Year 2

Beech Grove Primary School
Year 2
Autumn Term 2023

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 2023/2024 is just as awesome as last year. It was brilliant to see our whole school community trying their very best for our children to try and reach their maximum potential. I am positive this year will be exactly the same.
Once again, I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous efforts you went to during this period. We should, as a school community be really proud of the way we (as we always do) stuck together and supported one another.

I hope that you have all had the chance to relax and recharge your batteries during the summer holidays. It is so important that our children attend regularly in order to continue to make the brilliant progress that they made last academic year. I’m positive with your continued support, our excellent teaching and well-planned curriculum and interventions, our children will continue to achieve well and try their very best in all lessons.

I continue to be amazed and am so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Autumn term. The children’s  continued resilience and adaptability is absolutely outstanding.
As always, 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. Reading is the key to EVERYTHING and unlocking the children’s true potential! Please, please, please x10000000 encourage them as much as you can with their reading at home. It is greatly appreciated.

John Dixon

Our work for this term

We will be working at our individual levels in our new Read, Write Inc. groups every morning. Back in our classes, we will be learning how to use adjectives to make our writing more interesting and how to punctuate sentences using capital letters, full stops, commas question marks and exclamation marks. We will be writing poems and stories about pirates and information texts about Captain Cook. In the second half term we will be writing recounts. We will be using, ‘Talk Through Stories’ to learn lots of new vocabulary.

We will be doing lots of work on place value and number this term. We will start by learning to recognise the place value of each digit in a 2digit number. We will be using words such as tens, ones, value and represent. Then we will move onto solving addition and subtraction calculations, using known number bonds. In Autumn 2 we will be learning to multiply using repeated addition and learning to share and group to solve division calculations. Throughout the term we will be counting on and back in 1s, 2s, 5s ,10s and 3s. We will continue to do Rapid Recall each week and in Y2 we will also complete a times table rapid recall each week. Please try to help us by listening to us count and helping us with our rapid recall.

Our topics this term will be ‘Land Ahoy’ and ‘Street Detectives’.
In our ‘Land Ahoy’ topic we will be learning about the continents and oceans, the countries of the UK and comparing Bondi Beach in Australia with Runswick Bay in England. In our History lessons we will be learning about Captain Cook. During this topic, we will be creating some amazing Aboriginal art.
In Street Detectives we will be learning about our local area, looking at aerial photographs of our streets and discussing the physical and human features of our local area. In History we will be learning about how toys have changed over the last 80 years. In science we will be learning about materials, their properties and uses.

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
During this term we will be highlighting the importance of keeping safe when using the internet, both at school and at home. We will also be reminding children of the importance of being safe in our local area. As part of our relationship lessons, we will be following the Jigsaw topic ‘Being Me in My World’.

Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term:
          Monday 4th September 2023 – Friday 22nd December 2023
Half Term:
                Monday 30th October 2023 – Friday 3rd November 2023