Welcome to Year 2!
In Year 2 we have two classes - Williams and Honeycrisp Class.
In Honeycrisp class the teacher is Miss Amor (Mrs Hilden is on maternity leave!) and the teaching assistants are Mrs Ellis (Mornings) and Miss Ford (Afternoons).
In Williams class the teacher is Mrs Burns and the teaching assistant is Mrs Wilson (all day) and Miss Ford (Afternoons).
Our topic this term is 'Holidays'. We will have a History focus and learn about the differences between holidays now and in the past. How have holidays changed in the last hundred years? Are there any grandparents who might like to visit and share their memories of holidays when they were young?
This term our topic for Science is Minibeasts. We will learning about different minibeasts, their habitats and food chains.
We are very excited to be going on a trip to Tyland Barn on Monday 1st July.
In English we will be continuing to learn about different types of writing including writing postcards. We will be looking at the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' as a starting point to write the diary of a very hungry caterpillar and also writing letters to our new teachers to introduce ourselves, in preparation for Year 3.
In Maths our focus will be further work on measurement and capacity. Are there any practical activities at home that your child could help you with to use mathematical skills? Maybe they could help make a cake or measure some objects at home and find out how tall they are? We will also be consolidating learning in Year 2.
In Art we will be exploring and making sculpture and using the works of Andy Goldsworthy and Henry Moore for inspiration.
We will be having athletics outdoors and dance indoors.
The children will be ready for lots of fun at Sports Day on Wednesday 19th June, weather permitting!
Term 5 - Africa
This term we will be finding out about Africa. Where is it and what are the key features of Kenya? What is life like in Kenya and how does it compare with our life in England and at Barming Primary School? Following on from the enjoyment that the children had in finding out about penguins and hedgehogs, what can we find out about the animals that live in Africa? In art, we will create our own pots, decorating them with patterns influenced by the patterns found in Africa.
In Science we will be reading The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle, as we learn what a seed needs to grow. Do all plants grow from seeds? Also, what do they need to grow into healthy plants?
In English we will be exploring African folk tales, including Anansi the Spider, retelling the story and creating our own. Do you know any African folk tales that you could share? We will also continue to work on our spellings and handwriting.
In Maths we will be working on measurements, first on telling the time to O'Clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to, before telling the time to five minutes. We will then be working on length, both measuring and drawing lines.
In computing we will be looking at creating pictures inspired by artists like Monet, Seurat and Piet Mondrian.
Tennis will continue this term and we will also be working on a block on fitness.
We are all looking forward to a wonderful term full of colour and fun as we explore Africa.
Check your Times Tables knowledge...
Term 4 Our Local Area - Where we live.
We will be looking at the area around the school and finding out about the features of Barming. We will go for a walk near the school to see what we can find out about Barming, which will also include road safety. Have a look at the photos below with your child. Does your child know what the local buildings are and what they are used for? What do they like about Barming? What would they like the area to have if they could choose something new?
In English, we will be researching and writing about hedgehogs. We'll be writing instructions and making sure children know the difference between a question, command, statement and exclamation. Can your child give you a command?! Our focus will be ensuring that children are spelling Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words and writing with good presentation, ensuring they form and join letters correctly.
You can practise reading and spelling the Year 1 and Year 2 Common Exception Words (see below). Please also continue to share books and hear your child read at home.
In Maths this term, we are learning about shape, fractions and number calculations. Can your child recognise half of an amount? Do they know what the 'whole' cake means? Please continue to use the Time Tables rock stars at home to help your child to understand all aspects of our Maths learning.