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Year 2

Spring 1 Term 2020 for Year 2

Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter - Spring 1 2020


Happy New Year to all of you! We welcome the year 2020 with lots of excitement and wish it is a prosperous one for you and your families. This is an important term and there is a lot of learning taking place in school. 


In our Year 2 staff team we have: 

Mrs N.Alli – Year 2 class teacher and Key Stage 1 leader

Mrs F.Patel- Higher Level teaching Assistant

Mrs Y.Hussain- Special Support Assistant


Ms N.Hussain- Special Support Assistant in the afternoons

Miss B.Patel- Student teacher



Homework is set on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Wednesday. Your child can expect to receive homework for spelling, reading, timestables and vocabulary. It is important that your child learns their vocabulary as this is linked to the book that they will be reading in class the following week. Parental home support is vital in giving your child/children that valuable time at home, helping them to read or complete homework.

PE this half term will be on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that children have their earrings removed or covered by plasters from home on this day. The correct PE uniform must also be worn: Yellow PE shirt, black PE shorts or jogging bottoms and black pumps.



In English we will be researching famous explorers, such as Christopher Columbus and Tim Peake and writing non- chronological reports about them. We will start by studying features of reports: headings, sections, captions etc. We will then invent our own interesting reports based on Explorers. 



We are starting a new scheme of work in maths called Maths No Problem. Children will have their own workbooks. We will continue to focus on the children being able to know and use basic number facts, to reason about their work by saying how they reached an answer and to solve problems. We will be learning about different measures and the units we use to measure (eg. cm, l, kg). It is important that children continue to learn their times tables and are able to quickly recall multiplication facts. They need to know their 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables. Once they have learnt them, they can then move onto the 4x tables. 



In Science, we will be learning about plants and how they grow. There are some important scientific facts in the children's knowledge organisers that they need to learn. At the start of every lesson, there will be a quick quiz based on the facts in the knowledge organiser. At the end of the unit there will be a quiz of quizzes to test how much the children remember about what they have learnt. 



The topic for this half term is called 'Explorers'. The majority of the work we do will be based upon this theme. The lead subjects are Science, Design Technology, History and Geography.  PSHE, RE and Computing will also be taught. 

We know that we see you regularly at the start and at the end of the school day and this is a good opportunity to liaise about your children. If you would like to speak to us at greater length, then please arrange an appointment to meet with a member of the Year 2 staff through the office.



In PSHE, we will learn about empathy, compassion and keeping ourselves clean and healthy. 


Please find subject documents attached at the end of this page.


Important dates for your diary:   

Monday 6th January- Children back to school

Tuesday 7th January- Green Grrr Dojo party


All the very best for a fantastic half term!