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Summer Term

Religious Education

Our school uses the Come and See Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme. This term, we will be studying three topics: Spread the Word (Pentecost), Rules and Treasure.

 

English

In the first half term, we will be writing a non-chronological report about the life and art of Pablo Picasso and a diary entry from the point of view of Florence Nightingale. In the second half term, we will be writing a traditional tale based on the story, Dinner of the Lion. We will also be writing non-chronological reports about plant habitats and kenning poems about animals.

 

Maths

This term, we will be continuing to consolidate the children’s understanding of calculation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), fractions, shape, statistics and measurement (including time). Under the New Curriculum, the expectation is that children in Year 2 are able to write numbers to 100 in words and figures and to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. They also need to be able to recall quickly their number pairs to 10 and 20 (e.g. “2 and 3 make 5”; “18 is 7 and 11”). Spending 15 minutes a day practising these key number facts with your child will support them to make more rapid progress at school.

 

IPC

Our school uses the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) for topic work. IPC includes science, history, geography, art and design technology. Our topic for the first half term is ‘People of the Past’. We will be learning about two important figures from world history: the artist Pablo Picasso and the nurse Florence Nightingale. In the second half term, our topic is ‘Earth – Our Home’. We will be exploring living things and their habitats. We will also making sculptures about important local people and low relief pictures about world habitats.

 

Computing

In computing, we will be making graphs, presentations and formatting Word documents. We will also be creating Presentations using pictures and sound and using recording equipment to make our own sound and video files.

 

Music

The children will have a weekly music lesson with our specialist music teacher. They will be learning to use their voices correctly to sing songs, experimenting with instruments and composing their own music.

 

Physical Education

The children will have PE lessons twice a week this year. These will usually take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays but the children must have their PE kits in school at all times. This is because we sometimes need to move the timetable around at short notice to allow for special events and assemblies and because the children sometimes need to change into their PE kits if their uniform becomes wet or soiled.

 

Other important information...

Homework

We have devised grids of English, maths and other activities linked to our IPC topics for this term. The activities are designed to encourage the children to carry out independent research and to develop higher order thinking skills. All children are expected to have completed enough activities to have earned at least 15 homework points by the deadlines on the grids. We will also send homework designed to increase your child's confidence with the sorts of questions on the SATs papers. Please also continue to practice the spelling words on the Year 2 list sent home at the start of the year. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you need a replacement list.

 

Home Reading

It is extremely important that children read with a parent/carer for at least 15 minutes every day. Please encourage your child to read widely - websites, blogs, newspapers and information books as well as story books – and for pleasure! Children who regularly practise their word recognition and comprehension skills at home make much more rapid progress in all subjects at school. We would be grateful if you would sign your child’s reading record at least once a week.We do check this and keep a record of reading records that are not brought to school or signed regularly. Library and home reading books are changed weekly on the following days: Thursday (2C and 2T) and Friday (2D). Please ensure your child brings his/her books on these days so that we can provide them with fresh reading material.

 

Dates for your diary

Class assemblies

2C – Wednesday 14th June 2017, 9 am

2D – Wednesday 21st June 2017, 9 am

2T – Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 9 am

 

Trip

Visit to the Florence Nightingale Museum

2C: Tuesday 2nd May 2017

2T: Wednesday 3rd May 2017

2D: Friday 5th May 2017

All Year 2 classes visit to London Zoo – Monday 17th July 2017

 

Parent Consultations

Parent consultations (to meet new Year 3 teachers): Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July 2017

 

Uniform

* Full PE kit, including plimsolls, must be in school at all times.

* Please ensure all clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

* Please see our website or ask the office for a complete list of acceptable

   uniform.

 

Can you help?

We are always delighted for parents to be involved in the learning taking place at school. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you think you would be able to help with any aspect of our learning, for example, by facilitating a trip, giving a presentation or arranging a speaker. Trips can only take place if we have enough adults to accompany us so please do inform the office if you are available to help us with one of our forthcoming trips. Many thanks for your continued support.

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