This term our topic is:
Where Would You Prefer To Live: England Or Kenya?
In Year 2 this half-term, we will be learning all about Kenya in Africa.
We will be exploring what life is like in Kenya, Africa compared to Brinsley, England. We will be learning how to draw African animals and also recreating our own African patterns.
We will learn some Swahili, practise some African dancing and taste some of the fruit that is grown in Africa.
In English, we will be reading the book Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway. We will be writing thought bubbles for characters in the story, writing lists and setting descriptions all building up to writing our very own imaginative weather story.
In RE we will be exploring how we belong and in PSHE we will be learning more about Money and Finance.
During our topic we will be exploring the following questions...
What are the main differences in the climate of Kenya and England?
What would you ask Lila if you met her?
Which animals would you find living in the wild in Kenya?
How can you recreate Kenyan art?
Which fruits and foods grow naturally in Kenya?
How would 5 a day help me be healthy?
We hope that your child enjoys being in our Year 2 Goldfinches class!
Helpful Websites To Use At Home
Please see below for links to useful websites to support your children's learning.
Active Learn (Bug Club Log in is in the front of children's reading records) - https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0
Times Tables Rock Stars (Log in is in the front of children's reading records) - https://ttrockstars.com/
The Oak National Academy - https://www.thenational.academy/
White Rose Maths - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
Phonics Play - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/
Top Marks - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
Reading is an essential part of your child's learning. Your child will be sent home with a colour banded book to match their ability. They will have a guided reading session every week, which will include shared reading, and accompanying tasks. Please take time to look at and read your child's reading books and any other books, with them. When you have read with your child please record this in their reading record. If a child reads 3 or more times at home each week, they will be entered into our 'In It, To Win It' draw to be in with a chance of choosing a golden envelope to win a prize!
The children continue to have access to Bug Club online, where reading books will be allocated to each child. When they access the books there will be short tasks which they need to complete in order to win points. The more points they win the more time they get to spend it in the shop.
P.E. will take place on a Monday. Please ensure that your child comes to school on this day in their P.E. kit. They will stay in their P.E. kit all day and where possible, P.E. will take place outside so please make sure children are dressed to keep warm. Please also remember that children need to have their hair up in a pony-tail and to remove earrings and other jewellery for P.E. If your child has newly pierced ears please pop in to the office to fill in the appropriate form.
Could we ask that you help your child practise their spellings, which will be checked weekly. We expect your child to begin to use these words in their writing. Spellings can be practised in different ways such as writing them out using paint, or in sand or practising them with magnetic letters or making a game up with them. You can also look out for them when reading and when you’re out and about!
Children in Year 2 will also come home with a piece of maths homework each week related to what we have been learning about in class.
Please can you encourage your child to learn their times tables and their inverses at home. They have all received a log in for Times Tables Rock Stars and you will find this in their Reading Records.
Please log on to https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth to access their personal page.
Year 2 SATs Information 2022
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