English: We will be reading ‘Lila and the secret of rain’ by David Conway. Through this book we will learn to use the following in our writing: noun phrases, questions, and exclamations. Parents can help by reading the home reading books with children but encouraging their own choices of stories so that they can develop a love of reading. Also, practicing keywords that are sent home, encouraging children to write clearly and re read what they have written ensuring that they use a capital letter and a full stop. Helping children to learn any tricky words that they bring home in their spelling log.
Maths: We will be counting to 100, placing values, comparing numbers to 100, learning about number bonds and patterns. At home it would be useful if parents could help children counting forwards and back in 1, 2, 5 and 10’s. As well encouraging children to practise number bonds to 20, 50 and 100 at topmarks.co.uk.
Science: The children will be finding out how to explain the differences between things that are living, dead & that have never been alive, investigating the habitats that they live in, and studying simple food chains & how animals obtain their food. You can help at home by: discussing what living organisms need to stay alive and well, going on a nature walk to look for different creatures, discussing what makes their habitat a good place to live.
Africa Topic: As part of this subject we will find out how to: locate Africa on a world map and identify the country of Kenya, explore the climate and weather of Kenya, find out about its people and culture, and identify similarities and differences between Kenya and the UK by comparing school life in the two countries. You can help at home by looking at the world map together – can they find Africa or even Kenya? Using websites such as; National Geographic kids to find out more about Africa.
Religion: Our key questions to look at will be: What is a miracle? Why are these stories important? Why did Jesus welcome everyone? I wonder how it felt to meet Jesus? What did Jesus want us to learn from his behaviour? What do these stories reveal about Jesus?
Homework: Homework will be sent out on a Friday and is due in on a Wednesday, please encourage children to complete their homework in a timely manner. Homework will include: reading (Please read for at least 10 minutes each night and sign the yellow reading record.), keywords, maths and an activity around our topic.
As you may be aware, in May, year 2 children will be sitting their SATS, end of key stage one assessments in reading and maths. Therefore, the more that you can support your child at home in terms of reading and homework, the more ready they will be to undertake the statutory assessments in May.