Fire & Ice
Welcome to Year 2
Welcome to Year Two! We hope you all had a relaxing break and that the children are ready for a brand new term of learning.
English & Cross Curricular Learning
This term Year 2 will be learning all about ‘Fire and Ice’. We will be learning all about the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys. After half term, work will have a geography focus when we will look at the Arctic and Antarctica. Linked to this will be our Science work on habitats and the animals that live in the colder climates. Our texts in English will also be based on themes of ‘Fire and Ice’. Through the inspiration of these texts, the children will learn to write in different genres whilst studying the books as we develop their reading, writing and grammar skills.We will continue with spellings in the same way this term, which again will be based on the sounds or tricky words learnt in their phonics sessions that week.
This term, we will be using a new Maths scheme ‘Abacus’ which is being rolled out across the school. With this new scheme, children will continue to consolidate their knowledge of the key areas of maths; - number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measures, shapes, statistics and position and direction.
The Big Little Sing
This term, the children are being given the opportunity to take part in the ‘Little Big Sing’ which has been organised by the West Sussex Music Service in association with the Sing Up website to encourage children’s enjoyment of music. This is a new event for Key Stage 1 children, so Year 2 are Blackwell pioneers!
On Monday the 4th March, the children will go to Escots Primary School, along with other participating local schools, and perform a number of songs (with the other schools) as part of a big primary choir.
They will also have the opportunity to perform a song to the other schools.
Out of Lesson Learning
The children will continue to be given Out of Lesson Learning (OLL) on Mondays which will be due in the following Monday. Maths and Literacy will be set on alternate weeks with instructions provided about which page(s) to complete. These will link with the learning that the children are doing in class, thus helping them to consolidate their work. Therefore, the children should complete the specified pages only. We ask that OLL be completed in pencil, as this is what the children are used to at school and it helps to keep their work neat.
We would like the children to continue learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as the corresponding division facts that go with them as this is an end of Year 2 expectation. The mental Maths tests completed by the children on a Friday will also continue to be sent home with the children in order for you to review their progress and work on areas of weakness.
Spellings (which follow the ‘Song of Sounds phonics scheme) will also continue to be sent home on Mondays and will be tested in school on Fridays. The spellings the children receive will be directly linked to their class phonics learning. Spelling is a really important and challenging part of the Year 2 curriculum so please support the work the children are doing in school by ensuring they learn them at home. Children who achieve full marks or show good progress in their spellings tests will receive a merit!
Reading practice is of the utmost importance; it is the foundation of all learning and it allows the children to access all areas of the curriculum. As such, we expect the children to read with an adult at home every day. We cannot emphasise enough the impact that daily reading can make to your child’s learning and would greatly appreciate your support with this. The children are encouraged to change their books daily, as and when they have completed reading a book appropriate for their level. Please ensure their reading diary is signed every time they read and they should hand in their reading diary every day so that it can be checked. They will receive a merit every time they read five days within a week.
The children created fantastic OLL projects last term, so we hope the children will continue to be inspired to use their imagination and creativity. This term they invited to join the rest of the school in creating a project based around our new topic-Fire and Ice.
Bellow a few ideas you could use, but please feel free to create something that will motivate and interest your child.
- A PowerPoint presentation
- A game – e.g. a board game with instructions
- A short movie/video clip
- A short book/fact files
- 3D model
- A song/and or dance
- Artwork/collage work
Please ensure that the appropriate P.E kit (Blackwell P.E T-shirt, navy shorts, plimsolls) is in school and available throughout the week. Children should also have a pair of spare socks as well as grey, navy or black tracksuit bottoms and jumper in their kit for outside P.E. Please ensure that all P.E kit (including plimsolls) is NAMED! Jewellery is not permitted during P.E as part of the West Sussex policy. Therefore, children should be able to remove all jewellery/earrings by themselves. (They may want to start practising removing earrings & putting them back in at home).
Key Dates for the Diary
Tuesday 29th January – Rabbits Class Assembly
Thursday 7th February – Hares Class Assembly
Monday 4th March – Little Big Sing Event
Friday 22nd March – OLL project due
Thursday 28th March – OLL exhibition
To save school shoes from becoming
spoilt, westrongly recommend that
the children bring in a pair of
outdoor shoes or wellies to keep in
school to change into for playtimes!
The children will be going outside
for playtime wherever possible, even
when it is drizzling/lightly raining
The Year 2 Team - Mr Loizides, Miss Bretland, Mrs Hoskins, Mrs Boggis & Mrs Latham