Dear Year 2 and Parents,
We hope you are all safe and well.
Just an update of additional websites you might find useful.
There is no pressure to get all of these activities done everyday, they are just suggestions.
We hope you are enjoying the time you are spending together.
Twinkl Home Learning Hub – New ideas, everyday!
Twinkl is a great educational website offering a range of fun activities and resources. They have launched a new home learning hub, where each day, you’ll find a new set of daily activities to get involved with. Just select the age range of your child, and you’ll find book readings, live lessons, and activities, to help fill your days and offer some much-needed variety. Activities will be listed the day before – giving you enough time to get prepped and set up for the next day’s learning. Don’t worry about recreating school at home. But – if you’re looking for ideas, or a way of adding a bit of routine into your day, you’ll find it here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utmcampaign=newsletter_2020-03-29_GB-
Twinkl is allowing parents to use it for free for a month. Go to: www.twinkl.co.uk/offer.Use the code UKTWINKLHELPS to register for free.
White Rose maths scheme are doing daily lessons with videos and tasks similar to the ones we do in school. There are 5 lessons per week and you can find them by following this link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/
Literacy Shed – Videos which are great for inspiring creative writing:
Rob Biddulph is a bestselling award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. His picture books include Blown Away, GRRRRR! and Odd Dog Out, all published by HarperCollins. He is posting tutorials on how to draw characters from his books.
Art for Kids Hub – A wonderful You tube channel for art activities: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5XMF3Inoi8R9nSI8ChOsdQ
Drama Geezers provide lots of activities which are great for imagination, creativity, listening and speaking. Have fun!
Physical Activities to do at home
Home Learning 1
A suggested COVID Schedule
Stay Healthy at Home
The Public Health Commissioner for Children and Young People in Haringey have generated a leaflet, highlighting key information and ideas for parents, on how to keep children healthy and active at home during these unprecedented times: information_sheet_staying_healthy_at_home
Click on the links below.
Our topic this half term is Sowing and Growing.
This half term we will continue our topic on Thanksgiving. The children will have the opportunity to visit Father Sean at the church where we will find out more about Mass. We will then move on to our topic on Opportunities.
During Lent we will think about ways that we can become better people in preparation for the celebration of Easter. We will think about how each day offers the opportunity to do good and how we can help others.
We will be exploring a variety of writing styles this half term. The children will explore the book, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. They will also do some non-fiction writing about fossils and write poems based on The Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan.
There will be a continued focus on grammar and using the correct language to precisely identify different types of words e.g. noun, adjective, verb and adverb.
We will continue to work on conjunctions (a word that joins two or more phrases together e.g. but, so, because, however).
We will also be learning about the four different types of sentences that there are: statements, questions, commands and exclamations.
The children will be encouraged to use adjectives and ambitious vocabulary in their writing to gradually build up the length and quality of their writing.
There will also be an increased emphasis on the correct and consistent use of punctuation in all of their writing.
Spelling is very important and children will need to be able to spell an increasing range of words with accuracy and consistency. Weekly spellings will continue. See spelling books for further details.
Throughout the week the children will be heard to read individually and in guided reading groups. We will be reading a range of texts – fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They will use their knowledge to work out, predict and check the meanings of unfamiliar words and to make sense of what they have read.
We will continue to develop comprehension skills and work on answering inference and deduction questions.
In our phonics we are revising Phase 6 exploring the use of prefixes and suffixes.
The children will also practise blending for reading and segmenting for spelling.
The sounds that the children will be learning during the week will be sent home on Monday and the children will have a ‘spelling quiz on Friday.
In numeracy, the children will be developing their knowledge of + and -, x and ÷.They will be applying their knowledge of different strategies, for example blank number lines, tens and ones and partitioning and recombining, when solving problems. The children will be encouraged to verbally explain how they got their answers and check their answers using jottings and apparatus.
As scientists we will be exploring the conditions needed for seeds and bulbs to grow. We will be growing cress seeds and making detailed observations, recording observations and drawing conclusions.
We will also think about how temperature affects how seeds grow.
The children will work on algorithms. They will input instructions so that a computer can solve a problem or get something done.
In music the children will play musical instruments and create musical patterns. They will use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
Art and Design
We will be exploring the work of Van Gogh and recreating some of his famous works of art. The children will produce their own version of The Sunflowers.
This half term our PE focus is gymnastics.
In Sycamore Class the children will do PE on Monday and Thursday.
In Lime Class the children will do PE on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The children are expected to read daily.
Spellings are given out on Monday and there is a quiz on Friday.
English and Maths homework is given out on Friday and should be returned on the following Monday.