Brrr! It's Cold Out There!
This half term we will be learning about Antarctica and the penguins that live there. To start our learning journey we will be visiting Lotherton Hall where we will meet some real penguins. Whilst at Lotherton Hall we will be doing some observational drawings of the penguins ready for our Art lesson in school. In English we will be reading the book Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We will use this wonderful book as an inspiration for whole class reading, writing non-chronological reports about penguins, story writing and Art.
Our topic is Geography based so, we will be locating Antarctica using globes, atlases and google maps. In topic we will be researching Antarctica and studying the penguins that live there. We will use atlases to name and locate the world's seven continents and five oceans. During this topic we also look at geographical similarities and differences of various locations.
We are looking forward to recreating our very own penguin huddle, watching clips of Penguins on the March and the BBC Dynasties episode about Emperor Penguins. In music we will be using Charanga to create our own penguin song so, if you know any penguin songs please share them with us.
Days to Remember:
PE will be on Monday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor depending on the weather). Please keep your PE kit in school.
Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. Please put your reading book in the changing book basket on these days.
Reading Records will be checked every Monday. Please try to read at least 3 times a week.
Reading books should be brought into school everyday.
Homework will be given out on a Friday and is due in on the following Wednesday.
Spellings will be given out on Friday and tested the following Friday. Most of the words given out for spellings will be linked to our learning or from the Year 2 common exception word list and the National Curriculum English Appendix 1 Spelling for Year 2.
Parents please note that can always catch us at the beginning or end of the school day for a chat about your child's progress or school experience.
Miss Chakanetsa, Mrs Towner and Miss Read
Autumn Term 2
Hello and welcome back
Hope you have all had a lovely break.
This half term our topic is "Festivals and Celebrations".
We will be learning about some Christian religious festivals such as Christingle and Christmas. In English we will learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali.
Our story writing will be based on the story of Rama and Sita. In addition to this, all of Year 2 will be busy preparing and rehearsing for the Nativity performance which promises to be spectacular.
In Maths we will be learning about measuring length using centimetres and metres.
Reading Books- As usual books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. Please remind your child to put their book in the basket on these days if it needs changing.
PE will be on a Monday and Thursday. Please can children have both their indoor and outdoor PE kits in school, because if the weather is nice we may take advantage of this and go out for PE.
Homework- This will be given out on a Friday and is due back the following Wednesday.
Spellings- These will be given out on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.
Please do not hesitate to speak to me in the morning or after school if you have any concerns.
I hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and that you are ready for the new academic year.
We have lots of exciting learning planned for Year 2 and Mrs Towner, Miss Read, Mrs Crookes and I can’t wait to teach you all.
Our first topic this year is called “What’s Alive Outside?” This is an exciting topic because, we will be doing a lot of outdoor learning, searching for creepy crawlies and planting flowers. The focus for this topic will be understanding the importance of habitats for both plants and animals. We will discover the difference between herbivores and carnivores whilst, exploring various living things. During the topic we will explore the terms alive, never been alive or dead and establish the importance of food chains and the need for the right environment for survival.
Our class reader is Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. This book will be used in English, Art and Guided Reading therefore, acquiring a copy is highly recommended. In English we will be using the book to learn about Sunny’s travels and write some letters of our own similar to Sunny’s.
PE will be every Monday and Thursday. Children will need both indoor and outdoor PE kits in school all week as we might take advantage of the lovely weather when it arises.
On the 12th September we will be going to Austerfield Study Centre. Please look out for more information about this trip on this page.
***Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due back on the following Wednesday****
The children will also be given a list of spellings on Friday which will be tested the following Friday morning.
I will keep this page updated with key dates and events for Year 2.
Please do not hesitate to pop in and chat to me in the morning or after school if you want to know about how your child is settling in or have any concerns.