Welcome to Year 2A
Summer 1 2021
Welcome to the Year 2 class page. Thank you so much for your continued support in your child’s education so far this year. Please do continue to support the learning areas from home with the weekly online tasks and Learning Logs, which can be completed online on Seesaw.
Throughout the summer term we will be working through our module 'Created and loved by God'. Within this module we will cover four units, starting with religious understanding to support our learning of PSHE themes. We will then move onto the unit 'Me, My Body, My Health' before exploring the third unit 'Emotional Wellbeing'. We will finish the summer term looking at our final unit of 'Life Cycles'. For any further information please see the TenTen parent portal.
Please could you send your child in with their learning logs on Wednesday Morning.
Learning logs will be shared in class on Wednesday afternoon, allowing children to celebrate their home learning with the class.
In the event that your child is unable to attend school due to isolation, please use the links below for appropriate activities, these activities can be used in conjunction with the websites listed in the subject sub-headings to continue children’s learning journey.
Please see the link to Year 2's Home Learning pages:
We would advise that all children have a water bottle for use in the school day, water bottles should be brought into class on a Monday and these will be sent home on a Friday. St Mary’s is a healthy school we ask the children that they bring water to school in a reusable bottle clearly labelled with their name. If children bring in a different drink, they will be asked to put it in their locker to take home.
Our PE days are Monday and Thursday. Children should arrive at school wearing their PE kits on these days. Please ensure your child's name is clearly written in all items of clothing including their basic school uniform. If your child's name is not on their items of clothing this makes it very difficult for staff to locate lost items. If you are unsure of what your child needs for their PE kit, please see our School Uniform Policy.
Supporting reading with greater emphasis due to the amount of time spent away from the classroom.
Reading is an integral part of the school day and children are given opportunities to access a wide range of texts throughout the curriculum. Please try to read for 10 minutes with your child daily. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they have read, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book after and during reading in relation to characters, setting or main events. Children are encouraged to develop empathy by focusing on characters' emotions and motivations during reading.
Your child will read with an adult in school at least once a week during a guided reading session.
Please can you sign children’s reading records as these will be checked to support development once a week.
We have updated our reading books process and reading books and records can now be brought in to school and new books can be sent home throughout the week.
The children will have reading and Phonics tasks set on Reading Eggs to support development and consolidate in class learning at home.
Children can also read along and listen to stories in conjunction with the ten minutes of reading, a useful website with free books to read online is the Book Trust.
This term we will be learning about the significance of rules and how we can make good choices in the church family. Children will learn about forgiveness, God’s rules, the sacrament of Reconciliation and the sign of peace. We will be completing a write in relation to the religion learning this term.
In English we will be developing our reading, writing, spellings and grammar skills through a range of fiction and non-fiction writing opportunities. Key speaking and listening skills will be extended through role plays, hot seating and outdoor learning which will impact on the children's writing. We will be learning with a focus on Dinosaur Reporting, asking questions, making inferences, punctuating texts before retelling the story with adaptations.
Below is a link to BBC Bitesize with some great activities that children can do at home to support their Literacy skills.
Spelling and Phonics
Spellings will be set on a Monday for a weekly test on Friday. Children’s spellings can be found on Seesaw and on Spelling Shed. We will be using the Spelling Shed platform to support learning this year. The spellings are based on patterns that we have investigated in class during phonics and No-Nonsense spellings lessons; children should be encouraged to observe how the pattern fits into the word to help them remember it.
Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation. We welcome your support in helping your child to learn the spelling rules.
Below are some phonics game websites that can act as a fun and engaging way to support reading and spelling in addition to the main websites above.
In Maths this term we will be developing children’s skills statistics and fractions, using this knowledge to solve an array of problems using apparatus and pictures to solve problems and develop understanding in this area. Children will be doing arithmetic focusing on counting skills and then using this to help understand how to solve mental arithmetic problems. A key focus area will be to challenge children to apply the skills learnt to gain a deeper understanding of the application of mathematical concepts in the real world.
The school currently uses White Rose to support the Maths Delivery in school, below is a link to the scheme of learning, home learning and parent workbooks that you may find useful in supporting your child from home.
White Rose parent workbooks.
Maths home learning activities will be set weekly on Maths Seeds and will need to be completed by the date indicated. Children have been given their log in details for this. Activities are given with a supporting lesson that children may work through before attempting their homework if they feel they need a little more support and guidance in this area.
The focus topic this term is Not all Heroes Wear Capes, children will consider the place of heroes in society and how the term ‘hero’ is not just for comic book characters. We will be studying climate change, deforestation, pollution and its effects on wildlife through key figures related to improving the understanding of conservation efforts. Children will finish this unit by writing a piece about David Attenborough.
In Science we will be learning about Living Thing and their Habitats. Children will look at the different habitats and compare them. They will then use this information to think about why habitats are suited to their animals. Children will carry out an investigation in the Forest School looking at micro-habitats. The unit will end with children dissecting owl pellets and creating food chains behind this.
Key dates for events throughout our new school year will be confirmed and related in due course via parent mail.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.