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Year 2 (Honeygold) 2021 - 2022

Miss Taylor

Miss Taylor

28.02.2022

Dear parents and guardians,

I hope you all had a lovely break with your children last week! 

A few reminders:

> Reading challenge starts this week - note down in your child's reading record each and every time they read at home with you
> Homework, reading and spelling books are sent out each Friday, and must be returned the following Wednesday
> Library day is Wednesday - children must bring their library book back on Wednesday to swap for a new one
> Parents evening slots are live - please book a suitable time. If none are available or you're unable to make the dates shown, email me to reschedule LTaylor@pippins.slough.sch.uk 

A short overview for the the second part of Spring term is below.

New Topic:
Movers and Shakers (History)
We are starting a new and exciting topic this half term - Movers and Shakers! This topic is all about influential people who 'shook' things up and challenged or questioned beliefs and ideas at that time. In particular, we will learn about:

  • Rosa Parks
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • Greta Thungberg

Please browse the 'knowledge organiser' in the files section below. This contains an overview of our learning for this half term.

English
We will continue with writing our non-chronological reports that we started last half term. The children will be creating their own creature and writing a non-chronological report about it! We will learn about: titles, subheadings, captions, inctroductions, technical vocabulary and sections (paragraphs). 

Later in the term, we will begin looking at influential people from history (Rosa Parks in particular). We will write our own biography of an important influential person to us!

Reading
Reading is vital in Year 2 and so this term. We are going to be reading as a whole class this side of Spring term. We will focus on reading skills which I encourage you to mirror at home. Below are some questions you could ask to support your child with their reading at home.

Predicting - What will happen next? What could this story be about? What might the character say next and why?

Retrieving - Which word was used to describe the character? Where is the story set? 

Sequencing - What happened at the beginning of the story? What happened at the end of the story? Can you summarise the story?

Vocabulary - What is another word for 'big'? How else could the author describe the main character? How can we figure out the meaning of the word...?

Inference - How do you know the character is feeling sad? What clues tell us the character is happy? Look at the image, what can we infer about the character? 

I encourage you to read at home as much as possible and, where possible, ask key questions to ensure the children understand what they have read. Please ensure you note down when your child has read a book in their reading record.

Maths
We will start this term by looking at 2D and 3D shapes, their properties and symmetry.

Then we will move onto learning about fractions. We will look at fractions of a shape (1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 3/4) and fractions of amounts (1/2 of 6 = 3). We will compare fractions and look at equivalent fractions as well.

We also look briefly at measurement of height and length. We will discuss cm, mm and m.

Finally we look at measurement of time - hours, days, minutes, weeks etc. We will also look at telling the time using an analogue clock - o'clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and 5 minute intervals. Please encourage time telling at home where possible.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation
This term, the children will be completing daily spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons. We will focus on:
> word classes (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, pronoun)
> sentence types (statements, questions, commands)
> suffixes (adding -ly, -ing, -ful, -ness, -less to the end of root words)
> prefixes (adding un-, re-, mis-, dis- to the beginning of root words)
> commas and apostrophes (in lists, contractions and to show possession)

Science
Our mini topic is 'Plants'. In Science, we will be looking at plants and how they survive. This will include investigations and experiments!

Art
To support our plants mini topic, we will look at and sketch plants. We will be learning how to sketch, shade and draw using proportion.

Religious Education
We are learning about Christianity and the importance of Easter.

Computing
We are learning how to create music digitally.

PE
We are learning about ball kicks for outdoor PE, and indoor PE will be Yoga.

SATs
As we all know, the SATs are fast approaching. Please look below at the blog I have created to assist you in supporting your child for the end of Key Stage 1 assessments.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting with me then please email me at LTaylor@pippins.slough.sch.uk 

Kind regards,
Miss Taylor

Files to Download

Year 2 (Honeygold): News items

Year 2 (Honeygold): Blog items

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