Year 2

Beech Grove Primary School
Year 2
Autumn Term 2021

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 2021/2022 is a good one for our whole school community and we can finally get back to normality, whilst still being extremely aware of how to keep ‘Covid safe’.
Once again, I cannot thankyou enough for the tremendous home-schooling efforts you went to during the nation’s second Covid19 lockdown last academic year. The school cannot thankyou enough for this! Without you, our children would’ve fallen even further behind with their progress and attainment.
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 now attend regularly in order to catch up the months of formal education that they have missed. I’m positive with your continued support, our excellent teaching and well-planned catch-up curriculum, our children will continue to achieve well and try their very best in all lessons.
I still firmly believe that we will one day look back on this period in time with immense pride of how well the children of Beech Grove did. I continue to be so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Autumn term. Their 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/phone calls, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school. Reading is the key to everything! Please, please, please encourage them as much as you can with their reading at home. It’s greatly appreciated.

John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
We will all 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 (describing words) 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 Grace Darling and Captain Cook. In the second half term we will be writing recounts.

Maths
We will be doing lots of work on place value and number this term. We will be counting on and back in 1s, 2s, 5s ,10s and 3s. Then solving addition and subtraction calculations, by counting on/back and by using number lines. We will be learning to multiply using repeated addition. We will be learning to share and group to solve division calculations.

Topic
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, Captain Cook, Australia and Living/Non – Living animals in science. 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 the physical and human features of our local area. We will be learning about what it was like to live in our local area in the past. 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
Summer Term:  Friday 3rd September 2021 – Friday 17th December 2021
Half Term:         Monday 25th October2021 – Friday 29th October 2021