"autumn letter, year 2"
September 2009 Dear Parents, Welcome to the Autumn term in Year Two! We all have a new start to look forward to this year. This letter explains briefly what Yr 2 will be learning until Christmas. Literacy: The children will be studying sequential stories; stories in familiar settings as well as traditional tales, poems, instructions and non-chronological writing Word level work including phonics, spelling and grammar activities. Reading continues developing each child’s decoding and comprehension skills. Numeracy: Count up to 100 objects by grouping them and counting in tens, fives, or twos; explain the value of each digit in a two digit number; recognise odd and even numbers; use < and > signs; begin to use informal ways of adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers; In mental arithmetic children will practise adding and subtracting single numbers from a 2 digit number; recall doubles of all numbers to 20 Activities relating to number work (addition and subtraction), problem solving, money, 2D and 3D shape, measuring time, length and weight, and data handling. Science: Firstly, our topic will be Health and Growth. This will involve exploring different kinds of food, healthy eating and cleanliness. Children will also have opportunities to consider ways in which science is relevant to their personal health and to relate science to aspects of their everyday life (food, exercise, medicines), and to recognise and control hazards and risks to themselves. Secondly, we will be studying Using electricity. The unit introduces children to the concept of electricity and the essential role it plays in everyday life. Experimental and investigative work focuses on: exploring and testing circuits making observations and explaining what has been found out. We will find out which materials conduct electricity and we will be looking at everyday appliances. History: We will be exploring Knights and Castles. We will visit Mountfitchet Castle in Essex. If you would like to take your child to look at an early type of castle that we will be learning about, a good local visit for the family is the castle at Berkhamstead. Music: Long and short sounds This unit develops children’s ability to discriminate between longer and shorter sounds, and to use them to create interesting sequence sound. We will be following a musical programme called ‘Musical Express’. Pulse and rhythm This develops children’s ability to recognise the difference between pulse and rhythm. Children use songs and activities to develop confidence in singing and playing to a common pulse. Art: We will be developing children’s skills in tone, line and colour using various media linking to the curriculum e.g. history, science and literacy. Design and Technology Puppets This involves children making a Father Christmas glove puppet by marking out, cutting and joining pieces of fabric. P.E: Dance, games and gymnastics Dance activities will be linked to familiar stories. Children will be taught to throw and catch accurately and to use these skills in small-sided games situations. Gymnastics focuses on ‘travelling’ and develops use of space. We will try to have PE sessions as often as possible so please have PE kit in school on a daily basis. Please ensure that your child comes to school with suitable clothing and footwear and that all clothes are named. R.E: Children will be introduced to signs and symbols of everyday life, as well as the use of symbols within religion. General notices: Pupils will be given spellings to learn every Monday, they will be tested on the following Friday. Pupils will be given a maths task every Friday and will be expected to bring it in on the following Friday. Please encourage your child to read for a short time each day. Parents are welcomed into school on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.00am to listen to pupils read. Each year group at St. Peter’s receives class support from other teachers and teaching assistants. During the course of the school year, your child may work with Mrs Sears, Ms. Enright, Mrs Askew, Mr. Wilson, Mrs Elder or Mrs Islam. RE lessons are taught by Mrs O’Connell and Ms Potts supports ICT lessons. If you have any queries concerning your child, please do not come in before school, as this is a very busy time for all staff when they are preparing for the children. If there is anything we need to know immediately could you please communicate with us by letter that morning or leave a message in the office. If your child is going home with another adult at the end of the school day please speak with their teacher (or the school office) that morning. Alternatively, you could send a note in with your child. Please feel free to make an appointment either by letter or in person at 3.15pm. We look forward to meeting you at the October Parents’ Consultation Evening and working with you throughout the year. Mrs Johnson Mrs Norris