We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Christmas break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the spring term.
The spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 2. In English, we will continue to concentrate on grammar, punctuation and spelling every day, through discrete lessons and as part of our daily English lessons. Children will have the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts including recounts, stories and reports.
In Maths, we will continue to focus on methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Throughout the term, children will secure their knowledge of number place value and will practise their arithmetic skills regularly. Please help your child continue to learn their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100, as well as timetables as these are extremely important skills.
In Science, we will be studying ‘Living things and their habitats’ and children will have the opportunity to visit West Midlands Safari Park to learn more about living things.
Foundation subjects will continue to be taught as part of a thematic approach, which means that children’s learning will follow a theme. Children will be able to make connections between areas of learning and consolidate their skills. During the spring term year 2’s topic theme will be ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. Children will be learning about hot and cold rainforests around the world and exploring animals habitats within these places. Children will have the opportunity to explore tribes, looking at their way of life in the past and present. As part of their DT and Art learning this term, children will also be designing and making their own jungle mosaic and creating their own jungle painting in the style of the artist Henri Rousseau.
Class 7’s PE lessons are Thursday and Friday
Class 8’s PE lessons are Monday and Wednesday
Class 9’s PE lessons are Wednesday and Friday
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. Should you wish, PE kit and water bottles can be purchased from the school office. Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
Children in Year 2 receive regular homework. Spellings will be given out on Friday and tested on the following Friday. In addition to weekly phonics based spellings, children will also be taught ‘whole class’ spelling patterns. These spellings will not be tested formally, but will be practised every day in class.
Children are still expected to complete their reading comprehension homework and questions are usually found inside the front cover of their reading book. Children should complete at least one comprehension per week. Additional creative homework (purple book) will also be given out throughout the year.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
H. Knowles K.Perry/A.Kaur N. Di Bernardo
Class 7 Class 8 Class 9
Year 2 children became jungle campmates for the day to kick start our topic 'Rumble in the Jungle.'
Children had to take part in 6 'bushtucker' trials:
- rescuing the animals from the swamp.
- an eating challenge
- puzzle animal
- designing a jungle badge
- obstacle course
- drawing jungle animals
Year 2 have had a lovely day at West Midlands Safari Park and children thoroughly enjoyed their experience. We saw lots of different wild animals and even had the opportunity to hold some of the smaller creatures. Snowy the snake was definitely our favourite creature to touch.
We cheered for Callum the sea-lion and enjoyed watching all of his tricks. We couldn’t believe how clever he was.
Year 2 have had a bostin’ day at the Black Country Museum. Children have had the chance to ride on transport from the past, watch a black and white Laurel and Hardy film and experienced what life would have been like for a Victorian child. Children were a credit to Elston Hall and impressed the tour guides with their manners and enthusiasm.