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Year 2


8th January 2018

Dear Parents,

Year 2 Barn Owls

Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a good Christmas.  This term’s topic is called Amazing Journeys.  We will be beginning the topic by introducing the children to the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. This links nicely with our class book ‘Man on the Moon’ (A day in the life of Bob) by Simon Bartam.  We will be comparing Bob’s journey to real astronauts as well as other famous journeys in history such as Christopher Columbus voyage to America.

Writing and guided reading will be based on stories about Bob (The Man on the Moon) as well as topic based non-fiction texts this term. We will be writing stories as well as non-fiction reports.

Spelling, Phonics and Grammar and Handwriting. The children will continue learning spelling through phonics and spelling patterns. They learn a new spelling rule each week and test each other on these words as well as common exception words and topic words that are sent home each week. (See homework.) We will be focussing on joined handwriting, punctuation and making sure our written work makes good sense.

Speaking and Listening Children are expected to listen carefully in class, work well with talk partners, follow instructions and listen courteously to others thus developing good manners. They are encouraged to participate in discussions and express their ideas coherently. Children are welcome to bring things into school to talk about so long as it is related to the topic or something we have been learning about.

The class will be split into two groups this term as Mrs Bennett will teach greater depth maths to 10 children, although the topics will largely stay the same.  Please see homework for the week’s main learning intentions with suggestions for ways you can support your child in their learning. We begin with the topic of ‘time.’

Science: Move it
There are some really fun science experiments planned for this term! From Flying Fish, Shooting Marshmallows to Balloon Rockets, the children will be learning how things move as well as comparing, measuring and changing objects so they move in different ways and at different distances. They will learn to ask scientific questions, perform simple tests and record their observations in order to gather data to help answer their questions.

PE: Gymnastics
Children will learn to roll in different ways including the skills of a crouched forward roll. They jump from a springboard and begin to do a handstand. Children develop body tension, control and balance moving with greater agility and coordination. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school including suitable footwear every day. Long hair should be tied up and earrings should not be worn.

PSHE: Dreams and Goals followed by Healthy Me

Our focus this term starts with Dreams and Goals which includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together. We conclude with Healthy Me which promotes self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.


This term we will continue to explore the topic ‘Why did God give Jesus to the World?’ and follow the kings on their journey to see baby Jesus.  Later in the term we will study Islam and do an enquiry into whether praying at regular intervals everyday helps a Muslim in his/her everyday life.  Towards the later part of the Spring term we will study Christianity and Jesus’ resurrection.

Reading - Please listen to your child read at least 5 times per week.  This should be during a quiet time at home where ‘book talk’ can take place. Please sign your child’s reading record each time they read so that they can put their book and reading record in the tray for it to be changed.

Spellings - The children are encouraged to practice using pre-cursive and cursive handwriting style to aid their ‘muscle memory’ for writing the words. Some children find the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ method most helpful for learning spellings. Others prefer to say aloud, but I would still like to see some written evidence that they have practiced their spellings in homework folders each week. This is also an opportunity to practice best handwriting so should not be rushed. Sentences, a short story, poem or even rainbow writing are acceptable as spelling practice!

Maths – Mrs Bennett will send homework for her new group.  Other children will continue to be given suggested tasks related to the week’s main learning intention. This should be completed with adult support as the opportunity for children to explain what they have been learning to you will really help to consolidate their learning. (And give you the opportunity to help them to catch up or move on in their learning, too.) It is up to you how much your child does. The guidelines are there as suggestions only. Please write a short note and sign to confirm that they have completed some maths homework. Homework should be completed by and handed in on a Wednesday to give me time to look at them before sending folders home again on a Friday.  

I encourage children to use the DoodleMaths app at home to support their learning in Maths as well as confidence in IT.  Just 10 minutes a day is enough to help your child make additional progress.  And remember that they get house points for earning Doodle Stars! (Check the DoodleMaths board to see the winning class and top 3 students each week!)  Do let me know if the questions have got a bit too difficult.  I will be able to re-calibrate their account to a more suitable level.

Finally, please do make sure your child empties their book bag each day after school and gives you any letters.  I will be asking for a few bits and bobs this term to help us with our science experiments!

Please do not hesitate to come for a chat if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Hannah Yoshida