Year 2 (Curlews)

Class Teacher – Miss Hirst.

Welcome to our Home School Link  for Autumn Term 2019.

Our overall topic is ‘Light and Dark’; 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, non fiction (instructions) and poetry.

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 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 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. Maths often involves a game or a challenge! 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.
SCIENCE We will be learning about different materials, and their properties. We will develop this by thinking about their suitability for different uses. We will also focus on working scientifically – planning and carrying out investigations and recording what happens.
How to help Talk about what things are made of. Think about what those materials are like, and why they are used for that object, e.g. glass is used for windows as it is transparent, so will let light in.
HISTORY We will be finding out about Remembrance Day, including how and why we hold Remembrance services each year. We will also find out about a significant event in British history – The Gunpowder Plot, and Guy Fawkes.
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; and developing our geographical skills using compass directions, aerial photographs and maps.
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 ideas about ourselves, and our own feelings, values and beliefs. We will think about the things and people that are special to us, and consider how stories, prayers and songs might help us to develop our own thoughts and values.
How to help Encourage your child to talk about what they have learned, and to respect the beliefs of others.
PSHE Our topic ‘New Beginnings’ is about our feelings and our relationships with others, and supports settling into a new class. After half term, we will learn more about friendships and conflicts in our topic ‘Getting on and Falling Out’.
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 ‘Light and Dark’ theme. We will also look at the work of some illustrators, and try to produce our own illustration for one of our Literacy topics.
How to help Look at illustrations in books you share at home. Talk about what the picture shows. Can you find any illustrations which fit with our ‘Light and Dark’ theme? (e.g. fireworks, night time, traffic lights etc.)


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 to help Have a look at how various toys are made and joined together. How do they work? What are they made of?
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 using digital media to create and adapt images. They will also be developing their understanding of programming using the Beebots and online resources; and learning about how to use the internet safely.