Dunholme St Chad's Church Of England Primary School

Creating a community with open hearts and open minds

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YEAR 2 CHILDREN WILL TAKE THE STATUTORY SAT TESTS DURING MAY 2020 SO IT IS VITAL THAT ALL CHILDREN ATTEND SCHOOL THIS MONTH, UNLESS UNWELL. 

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2. Mrs Thompson (Class Teacher), Miss Thorne (Trainee Teacher) and Miss Pepper (Teaching Assistant) look forward to working with you.  

Miss Bradshaw will also teach the children on a Tuesday afternoon. 

Please see see any of the Year 2 team with any questions you may have. We are always happy to help.

Our themes this year are:

Term 1: A Spoon Full of Sugar

Term 2: Tell me a Story

Term 3: Trouble on the Titanic

Term 4 and 5: Let's Grow

Here are some activities you could do to support your child's learning this term:

Exercise Activity

Healthy Diet Activity

Hygiene Activity

Offspring Activity

After Easter our theme focuses on plants.  

Here are some activities you could complete at home:

Year 2 Plant Curriculum

What do plants need to grow?

Grouping Activity

Drawing Seeds

Lifecycle of a seed

Lifecycle of a strawberry

Plant investigation

This activity involves growing seeds and as such may take a few weeks to complete.

Plant mini quiz

 

Term 6:  Ocean Explorers

Click on the current Term to view the Theme Plan or visit the Our Curriculum Page on the website. 

 Year 2 - Useful information

Homework
Homework will consist of weekly spellings, multiplication facts and reading. Any additional work that is sent home will be tailored to the individual needs of your child.

PE kits need to be in school everyday and we will send it home when it needs washing. Children will have PE on a  Tuesday and Wednesday. This term we will be learning multi skills.  The children will also benefit from an MSP coach on Tuesdays, who will teach them how to play tri-golf.

We always encourage the children to drink plenty of water throughout the day, please can you make sure your child has a named water bottle in school. 

 

Reading
Reading

Children are able to change their reading book everyday within school time. The children will be listened to read by the class teacher during our focused reading sessions and by the teaching assistant and our parent volunteers throughout the week.  To compliment what we do in school, we ask that you try and listen to your children read at least 3 times a week.

Click here for the recommended reading list for Year 2.

Please find below a list of websites that can help you support your child's reading:

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/      This is a fantastic website for online levelled e-books. You need to subscribe but this is a free website. For example, if your child is on ‘green’ level books, you will find a number of books appropriate for your child’s reading level.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/  Games and activities to support phonics teaching and learning .

 

Please click on the link below to see the spellings that have been sent home for your child to learn this year.  There is also a guide for ideas about how to support your child with their spellings.  

Click here for the list of common exception words your child should know how to spell by the end of Year 2.

Help your child with their spellings.

 Year 1 spelling list

Year 2 summary of weekly spellings homework.

By the end of Year 2, children should be able recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.  We ask that you practise these weekly with your child.

Here is a guide to help support your child learning about time and money.

There are some fantastic websites that can help you support your child's learning listed below.

https://mathsbot.com/    This is a fantastic website for activities and resources to support Maths. In the manipulatives section, children are able to move around images on the screen to support Maths. For example, they have moveable numicon pieces, base 10 equipment and coins.

https://www.mathplayground.com/     This is perfect for Maths online games.

https://pages.sumdog.com/     This site provides fun games to help your child to become fluent in Maths.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

www.twinkl.co.uk   You will find lots of arithmetic and reasoning activities to support with the Year 2 Maths curriculum.

 

Handwriting

In Year 2 we have introduced a new handwriting scheme to the children in order to improve standards of handwriting across the school and also to make joining letters easier for children. We have started to introduce a cursive script which involves a lead in to each letter. This can make it easier for children because they know that all letters start on the line. We have included all of the cursive script below so that you can help your child should the want to practise at home.

 

Please find below details of other useful websites  that you can access for other areas of the Year 2 curriculum.  We hope these will keep your children entertained and be familiar to them. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/bedtime-stories

www.twinkl.co.uk  This is a subscription based website but they are allowing everyone free access for a month due to the corona virus. There are hundreds of printable and online resources to support all aspects of teaching and learning.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-collection/zbr4scw  These are easy too follow active learning videos covering a range of topics.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround.  Keep up to date with what is going on around the world.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/easter/easterstory.aspx  

Star of the Week and Pride of the week 

Our Star of the Week and Pride of the week are two important awards that we give out each week! Each week we look for something different for the Pride of the week which we decide as a class and the star of the week is for a stand-out super star of the week! I know everyone is working hard to win these prestigious awards!

Well done everyone!

Year 2 Residential to Rand Farm Park

We are all very excited to have our first residential to Rand Farm Park in March 2020.  This will be a 2 day experience with an overnight stay.  The children will be learning about animals as part of their Science curriculum and this adventure will give them lots of practical learning and hands on experience of this. More details coming soon.

Programme of events

Kit List

Here are some pictures that Miss Thorne and some children drew after their trip to Rand Farm Park.