Year 2 (Curlews)

Class Teacher – Miss Hirst.

Home School Link – Curlews 

Spring 2020

Our overall topic is ‘Rainforest’; many of the curriculum areas fit with this theme.



Our Literacy often involves speaking and listening activities, in order to support and extend the children’s understanding of the text, and to develop their writing. This term we will be exploring various stories, as well as non-fiction (non chronological reports).

We will focus in particular on forming accurate sentences, with full stops, capital letters and other punctuation; phonics and spelling strategies, and accurate letter formation to aid joined handwriting. We are also trying to choose words and phrases carefully to make the writing more interesting for the reader, and use conjunctions to join sentences effectively.

How to help

  • Please listen to your child read as often as possible, it really makes a difference to their progress. Take time talking to your child about their book, it is really important that your child is confident and ready to move on to a new book, to avoid problems caused by moving on too quickly. (Please see the separate card ‘Reading at home – Key Stage 1’ to help you support your child with their comprehension.) As the books become longer, do not expect to finish a whole book in a night!
  • When your child is given spellings to learn, please help them to learn their spellings using the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method. Spellings will usually be given on Mondays and checked the same Friday.
  • When writing, please encourage your child to think carefully about their handwriting, spelling, and punctuation, and to add a bit extra to their sentences to give more information. Please ask them to re-read and check their writing for full stops and capital letters, and for any other punctuation or spelling errors.
  • Handwriting – it is really important that your child can form each letter and number correctly, starting and finishing in the same place. Letters need to be the right size, the right shape and the right way round. Please encourage your child to focus on their handwriting, so that they can establish good writing habits.
MATHS We will be developing our understanding of how numbers work, including counting and place value. We will practise counting in different sized steps, ordering numbers, and partitioning them into tens and units. We will use different methods to practise addition and subtraction, and we will start to develop our understanding of multiplication and division methods, including using the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will also work on shape and space and measures, including time. We use lots of apparatus and images to help support the children’s understanding, and we put calculations into contexts that will help the children make sense of the question. We are working hard on encouraging talk in Maths to help with making connections between different areas and to develop their skills in reasoning.

How to help

Practise number facts (e.g. pairs that make 10 or 20) and counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 3’s, even backwards! Measure and estimate distances, play shops and use money! Help your child to reinforce their number skills by playing the Maths Games which are sent home, and by using DoodleMaths.
SCIENCE We will be learning about animals including humans. We will think about how various animals change as they grow, and what animals including humans need to stay healthy, such as a healthy diet, exercise, and good hygiene. After half term we will focus on what plants need to grow well, and we will be looking closely at how plants grow and develop.

How to help

Talk about how to look after plants, and pets! Think about what our bodies need to keep them healthy, and what a healthy diet might mean.
HISTORY We will find out about two different significant individuals from History. First we will learn about Rosa Parks, then we will find out about Charles Darwin and his travels.
How to help Help your child to develop a sense of time, e.g. recent events, events this century, further back in history.
GEOGRAPHY We are developing a sense of where we are in the world; particularly thinking about our country in relation to others. We will develop our geographical skills using compass directions, aerial photographs and maps. We will learn about the climate, and the human and physical geography of places connected with our topic.
How to help Talk about where you live and places you go to, help your child to develop a sense of where places are.
P.E. We will develop our movement skills through our frequent half hourly lessons. Small sided games and individual and paired work help to make sure the children are confident in their basic skills.
How to help Help your child to enjoy being active, join in playing ball games at home, and please make sure your child’s P.E. kit is named and in school every day as we have PE several times a week.
R.E. In RE this term, we will be exploring beliefs through a range of stories. We will start by sharing stories which are special to us and stories which have a message or moral e.g. some traditional tales and fables. We will move on to learning about a range of stories which support different people’s beliefs, and we will focus on Hinduism.
How to help Encourage your child to talk about what they have learned, and to respect the beliefs of others.
PSHE Our topic ‘Going for Goals’ is about setting realistic goals and finding ways to achieve them. After half term, our topic will be ‘Good to be Me’, which involves reflecting on our own strengths and feelings.
How to help Encourage your child to listen to other views, and to express their own thoughts with confidence.
ART We will explore different techniques and materials this term, to fit with our ‘Rainforest’ theme. We will also look at the work of Henri Rousseau, and will use collage and modelling to produce some 3D Art.
How to help Notice patterns, colours and shapes in the natural world. Look closely at plants and animals you come across. Can you find any illustrations with a Rainforest theme?
TECHNOLOGY We will be exploring fruit and vegetables as a focus for our Food Technology. We will be tasting different fruits, and practising methods of food preparation e.g. grating, slicing, squeezing.
How to help Try different fruits and vegetables. Have a look at them in a supermarket – what do they look, feel and smell like? Cut them open and have a look inside. What are your favourites? Can you try something new? Talk about where fruits and vegetables come from.
MUSIC The children will continue their work with Mrs Wilson; working with rhythms, using instruments and singing.
How to help Sing together at home! Clap rhythms, or tap to the beat of songs.
Computing The children will be learning to use the computers more independently, logging on and selecting programmes. They will be developing their keyboard skills using word processing software to type and edit their work. They will also be learning about how to use the internet safely.
How to help Help your child to become more confident by using different programmes if you have access to a computer at home. Talk to your child about how to use a computer safely, and the concept of not sharing personal information with people we do not know, either in person or on the internet.