Year 2 Trip to St. Paul's Cathedral!!
Autumn 1 2017 Year group - 2
Our topic for the Autumn term is ‘The Great Fire of London’
Religion: The topic this half term is ‘Beginning with the Church’. Your child will become familiar with the Sacraments of Baptism, the Eucharist and Confirmation. We will explore the words, actions and symbols that are used in each of the Sacraments. You could talk to your child about their own Baptism or another child’s Baptism that you attend and recall what happened. If you have any photographs to share with the class then you are welcome to bring them in.
English: We will look at traditional stories. Encourage your child to retell stories they know. You can encourage your child to write their own stories with a clear beginning, middle and end. We will be teaching the children specific sentence types in order to develop their use of a range of sentence openers, vocabulary and connectives in their writing.
Topic: The Great Fire of London
We will explore this significant historical event. We shall look at the lessons which have been learnt since the fire by contrasting fire-safety from the past with today. We will study the buildings of the period, particularly St Paul’s Cathedral - which we plan to visit - and make sketches, prints, clay sculptures and 3D models inspired by this great building. We will read the diaries of Samuel Pepys and write our own.
Phonics: We will be moving to Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds, which will be taught throughout Year 2. Children may receive phonics homework to help secure their knowledge and to support them in becoming fluent in reading common words. Help your child to begin to use suffixes –ing for present tense and –ed for past tense e.g. play – playing - played.
Handwriting: Encourage your child to begin to join up their handwriting when completing their homework and any other forms of writing they do such as writing their keywords. Handwriting should be neat and letters should be positioned correctly on lines.
Maths: The children should continue to practise and know their number bonds to 20 fluently (e.g. 20+0=20, 19+1=20.) We will then apply this knowledge to knowing pairs of 'tens' numbers that make 100, for example 30+70. We will be working on doubling and halving small numbers, for example, double 9 is 18, and half of 18 is 9.We will teach your child to partition to help them double and halve bigger numbers. We will be learning our twos, five and ten times tables. Please help your child to practise these at home initially in order and then in any order.
Reading with your child: We would like to invite parents to read with their child in class from 8:40-8:55am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We want to work in partnership with you to help promote a love of reading and to build your child’s fluency and confidence when reading.
If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to come and ask.
PE Days - Tuesdays and Wednesdays
On these days, children will need to come into school wearing their PE kits.
English - English homework will be sent home on Tuesdays. Please return on Fridays.
Maths - Maths homework will be sent home on Fridays. Please return on Tuesdays.