literacy this term we will be reading two longer, funny stories by Joanna Nadin: The Whole Truth and Penny Dreadful and the Rat, encouraging the children to build up their reading stamina. We'll use drama and role play to understand and explore the main characters and create instructions and advertisements based upon the stories. We'll end by writing our own Penny Dreadful story which will give us the opportunity to practise all that we have learnt so far including the use of conjunctions, paragraphs and descriptive techniques such as similies and expanded noun phrases.
The children have reached a high standard in their writing and this term, we will be revisiting and revising all that they have learnt this year in terms of spelling, punctuation and grammar. We'll revisit nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs and maintain the focus on using capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks correctly.
In Maths this term, the children will be applying all of their mathematical techniques to problem solving and reasoning activities. We'll be looking at measuring mass and using scales and also measuring capacity using measuring cylinders. We'll look carefully at fractions and turn our focus to finding fractions of amounts. We'll learn to use a number line as a way of supporting addition and subtraction and we'll be moving on to add two 2-digit numbers together. Finally, we'll be looking carefully at 2D and 3D shapes and will combine this with some fabulous artwork based upon Kadinsky's work.
In Science this term we will be exploring our topic 'Move it' by investigating materials that change shape by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. We will look at the forces that allow these movements and end by using our D & T skills to make our own moving vehicle.
Our topic this term is 'Pioneers' which is a truly inspirational unit of work! We'll be opening our class time machine each week so that the children can learn all about the first moon landing and move on to study some of the key advancements made during the Victorian era. There will be plenty of opportunity to look at historical evidence, write stories and diary entries and I'm sure the children will enjoy the Victorian day just before half term.
In RE we will be learning all about the Gospels and why they are considered to bring such good news. The children will explore this theme through drama, artwork and story writing.
It's certainly going to be an exciting term, packed full of fun and learning! If you have any queries or concerns please don't hesitate to speak to either myself or Mrs Watt, we'll always be available on the playground after school.