Welcome to 2P!
This term our topic is
'Here and There'
This half term’s connector is ‘Here and There’ which will be comparing our local environment with a Scottish island. Children will be learning about the four points of a compass and use this to describe places on the UK map. We will be using maps, atlases and computer mapping to locate countries and to describe their features. Children will use this knowledge to write an information text.
Our English lessons will be based on the Katie Morag books which depict life in a remote Scottish island. Children will be writing an informal letter, using subordination and applying their knowledge of question marks.
Our KS1 Nativity play will be on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th December. If your child has a speaking part please help them learn their lines. We will also have a special homework week where the children will need to learn the lyrics to all the songs for the Nativity.
Children in Year 2 must read for at least 15 minutes each evening. Your child's reading will really improve if they practise every day. Show an interest in your child's reading homework. Ask your child questions about the book that they are reading. For example, where is the story set? eg, in a house, castle, beach, farm, funfair, park, playground, forest. How many characters are in the story? Tell me something about the main character.
Whilst children learn about numbers and maths at school, there are also lots of ways
that you can support your child at home. here are a few ideas to help you.........
Children can count anything - sweets, cars, trees, pennies, buttons, pasta, building bricks. Encourage them to count things wherever they are! Give them mini tasks at the supermarket eg putting six carrots in a bag, 3 tins of beans etc.
Look at the pattern of house numbers as you walk along - are they odd or even numbers? What number will be next?
In Year 2, the children begin to learn their 2x, 5x, 10x tables. Food can be a very motivating way of learning their times tables and the corresponding division facts. For example, sweets can be grouped and counted, children can count the biscuits in a packet in twos as they put them in the biscuit jar, chunks on a bar of chocolate can be counted in pairs and so on.
Money can also be motivating! Give your children a jar of coins to sort by the different values. Find the biggest coin. Is it worth the most? Find the smallest coin. Is it worth the least? Put them in order of value. Use 2p, 5p and 10p coins to support learning the times tables.
WE HAVE FOUND THAT CHILDREN WHO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSOLIDATE THEIR LEARNING AT HOME, MAKE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS