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Flying Bull

Year 2

Summer Term 2021

Welcome back to all our Year 2 families to the summer term! We have been super impressed with the amazing attitudes of the children to their learning, and we can’t wait to continue this term.

For English this half term, we will develop our writing skills through a range of texts linked to our topic ‘Green Planet’. We will be writing a story based on the fiction text ‘Tidy’ by Emily Gravett, and we will be learning how we can look after our environment in and around school through ‘Greta and the Giants’, as well as doing our own research. We will continue to apply the cursive handwriting skills the children have been working on to their writing.

For phonics and spelling, we will revisit our phonics sound; using these to blend to read daily, as well as learning the spelling rules for Year 2. We will read daily with the children, where they will have the opportunity to discuss texts, some of which will be read to them.

For maths, we will continue to use the Maths No Problem scheme. We will develop our skills with addition and subtraction, including learning number bonds within 10 and 20, and we will recap multiplication and division and measure. The children will work on their fluency with timetables (including division facts) for their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will also begin counting in 3s.

Within science, our focus will be plants and trees. We will be learning about the structure of plants and the conditions needed for them to grow. We will even have our very own sunflower growing competition in Year 2!

Our history will focus on developing key skills; learn about chronology through timelines, and describing historical events through the context of Queen Elizabeth II and Neil Armstrong.

Within geography, our key skills are location and physical and human features of England, including our capital city, London. We will also begin our learning about continents and oceans.

Our art we will learn about colour theory and different styles and periods in art history. We will teach this through the topics Scenes of the Sea and In the Jungle.

For PE we will be using both Rising Stars and Real PE to develop the children’s physical skills and their ability to work as a team. We will of course ensure lots of opportunities to get moving during the day too!

The wellbeing of the children will be central to our planning and a key priority when we are planning for them. We will continue to work on this regularly through PSHCE and P4C lessons.

Please keep reading with your child every day to help them practice the skills they have learnt in school, as well as practice reading and spelling the Year 1 and 2 common exception words. Please also support your child with learning their times tables using TTRockstars (logins have been sent out, but please email us if you need us to re-send them). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email the Year 2 account (year2@fbacademy.co.uk). 

Thank you for your continued support from the Year 2 Team.


Spring Term 2021

The Race to Space - Spring 2

We are very excited about our new overarching topic for English, which is ‘The Race to Space’! On our return to school, we will be reading books linked to space, including The Darkest Dark and The Way Back Home, using the texts to inspire our writing and we will also be writing about how to be a super space explorer! We will also be focusing on the key skills for writing, including using cursive handwriting and I’m sure we will all enjoy World Book Day on 8th March!

For phonics and spelling, we will continue to revisit the phonics sounds and using these to blend to read daily, as well as learning the spelling rules for Year 2. We will read daily with the children, where they will have the opportunity to discuss texts, some of which will be read to them.

For maths, we will continue to use the Maths No Problem scheme. We will be looking at money, as well as revisiting and moving on with addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and measure. The children will continue to work on their fluency with time tables (including division facts) for their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and introducing them to ‘TTRockstars’. We will continue to teach methods for learning number bonds within 10 and 20.

Our history will continue to develop key skills, where we will be continuing to learn about chronology through timelines and covering the main events of the moon landing.

Within geography, we will again continue to focus on key skills, learning about the location and physical and human features of England, as well as the capital city of London. 

When we are back in school, we will be using both Rising Stars and Real PE to develop the children’s physical skills, as well as their ability to work as a team. We will of course ensure lots of opportunities to get moving during the day too!

The wellbeing of the children will be central to our planning and a key priority for the return to school. We will continue to work on this regularly through PSHCE and P4C lessons.

Please keep reading with your child daily to help them practice the skills they have learnt in school, as well as practising the Year 1 and 2 common exception words.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email the Year 2 account (year2@fbacademy.co.uk). 

We look forward to seeing all the Year 2 families again soon.


Once Upon a Time... - Spring 1

This term, our focus is ‘Once upon a time…’ and we’ll be looking at the story ‘Little Red' for our narrative unit, along with ‘The Tunnel’. For non-fiction, we’ll be writing our very own fact files about wolves. We will be linking this with our Science, learning about animals and recapping materials.

Within our Maths lessons the children will be looking at 2D and 3D shape, continuing multiplication and division, as well as fractions. It would be fantastic if you could support your child at home with learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and counting forwards and backwards to and from 100. We will also be working at becoming more fluent with our number bonds.

We will be learning a range of skills in History such as understanding chronology through timelines, and covering main events such as Queen Victoria’s reign and the moon landing. In Geography we will be looking at the location and physical and human features of England, as well as the capital city of London.

We’ll continue with key skills in PE this term, and we will be exploring a range of mini challenges that can be done in a range of different circumstances, as well as opportunities for yoga and relaxation. We are also placing a daily focus on wellbeing and mental health activities through our PSHCE curriculum.

