Year 2 — 20 April 2014
Summer in Year 2

Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Easter break and the children are ready for a new term in Year 2, full of lots of new and exciting topics!

In English, we will be starting with a poetry unit called ‘Silly Stuff’! This has proved to be a bit of a favourite in the past as we will be writing tongue twisters, solving riddles and writing nonsense poems. The topic provides lots of opportunity for exploring and playing with words and using tools such as alliteration and repeated patterns to produce entertaining and sometimes surprising effects. Later in the term, we will be looking at and producing our own non-chronological reports, and exploring different stories by the same author. Our chosen author will be Ronda Armitage with her wonderful collection of Lighthouse Keeper stories.

In History, we will be looking at the ‘Apollo Space Missions’. We will be looking at the events leading up to Man landing on the Moon, how it took place and was broadcast for the World to see, and why it was considered such a significant historical achievement.

Our Geography topic will be ‘Our Wonderful World’ in which we will look closely at the different continents and compare and contrast them as environments in which to live.

Although we have started our D&T project to construct vehicles out of junk (many thanks for the supply of boxes!) we have been unable to complete them due to a delay in the arrival of necessary resources. These have now arrived safely so we will therefore be completing these in the first couple of weeks of term (I promise!).

Our Computing focus will ‘Talking and Sharing’. This has also been a popular topic in the past with opportunity for looking at simulations and blogs, and also for learning how to create and send e:mails to our friends in school.

In Science this term, we will be looking at ‘Variation’ and ‘Plants and Animals’ involving lots of exploration outside – fingers crossed for good weather!

P.E. will continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so please make sure the children have kit in school on those days, including a pair of trainers, as we will be venturing outside whenever possible.

Last but not least, a date for your diaries: our class assembly is scheduled for Friday 4th July at 9.15am.

As you can see, we have a busy term ahead. As in previous terms, we value your continued support with reading, spelling and maths cards to continue your child’s learning at home. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to come and see either myself, Miss Yaxley or Miss Harvey (who is with us until the end of term as a Teaching Direct student) and we will do our best to help.

Many Thanks,

Mrs Jenny Kerr.

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