Summer 1 Curriculum Newsletter
Welcome to another term in Year 2! As always, this term is very busy with lots of fantastic learning taking place. Within this curriculum newsletter, there is some key information to help you support your child’s learning.
Uniform and water bottles
Please make sure your child is wearing the correct school uniform and that it is clearly labelled to avoid confusion. Uniform guidelines are outlined on the school website. Please contact the school office if you have any questions. All children should bring a labelled water bottle to school every day. A hydrated body means a higher functioning mind.
Monday and Thursday are our PE days this term.
Children should have a P.E kit in school at all times. We suggest they bring it in to school on a Monday and take it home on a Friday to be washed.
Indoor PE: Children will need black shorts and a plain t-shirt in their house colour. Gym and Dance is done in bare feet. Children will need trainers or plimsolls for indoor games.
Outdoor PE: Children will need black shorts and a t-shirt, as well as a tracksuit or spare jumper for colder days. Children will also need trainers.
Jewellery: A reminder that only stud earrings and wristwatches may be worn to school. Earrings must be removed or covered for PE. Children should not wear bracelets to school.
Children will have one homework book, which will be used for all homework. In Year 2, the homework expectations are as follows:
Maths homework on Times Tables Rock Stars (5 minutes three times a week)
5 spellings to learn each week
Daily/frequent reading (at least four times a week)
One piece of STEAM topic homework each term
Times Table Rock Stars
Cherry Fields Primary School is signed up to the Times Tables Rock Stars programme to support your child with their multiplication and division facts. The curriculum states that all children should be able to recall accurately their multiplication and division facts up to 12x12 by the end of year 4. Therefore, daily times table practice is crucial. When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more fluent they are with their facts, the easier they will access other aspects of the curriculum. In Year 2, the national expectation is that children become fluent in the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and the related division facts. For their maths homework, children are expected to play on Times Table Rock Stars for 5 minutes at least three times a week. Certificates will be awarded to children in celebration assembly as they progress.
At the start of the term, children will be given a termly spelling grid in their homework books indicating which spellings to learn each week.
Each week, your child will receive 5 spellings that follow the spelling pattern they have covered that week. We have also sent home a spelling menu, which has lots of great ways of practising spellings. It is important to practise regularly. On Friday, the children will have a spelling test for the spellings they have practised during the week.
We expect children to have daily opportunities to read to, or with, someone at home, as well as independently. Reading can include a variety of texts: books, newspapers, magazines, online reading, eBooks, reading tablets, information books, adverts, menus, poems, song lyrics – the list is endless! The important thing is that your child reads regularly (preferably daily!) and enjoys reading.
All children have a reading diary, which they should bring to school in their book bag every day. Please record your child’s reading (as well as any additional comments) in the reading diary including the date and, where appropriate, page numbers. Halfway through the diary is a guide to help adults to support children’s reading as well as phonics/spelling guides for children as they progress through the school.
We will check the reading record is completed every day.
If your child reads four times a week, your child will receive a raffle ticket that will be entered into our termly reading raffle. They have the chance to win a book of their choice from the selection.
STEAM Homework Menus
The children have a termly topic menu with homework options based on our STEAM curriculum. Please could your child bring in one piece of homework based on our STEAM topic each term by the date on the menu.
This term our STEAM focus is Science. We will be focusing on the question ‘Can I develop an understanding of the living world around me?’. We will be exploring the curriculum driver of Science and enhancers of History, Geography and Art. We will be learning about the natural world and creating a short natural history programme about an animal (including its life cycle), their micro-habitat and the habitat. Year 2 will explore whether objects are living, dead or have never been alive. We will also explore the fact that animals and plants live in a habitat to which they are suited, which means that animals have suitable features that help them move and find food and plants have suitable features that help them to grow well.
Within our history, we will be learning about Sir David Attenborough and how this English broadcaster, writer and naturalist is known for his educational television programmes. It is believed that he is one of the most travelled people in history!
Additionally, we will investigate habitats that are found across the world within our Geography sessions. Year 2 will have the opportunity to explore places around the world that are different from the UK because of their weather and climate. They will learn to use maps to identify features of a place; compass points to describe the features on a map and symbols to help convey information in a quick and easy way.
