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Heymann Primary & Nursery School

Inspiring and motivating our children
to be the best they can be

Welcome to Year 2

The teachers in year 2 this year are, Mrs Watson (2L), Mrs Robson (2L), Miss Cash (2T) and Miss Whitney (2P).  You may also work with Miss Patterson, Mrs Cruikshank, Mr Parsons and Mrs Ebling. Miss Handley is teaching in 2T this term.


Summer

The topic for this term is "Growing and Changing", We will be exploring this topic in lots of exciting ways in all our subjects. For example, we will investigate plants and life cycles in science; research and compare West Bridgford with another country and look at the life of a significant individual through the life of Florence Nightingale. We will also explore a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Please see our curriculum map below for more specific details in each of the subject areas. We are also hoping to go on a school trip later in the term and will keep you updated!

As the term progresses we will also be thinking about transitions into Year 3. We are hoping to visit Year 5 with some stories we have written and will be spending some time with the KS2 children at lunchtimes.

General Routines

PE will still happen on a Monday and most Wednesdays, but we also have swimming starting this half term on Friday mornings. We would ask you to ensure that your PE kit is in school at all times and that children have footwear suitable for being outside.

We will carry on giving out spelling sets every week and testing these on a Friday. These have been very successful so far and the children really seem to look forward to seeing how they have done. Thank you for all the support and practise that you are doing at home.

We will continue to have daily guided reading sessions (ensuring every child receives a guided reading session with the teacher once a week) and please remember that books can be changed at any time.

Support at home

Any extra support that you can give your child at home to support their learning is fantastic. We know that it can sometimes be hard to know what to focus on or what activities to do. We encourage you to come in and have a chat if you are unsure but below are just a few ideas that we know really help the children at school.

Target areas for this term

Reading - Comprehension (Help your child to retrieve information from the text in response to questions that you ask them. Talk about new word meanings. Talk about the order in which things are written/events happen)

Writing- Consistent use of capital letters. Using varied conjunctions. Using apostrophes correctly for omission (e.g. it's) and possession (e.g. Sarah's). Using varied sentence types, including questions, exclamations and commands.

Maths -  Adding and subtracting 2 2-digit numbers (e.g. 34 + 56). Multiplication facts in the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables and their relation to division facts (e.g. 5x8=40 so 40÷8=5)

General support

Times tables and divisions - we focus on 2, 3, 5 and 10 in Year 2.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

Time - being able to read a clock to the nearest quarter of an hour but mainly o'clock and half past. For Greater Depth children will be expected to tell the time to 5 minutes.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=telling+time

Reading - many studies have concluded that 10 minutes reading a day has a huge positive impact on a childs educational development, as well as being a fun activity to do!

https://www.nala.ie/news/reading-your-child-10-minutes-day-can-make-huge-difference-0

Handwriting - we use the Cursive writing style. Please see the attached information for how to log on to LetterJoin. The website has lots of interactive activities that the children can use to practise their handwriting.

SATs Papers

http://www.satspapers.org.uk/     2016 onwards are the new style of SATs paper