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Year 2

Class teachers 

Mrs Bellas 

Welcome to our Year 2 class page! In year two, we love making learning fun and are always here to help you on your learning journey. Don't forget that there are so many adults in class and around school who are always here to help you, and God is always here for us too. 

On this page you will find all the key information you’ll need throughout the year along with information about our learning.

Key things to remember:

  • Please bring your reading books and your red diary in every day.
  • You will need to wear your PE kit on Mondays and Thursdays this half term.
  • You will be taking home a book to share with your family and have another book to help improve your phonics and fluency in reading. Please try to read both books at home every day. Remember, five reads = one save.
  • Spelling and Arithmetic tests day is Thursday. 
  • Spelling homework is now set online via Spelling Frame every Thursday. You will find your unique login for this in your Red Reading Records.
  • Arithmetic homework is sent out on Friday.

Our Mission Statement and school prayer

Religious Education

In RE this half term, we will explore the different moments, actions and symbols we see in the celebration of Mass and why attending Mass is important for us as followers of Jesus.

Mass times in our parish

  • Saturday: 5 pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church
  • Sunday:
    • 9 am at St Mary of the Angels Church
    • 11 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

Writing

During this half term we will be focusing on using great language, punctuation and more complex sentences to write a narrative (fiction) and a diary entry (non-fiction).

The children will be exploring the books 'The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty' by Beatrice Alemagna, and 'The Great Fire of London: Anniversary Edition of the Great Fire of 1666' by Emma Adams & James Weston Lewis, bringing both to life through creative minds and powerful vocabulary. 

Throughout their writing, the children will be encouraged the use  new language to bring their writing to life; use a range of conjunctions to extend their sentences; organise their work to keep it cohesive and to vary their sentence starters to engage their reader. The children will also be taught to re-read their work and begin to check that it makes sense and to find any errors in spelling and punctuation.

We will continue to practise our handwriting using Bubble Handwriting inclusive of the cursive script checking letters are all of a consistent size and ensuring capital letters and ascending letters are much taller.

Reading

In year 2 we begin our transition away from phonics to support us in become confident, fluent, life-long readers.  

In class, we regular guided reading sessions where we begin to think more deeply about texts we read and answer some questions to show our understanding.

Each day ends with story time where the children are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in a class book read by the teacher.

Please see below a link which will take you to our literacy page. Here you will be able to access a range of documents and videos to help with the pronunciation of phonetical sounds to help your children with their reading. 

Mathematics

In maths this half term, the children will be focusing on developing their knowledge and understanding of multiplication using a variety of methods: multiplication sentences, arrays, making groups, times tables... 

Next, we will become masters of measuring, focusing first on measuring length and height, and continuing with mass, capacity and temperature.

Take a look at the website below. On here, you will find some great tools to help bring your learning to life using all the manipulatives we use in the classroom at home on your device!

https://whiteroseeducation.com/resources/digital-tools

Please continue to complete the arithmetic homework, working daily on four operations and practise the 2, 5 and 10 times tables at home to help your child’s speed and accuracy of recalling those multiplication facts.

Geography

In Geography this half term we will be learning about Kenya: about its climate, fauna, culture and traditions. 

 

Take a look at some of the videos below which will help us to learn more about this really interesting topic!

Kenya

Take a mini tour of Kenya with this song from our Countries of the World series! Supported by beautiful images of Kenya, this catchy tune sings about the Maasai, Mount Kenya, rhinos, elephants, and more!

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Kenya Fun Facts for Kids

Kenya Fun Facts For Kids. Learn about Kenya in Africa. Learn fun facts about Kenya. We take a look at Kenya an East African country. We look at 10 fun facts about Kenya. You can learn lots of new facts about Kenya in this brilliant geography lesson for kids.

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Curriculum Details

Please see links below for more details about the curriculum

Homework 

- Spelling test day is Thursday. Spelling homework is now set online via Spelling Frame. You will find your unique login for this in your Red Reading Records.

- Arithmetic test day is Thursday. Arithmetic homework is sent out on a Friday.

Please make sure you are practising these at home each day to help you learn.

Remember, if you get full marks on your spellings and arithmetic, you will earn a save for each!

Helpful links

Below you will find some useful links to resources you might like to access at home.

Please keep reading! 

Follow the link below to read free eBooks online on the Oxford Owl library: 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

Click on these extra links below to play some exciting maths games linked to your times tables.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

Addition without exchanging

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Adding with exchanging

Have a go at completing your own addition questions.

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Subtraction video

Sing! Sing! Sing!

Sing Up at Home

 

If you enjoy singing and would like to learn a new song, follow the below link to visit the Sing Up at Home page. There will be a  new song uploaded with a performance track and backing track each week and pointers and tips of how to sing the song successfully. 

Good luck and happy singing!

https://www.singup.org/singupathome/song-of-the-week