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Year 2 Learning Overview - Autumn 1 2017
Reading continues to be a priority in Year 2. We are in the process of hearing each child read individually to ensure they are reading books that are suitable for their skill level. We would ask that you hear your child read daily and please record what they have read in their reading records and include any words that they struggle with.
In school we continue to use the rainbow ladder to encourage positive behaviour. Children will be rewarded for reaching the gold star and we encourage you to ask your child why they have received a gold star sticker, their achievement will be related to one of the ‘Keys to Success’. Children whose behaviour causes them to be on the thundercloud will be given a note to take home explaining their behaviour.
We will be continuing to encourage children to develop character attributes, traits and behaviours that we believe underpin success in school and beyond. We call these the ‘keys to unlocking future success’. These are Determination, Curiosity, Community spirit, Respect, Integrity, Self-control, Conscientiousness and Responsibility.
Children will attend a Celebration Assembly every Tuesday morning where two children from each Year Two class will be awarded a Powerful Learner Certificate in honour of showing one of the above attributes.
Children will be practising handwriting daily. They will be continuing to learn how to form their letters using a pre-cursive script, and when they are ready, they will learn to join letters using a cursive script, which they will be encouraged to use in all of their writing.
What are we learning?
This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Wriggle and Crawl, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this.
As Geographers we will learning to follow a simple plan, follow directions and draw a route showing features. We will be using our geographical enquiry skills by asking questions about our local area.
As Scientists we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will understand how different plants and animals are connected in the ecosystem by understanding simple food chains. We will be developing our skills of scientific investigation by asking questions, making observations, performing simple test and recording our findings in all the investigations we carryout.
As Artists we will be showing our ideas and imagination through drawing, painting and sculpture. We will look at the work of a range of well-known artists and designers.
In Literacy will be writing for many different purposes, including; instructions, reviews and developing our vocabulary to write descriptions. We will also be reading, writing and performing poetry.
In Numeracy we will be continuing to build our understanding of number, by Mastering Numbers to 100, Addition and subtraction and begin to understand Multiplication as grouping.
In Computing – we will understand what algorithms are and how they are implemented as programs on digital devices. We will learn to create and debug simple programmes and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. We will also be learning about e-safety.
In Mandarin -we will be revising greetings and classroom language and write their own Chinese labels for their classrooms.
In Philosophy for Children (P4C) – We will be using our thinking skills, asking questions and making assumptions, children will be encouraged to develop opinions and give supporting reasons. We will be using different stimulus’ to encourage thinking, such as stories, songs, poems and pictures.
We will be hosting Half termly Parent Celebrations, where parents will be invited into the classrooms so that children will be able to share their learning. The first parent celebration will be a book sharing on the 20th October.
We will be visiting Marsden Wildlife Centre on 8th September, where we will be exploring the pond life.
We will be participating in a project led by teachers and sixth form students from Alleyn’s School. The first project which will involve Primrose class will be a music project which will support and enhance the children’s learning in this area. This will start week beginning 27.9.17. Buttercup class will participate in their project after half-term, week beginning 13.11.17 which will have a dance focus.
Black History Month will be in October, we will be learning about different cultures, and significant people and events in black history.
We will also be visiting Dulwich Library; each class will visit the library once each half term.
Uniform: Children must be in the correct uniform - grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or shorts; white collared shirt or polo shirt; purple school cardigan or jumper; white or grey socks or grey tights. Girls may also wear a purple and white school dress during the summer months. All items of clothing must be labelled with their name. Hair below shoulder length should be tied back with a purple or black hair band.
P.E. Kit: Please make sure your children have shorts, a plain white t-shirt, plimsolls and socks in a named P.E. bag in school. Buttercup class will have P.E on Tuesday and Friday and Primrose class will have P.E on Tuesday and Thursday. P.E kits will be sent home on Friday and should return to school on Monday.
Children are not allowed to do P.E. without the appropriate kit. Please could you check your child’s kit as children have been doing quite a bit of growing over the holidays.
Reading Books and Reading Records: Please make sure your child’s books and reading records are in their book bags each day. We will change their books twice a week during Guided Reading sessions.
Overview of our home learning: Home learning will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. There will be three pieces weekly (Thinking Question, Literacy and Numeracy).
There will also be one half-termly homework project. This Half Term it is linked to our topic of ‘Wriggle and Crawl’. This will be due into school on the 17th October.
Home learning is a way for your child to show off the learning that they have been doing throughout the week, this is an opportunity for children to present their learning in a way that is appropriate to them. This may include drawing, writing or painting, children can also perform songs, poems or create something using materials from home, encourage children to be imaginative and think about how they would like to present their learning in a way that they are proud of.
Helping in the Classroom - We welcome parents to help and support in classrooms, so please contact us if you are interested in contributing to a variety of activities: from listening to readers, DIY or art activities for example. Please be aware that volunteering places you in a position of trust due to the range of information you have access to about the school community. Therefore, you will be required to sign a confidentiality and privacy agreement before helping out in a classroom. Please contact the school office to complete relevant documentation.