Welcome to Zebra Class!
Welcome to Zebra Class!
It has been wonderful getting to know our lovely Zebras and they have adapted extremely well to different routines
and the new learning in which they have already started!
I hope you enjoyed a relaxing half-term break. We are now into our second half term of Year Two and I am sure that the Christmas Countdown has begun in many households! Our zebras have settled back into our routines and we are excited to be starting our new learning. This half term, our topic will be history-based as we discover ‘The Great Fire of London’ and answer our key question “Why did the Great fire of London cause so much damage and what happened as a result?”
Here are the areas of learning which will be covered during this half term:
English- our main text driver is “Vlad-Kate Cunningham” and we will be exploring poetry and practicing our non-fiction writing using the theme of ‘Bonfire Night’.
RE- light as a symbol (advent and Hanukah)
PE- multi-skills and invasion games
Our PE days will be Tuesdays (with Mr Brown) and Wednesdays with myself.
Science- changing materials
Art- Sam Cunningham (drawing, painting and collage)
Computing- digital photography
Music- pitch and duration
PSHE- self regulation
Reading at Home
It is lovely to see just how much progress the children are making during our reading sessions. To accelerate their progress in both reading and writing, please ensure that the children are reading at home as much as possible as this really aids their fluency, understanding and inference skills. Not only that, it is a great way of taking time out of our busy days and having 1:1 time with our young people. Reading diaries must also be in school every day so that we can record our Little Wandle reading sessions.
Our topic this half term is ‘On Safari’
In English, this half term we will begin to explore acrostic poems. Our core texts are ‘Giraffes can’t dance’- Giles Andreae and ‘Meerkat Mail’-Emily Gravett.
In Maths we will be deepening our understanding of place value through fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
What will be covering in this topic?
Science – animals and their lifecycles
Computing – using computers
PSHE – respect
Geography – Kenya
Art – painting, drawing and printing
Music – Dragons (dynamics and tempo)
RE – Why do people follow Jesus?
DT – moving mechanisms
A menu of homework choices (that are cross curricular) have been given out in pupils’ homework books- a minimum of 3 pieces need to be handed in this half term please! Also, please try to ensure that an adult at home reads for a few minutes each day with their child as this will hugely improve the quality of their learning in all subject areas.
The value that we are concentrating on this half term is respect. Who will be our champion? We need to continue to demonstrate our other values: Self-regulation, Focus, Boundaries, Resilience and Independence. We are celebrating our in-class achievements using Class Dojo. As a class, we need to work together to achieve our class stars. Finally, please share with us any ‘Outside School Achievements’ as we would love to celebrate these in school!
This term, Year 2 have PE on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. PE kits needs to be in school on these day but it is recommended that it stays in school all week and goes home on Fridays to be washed. Correct kit consists of a white t-shirt, black or dark shorts / leggings / jogging bottoms and trainers or plimsolls. Longer hair needs to be tied up and earrings removed or covered.