Spring 2

Welcome back!

The team in Year 2 are really looking forward to working hard this half term in the run up to the Easter Break!

Have a look through below to find out a little about what we will be exploring this half term.

English

We will be starting the half term off by exploring a range of poetry from different authors, including Pie Corbett, to inspire our own Dragon Poetry. Later through the half term we will be imagining what other creatures may be living in our Hulme Woods, including mythical creatures like Roald Dahl’s Minpins!

Over this half term we will be learning how to;

  • Joining words and joining clauses using and and or
  • Use of the suffixes –er, –est in adjectives and the use of –ly in Standard English to turn
    adjectives into adverbs
  • Subordination (using when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (using or, and, but)
  • Expanded noun phrases for description and specification [for example, the blue butterfly,
    plain flour, the man in the moon]
  • How the grammatical patterns in a sentence indicate its function as a statement, question,
    exclamation or command
  • Correct choice and consistent use of present tense and past tense throughout writing
  • Use of the progressive form of verbs in the present and past tense to mark actions in
    progress [for example, she is drumming, he was shouting]
  • Commas to separate items in a list
  • Learning the possessive apostrophe (singular) [for example, the girl’s book]
  • Add suffixes to spell longer words, including –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly

This year we will be working hard to improve our spelling and will be a huge focus within our morning work and woven within many other curriculum areas. As the Year 2 team, we strongly recommend that children practice the many common exception words and spelling rules for Years 1 and 2. If spelling is an particular area that your child wants to improve, please use the word lists and suggested spelling games below.

Practising Spellings At Home

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Word Mat

Year 1 Spelling Rules

Year 2 Spelling Rules

 

Mathematics

This half term we will be sharpening our fluency skills and covering the following

  • Identifying 3D shapes and their properties, including naming 2D faces
  • Telling the time on analogue and digital clocks.
  • Extending understanding of place value to include landmarked lines and estimation.
  • Doubling and halving, including odd numbers
  • Counting in halves and mixed numbers
  • Unit and non-unit fractions
  • Multiplication.

We will also be kick starting our journey with Times Table Rockstars to strengthen our times table knowledge. Therefore, please make the most of your child’s Times Table Rockstars account to develop their knowledge of the times tables and see their rock status grow!

https://ttrockstars.com/

The children also have accounts for Active Learn where they can revise and apply their knowledge through tasks that cover the entire Year 2 curriculum. All activities can be accessed when using a laptop or desktop. However, some are limited when using a tablet or an iPad.

http://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Similarly, the children also have access to espresso which can be used in a similar way to Active Learn but they are able to explore interactive resources covering the entire Year 2 curriculum as oppose to just Maths.

http://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/

 

Science

Our next unit will be ‘Living Things’. In this unit children will make comparisons between things that are alive, things that are not alive, and things that were once alive. They will sort and compare animals, plants and non-living things and will create a list of features of living things. Children will notice that living things have offspring which resemble their parents and that they themselves grow into adults which reproduce. Children will order the stages of growth of humans from birth to old age.

Working Scientifically, children will use observable features to identify and classify living and non-living things. They will ask questions and use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to their questions.

 

Topic

We will be exploring our monarchy and castles throughout Britain in our topic, “Dungeons and Dragons”.

Please see the curriculum page to find out more.

 

Religious Educations

“What can we learn from sacred books?”

This is the question we will continue to focus on this half term. We will be discovering and discussing what religions, such as Christianity and Islam, learn from the sacred books of their religion.

 

Computing

This half term we will begin our project ‘Super Sci-fi!’. In this project, children will be exploring how to make an app based game and to identify bugs and debug it.

 

PE

Dance and Games will be the areas we will be developing this half term.

Please make sure that your child’s P.E. Kit consists of a pair of black pumps, plain black shorts or plain black jogging bottoms and a plain white t-shirt or one with the school logo. We suggest that your child brings their P.E. Kit into school when we begin the term and only take it home at the end of the term so that it can be washed and refreshed ready for the next half term. That way your child will always have their kit in school and they are prepared for every lesson.

Our P.E. lessons will be every Monday and Thursday.

 

PSHE

Our theme for this half term is ‘Healthy Me’, where we will discuss how we can look after our bodies and minds. We will also be discussing who else can help us.

