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Year Two

What is my child learning this term?

Autumn Term 2017

Welcome back to a new school year! The children have had a super first day and we have many exciting learning opportunities planned for the upcoming term. Below, you will find a summary of all that we will be covering this term.

Topic (Geography, History & Science): Explorers
Years One and Two will be learning all about ‘Explorers’ through cross-curricular (geographical, historical and scientific) activities. We will delve into the history of Sir Francis Drake and the Golden Hinde, looking at Sir Francis Drake’s journey using globes and atlases. In the second half of term, the children will focus on the explorer Ernest Shackleton, acting out his challenging attempt to cross Antarctica.

Trips/Enrichment Opportunities
Linking to our Explorers topic, we will be visiting The Golden Hinde and the National Maritime Museum. Later in the term (7th December), we will see a children’s production of the Snow Queen at the Polka Theatre, to tie in with our Winter Show. A separate letter regarding the details and costs of these trips will follow in the next couple of weeks.

In English, we will begin by reading an adventure story called ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ – a fantastic and fantastical text set in a boy’s dream on an imagined island. The children will be re-telling and writing their own version of the story. We will then move on to write an information text about Sir Francis Drake and, using the trip to The Golden Hind as inspiration, write a recount of our day. After half term, we will write diaries in role as Shackleton and then focus on descriptive writing through our study of the “Snow Queen” traditional tale. In Year One, children will focus on applying their phonics learning, retelling stories and writing simple non-fiction sentences. In Year Two, we will be extending the children’s understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar with a focus on sentence construction and variation and accurate use of punctuation.

Handwriting, Phonics and Guided Reading
This year, handwriting will be a major focus across the school and we have will be using a new scheme (Handwriting without Tears) to help the children to develop a neat, fluent style which focuses on correct pencil grip and letter formation.

In Phonics, in Year 2, we will be offering tuition to children who require additional reading support and, in class, will focus on spelling words such as homophones and those spelt with contractions. We will continue to visit our lovely school library and encourage children to read for pleasure. In class, we will be listening to children read both individually and in small groups to enable them to develop their skills of comprehension.

This year we are launching a brand new scheme of work called ‘Maths No Problem’ – this brilliant scheme is based on the Singapore Maths method and is exceptionally thorough, making use of hand on resources to enable all children to achieve mastery of the subject. More information will follow but if you are keen to find out more you can visit the website:

Computing & Design Technology
In DT, the children will be designing and making puppets. In Computing, pupils will be learning about e-safety, knowing what websites to use and critically navigating online content. Later in the term, pupils will progress to simple programming – learning to command “Bee-bots” to follow given directions.

This term, Mr Nathan – our music teacher – will teach each class once a week. He will be helping us to play a range of percussion instruments, as well as teaching us a number of new songs in different styles.

In PSHE, we will continue our RULER lessons, learning about our emotions and using the ‘Mood meter’ to express our feelings. We will also continue learning about the role of UNICEF and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We will be learning how to make friends, manage friendships and cope with conflict.
Our RE focus will be learning about Judaism, looking at the Jewish creation story, Shabbat and Hannukah. Towards the end of term, we will learn about the significance of Jesus’ birth.

In Year 2, children will be revisiting French greetings (introducing oneself and asking for someone’s name) and how to introduce family members through a pirate story “Capitaine John Cerise”. Children will also work on the book “La promenade de Flaubert” to learn about body parts, but also adjectives and numbers.

Each class will have 2 PE lessons a week. The children will be doing one gymnastics lesson (in our brand new gymnasium!) and another multi-skills PE lesson. Your child will need to bring their PE kits on the following days:

- Chuzzlewit Class – Monday & Tuesday
- Oliver Class – Tuesday & Thursday
- Fezziwig Class – Monday & Thursday

Reading Journals & Home Learning
Regular reading at home will make a huge difference to your child’s confidence and progress with their reading. New reading books are issued twice a week on Monday (two books) and Friday (one book) with a yellow reading record for you to record home reading – please sign the book and leave a short comment every time you listen to your child read. There is also an optional reading journal for children to write about the books that they are reading. Year One will receive a phonics pack each Friday to practice new sounds and blends.

- Reading books and phonics packs should be in school EVERY DAY (to allow us to read with your child in school).
- Reading Journals – returned Monday and Friday.
- Home Learning should be brought back to school no later than Wednesday, so we can send out the new Home Learning on a Thursday.

We are confident that this is going to be a brilliant year and we are very much looking forward to getting to know you and your children better!

Many thanks,
The KS1 teaching team.

Freddy Vanson, Sophie Alcock, Esme Wallbridge, Robert Paul, Kiran Khan, Ursula Carver, Johanne Gemmell, Jack Leonard, Margaret Manning, Mariyam Shafia, Kim Gartell, Hayley Tyson, Isret Jahan, John Harris.