In Art, the children will be exploring tone and how this can describe light and dark or light and shadows. Year 2 will use dark or light paints to make pictures of animals and their habitats look as if there is a light shining within them or in shadow.
Our maths topics will allow us to explore the concept of fractions. Year 2 will be investigating how to identify whether something has or has not been split into equal parts. They will be able to name the fraction ‘one-half’, ‘one-quarter’ and ‘one-third’ in relation to a fraction of a length, shape or set of objects. For all of these fractions, the children will be able to read and write the fraction notation 1/2 , 1/3 and ¼, as well as finding a half, 1/3 or 1/4 of a given number. By the end of the unit, Year 2 will start to apply their knowledge to find 2/4 and 3/4 of an object, shape, set of objects, length or quantity and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and ½.
Then Year 2 will investigate time! They will learn how to tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. The children will also know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day and be able to compare and sequence intervals of time.
Our writing this term will focus on three different text types. We will first be writing a recount, where children will be able to write about their visit to The Butterfly Farm. Following this, pupils will be exploring that story of Jack and the Beanstalk and writing their own version of the story with a slight twist. Following on from this, pupils will be writing a fact file about a chosen animal. Throughout our writing units, we are focusing on developing pupils’ understanding of the writing process, including planning, drafting, editing and publishing their work.
During the units above, children will consolidate their sentence level skills, ensuring sentence construction and punctuation is secure. We are working to encourage children to use conjunctions such as, “and, because and but” regularly in their writing. We are also working to ensure letter formation is accurate and that children take greater responsibility for their spellings, using word banks and resources to support.
This term we will be looking at digital music. In this unit, learners will be using a computer to create music. They will listen to a variety of pieces of music and consider how music can make them think and feel. Learners will compare creating music digitally and non-digitally. Year 2 will look at patterns and purposefully create music and the following learning points:
Identifying simple differences in pieces of music
Describing how music makes me feel, e.g. happy or sad
Creating a rhythm pattern
Play an instrument following a rhythm pattern
Use a computer to experiment with pitch and duration
Use a computer to create a musical pattern using three notes
Refine my musical pattern on a computer
Within our HRE this term the children will be exploring 2 topics: shared responsibilities and communities. As part of this, the children will spend time exploring how people may behave differently online and how to respond. They will learn how people and other living things have different needs; about the responsibilities of caring for living things and exploring ways to help look after the environment. Additionally, Year 2 will investigate the different roles and responsibilities people have in their community; recognise the way that they are the same and different to other people.
Our music this term is linked to a topic called ‘Hands, Feet and Heart’. The children will be exploring the key musical terminology including pulse, rhythm, pitch through singing and playing instruments.
There will also be links to Music within our Computing sessions where the children will have the opportunity to explore digital media music.
Our outdoor PE sessions will be focused on object control – we will be applying our skills to both athletics and dance during the term and achieving the following objectives:
I can travel around in a variety of ways and negotiate space effectively.
I can apply skills learnt to simple games (e.g. bench ball, rob the nest).
I can play as a team effectively.
During our inside PE sessions, we will be the game dodgeball and thinking about basic game skills.
I can throw the ball to a target and catch the ball.
I can dodge and move around the court effectively.
I can understand the simple rules for a game.
I can work as a team to play effectively thinking about basic attacking and fielding skills.
Across the school this term, we will be exploring the big question: “Is there a higher power?” within our RE assemblies. As part of our RE lessons in class, we will be investigating different religious practices linked to Christianity and Islam. The children will be focusing on the following objectives:
Explain what Christians believe about the natural world.
Explain what Muslims believe about the natural world.
Compare what Christians and Muslims believe about the natural world.
To help with our STEAM learning, we would like to ask for a voluntary contribution of £2 per child to help us fund our exciting project. Donations can be made via parent pay.
Thank you for your ongoing support. We are looking forward to another busy term and working with you to support your child’s learning and development. If you have any questions or concerns, please do come and speak to us before or after school.
Mrs Raby, Mrs O’Sullivan and Mrs Robertson
Year 2 Teachers