Year 2 Newsletter Autumn 1 2018

A very warm welcome to Year 2.
Our topic for the next 7 weeks is Dinosaur Dig.

During transition week, the children shared lots of amazing ideas about what they wanted to find out about. Therefore, during this topic we will be looking closely at dinosaurs’ habits, diets, characteristics and body structures. We will also have a ‘Dinosaur Discovery Day’… WATCH OUT!!!
The role-play area will represent an archaeological ‘Dinosaur Dig’. This will allow children to be ‘Palaeontologists’… scientists who study dinosaur bones and fossils.
As in all schools, Y2 will be a challenging time, as the children will be sitting SAT’s in May. There will be high expectations on their attitude, learning, behaviour and attendance. However, I would like to reassure you and your child that we will do everything to make this year a fun, learning experience.


This term in Maths the children will be learning about…
• The number system and place value including partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones.
• To solve addition and subtraction problems.
• To recognise the different coins and notes and use them when solving problems.
Please practise counting forwards and backwards using the hundred square in your maths toolkit.

In English, the children will be looking at a variety of texts; fiction and non-fiction. All of the books we look at will have a common theme of dinosaurs. The children will read a range of stories from the ‘Captain Flinn’ collection. This will help them to create their own dinosaur adventure stories. The children will also be finding out lots of information about dinosaurs from a range of sources in order to create their own non-fiction book.
Please support their learning in any way you can at home… the more they practise, the more they can consolidate all that has been taught in class.

Reading at least 2 full books a week is expected of each child. Spellings will be tested and sent home every Friday. Additional homework (Maths or English) will be given to children on a weekly basis to consolidate what has been taught in class. All completed homework will be recorded on our ‘star’ reward chart displayed outside the classroom. At the end of the term each child with all stars charts completed, will be presented with a prize and certificate. In addition to weekly homework, we will issue holiday homework at the end of each half-term. This will be a fun activity relating to our new topic.