Our Topic this term is ‘Castles’. In this topic we look at all aspects of medieval life. We will be finding out what castles are, why they were built and learning to name the different parts of the castle. We will be thinking about the people who lived and worked in castles, from Kings and Queens to Knights to peasants! We will also discover more about the weaponry used in those times and how castles could be attacked and defended in a battle.
Reading continues to be a priority in Year 2 and we would urge you to hear your child read as often as possible. It is important that the children are also given the opportunity to talk about what they have read and answer questions as this helps them to understand what they are reading. We will continue to hear your child read in school regularly.
In English, we will be studying the text ‘The Enchanted Woods’ by Enid Blyton. The children will be using ideas from the text to create and write about their own magical land. They will also be exploring a range of non-fiction genres which will focus on Hereford and other local places of interest. Children will also be focussing on instructional writing and poetry.
In addition, we will continue to teach phonic skills to enable your child to both read with increasing fluency and spell unfamiliar words.
This term we will be covering all four number operations as well as time and money.
Helping your child to learn their times tables will greatly benefit them, particularly the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Children will be able to access TT Rock Stars and Numbots to support their maths learning.
Spellings and homework
Your child will receive spellings every week- there will be a spelling test on Friday.
Alternative Maths and English homework will be sent home each Friday. If your child is absent on the day new spellings are given, please remind them that they need to collect a copy on their return. A few minutes a night spent on these, really helps children retain information for longer.
In Science, we will be learning about animals including humans and plants. During the first half term we will be learning about healthy eating, exercise and hygiene. We will then be growing plants after half term.
PE takes place for the following classes on;
2P – Monday and Tuesday
2W – Monday and Wednesday
2B – Tuesday and Wednesday
Please ensure that children have their PE kit in school at all times and that all items are clearly labelled. During outside sessions, children are permitted to wear jogging bottoms and jumpers and dress according to the weather.
Please feel welcome to discuss your child or any concerns or queries you may have throughout the year. If you could make the teacher aware that you would like a discussion we will gladly make a time available to you, but please be aware that the start of the school day is often a very busy time and it might not always be possible to discuss your child there and then.
We look forward to another exciting half term.
Mrs Priday (2P), Miss Walton (2W), Miss Brewer (2B) and Mrs McIntyre (2P)