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
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