Term 4 in Year 2

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                 Monday 28th February 2022

Welcome back to term 4. We thank you all for your continued patience and support during this time, we hope for much less disruption in the lead up to Easter. Our topic this term is Wild Things this has a history focus as we explore Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, to draw inspiration from his life and work to develop the children’s understanding of the natural world.

In science, we will be learning about food chains in order to understand how plants and animals get their energy and we are very excited to be able to return to Slimbridge Wetlands Centre on Friday 1st April for a series of workshops specially designed to consolidate their learning of this concept. (more information to follow)

English this term will have a non-fiction focus on writing explanation texts, to write about how or why something happens. The children will be learning to include formal language under headings and subheadings as well as writing in the different tenses. We will kick off our topic with a week using the text ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak and moving on to use the text ‘Zoo’ by Anthony Browne – an engaging satirical spotlight on the purpose of zoos and the relationship between animals and people.

In maths this term we will be covering a few shorter units of work to include fractions, capacity, temperature, mass and hopefully fit in some work on time before we break up for Easter.

In art, the children will be exploring Picasso’s cubism which is a style of art that stresses abstract structure at the expense of other pictorial elements by displaying several aspects of the same object simultaneously and by fragmenting the form of depicted objects. We will be using chalks and wax crayons to create pictures of animals using this approach.

In computing the children will be developing their understanding of data handling, we will be using Purple Mash to follow a series of lessons for collecting, representing, analysing and interpreting data. We will also continue to teach and recap phase 5 and 6 phonics, where we are developing our knowledge of English skills and spelling rules alongside the weekly spelling quiz and mental maths sessions for fluency in multiplication and division. Finally, our reading book changing days will remain Mondays and Thursdays, so please continue to read daily with your child or at a minimum of 3 times per week, our PE session will still take place on a Tuesday afternoon with Allsorts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to come, and find a member of the team.

Mrs Toms, Mrs Malkin, Mrs Priday & Miss Holme.