We have an exciting year planned for the children in Year 2 and we begin with the topic called ‘Our local area.’ The children will develop their understanding of map work by creating maps of Hexham and noting important features in their immediate area including the river and transport. This will extend to buildings with historical significance in their town including the Abbey and Gaol.
Our English lessons focus on stories with familiar settings and we will begin to use the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. The children will become familiar with stories by retelling them and using features to create their own stories.
Daily phonics session will continue where the children work in small groups on specific sounds. It is within these sessions that the children are heard read daily, learning new vocabulary, decoding words, recognising ‘red’ words on sight and developing fluency. The children will bring home a book weekly and I would encourage you to hear your child read at least three times weekly.
During the Autumn Term the children will be taking their ‘phonics test’ This was postponed from the summer term in Year 1.
We are using a mastery approach to maths teaching, so there will be lots of opportunities to use practical resources. Children will continue to use Numicon and will begin to use Base Ten equipment, Place-Value grids and Part-Whole models to ensure they have a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts. The children will soon be introduced to ‘Rock Star maths’ to learn their times tables – details to follow about this.
Our science lessons allow the children to investigate and carry out simple experiments. Our first topic is ‘Healthy Me’ where the children will be observing how their body changes with exercise, finding out about healthy food as well as importantly during a pandemic how to be safe by finding out about hand washing and how far germs can travel when they sneeze!
Children should come to school dressed for PE lessons, most of these are outdoors so your child should wear layers of clothes. All children have PE lesson on Monday and Wednesday. The lesson on Wednesday is taught by Mr Brown our PE specialist. In addition, during the Autumn term the children have a yoga session – they take off their socks and shoes for this lesson.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions or queries about ways to support your child.
Miss B. Noon (Teacher)
Mrs C Mousette (Learning Support Assistant)