Year 2

Dear Parents Topic We will be continuing with famous people throughout history this half term. We have already looked at the artists George Seurat and Andy Warhol and will now be moving onto famous inventors and famous people in the medical profession. Some of these people are: Thomas Edison, Emelia Earhart, Robert Stephenson and Mary Seacole. Family homework We currently haven’t had any family homework from last half term and therefore this task has been extended. For the family homework we would like you to help your child research one of the above famous people. If you have no access to the internet you could find out about these people in Non-fiction books or visit your local library. Numeracy This half term, in Mr Penno’s and Miss Gammons’ we will be focusing on measurements of length, capacity and weight and how these can be compared. We will also be working out how to show ¼ ½, 1/3, 2/4 and ¾ in different ways. Children will be learning how to tell the time to the nearest 15 or 5 minutes. Meanwhile, maths in Mrs Short’s class will be revisiting lots of topics in preparation for the SATs. These include addition and subtraction using the column method. Looking at division including remainders, fractions, time to the nearest five minutes and answering two step word problems. Literacy This half term the children will continue to produce work relating to The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. We have already had a picnic relating to the story and written a recount about it. Next we will be moving onto story writing, re-telling stories and changing the endings. Science This half term pupils will be learning about different materials and comparing their properties. Physical Education P.E. will take place outside. Pupils will be practising their skills ready for sports day; including javelin, long jump, sprinting and sit and throw. Therefore the pupils will require an indoor and outdoor kit. ICT The children will write instructions into a computer program to allow it to move, change directions and make sounds. Please make sure every effort is made to ensure your child reads regularly as well as continues to practice their spellings. As well as this can your children continue to practice their tables (2’s, 5’s and 10’s) and number bonds to 20. Thank you for all your support. Mrs Short, Miss Gammons and Mr Penno

> Paleontologist Visit

On 12th February, the Year 2 pupil had a visit for Jules Howard who is a Zoologist/Paleontologist. As the Year 2 pupils are learning about Dinosaurs, he was invited to share his knowledge and findings.  The pupils had a great day looking at and handling fossils as well as finding items that have been fossilized in amber.

> Design and Technology

To link in with our 'Rainforest' topic as part of our D&T work the children were asked to design and create a moving vehicle that would be able to transport logs from the Rainforest to the factories that need the wood. The pupils have learnt how to make chassis and also had to decide between using a fixed axel or free axel.  Once this was done the pupils tested some materials that they would like to use as the base of their vehicle.  They had to think which would be the best but not too heavy that the vehicle would sink into the Rainforest mud.  It also had to be able to travel over a set distance. Here are the children at work and their designs.

> Chassis Building

> Talk For Writing – What The Ladybird Heard

In Year 2, the pupils have been learning to retell a story in a creative way using actions for words.  This helps the children to retell a story as the actions they have learnt enables them to remember and recall events from a story. What The Ladybird Heard Pt 1 What The Ladybird Heard Pt 2 What The Ladybird Heard Pt 3

> Ready…Steady…COOK!!!!

Chilli Con Carne and Rice  
Burritos  
Sweet and Sour Chicken and Noodles  
Chicken Korma and Rice