Welcome back after the Christmas holidays! We hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas / New Year and are looking forward to the academic year ahead.
Year 2 Staff : Class Teachers : Mrs. B. Irving, Mrs. J. Cooper & Miss C. Parnaby
Higher Level Teaching Assistant : Mrs. P. Hirst
Support Assistants : Mrs. J. Spencer, Miss M. Donnelly & Mrs. L. Harrison
Our topic this term is ‘Call the Nurse!’.
We are learning about Florence Nightingale. The children will learn about the history of nursing and hospitals. We will use a variety of sources to research our topic.
At the end of the term the children in Year 2 will visit Thackray Medical Museum to consolidate their learning.
(See topic plan for full details)
In R.E. we are covering the topics of The Good News and The Mass through our scheme The Way, The Truth and The Life. We will be looking at Bible stories such as Jairus’ daughter and learning about the signs and symbols of the Mass.
In Mathematics we will be following the National Curriculum for Maths. Please ensure your child recognises and can write in numeral numbers up to 100. They also need to know their number bonds to 20 and be able to count in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10. You can support your child at home by chanting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 and asking quick fire timetable questions. The children will also be learning about the properties of shape and will be developing an understanding of multiplication and division.
In English we will be writing for different purposes using a variety of sentence types, our knowledge of spelling rules, punctuation and grammar. We will be developing our comprehension and inference skills in our individual and guided group reading. Please help your child by reading a variety of different texts, asking questions about their day and encourage them to write diaries and their own stories.
In Science the children will be learning about and classifying living things and their habitats.
Music – the children will be learning about using different percussion instruments to make a variety of representative music.
Art – we will use different techniques and media to draw and sketch subjects from our topic.
Design Technology (D.T.) – we will be making models of mini beasts to link with Science and emergency vehicles linking to our topic, using a variety of materials.
Computing – the children will be collecting information about animals and presenting that information in lots of different ways. They will also be researching Florence Nightingale.
PSHE - in this unit children will learn about keeping safe at home and at school. They learn about the role of medicines and how they can be harmful if not used properly. They also learn that household products can be harmful if not used properly and learn about ways to keep safe around them. They practise asking for help with situations they are unsure about. We will also be learning about British Values.
Physical Education (P.E.) - is on a Wednesdays. Some children are consistently not bringing their P.E. kits to school. Please ensure your child has a white t-shirt, blue (or black) shorts and a pair of trainers for outdoor use, which they should leave in school. All P.E. kit must be labelled clearly with your child’s name. As an optional extra, a dark coloured pair of jogging trousers and a jumper can be used throughout the cold months, when we are outside. As always, the only jewellery permitted in school is a pair of plain small studs and these must be removed for P.E. for safety. Staff are not able to remove them or cover them, so this will result in your child not taking part in our P.E. lesson.
Please ensure your child has a P.E. kit in school at all times.
Homework, Times tables and Spellings
The children will need to read at home and practise their sounds on a weekly basis to help with their writing. Spelling lists or investigations will be sent home on a Friday. If the children are given a spelling list, they will then be tested on the following Friday afternoon.
We will begin to test the children on their 2, 5 and 10 times tables on a Friday. Please begin to practise these with your child at home.
Homework will be sent out on a Friday and MUST be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. It will build on what the children have been learning about in class.
The children will have an individual reading session once a week and they will receive two reading books which MUST be returned to school on their reading day. Please ensure that your child reads their reading book with someone at home before their school session, as this has a very positive impact on their progress across the curriculum. Reading records will be given to the children for parents to fill out as and when their child reads during the week at home. Please use the question sheets we sent home during reading to support their comprehension. Don’t forget to use Bug Club.
School trip : Thackray Medical Museum – Wednesday, 7th March (letter to follow)
Year 2 Assembly : Our class assembly will take place on Friday, 16th February at 2:30 pm.
Holy Week Assembly : Our Holy Week assembly will be Wednesday, 28th March at 2:00 pm.
Mrs. B. Irving, Mrs. J. Cooper & Miss C. Parnaby
Year 2 Teachers
Manchester Fire Museum
Last Wednesday year 2 went on a trip to the greater Manchester fire museum. We had a fabulous time and the children had the opportunity to dress up as fire fighters from the past, slide down the fire station pole and see the different vehicles from the past. We also had chance to listen to a story about a child's experience of the great fire of London and find out even more interesting facts for our topic.
2I have been learning about the features of instructions as part of our English work. We have written and followed instructions. Our favourite instructions to follow were the ones that told us how to make jam sandwiches! They were yummy!
Fire of London
As part of our Fire of London topic Year 2 did some bread making. We worked in groups from both classes. Luckily our bread didn't catch fire
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