Year 2 @ Mount Street Primary
Welcome to the Summer Term in Year 2!
We have got an exciting term of writing! We will be writing non-chronological reports and explanation texts based on Cape Town and South Africa as part of an ongoing global links. We will also be writing wishing stories and making our own tales up! We will also be writing Journey stories - again linking to global voyages and we will even be thinking about the Mayflower! We will be completing a wonderful unit on poetry, making our own riddles and limericks! Across all aspects of our writing, we will be working on a range of grammatical features including the use of expanded noun phrases, punctuation, the use of conjunctions to join ideas and a range of spelling patterns as well as working very hard on our handwriting and presentation.
We will begin the term looking at length and height, Position and direction and then time. We will then progress to learn about weight and volume and solving a wide range of mathematical problems and challenges to apply all of our skills. Throughout all areas of study this term we will continue to embed the children's knowledge on multiplication tables - specifically counting in 2, 5 and 10 - we hope to progress to counting in 3 before the end of the term.
This term we will be working on learning about plants and growth. We will learn the main features of a flower and a tree. We will learn and understand what the features are and what they are for. We will learn about what plants need to live and thrive and will be growing our own seeds and conducting a range of experiments! Getting our hands dirty and watching nature at its best!
This term starts with an exploration into pattern and colour. We will be using technology to explore repeating patterns and make links to maths. In the second half term, We will be learning all about POP Art from the USA. Looking at some famous pieces of art from Warhol to some of his fellow artists of the time.
We will be learning how to conduct research on the internet safely and effectively. We will learn how to search, store and present information. This will be linked to our global topic in Geography, English and include History elements too.
This term's geography will begin with revising the UK, where we are and the 4 countries that make up the UK. and the seas around the UK. We then zoom out and look at the whole world - the 5 oceans and 7 continents. We will learn all about a contrasting continent and then in particular South Africa. By the final stages of year 2 we will conduct a cross curricular piece of research comparing Plymouth UK to Cape Town in South Africa, looking at the city, climate, jobs, features, buildings and leisure. We will be considering manmade and physical aspects of both place.
We will be learning to accompany songs with a pulse - working from the Charanga scheme of work - thinking about beats and Rhythm.
Both of our PE slots this term are set outside in the fresh air. This term will focus on throwing and catching skills. We will throw and catch a range of items from beanbags, quoits and a range of balls. We will learn simple throwing and catching skills and focus on accuracy and delivery. This is in preparation for ball and team games by the end of the term. During the second half term will will be learning some athletic skills including sprinting and relay races in addition to some team ball games.
For the first half of term we will focus on relationships as well as mental health and appreciation and respect and after half term, we will focus on how our bodies are changing and identifying features of our bodies.
For the first half of term we will be learning about the Good News Bible for Christians and, after half term, we will be focusing on what makes some places sacred for believers. Sacred and special places for all beliefs and people. We will learn about a range of places and find out what makes each one special. We will finally design our own special place and explain what makes it special. We will also discuss respect and care for other peoples feelings and thoughts.
This will be set at the following times:
Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Thursday. Homework will bet set either using Teams or using a prepared Maths and English workbook - covering all aspects of our year 2 curriculum. Your child can log on and complete the Home learning on screen or in the book.
Reading – 10 minutes reading daily. We ask that an adult signs the reading diary and it is brought into school every day. The children will bring home Read Write Inc books that match their phonics group and reading levels. They will be able to decode these independently to you. We encourage them to read the same RWI book 3 times - by the final read their confidence and expression with astound!
Numbots - an exciting way for your child to practice their maths skills daily at home. I Can't wait to see your child's weekly score!
Spellings - Spelling checks will be on a Friday.
Games and PE
Children will need their PE kit in school all week as children MUST have P.E. kit to take part for health and safety reasons.
Kit: Trainers, white shirt, blue/black shorts, football/trainer socks.
In colder weather, a plain tracksuit may be worn outdoors for games.
Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. A small named bag containing your PE kit is all that is necessary as cloakroom space is limited. Please keep your PE kit in school and we will ensure that it is sent home each half term for washing.