Yr 2 What We Are Learning

Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 2

Spring Term 2019

Head Teacher Message
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to spring term 2019. The time has flown since children started their new classes in September.
On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Christmas break and hope that 2019 is a good one for our whole school community.

This term we hope to pick up where we left before Christmas with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to the tremendous hard working attitude of them and the dedicated staff team here at school.
Children’s classroom and corridor manners were amazing which created such a lovely atmosphere around school. I was immensely proud of all of the children. In fact I was bursting with pride!!

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely spring sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful spring flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!)

Our teachers have lots of interesting activities planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

We also hope that every effort is made by you for every child to attend school regularly. It is so important for your child’s development that we can’t stress that enough. (96% and above is GOOD attendance)

Here’s to a really positive spring term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

For our main English lessons we will be working in our Read, Write  inc groups, where we will continue to practise our speed sounds. There will be lots of opportunities to practise our levelled reading books (at least three times a week). Reading these books will allow us to apply our decoding skills and also help us build fluency and comprehension. There will also be opportunities to learn new grammar skills, which we can use in our writing.
On an afternoon we will continue to write in our topic sessions. Our afternoon writing will focus on punctuating sentences using capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks and commas. We will also look at extending our sentences using and, but and because. We will write stories, instructions and factual writing, all linked to our topics.

This term we will be looking at place value and using formal written methods for subtraction and addition. We will be applying these methods to solve problems and investigations. We will also be looking at statistics, time and money. The children will be practising their times tables regularly. In year 2 the children are expected to learn their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. Please help your child to answer quick fire questions about these tables.

Our 2 topics this term are ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ and ‘Messy Mixtures’. In the first half term, we will be looking at structures such as  castles, towers, tunnels and bridges and discussing how they can be strengthened and improved.   In science we will be investigating different bridges to see which ones are the strongest.

During the second half of the term, the children will be recreating pieces of art by the artist Carl Warner. They will be using both pictures of food and actual pieces of food. The children will also be creating pieces of art using other media, e.g. marbling and painting with salt. In science we will be learning about what humans and animals need to survive and how to keep healthy.

Safeguarding (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices) Over this term the children will be discussing how to recognise feelings of anger and how to resolve problems with a friend. We will be looking at ways to stay healthy, including healthy meals and exercise. The children will also be learning about the role of medicines in everyday life and staying safe around dangerous liquids.

Dates for your Diary:

Spring Term:                Monday 7th January 2019 – Friday 5th April 2019
Half Term:                   Monday 18th February 2019 – Friday 22nd February 2019
PD Days:                      Friday 25th January 2019, Friday 22nd March 2019
Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 5th February 2019
World Book Day:      
Thursday 7th March 2019