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YR2 - Learning Overview Summer 2 2017

What are we learning?

This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Beachcombers’ and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this:

As Scientists, we will be thinking about what would make a good home for a hermit crab. We will explore different habitats and see how creatures are suited to where they live.

As Artists, Designers and Technologists, we will be starting to design some relief prints to create a class printing project.

As Geographers, we will be discovering and comparing seaside locations in and outside of Europe. We will be considering the human and physical geography of these locations, and trying to think about what makes them different.

As Information Technologists, we will be starting to learn about coding and debugging programs on a computer or iPad.

As we will also be moving to Year 3 in September, we will also be working on transition activities, such as writing to our new teacher and explaining to the younger children how fantastic it is in Year 2.

In addition:

In English, we will be researching and writing all about issues that affect the seaside. As well as continuing our story writing, we will also be learning about how to write persuasive letters, such as one to Greenpeace, and writing all about our favourite things that have happened in Year 2, to coincide with our transition work.

In Maths, we will be consolidating all of our learning from the year – time, measuring, fractions, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. We will be delving more into mathematical problem solving which will require us to bring together all of our learning.

In Mandarin, we will continue to broaden our vocabulary and extending some of learning from earlier in the year on hobbies and animals. Some of our activities will include a visit to the cinema (please see below for details) and making banners for Sports Day!

In Philosophy for Children (P4C), we will continue to develop our thinking skills by asking questions and making assumptions. We will be making choices based on our opinions, and respectfully listening to and responding to others.

In Music, we will continue to develop our musical skills using percussion instruments, body percussion and our voices. Please ensure your child brings in their recorder every Wednesday.

In RE, we will be learning about the similarities and comparisons between Christianity and Islam.

 

Key information:

Uniform:  Please ensure your child is in the correct uniform and that all items are labelled with their name.

PE Kit: PE is on Wednesday and Friday; please ensure your child’s kit is brought in on Monday and it will be returned to you on Friday to wash at home. Please ensure that each item is labelled with your child’s name.

Reading Books, Records and Targets: Children read daily in school; please make sure your child’s book, reading record (yellow book) and targets are in their bags each day. Please read with your child daily and make a short comment in their reading record.

Spelling Books and Practise: Please continue to revise the words covered in the red spelling logbooks each week, alongside the Common Exception Words for Year 2. It is really important that the children have their logbooks every day; please encourage your child to organise themselves to bring these in.

Overview of our home learning: Home learning is handed out weekly on a Thursday, along with Maths Challenges every other week, and should be returned on a Tuesday. If there are any difficulties with home learning, please see your child’s class teacher.

Thank you for all the wonderful home learning projects we have seen this year. Whatever the size or format, we really do love sharing them with the class. It has been great to see some children even making them in Early Bloomers! We will collect and share projects on week commencing Monday 17th July. Our topic this half term is ‘Beachcombers’, so think seaside microhabitats, seashell patterns, natural sculptures and recounts and reports on seaside towns and visits.