Year 2 2023 - 2024

Mr Fowler

Which adults work in the classroom?

Mr Fowler

Mrs Parsons (TA)

Mrs Scott (AM)

Miss Brierley (PM)

Which days will my child need their PE kit?

Tuesday and Thursday

How is homework organised?

Homework is now focussed soley on reading. A Rocket Phonics book that is levelled at your child’s phonic ability and a shared read that will be used to develop love of reading and engagement will be sent home every Friday. The shared read should be read with yourself and your child to model intonation and expression as well as challenge. Other homework may be sent home to support learning if required at the teacher’s discretion.

All the reading that your child completes earns them points which go towards earning a book from our reading vending machine.

What reading should my child be doing each week?

Your child should be reading at least five times per week. They have access to an Independent reading book from the teacher and also a ‘Shared’ Reading book. The independent books may seem basic to parents but Government guidance states that books the children are reading cannot contain any sounds they do not know or have been taught. The shared read is given to promote reading for pleasure. I do not expect your child to read the ‘shared read’ alone, it is more something that you can look at and discuss together. Any reading that is completed needs to be entered in our Reading Record logs which need to brought in daily.

Lastly, these books will go home every Friday and need to brought back into school the following Friday.

What topics will my child be enjoying?

Autumn term – Where do Owls Live? 

Our key texts in this are the Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson (Autumn 1) and The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson (Autumn 2). 

Autumn 1 we look at animals including humans in our Science; comparing the UK to China in Geography; and drawing to make a scene in Art.

Autumn 2 we look at the basic needs of animals and offspring in Science; Gunpowder Plot and Bonfire Night in History; create a suitable ‘fat’ ball for an owl in DT; and identify the seven continents and five oceans to discuss where owls are found around the world.

Spring term – What can we learn from events in the past? 

Our key texts in this are Dragon Machine by Helen Ward in Spring 1 and Major Glad, Major Dizzy by Jan Oke in Spring 2. 

Spring 1 we look at every day materials to think of how to build a machine in Science; we look at the Great Fire of London in our History; we look at the four countries and capitals of the UK as well as physical features and maps in Geography; we create a functional machine using a range of materials in DT; and we use painting techniques to create maps and landscapes that the dragons may travel over in Art.

Spring 2 we think about how a solid object can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching in Science; we look at World War Two and the Blitz in History; we will be trying to make our own moving toy in DT; and we will be making samplers and practising cross stitching too!

Summer term – How can we look after our environment and community?

Our key texts during this are The Last Wolf by Mini Grey and Grandad’s Secret Giant by David Litchfield.

Summer 1 and Summer 2 we look at plants and trees and how they need water, light and a suitable temperature to stay healthy in Science; and in History we look at significant historical events and how William Turner and his mills changed the local environment.

In Summer 1 we look at human and physical geography of the local environment in Geography; and in Art we will attempt to have a look at graffiti art.

In Summer 2 we will be recapping the capital cities and looking closely at their key geographical features; and in Art we will be creating a school/class mural.

How can I contact my class teacher?

Please telephone school to arrange an appointment for either a visit or phonecall.

Alternatively email the teacher – please note that emails will not be responded to after 5pm.

What trips/visitors will my child be doing?

No trips are currently planned this half term.

Who do I contact if I have a problem?

If you have a concern we encourage your first contact should be with the class teacher. However, should you have further concerns please contact Mr Bolton

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