The Year 2 Team would like to thank you for your continued support, especially during this time and we look forward to an exciting term, both at home and at school.


Autumn Term 2020

Towers and Turrets

Welcome to back to school Year Two! What an amazing start it has been to the term already and it has been fantastic to see you all again and to see all your lovely smiles. After such a long time away from school for many of our children, we will be making wellbeing a priority and we will be doing lots of circle time to support the children in their return to school.

We are looking forward to starting our thrilling Towers and Turrets topic this term and will be finding out all about castles, dragons and electricity.

This half term we will be exploring castles around the Portsmouth area virtually and imagining what life would be like for the people living in them. For our English, we will be writing some of our own descriptions of dragons and castles, as well as creating fact files about knights. We will focus on our use of descriptive features to make our writing more imaginative as well as embedding the children’s basic sentence skills.

For maths, we will be using the ‘Maths No Problem’ curriculum, starting with place value and embedding basic number skills.

We will also explore the geography of castles in the United Kingdom, finding them on maps and recapping the countries and capital cities of the UK. For history, we will be finding out about the Queen using our research skills. The children will also be designing their very own castle for DT and for computing, we will be learning how to use the keyboard on a computer.

PE will take place each Thursday and Friday and the children may come in to school wearing an appropriate PE kit on those days.

This half term we will have a focus on phonics for reading and we will be recapping and revising phonics from Year 1, as well as learning alternative spellings for known graphemes. Please keep reading with your children every day for at least ten minutes, as this will in turn support them not only with their reading, but with the whole curriculum, including their writing.

We are so excited to be back and to be working with your children. Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate in contacting us if you need to.

Mrs Foster and Miss Shaw (Classteachers)

 


 

Spring Term 2020

Once upon a time...

May we warmly welcome back the Year 2 children to an exciting new term. The children have settled back into school life wonderfully after the Christmas break and are ready for the new learning ahead.

This term, our focus is ‘Once upon a time…’ and we’ll be looking at the story ‘Little Red' for our narrative unit, along with ‘The Tunnel’. For non-fiction, we’ll be writing our very own fact files about wolves. We will be linking this with our science, looking at animals and recapping materials and we’ll be using and developing our DT skills to design and make an animal crate. The children will be learning about China as their geography focus and we have lots of exciting trips and opportunities coming up in the half term, especially our trip to the New Forest Wildlife Park, which we are all very excited about.

Within maths, the children will be looking at measure, 3-D shape and we’ll be continuing addition and subtraction. It would be fantastic if you could support your child at home with learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and counting forwards and backwards to and from 100. We’ll continue with PE both outdoors and indoors this term. Please provide your child with appropriate kit for both.

The Year 2 Team would like to thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a fantastic term.

 


Autumn Term 2019

'Towers and Turrets'

Welcome back to school Year Two! We are looking forward to starting our thrilling Towers and Turrets topic this term and will be finding out all about castles, dragons and electricity.

This half term we will be visiting castles around the Portsmouth area, exploring the grounds and imagining what life would be like for the people living in them. We will be writing some of our own descriptions of dragons and castles, as well as creating fact files about mythical creatures. We will focus on our use of descriptive features to make our writing more imaginative.

We will also explore the geography of castles in the United Kingdom, finding them on maps and learning about the different counties of the UK. The children will also be designing their very own castle. Near the end of the half term break we will have an open afternoon workshop where parents and carers can come and support their children in building their castles from their final design.

As always, ERIC will continue this term every Thursday morning, when parents and carers are encouraged to read in class with their child. We look forward to seeing you then!

Mrs Foster and Miss Shaw


Summer Term 2019

Rescue

This term in Year 2 we will be learning all about 'Rescue', in particular the Emergency Services. We have a visit from the Hampshire Fire Service planned and we will be learning about the Great Fire of London in History. We're even going to be creating our own Great Fire of Buckland (water buckets at the ready)! We will be learning about fire safety and investigating the different properties of materials in relation to this. We will also be designing and making our own rescue vehicles!

We will learn how to use evidence from different sources (books, tv, internet, real people) to find out about the past, and begin to empathise with people who work in the emergency services. Following on from this, we will be looking at personal health and well-being, specifically keeping ourselves safe and using the emergency services to help us do this. We will also explore how people prevent sickness and how we care for ourselves.

In PE, we have begun practising Athletics in preparation for this year’s Sports Day, and in Science we will continue to learn about plants and animals and how they grow. Later in the term, we will be travelling to the Isle of Wight, and learning about the other emergency services, including the coastguard.

We also want to thank parents and carers that have been doing extra work with your children at home such as continued reading, times tables and number bonds practice, completing learning log tasks and accessing Bug Club. Your support at home is invaluable in supporting your child's progress.

Mr Griffiths and Miss Shaw