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Happy Chinese New Year 2024 - the Year of the Dragon

Bluebell class - Year 2

We are Bluebell class!

 

Year 2

The adults who work in Bluebell Class are:

Mrs Stevens (Monday- Wednesday) and Mrs Tank (Thursday and Friday) 

Mrs Thorpe and Mrs Bevans (afternoons only)

Welcome to our class page! We hope that you will find some of the information below useful. 

PE is on a Monday and Tuesday this half-term. Please send your child to school with suitable PE clothes in a bag on this day (joggers, t-shirt, jumper and trainers). The children will need to get changed in school. 

Our Curriculum:

Autumn 1:

 

In English this half-term we will start by looking at the book 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs' by Jon Scieszka. We will be writing a character description of the wolf and a new ending to the story before moving on to the book 'The Flower' by John Light. Writing activities based on this book will include giving instructions on how to plant a seed and creating our own story narrative.

 

The children will also continue to learn Phonics this half-term, focusing on alternative ways to spell sounds that they already know. Alongside this, reading sessions will help their reading fluency and also encourage them to read with expression.

 

In Maths this half-term, we are starting by recapping place value and in particular tens and ones within numbers to 100, before moving onto addition.

 

During Science we will explore habitats around the world including the UK and what animals need to survive in them.

In History, we will start to find out who Alice Hawkins was, and why she is an important figure in Leicester. And our Geography focus for this half term is on developing our map skills, using them to find and locate the seven continents of the world. We will then explore why some areas of the World are hot and some are cold.

 

Other subjects will include:

- In PE we will look to improve our jumping and landing skills.

- In Computing we will learn about the different uses of technology inside and outside of school.

- In Music we will explore different types of music and are lucky enough to have a musician visit to perform some of these different styles.

- We'll also have RE, PSHE, Art and Design activities too!

 

It's going to be a very busy half-term!

 

Autumn 2:

In English we will be using the text 'The Disgusting Sandwich' by Gareth Edwards for the first few weeks of the half term. We will be learning about how to use the conjunction 'because'. We will learn what is meant by an expanded noun phrase and learning how to write our own. We will then design our own disgusting sandwich and describing that. 

The second half of this half term we will be using the story 'Traction Man' by Mini Grey.  We will be thinking about describing characters and using adjectives. We will be writing thank you letters.

 

In Maths we will be learning how to subtract one number from another. We will use number lines and 100 squares to support us with this. We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes.

 

In Science, we will be learning about humans and what they need to be able to survive. We will discuss healthy diets. We will also talk about exercise and how this can keep us healthy.

 

We will also be learning about:

  • History- Alice Hawkins- who was she and why was she significant?
  • DT- designing our own healthy pizza and box and thinking about selling it
  • Music- different musical genres
  • Computing- E-safety
  • PHSE- What helps us to grow and stay healthy.

In addition to this we will be taking the children on a walk to see the Alice Hawkins statue in the City Centre as we will be learning about her life in History. It is going to be a jam-packed half term!

 

Spring 1

 

Spring Half-Term 1

 

In English this half-term we will start by looking at the book 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett. We will focus on writing in the past tense and start to look at using commas to form a list of items. Some of our writing outcomes will include a postcard, a diary entry of a school day and a non-chronological report about meerkats.

 

Some children will also continue to learn Phonics this half-term, focusing on alternative ways to spell sounds that they already know. Others will be learning a variety of spelling rules to help assist them in their writing. Alongside this, reading sessions will help their reading fluency and also encourage them to read with expression.

 

In Maths this half-term, we begin by looking at money and using different coins and notes. We then move onto Multiplication, where we cover the 2, 5 and 10 times table, followed by Division.

 

During Science we will recap food chains and learn what producers and consumers are.

In History, our topic is focused on the Great Exhibition of 1851, where lots of new inventions were put forward by British inventors. We will try to decide which of those inventions was the most important to us today. And our Geography focus for this half term is on how to use a compass to navigate and developing our map skills. We will also learn about the five oceans in the world.

 

Other subjects will include:

- In PE we are lucky enough to have coaches teaching us Dance and Football this half-term.

- In Computing we will learn about algorithms and how we can program computers to follow instructions.

- In Music we will learn a new class song called 'I wanna play in a band' and will use different instruments to improvise and make it our own.

- In RE we are studying different religions' celebrations including Christmas, Diwali and Eid.

- In PSHE our focus is on why people have jobs and thinking about which jobs we might like to do when we get older.

- In Art we begin looking at architecture and study some well-known buildings, culminating in us creating a new design of the Crystal Palace where the Great Exhibition was held.

 

Finally, we will be going on a short trip to the library to hear some stories from this year's Our Best Picture Book. We will then bring some books back to school to share and enjoy with our classmates.

 

It's going to be a very busy half-term!

Learning planned across the year for Year 2 in 2023-24

If you have any questions about Bluebell Class or curriculum content, please feel free to email: 

bluebell@kingrichards.leicester.sch.uk 

How to help your child's learning at home:

 

Reading 

Read or share a story with your child every day. Your child will bring home a 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' reading book every Thursday. They will be able to read this book as they have read it in school. Ask them to read it to you and then discuss the book. 

What did they like about the story? 

What was their favourite part of the story?

Was there anything which surprised them? 

Please make sure that these book are returned to school on Mondays. 

 

Maths

Work on addition facts to 10 (e.g. 3+4=7, 6+1=7, 2+7=9 etc)

Work on subtraction facts within 10 (e.g. 8-2=6, 4-1=3, 7-4=3 etc)

Practise x tables (2s, 5s & 10s) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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