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Welcome to Year 2 

Spring Term 2018

 

Happy New Year or naye saal ki shubh-kamnaye (Happy New Year in Hindi).  I do hope that you have had a restful Christmas and that your kids are raring to go! We have lots of exciting learning planned for this half term focusing on our key topic, ‘Indian Spice’.  We’ll be reading, writing, calculating, cooking, bhangra dancing, product designing and going on a school trip! Please see details of this exciting term below.  As always, if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to pop in and see me and I’ll do my very best to help.

Best wishes,

Mrs Vivian

SPRING TERM LEARNING – FIRST HALF

English

We’ll start this half term with a focus on the book ‘Quest’.  We’ll use the fabulous illustrations in this book to inspire our own poetry, including descriptive phrases and rhyming words.  The children will then focus on the story of ‘Solo’ by Paul Geraghty.  ‘Solo’ is a baby penguin who travels across the ice in Antarctica.  This unit allows the children to explore tense and the idea of the ‘first person’.  They will also be looking at apostrophes used in both contractions and for possession.  They will finally write their own story from the point of view of Solo, utilising all of their new skills.  Following our exploration of Antarctica with Solo, our next unit looks at stories set in other wild places. The children will focus on using expanded noun phrases and conjunctions (both coordinating and subordinating).

 

Maths

This half term, the children will continue to work with Mrs Croft on a Monday exploring shape, space and measure.  With me, the children will focus on place value and specifically on adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers.  They will revise their number bonds to enable them to do this mentally and will explore how to bridge 10.  They will use money to apply these new found skills working out change.  They will begin to use landmarked lines and estimation for checking accuracy. 

Physical Development

During the cold, winter months, our focus will be on dance and gymnastics.  Mrs Morgan will continue to take the children for PE on a Monday and I will teach them on a Friday.  Please ensure that the children have PE kits with them on these days.

‘Indian Spice’

This half term, we return to our whole school study of Reverence and Self Care using ‘The Quest’ by Aaron Becker as our inspiration.  This story follows on from ‘The Journey’ which informed our work at the beginning of the academic year.  Following this week of immersive learning, we will turn our attention to India.  We will encourage the children use their senses to imagine the sights and smells of India, compare their daily lives to that of a child in Chembakolli and use their atlas skills to identify where in the world India is.  The children will look at Indian tropical seasonal forests and compare these to British woodlands.

R.E.

In RE, the children will look at Islam and what it means to be a Muslim.  This will involve a trip to a local Mosque (details to be shared as soon as possible).

Science

The children will become ‘Masterchefs’ this term and will learn all about different kinds of food, the types of ingredients available, how to be safe and hygenic in the preparation of food and how to present and taste a variety of food. I’m sure the children will thoroughly enjoy making and trying Samosas.

 

Art, Design and Music

This half term our focus in music will be on Indian instruments, dhol drumming and bhangra dancing.  In art, we will be using water colours to create beautiful Indian elephants.  To enhance their design and technology skills, the children will be researching the sort of packaging that Samosas are sold in.  They will then use this information to design their own packaging.  The samosas they bring home should look very tempting!  I will be asking for a voluntary contribution for Samosa ingredients – I will send a letter home nearer the time.   

Cursive letter formation powerpoint

Spellings for Spring Term 1 2018

  • Knightlow C.of E. Primary School,
  • Hill Crescent, Stretton-on-Dunsmore,
  • Rugby, United Kingdom, CV23 9NF
  • Tel: 02476 543751
  • Email: admin3590@welearn365.com
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