Mrs Collins’s Year 2 Class

Mrs Collins’ Year 2 Class

On this web page you can find out about all the exciting things taking place in Year 2!

Teacher: Mrs Collins

Email:  ecollins@victoriousacademies.org

Twitter: @Year2Discovery

Teaching Assistant: Miss Goodson

Please follow the link here to our meet the teacher presentation.

 

Term: Spring 2

Our Learning this term:

Multiplication and DivisionThis term we will be making equal groups and arrays to represent the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will also be making equal groups to share by 2, 5 and 10.

Fractions – This term we will begin to explore fractions by finding a half, quarter and third of a shape or number

English: In English, we will be looking at stories from another culture focusing on an African folklore tale called The Leopard’s Drum. We will then move on to reading Lila and the Secret of Rain where we will write a diary entry and finally write an explanation text.

Science: How important is it to protect the different habitats for all animals including humans? We will be looking at the work of Jane Goodall and the study she completed on Monkeys in their natural habitat. From there, we will be looking at different habitats and food chains.

Geography: What are the main similarities and differences between Lagos and Manchester?

In Geography, we will be using Google Earth to identify where Lagos is and then studying the human and physical features. We will then be comparing these features to the human and physical features of Manchester. Finally, we will compare life in Manchester to life in Lagos.

Art: Be an Architect

This half term the children will be studying different architects and using their sketchbooks to draw various architecture. They will then create their own piece of architecture using and applying all the skills they’ve learnt.

Computing: Can I use technology to record and organise data?

This half term, we will be learning how to use programs such as Excel or Google Sheets to record data and create charts that are useful in order to help us understand information we have collected and been given.

Music: Can I explain which of two sounds is higher or lower?

We will be looking at modern songs and how the pitch of a song can change. The children will learn to recognise the difference between a high pitch and a low pitch.

RE: Who is a Jew and what do they believe?

As part of Religious Education, our focus will be looking at the religion Judaism and their beliefs. We will then move onto Easter, and the importance of Jesus’ crucifixion.

PSHE: This half-term, our focus will be on living in the wider world. We will look at respecting our own and other each other’s rights and this makes us feel

 

General Class Information

Reading: Each week, the children read a range of texts through their learning. They also take part in whole class or small group Reading sessions where their decoding and comprehension skills are developed with a different reading skill being focused on each day.

Home reading is to practice and consolidate their fluency, expression and comprehension. Children still being taught phonics will take two books home – 1 decodable book and 1 reading for pleasure book and be assigned a Collins ebook based on the book they have read in school that week. The decodable book is for the children to practice their fluency and expression as well as to show their understanding through questioning. The reading for pleasure book is for the children to share with an adult and to promote a love of reading. If they are past being taught phonics they will be sent home 1 colour banded book to practise decoding and comprehension as well as 1 reading for pleasure book. Please let us know how your child has got on with their reading books using the reading record. We would like you to write a comment each time you hear your child read.

The children will also be listened to at least once every two weeks on a 1-1 basis with their teacher or teaching assistant. The class teacher or teaching assistant will change your child’s book on the day they are listened to read. We will not change a home reading book unless there is a comment in the reading record. If we do not have a comment or a book is not returned for two weeks Mrs Collins, our English curriculum leader, will contact you.

One child per half term will be nominated for being the Reading Hero for their class based on their commitment to home reading. The child will be chosen based on the evidence seen in their reading record and in class. If your child is chosen to be the class Reading Hero they will be given a prize and a certificate and acknowledged in Friday’s good work celebration assembly.

Homework:

  • Read at home at least 3 times
  • Go on TTRockstars twice for 10 min
  • Go on Lexia twice for 10 min
  • Complete Maths or English homework

 

PE: PE is three times a week on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Your child will participate in a dance lesson and sports/gymnastics lesson every week. It is normally expected for children to have a full PE kit kept in school at all times.

Children should not be wearing any jewellery including earrings for PE. If your child does wear earrings, please could you ensure they are taken out before school on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday please.

 Snack: Snack is to be a piece of fruit or a cereal bar. No chocolate, crisps or sweets are allowed