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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 2

Spring Term

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful Christmas. We would like to send out our thank you for our generous Christmas gifts, it really was very thoughtful.

Topic

This term our Geography topic is ‘Wild Africa’. We will revise our locational Geography knowledge and explore the countries of Africa in detail using an atlas. We will also examine and compare the similarities and differences between the Maasai people of East Africa and our own daily life.

We will explore the climate of Africa in relation to the Equator and will compare seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and Kenya. We will link our Science and Topic work through the study of ‘Safari’ and game reserves, as well as looking at animal habitats and their adaptations. We will also link in our PSHE topics by discussing the importance of the UK charity ‘Water Aid’.

English

In our English lessons we will be studying ‘The Bog Baby’ by Jeanne Willis and ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ by Andrea Beaty. We will be focusing on producing writing that demonstrates a control of tense, sentence types and structure as well as including extended sentences using co-ordination and sub-ordinating conjunctions.

SPaG: English skills lessons will also develop our understanding of the concept of the possessive (singular) apostrophe, begin the use of adverbs, apply a selection of suffixes such as –ful, -less, -ness and-er and independently use commas correctly for a list.

Mathematics

This term will largely focus around Multiplication and Division including developing the understanding of how to use equal groups, repeated addition and arrays to support both concepts. We will also discuss the commutative nature of the multiplication of two numbers. We will then develop our understanding of fractions and link this knowledge to the measurement of time.

Science

Our topic this term is ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. We will be exploring the processes of living things and the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. We will examine our outdoor environment to identify a variety of plants and animals in their habitats before using the idea of a simple food chain to identify key vocabulary such as producer, consumer, predator and prey. This topic will closely link to our ‘Wild Africa’ topic where we will examine the Savannah, East Africa’s tropical rainforests, jungle and the open grasslands.

RE

In our Religious Education lessons during Autumn term we reflected on ‘The Christmas Story’ and what the visit of the magi tell Christians about Jesus. In Spring term we will be reflecting on our school values - Respect, Perseverance, Service, Compassion and Creation. We will also be learning stories from the Bible and will learn what Jesus taught about God.

To support our mental wellbeing we will be using 'My Happy Mind'. Every week we will complete a module and record our reflections in our 'My Happy Mind' journals. We will use techniques such as 'Happy Breathing' to support our wellbeing.

P.E and Forest School

The children will be taught PE every Thursday afternoon and Forest School every other Friday morning. It is important that your child has a fully labelled PE kit in school and wears appropriate water-proof clothing and footwear for Forest School. Mr Ellinson is more than happy for volunteers – please speak to the office if you would like to take part.

Homework

Homework will continue to be set on a Friday and it is due to be returned the following Tuesday. Spellings to practice can be found on the Year 2 page on the school website. A spelling test will be taken every Wednesday.

Reading

Please bring in your reading diaries in everyday. Reading diaries are checked on a regular basis and are also used to support teacher assessment with regards to reading.

Drop-in

Just a reminder that if you cannot make Drop-In on a Monday after school 3-15 to 3-45pm and you wish to talk to me then please leave a message with the school office and I will get back to you.

Thank you,

Miss Bell

 


spring 2020.pdf (PDF 391.5KB)
Guidelines for spelling, year 2, including word lists.pdf (PDF 65.9KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 2.pdf (PDF 64.5KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 2.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)