Yr 2 What We Are Learning

Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 2

Spring Term 2020

Head Teacher Message
Welcome back to our new Autumn term. On behalf of the staff we would like to welcome you to a new school year and hope that 2019/20 is a good one for our whole school community.
I hope that you have all had the chance to read our really positive Ofsted report from June of last summer. One thing that stood out is how well our children achieve, conduct themselves and really try their very best in all lessons. Something which I’m sure you are just as proud of them as I was and indeed am!!!
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.

John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
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.

Maths
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.

Topic
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 6th January 2020 – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:      Monday 17th February 2020 – Friday 21st February 2020