Summer Term – How does your garden grow?
Summer is here and the grass is green, and the plants are blooming! The drive for this term is focusing on Science and plants. Within Science, the children will recap their understanding of animals including humans and begin to develop their understanding of the structure of a plant and what they need to survive. We will perform experiments with plants to see what happens to them over periods of time. The children will learn about habitats and how different animals have adapted to suit the environment they live in.
English will focus on traditional tales. The children will read a range of different stories looking at the features, similarities, differences, language and the structure of these stories. Later on in the term, they will begin to plan and write their own traditional tale. To immerse the children in this, please enjoy reading a range of traditional tales at home. Reading a variety of different versions and discussing their differences will help the children understand how to adapt an original text and create their own version.
Using a range of art media, the children will develop their artistic skills by sketching and printing. They will design, make and evaluate a product linking to our topic. For this, we will use sewing techniques and printing to help with the manufacturing process. In Geography we will look at where we live and compare this to other villages across the globe. The children will discuss and describe seasonal weather and how they change not only here in the UK but in other parts of the world. They will learn about maps and human and physical features.
Year 2 information
Please find below the key information about Year 2 this year. Year 2 is taught by Miss Holdford and supported by Mr Messenger.
Please can I ask that you ensure all your child’s clothing is clearly named. Having them clearly named helps us to ensure pieces do not go missing. It will also help any other parents to return items, in the event of their child taking home another person’s belongings.
As before, our spelling lists will be given out, every Friday, via this page and can be found at the bottom. We will then complete our spelling test on the following Friday. To help you track your child’s score, the children now have a table in the back of their learning logs where I will record their mark. The learning logs will continue to go home every other week for you to see their marks.
I will upload one set of spellings for the class. If I would like your child to practise a different set, I will contact you via email to inform you of this.
Please encourage your child to put the words into sentences so they begin to understand definitions and context. This should aid their long-term recall of the spelling rule. It’s very common to find that the children are able to spell the set of words during their tests and whilst practising but if they are not spelling them correctly in a piece of writing, then the spellings are not embedded. Therefore, it is vital to practise them in many ways to help them retain them. I have attached a spelling document with suggestions to the bottom of this page.
In phonics, we assess the children and group them according to their phonics knowledge. We will be following Phase 5 and 6 from Letters and Sounds which will combine phonics, reading and spelling rules.
Your child will choose two reading books every Friday to bring home. They will have these books for a week and can choose new ones on the following Friday. When the reading books come back into school, they will be ‘quarantined’ before they are put back into the system.
Please can I ask that all books are returned to school so we can send new ones home with your child. The children will not bring new books home unless they have returned the ones they had.
We also have online access to reading books via the Oxford Owl website. Please get in contact with me if you do not know the login details.
We would be grateful if you could read with your child as much as possible. This continues to be extremely important and will support all aspects of their learning.
Learning Logs and MyMaths
Homework will alternate between a learning log task and MyMaths. Your child will bring their learning log home every other week and during the week they do not, they will have MyMaths tasks. This means that we can ‘quarantine’ the learning logs for at least 72 hours before we look at them and then send them home again.
The learning logs are used at home but still follow the expectations of work completed within the classroom. Your child should use a pencil to write with and their work should be completed neatly and carefully. We want the children to feel proud of the work they do at home.
All homework will go home on a Friday and will need to be completed by the following Friday.
PE kits need to come into school on a Monday and will be sent home on a Friday to be washed. PE is taught by our sports coach, Mr Messenger, and our PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Summer term.
Please ensure all clothing is clearly named. In KS1 we often have items of clothing that go missing; having clearly named items makes it a lot easier for us to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
Unfortunately, Year 2 will not go swimming this year, but they will have the opportunity to go in Year 3.
Assessment in Year 2
At the end of Key Stage 1 the children normally sit their SATs to benchmark where they are, ready for entering the Key Stage 2 phase of their education. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government have removed the formal assessment process of SATs in Key Stage 1 this academic year.
The assessment of your child at the end of Key Stage 1 will be based on teacher judgement, as it was before, considering the work your child produces within the classroom throughout the year. As well as carrying out our routine assessment procedures throughout the year, past SATs papers may be used in the Summer term to aid the teacher’s judgement.
Thank you for your continuing support,