Year Two Newsletter - Summer Term 2017

Summer term update from Miss Boucher.....

Year Two Newsletter – Summer Term 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter break and both you and the children are feeling refreshed and ready to return to school.

Thank you to those parents who came to the SATs meeting last term, I hope it was useful! For those of you who didn’t manage to attend you are very welcome to come and see me at the end of a school day if you have any queries. SATs are a very important time for the children, but they shouldn’t cause the children any stress or upset. They have all had plenty of practice at school over the last term and know exactly what to expect which will, hopefully, prevent them from worrying. The children will sit their SATS papers between the 15th May and the 25th May.

Our learning

In Literacy, we will be writing eye witness accounts as diary entries. We will be using the book ‘Meerkat Mail’ to write  animal fact files and post cards and learning about riddles and writing our own. We will also be focussing on reading and really understanding the text and proving our understanding by answering inference questions.

We will also be focusing on our grammar, trying to make every piece of writing grammatically perfect!

In maths, we will be recapping and broadening our understanding of many mathematical strategies, including; finding the inverse by solving missing number problems, solving word problems, reading and interpreting data and understanding and describing position and direction as well as looking at 3D shapes.

Our Science topic this term is ‘Living things and their Habitats’. In this topic we will enquire about the habitats of mini-beasts and describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals through simple food chains.

In History, we will firstly be finishing off our Great Fire of London topic, by looking at the timeline of the fire and  Samuel Pepys diary before writing our own diary entries as though we were present when it took place. We will then be looking at famous people from the past and focussing on Heroes and Inventors including Neil Armstrong, Florence Nightingale and Graham Alexander Bell.

In Art/DT, we will be looking at two famous artists; Jackson Pollock and Giacometti exploring sculpture, colour and paint, replicating their art work as well as creating our own.

In RE, we will be finishing off our Big Question from last term; ‘Is Easter important to the Church?’ We will then move on to our next question ‘Can stories change people?’

PE will be on a Monday and a Friday afternoon. Monday’s lesson is athletics with Mrs Smith, and, when possible, will be outside, so please ensure your child has the correct kit including trainers suitable for outdoor wear.  Friday’s lesson will be kwik cricket/ rounders. We plan to do this with year 1 and go down to the field for this session (weather permitting). We will need some parent helpers for this to be able to happen. If you would like to help either on Monday or Friday afternoon please sign up on the sheet on the year 2 class room door.

Mrs White will be teaching ICT on a Monday afternoon.

Homework

I hope you found the Easter homework helpful and you were able to spend some time working on it with your child. Homework will continue to be set on a Friday to be handed in on a Wednesday. Towards the end of last term most of the children were bringing in their completed homework on time which was fantastic, but there were still some that needed a bit of a reminder. Please encourage your children to hand in their homework and I will do the same also.  Spellings will continue to be set and tested on a Friday.

Thanks again for all of your support with the children’s learning they are all working very hard and trying their absolute best and you can be very proud of them!

If you have any questions or concerns, I am always happy to meet with you to try and answer or sort them out. It is better that this is at the end of the day as I am very keen to get the children into class on time. In the morning we have so much to get on with and I am also able to give you my full attention when things are less rushed.

 

With best wishes

Miss Boucher

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