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Year 2
Mr Carter,  Mrs Wensley.

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Part of our class and school ethos is believing, belonging and becoming. These three B’s are part of our everyday approach to learning and school life. Below are just a few examples of what these three B’s mean to us in Otter
Class…

BELIEVING

We may believe in helping each other, working hard to achieve the best we can, supporting others when we may need help in class, around school and in the wider community. We believe in following our Church of England Values.

BELONGING

We belong to many groups, such as: our class, our school, clubs, our friends, our family, the wider community, England and the world.

BECOMING

We believe in striving to achieve and aspire to everyday wonders and future ambitions. We experience a wide range of curriculum subjects in Year 2 to inspire children to wonder about the world and what they could become when they grow up.

Our whole school topic this term is ‘Splish, Splash, Rivers and Coasts’, where Year 2 will be focusing on life under the sea. We will be finding out about the wildlife we find in the sea.

Our Key Questions this half term will be:

What is it like to live under the sea?
Why can’t we live under the sea?
How is where we live different to life under the sea?

Below are the welcome documents that went out at the beginning of term. These include the welcome letter, topic overview for the term and Kirfs.

 

Literacy

 

This half term we will be looking at the book ‘Tiddler’ by Julia Donaldson. We will explore and use this book to write a variety of texts. We will explore the structure, characters, settings and words used in ‘Tiddler’. We will then use these ideas to create our own adventure story. Then, we will look at what a recount is and explore its features. Using these, we will write our own recount of our residential.  After, we are going to look at a range of leaflets and use them to write our own exciting adverts.  Finally, using our knowledge of life under the sea, we are going to write our own poems.

Reading

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Please continue to read at home every day and make a note of this in your reading diary. Little and often is the key to excellent progress in reading. All children that read, at least, five times a week, will be put into the class book raffle and will gain the chance to win a fantastic new book.

At this stage in the year, it is important to ensure that we focus on developing children’s understanding of what they are reading.

Maths

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We will be ensuring that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value, number patterns, properties of numbers, calculations, measures, data handling and problem-solving.

This half term we will be focusing on volume, mass, temperature, statistics and word problems. We are going to revise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

As always, helping children tell the time and become familiar with using money is very helpful. In addition, helping children with their number bonds to 20 (such as 11 + 9 = 20, 12 + 8 = 20 and so on) as well as learning their 2, 3, 5, 10 times tables will help them with their learning.

 

RE

This term we will be focusing on Christianity.
Our main question for this half term is: ‘Who made the world?’

 

Science

We will be learning about ‘Plants’.

This half term we will be using our scientific enquiry skills to answer these questions:

Are plants alive and can they move?
What do plants need to grow?
Can plants grow anywhere?

Home Learning

 Home learning is an important part of your child’s education. The home learning tasks set will be planned to reinforce the work being covered in class.  These will be set on a Friday and the expectation is for the homework to be handed in on the following Wednesday.

PE Kits and Swimming

Please, could you ensure that PE and Swimming kits are always in school in a drawstring bag. PE kits should include: well-fitting trainers, black shorts, black tracksuit trousers, red PE top and a clean pair of socks. Swimming kits should include: a swimming costume or tight swimming trunks, a towel and swimming goggles.

Could you also please check that your child’s name is clearly visible in their PE kit and school uniform with a permanent marker. This will allow the children to easily identify their belongings in school.

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Life in Otter Class

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Useful Websites and Apps

An amazing handwriting app for iPad, iPod or iPhone users – it costs £2.29 but it is worth every penny!

This app is full of games and activities for helping the children practise their reading and spelling.

Practise your literacy skills by exploring each of the games and activities on this website.

Useful Coding Apps

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A free programming app which improve skills in directional language and programming through sequences.

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Learn the basics of coding with Daisy the Dinosaur! This free, fun app has an easy drag & drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy and make her dance on their screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app’s challenges.

The furry aliens, known as Fuzzes were exploring space when their ship unexpectedly crashed on the maze-covered planet Smeeborg. The naturally curious fuzzes need kids to program them to explore all the colorful Technomazes on the planet’s surface. Teach your children the basics of computer programming in as little as 20 minutes a week with an engaging classroom curriculum.

CodeSpark Academy teaches the basics of computer programming through a variety of interactive learning activities including puzzles, games, step-by-step creative projects, game design and offline printables – all of which can be monitored by parents.