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Year 2

Class Two Curriculum Newsletter

In English we will write information texts and reports linked to our history topics of The Great Fire of London and The Plague.  We will complete character descriptions and a story ending for ‘The Pied Piper of Hamlin’ after watching the theatre production.  Towards the end of the term we will look at the ‘Happy Families’ stories by Allan Alhberg and write a sequel story.  Finally we will look at poetry linked with minibeasts and focus upon using descriptive language so that the reader can imagine fully what we are describing. In our shared and guided reading sessions our focus will continue to be on answering questions about texts and we will be thinking carefully about why the author has used certain words for effect.  Please make sure your child has plenty of opportunities to read with you at home including discussing the stories or information that they are reading.

In Mathematics the children will use the number facts they know to estimate and check calculations including facts to 10, 20 and 100 and doubles and halves.  They will solve number problems and puzzles involving all four operations and will also develop methods of jottings to present these calculations.  We will continue to recall our times tables and the children should continue to practise as part of their home learning (2, 5, 10, 4 and 3 times tables).  Later in the term the children will solve practical problems involving measures.  We will link our measuring work with our sporting activities for sports day as well as Science work in the school grounds.

In Science the topic is ‘Plants and Animals in the local environment’ and we will learn about living things and where they are found in the local area.  The children will learn about simple food chains linked to habitat work.  They will investigate the habitats that minibeasts prefer by conducting tests using a choice chamber.  They will observe the minibeasts behaviour and collect results.


In History we will be learning about two important events that happened in the past:  The Great Plague and The Great Fire of London.  The children will discover about the events and learn about why they happened.  They will look at artefacts and sources of information in order to answer the questions that they have. In R.E. our theme is Gospel and we will explore this through the idea of ‘Good News’.   We will focus on the ideas of friendliness, peace and forgiveness and think about how stories and special buildings promote these ideas. Our theme in P.S.H.E is ‘Changes’ and we will be thinking about good and bad habits, and natural and unexpected changes that happen.  In Computing the focus on data handling and linking to our Science work. P.E. will continue to be on a Tuesday and Friday where the children will practise their sending and receiving skills through different invasion games.  They will play net games, striking and fielding games.  Children will need outdoor kits including trainers or plimsolls.

We will continue to encourage independence and will expect the children to change their own books to take home. Thank you for your continued support with your child’s home learning including the projects, they are a real pleasure to look at and share!

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