November 2019 – Autumn Term 2
Autumn is here, the leaves are falling and the weather is turning colder.
Please ensure that your child comes to school in a warm coat with hat and gloves so that they can enjoy their playtimes.
This half term we will be looking at our topic:
‘What is our school made of?’
This is a science topic in which the children will be learning about different types of materials and how they are used for different purposes. They will learn about where different materials come from and the different properties that they have. We will also be learning about people from the past who invented new materials that helped to improve people’s lives.
Our shared text for English lessons is Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey. This is a funny story about the adventures of a boy’s favourite toy. We will also be reading non-fiction books and poems about different types of materials and the things that are made from them.
Fluent reading, with good understanding, is a priority for children by the time they reach the end of KS1. There are many opportunities for your child to practise their reading in class every day and we will be continually monitoring your child’s progress so that they can continue to improve. We have already seen that most children have made good progress in their fluency and understanding and children in Year 2 are beginning to show a real love of books.
Children need to be fluent readers if they are going to be able to access the full curriculum and achieving this is a joint responsibility between school and home. It is vital that your child practises reading at home every day, with a parent or older sibling listening to and guiding them. Please record in their reading record every time that they have read at home. We aim to change your child’s book every day if they have finished reading it. For children who are reading a longer book, it is expected that they may need to read the book over a few days. We keep a record of when your child changes their book so please remind them to bring their bookbag every day.
We have introduced Storytime Phonics into Early Years and Key Stage 1 and we will be using it in Year 2 to support phonics teaching for those children that didn’t pass the Y1 phonics screening. It will also be used to support all children to develop their use of phonics to spell accurately during their independent writing. There will be lots of opportunities for writing, both in English lessons and for our learning challenge. Year 2 children will be supported to become more independent in developing their own ideas and to be ambitious in their use of vocabulary. During this half term there is a focus on children writing more interesting sentences using different sentence openers and including adjectives to write expanded noun phrases. You can support your child at home by talking to them about what they have been learning about, and it is very important that they are helped to learn their weekly spellings.
The phonics fairy reads stories to the children; gives them action captions to help remember the sounds and shows them how to write each sound correctly.
The main focus for this half term is to support children to begin to have a real understanding of what multiplication means. Your child does need to rote learn some times tables facts (2x, 5x & 10x) but they also need to be clear about what those facts mean so that they can apply them to different types of questions.
We use lots of practical resources in our lessons so that children have a really clear concept of number. Children record their learning in many ways and it may be different from the formal methods that many adults are used to from their own school days. If your child needs to use counters at home to help them with homework, they can use simple household items such as buttons, straws or pieces of dry pasta. It is useful if you talk to your child about using numbers when you are shopping, cooking or looking at the time. This half term, your child will also be applying their number knowledge to calculating money amounts.
I look forward to meeting parents on Wednesday 27th November where we can discuss your child’s progress so far in Year 2. We can talk about the next steps for your child and discuss any concerns that you or your child has.
We always try to make our lessons fun and interesting but we do expect children to work hard in class. Your child will cope much better with the school day if you ensure that they have enough sleep every day and are fresh for learning every morning. We are supporting children to become more independent but at this age they will need support from you to remember book bags and PE kit. We have enjoyed getting to know your child and continue to work with you to help them grow and develop further.
Mrs J Law (class teacher) & Ms A Holland (teaching assistant)
Mrs R Akhtar & Ms J Oates (learning support assistants)