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St. Michael & St. Martin

Catholic Primary School

Learning our faith, living our faith, loving our faith

Year 2

The teachers in Year 2 are:
Miss Oakes (2O)

Miss Zielinko (2E)

 

Also working in Year 2 are Mrs Ackary and Ms MsGrath

 

Welcome to the Year 2 class page!

The children have been working extremely hard throughout the year and will be encouraged to keep this up into their final term of Year 2. Summer will be a busy term and we would like to maintain the outstanding efforts and progress the children have already made.

 

Religious Education

Our topic this half term is called From Easter to Pentecost. We will begin by looking at the Easter story, with a focus on Luke’s account of Jesus’ resurrection (Luke 24). We will be retelling the story of Jesus’ resurrection and linking it to ‘bridge’ people and how they have spread the Good News of Jesus. We will then follow this with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. We will explore the vocabulary used in the scripture and think about how the Holy Spirit can help us to be better people.

In Summer 2, our will be Discipleship. We are learning about how the disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, were able to do the work of Jesus and what we can do to spread this message.

 

English

We will begin with a story called The Weslandia. We will then look at a fiction story called ‘The Hodgeheg’. We will write instructions on how to cross the road safely and we will also look at writing non-chronological reports about hedgehogs. We will continue to explore the story through role-plays, hot seating and writing in role. They will be looking at the author Anthony Browne and comparing some of his books before writing a book review on their favourite. 

In Summer 2, we will look at the stories Meerkat Mail and One Plastic Bag. We will write our own innovative stories and write recounts and postcards in role. We will aslo look at the non-fiction book One day on our Blue Planet: In the Savannah. We will write a Haiku poem inspired by the Savannah.

Please continue to spend time at home reading with your child every night as our school mission is to empower our children to love and appreciate reading for life.

 

Maths

Time is our first topic we will cover in Maths. We will first recap o’clock and half past, before moving on to quarter past and quarter to. By the end of the year, the children will be telling the time to 5 minute intervals. Enabling your child to wear an analogue clock to school is permitted to help them with this concept. 

After that, we will be learning about position and direction, length and height, time and mass, capacity and temperature. Children will be using different metric units to measure like metres and centimetres, and grams and kilograms. 

We will also use this term to consolidate key topics involving number and place value - the four operations mainly. Please continue to help your child learn their times tables and related division facts – recalling these quickly is an important skill that will really help them with maths! 

 

History

In History we will be looking at significant people and what makes them significant. We will study Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart, and discover how their accomplishments have impacted our society. They will be able to answer questions about them and recognise that information comes from different sources. They will also accurately order the events they have learnt about, creating a timeline to demonstrate their understanding.

 

Geography

Our topic for the next few weeks will be “What’s in a Region?” and through this topic we will be exploring the country of Ghana. Children will look at map reading, locating the country on a world map and comparing life in Ghana to their own lives here in the United Kingdom. The children will have opportunities to learn about traditions and lifestyles in Ghana and be able to complete a range of cross-curricular activities to scaffold their understanding of the topic.


 

Science

In Summer 1, the children will explore Plants. The children will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. They will also find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

 

In Summer 2, students will explore Living Things and Their Habitats. The children will discover and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. They will also describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

 

Expectations

As is the case throughout the school, we expect and encourage all children to adhere to the high standards of behaviour both in class and on the playground.

The children in Year 2 will continue to follow the set of Golden Rules that they created in Autumn 2. The children have all agreed to follow these rules with the understanding that doing so will create a happy learning environment that will help their learning.

Working together with parents and guardians plays a big part in establishing good relationships and standards of behaviour.

 

General Reminders

  • Book bags will go home on Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school on Thursday and Monday.
  • Homework is set every Friday and must be completed and returned on the Thursday. RE homework is set on Friday and are due in on Monday unless stated otherwise. We really appreciate your support when helping children with homework. The task set is related to what we have covered in class that week and provides a chance for them to consolidate their learning. 
  • Spellings are set and tested every Friday. 
  • PE takes place every Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child comes to school in their full PE kit.
  • Please ensure that your child brings in a named bottle of water every day.

 

 

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