 

Homework

In Year 2 homework is given out each Friday and is to be returned every Wednesday. The children have spelling activities to be accessed through Spelling Shed and Maths tasks on Active Learn to complete each week. The children can also choose from the “Dungeons and Dragons!” homework menu! Click here for the – Dungeons and Dragons Homework Sheet

Homework can be presented in any way the children wish, so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

F.A.O Mrs Macdonald and Miss Dobie  to admin@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

The children are also asked to read at least twice a week to someone at home. We ask the children to record this in their Reading Log. Reading books are changed every Monday and Thursday – whenever your child is ready for a new book. Therefore, remind your child to hand it in so that it can be organised for them.

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

ANCIENT EGYPT by Zoha 3W

Five thousand years ago, the Ancient Egyptians lived in Egypt.

River Nile

The River Nile flows threw Egypt. The Nile was very special to the Egyptians and it was so important that they treated the Nile as a living thing.

Pyramids

There are three pyramids in Egypt and they were built in the city of Ciaro. The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid.  Most Ancient Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs (rulers of Ancient Egypt) and their families. To date, over 130 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt.

 

Gods and Godesses

Ancient Egyptians believed in more than 2,000 Gods and Godesses! They had gods for everything, from dangers to chores! Each had different responsibilities and needed to be worshipped so that life could be kept in balance.

 

Make-up

Men, Women and even Children wore make-up in Egyptian times.  The eye-paint was usually green (made from copper) or black (made from lead). As well as offering protection from the sun, the Egyptians believed make-up had magical healing powers, too!

 

Mummification

The afterlife was very important to the Egyptians. They believed that by preserving a dead person’s body, which they did through the process of mummification – their soul would live on in the after-life forever.

  1. Wash the body with scented palm wine and then wash it off with water from the Nile.
  2. Now take out all the organs except the heart.
  3. Stuff the body with linen and then cover it with natron (salt).
  4. Then you need to leave the body for forty days.
  5. Wash the body again using water from the Nile then cover it in oils to make it look nice.
  6. Rap it in linen bandages and place it in it’s tomb.

Daisy’s sunset setting.

Image result for sunset the beach

As the silent sunset kissed the horizon, the slithering sea  swayed  towards the soft sand. The silky sand tickled my toes as the fluffy, white clouds flew towards me beckoning me to stay on the beautiful beach. The sleepy sun layed down his heavy head onto his cloudy cotton pillow. The fluffy  white cloud stretched out towards the sun like children hugging their parents. as the waves whooshed towards me a strong blast of salt caught my tongue and melted in my throat. The tawny sunset was settling down like a baby going to sleep. As the sea  swished towards me, the sand engulfed my body. The ocean, that was crystal, clear, hugged my body as if it is my friend.

Tristan’s amazing sunset

As I stepped on to the soft silky sand, my toes felt the lovely warm sunset. The beautiful warm sunset kissed my skin as I came closer. Looking up at the sunset, I saw the velvety soft clouds gently being carried away. The rippling sound of the tawny sea was washed away in the distance. The sun was like a shimmering glitter ball in the blue sky. The sand was swallowed into the sea like a whale after it’s prey. As the sunset, the wind which came from the sea blew a sweet tune into my ear.

The sleeping sunset

As I entered the glimmering beach, the sweet, salty air melted into my nose. When I stepped on the silky, soft sand it beckoned me to stay. Looking into the distance, the memorizing sunset was sleeping on the horizon. Looking downwards, I saw the sea swaying and washing away the sand castles and footprints that had printed into the sand. As I strolled along the sand, which engulfed my feet, the sun was shining like a dazzling diamond crashing along the shore.

Kadie’s surprise sunset

Image result for sunset on beach

As the silent sunset reached for the sweet horizon, the calm clouds gazed upon me. The silky soft sand sat beneath my toes and begged me to stay. In the tawny sunset, the gold path on the rippling , warm horizon reached for me and beckoned me to come. The taste of tongue tingling salt water hit me and hugged me along the way. The warmth ran to me and squeezed me with all it’s might. The wet sand grabbed my leg;it was like quicksand. Sand castles melted in the magical marine water. Swoosh! The turquoise water, which swallowed the sand, was trying to hug me and take me to the world of sea creatures.

Oliver’s soft, orange horizon

As the sun covered the horizon, the waves crashed onto the soft silky sand. The clouds looked like fresh oranges being peeled. I could smell fresh donuts flying over to the salty beach. The salty sea crept up to the shore with a crash. As the moonlight covered the blue sky, crabs tiptoed to try and get away from the sea.