Year 2: Spring Curriculum Letter
We are looking forward to a happy and successful term working with you and your children.
We are continuing to promote our 6 learning attitudes. They aim to make the children successful learners and develop skills that will help them learn throughout their lives. Please ask your children which one they think they have demonstrated throughout the week. These 6 qualities are: Readiness, Resourcefulness, Resilience, Reflectiveness, Responsibility and Risk Taking. In addition to this the children are learning about ‘character muscles’ and are being encouraged to exercise these muscles as a way to enhance their learning. These include, concentration, independence, making links, enthusiasm, optimism and perseverance.
PE – Indoor and Outdoor
This term’s PE is dance. Your child will be required to bring a white t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and plimsolls/trainers every Thursday although we encourage the children to have their kit in school all week. Please remove any jewellery from your child before they come into school. Even though PE is on Thursday please send your child to school with sensible shoes for morning motivation.
We are pleased to see so many children looking smart in their school uniforms. Children need to wear a blue top, black or grey trousers/skirt and a white shirt/polo shirt – please avoid labels or badges other than Northfield!
Our behaviour strategy ‘It’s Good to be Green’ will continue. Teachers reward children with house points that are displayed in the classroom. When children reach various totals, badges are awarded and worn on a lanyard. Like last year, parents are invited to come and see their children get the badges in Friday morning assemblies. An invitation will be sent out when the children have earned their badges.
It is vital for your child’s education that they attend school regularly and promptly. If your child is absent please ring the school office to avoid us needing to telephone you as we now contact all parents if a child is not at registration. If you are planning a family holiday please make every effort to take this during school holidays. Please be aware that Leicester City Council will check attendance and may issue fines for unauthorised holidays. Please also remember to collect a holiday authorisation form for any holidays planned during term time.
We value your support and comments so do not hesitate to contact us if you have a concern. Send a note, talk to us on the playground or alternatively contact the office to arrange a meeting. Just a reminder that teaching begins at 8.50 so it is not possible to speak to any parent at this time unless it is urgent. We appreciate your continued co-operation.
In mathematics pupils will be learning to:
- Use rods and dots for addition and subtraction
- Use multiplication facts for division
- Use and apply knowledge of the four operations to solve word problems in real life contexts such as money.
- Tell the time to the nearest quarter of an hour
- Identify odds and even numbers
- Understand and use the terms greater than and less than
On a weekly basis children will have a times table test. If you would like to help your child at home, it would be really beneficial if you could practise mental maths strategies and times tables. Pupils will be concentrating on the 3x and 4x tables this term. They will still need to revise 2x, 5x and 10x
In English this term we are going to be reading:
- Not now Bernard!
- The Tiger who came to Tea
- A range of books by a significant author such as Julia Donaldson
- And poetry by AA Milne
This term the focus is on comprehension in readiness for Year 2 SATS, which take place in May. It is very important for your child to read at home as often as possible.
On a weekly basis the children will be completing a reading comprehension and 1:1 reading will continue with an adult whenever possible.
- All English lessons will strive to include a variety of learning styles including drama, reading, and grammar.
This term we will be focusing on the following units:
- Animals and humans, with a focus on how to look after ourselves and the importance of exercise
- Everyday materials and their properties
Please spend 10 minutes, as a minimum, reading with your child every day.’ Reading Logs ‘are expected to be completed, signed and brought in to school every day.
Pupils are expected to complete spelling homework in preparation for a weekly spelling test.
We also give out exciting ‘VAK homework’ for each new topic that will allow your child to be creative.
Maths Spotlight event: Thursday 25th January 2018
Parents Evenings: Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February 2018
We look forward to a happy and productive term with you and your children.
Ms Willoughby & Mrs Adatia