Yr 2 What We Are Learning

Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 2

Spring Term 2018

Head Teacher’s Message
Welcome back to our new spring term. On behalf of the staff we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2018 is a good one for our whole school community.
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.

Sheila Hauxwell
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, questions, exclamations 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 topic.

This term we will be looking at place value an using formal written methods for subtraction and addition. We will also be applying these methods to solve problems and investigations. Towards the end of the half term we will be looking at statistics. 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 too.

Our topics this term are ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ and ‘Messy Mixtures’. In the first half term, in ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ we will be looking at castles from different periods of time. The children will also be writing about famous towers. In science we will be examining 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 using pictures of food and actual pieces of food. The children will also be creating different pieces of art using different media, e.g. marbling, painting with salt. In science we will be learning about what animals need to survive.

Safeguarding (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
Over this half term the children will be discussing how to set goals and work towards them so that they are achievable and celebrating their achievements. In second half term we will also 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 safety of dangerous liquids.

Dates for your Diary:

Spring Term:                       Monday 8th January 2018 – Thursday 29th March 2018
Half Term Holiday:            Monday 12th February 2018 – Friday 16th February 2018
Professional Development Day: Friday 9th March 2018