Year 2

Beech Grove Primary School
Year 2
Summer Term 2022

Head Teacher Message
Happy sun shine days everyone and welcome to summer term 2022. The time has raced by since the children started the new calendar year in January with lots of Covid related absences along the way for both staff and children! The spring term was certainly a challenging period indeed for the school in that respect. However, in true Beech Grove fashion we all stuck together as one big family and got through these trying months. As we’ve always said. Together we can get through anything!

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Easter break and hope that summer term 2022 is a good one for our whole school community.

As Head teacher of your school, I continue to be so proud of all of the children and the way they have started back since returning in September 2021. Their resilience and adaptability remain outstanding.

This term we hope to pick up where we left off before Easter with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to the tremendous hard-working attitude of themselves and the dedicated staff team here at school.

Children’s classroom and corridor manners continue to be amazing which maintains a lovely atmosphere around school. To see the children demonstrating all of those essential ‘Next door neighbour’ qualities of respect, tolerance and kindness on a daily basis is a heart-warming thing to see and brightens up my day. What kind and caring children we have in school. I couldn’t be any prouder of our Beech Grove Family.

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely summer sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful summer flowers for us all to enjoy. Especially when it comes to our summer attendance reward ice-cream and ice lolly parties!!

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 conversations, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

Please, please, please x10000 keep encouraging your child to read at home. Reading is the key to everything!

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. We can’t stress this enough.
Especially as the children lost so much formal education time during covid. (96% and above is GOOD attendance).
Don’t forget those children who have a 95% and above attendance in school for the term get an invite to their key stage’s attendance parties. This term its ice cream treats and ice lollies in the secret garden. Please help your child achieve this reward.

Here’s to a really positive Summer term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
We will continue to work in our Read, Write Inc groups on a morning. During the first half of the term our topic reading and writing will be based upon ‘The Greedy Bee’ story. We will also be writing a recount of our trip to the farm.  During the second half of the term we will be learning all about Non – Fiction texts. We will be using contents and index pages to help us research lots of facts for our Beach Combers topic. Then we shall use all this great research to help us write Non-chronological reports. Our spellings this term will be taken from the year 2 National curriculum common exception and rules list (Please see your child’s class teacher if you would like a copy of this.)

Maths
During the first half term, we will be learning all about statistics. This will involve making and interpreting tally charts, bar graphs and pictograms. We will then complete a unit on time, where we will be learning to tell the time to 5-minute intervals, working out problems involving time and learning key facts e.g. 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day.  In the second half of the term, we will start with a unit on capacity. We will be estimating, measuring and problem solving using a range of containers. This will be followed with a unit on position and direction. In this unit, we will be using vocabulary such as clockwise / anticlockwise, full turn, half turn, left and right. We will also continue to work on recalling multiplication and division facts. Please keep practising the X2, X5 and X10 tables at home as this will really help your child.

Topic
Our topic for the first half term is called, The Scented Garden. During this topic we will become plant experts. We will be growing a variety of plants from seeds and bulbs. We will spend lots of time in our school grounds learning about plants in their habitats. We will also be doing lots of artwork using different art mediums and techniques to create pieces of artwork based on flowers.
Our topic for the second half term will be Beachcombers, which will involve us spending our time researching and learning all about the creatures that you can find at the seaside. We will be using secondary sources such as books and the internet to help us learn many interesting facts and we will even create and make our own imaginary seaside creatures. We will be learning about seaside holidays past and present.

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
We will teach children about the importance of staying safe in the sun. We will also be discussing how to keep safe at the seaside and what to do in an emergency.

Dates for your Diary
Summer Term:              Monday 25th April 2022 – Monday 25th July 2022
Half Term:                     Monday 30th May 2022 – Friday 3rd June 2022
May Day Bank Holiday: Monday 2nd May 2022