Year 2 (Curlews)

Class Teacher – Miss Hirst.


Welcome to our Home School Link  for Spring Term 2017!




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 fiction and non fiction texts, including non chronological reports.

We will focus in particular on forming accurate sentences, with full stops and capital letters; 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 connectives to join sentences effectively. Spelling and Grammar are a particular focus with the New Curriculum

How you can help.

Please listen to your child read as often as possible, ideally every night. 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. As the books become longer, do not expect to finish a whole book in a night! Help your child to learn their spellings using the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method, or other strategies which I may send home. Spellings are usually 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. The separate ‘Grammar Passport’ shows the main grammar and punctuation knowledge needed by the end of Year 2.


We will be developing our understanding of how numbers work, including counting and place value, and recognising odd and even numbers. 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 will start to develop our understanding of multiplication and division methods, including using the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will also use tables and diagrams to learn methods of data handling, and will often use the context of real life problems, including measures, money and time. We use lots of apparatus and images to help support the children’s understanding. Maths often involves a game or a challenge!

How you can help.

Practise number facts (e.g. pairs that make 10 or 20) and counting forwards and backwards in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s. Practise and learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Measure and estimate distances, play shops and use money! You could also support your child with starting to tell the time.


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 you can 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.


Our topic is about the Great Fire of London. We will use artefacts, written accounts, ICT and other resources to learn all about the fire, what caused it, and the effect it had on London and its residents.

How you can help.

Help your child to develop a sense of time, e.g. recent events, events this century, further back in history.


We will be by learning about an area of Australia, finding out about the physical and human features and the weather. We will use maps, photographs and different resources to support our work. We will compare this area with where we live in the U.K.

How you can help.

Talk about where you live and places you go to, help your child to develop a sense of where places are.


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 you can 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.


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 you can help.

Encourage your child to talk about what they have learned, and to respect the beliefs of others.


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 you can help.

Encourage your child to listen to other views, and to express their own thoughts with confidence.


Our work in Art will support our work in other subject areas such as Aboriginal Art, and The Great Fire of London in History. We will use a range of techniques and materials, including drawing, painting, pastels and collage.

How you can help.

Help your child look and draw carefully – look at or talk about the shape, relative size and colour.


We will be examining a range of puppets to see how they are made. Then we will design and make our own hand puppets, using sewing techniques.

How you can help.

Have a look at how various toys are made and joined together. How do they work? What are they made of?


The children will continue their work with Mrs Wilson; working with rhythms, using instruments and singing.

How you can help.

Sing together at home! Clap rhythms, or tap to the beat of songs.


The children will be exploring methods of programming, using our Beebots. They will guide the Beebots around various obstacles by choosing their instructions carefully. We will also use virtual Beebots to programme them on screen.

How you can help.

Help your child to become more confident by using different programmes if you have 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.