The Busy Bees (Year 2) Miss Askham / Miss Halsey
Welcome to Year 2
We are really looking forward to getting to know your children and learning alongside them. We hope that they will settle quickly and cope with the challenges that Year 2 will bring. We have got an exciting year ahead of us, with many interesting and challenging topics, which we know the children will enjoy.
Topic – Term 1
Wriggle and Crawl
We begin by thinking about ourselves and how to keep healthy. The children design and make their own smoothies and of course taste them, with judges judging in a Strictly Come Dancing style! The discussion around fruit and vegetables will link into life cycles and animals. We also visit St Mary’s Church as we begin to build on our knowledge of Christianity.
Topic - Term 2
Muck, mess and mixtures
In this topic the children begin sewing. They will learn how to create a running stitch and cross stitch to make a book mark. In science, the children will explore a range of materials and their properties in a range of investigations. This is also the term where the children demonstrate their singing and acting talents as they prepare to perform the Christmas Nativity.
Topic – Term 3
In this term we take to the skies! The children explore the history of flight and they make kites and create their own chimeras (mythical flying creature). They listen to The Snowman sound track and discuss how the music makes them feel. We also explore some local history as we learn about Barnes Wallis. RE is an integral part of our Curriculum and we build upon our Christian values by exploring Bible stories.
Topic – Term 4
Town Mouse, Country Mouse
This topic allows us to learn about the world around us by comparing town life to life in the country. We use the Bee Bots to navigate around maps using directional and positional vocabulary. In Art we learn about the artist Slinkachu and we recreate (age appropriate) work of his using digital cameras. In D&T the children have fun making their own balloon cars and test to see whose car can travel the furthest. As part of our Science learning we begin to explore plants and conditions they need for growth.
Topic - Term 5
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets/ Scented Garden
In this topic we look at great towers around the world and focus on the continents and oceans in our world. In art we explore mark making using a range of unusual tools both man made and natural to create interesting pieces of art. We end this term on a Royal note learning about the lives of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. It is also in this term where we begin to learn about Islam. The children learn about the Muslim way of life through a multitude of experiences including art, craft and cooking.
Topic - Term 6
This is where the children trade places with a time, a place and a person. We explore ‘The Great Fire of London’, as an historical event. We get transported to China through our English text ‘The Firework Makers Daughter’ and a person, exploring the lives of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
Curriculum Days / Trips
Term 1 & 2
Visit to St Mary’s Church
Term 3 & 4
Traffic survey (Off school site)
Manor House Forest School (trip)
Local Beach visit
Term 5 & 6
Trip to a castle (TBC)
Great Fire of London experience day (on site)
Your children need to make sure they have their P.E kit in school everyday. Please could you make sure they have a suitable tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E and that EVERYTHING is named.
Busy Bees have PE on a Wednesday.
Earrings must not be worn for PE so please can your child take them out for PE days. Thank you.
Reading at home
There is a continued expectation in Year 2 that children read at least 5 times a week to an adult, regardless of their ability or stage. We ask that once you have heard your child read you sign their reading diary, noting the page read up to. We also encourage wider reading than just school books, please encourage them to read any text that interests them. Going to the library together is a fun way to share new books with your child.
Busters Book Club
We expect children to read every day but we take a data capture every Thursday morning to see who has read the night before and for how long. Children in Year 2 should read for at least 15 minutes on a Wednesday evening. This data gets recorded on the Busters Book Club bookmark and teachers use this information to award bronze, silver and gold badges to ‘Star Reader of the Week’. The class with the most minutes read or most improved reading will be awarded the trophy in school Celebration Worship.
Times Table Rockstars
Using your login please encourage your child to practise their times tables. This is an excellent App you can use to promote learning. Certificates are awarded to children who complete the challenges set. This will really help your children prepare for their times table statutory tests in Year 4.
In Year 2 we expect the children to read every night. They will also receive weekly Maths Challenges and some phonic/writing challenges too. After Christmas, weekly homework will be sent home. This will be either Maths or Reading Comprehension. It will be given on a Friday and needs to be handed in the following week before Friday. On occasions, there may be a small project based on a topic within school to broaden the children’s knowledge and understanding. They will also be given the list of High Frequency Words, for the children to learn to read and write.
Year 2 is also when the children take their statutory SATs tests in May. Please look out for the Parent Information and Phonics/SATs session dates that will be on the diary so that you can find out all you need about expectations for your child in Year 2. It is so important you attend these sessions to explain what is expected of the children and how you can support at home. As the Year 1 phonics screening check could not take place this year, Year 2 are expected to complete this in Term 2 this year. It is important children have a good grasp of phonics to support them with their reading.
We are looking forward to a busy but fun year with your children! Any questions I am always happy to speak to you at the end of the day or if you would like a longer meeting, please arrange a time with the office.