Spring 2, 2024!
Welcome back to our class! Another inspiring half term of learning and fun is planned for you all!
Start time – 8:40am Pick-up time- 3:15pm
If you have any questions, concerns or worries, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to respond as soon as we can.
Please ensure that your child brings a labelled water bottle to school each day as well as ensuring that all items of your child's uniform is clearly labelled too. A healthy fruit snack is provided for all our Year 2 children.
Arithmetic and comprehension homework will alternate and will be given out on a Friday to be returned by the following Wednesday. All returned homework will receive a golden ticket!
Please access our recent Meet the teacher powerpoint by clicking on the link below.
This term we are introducing a program to all year groups at school called myHappymind. myHappymind is all based around helping children to understand how their brain works and to support them in developing positive skills and habits to be their very best selves!
Please click on the link below to access an overview of what the program entails.
Please click on the links below to find out about how we teach Reading, Writing and Maths at Canon Popham C of E Primary Academy.
Our Geography theme this half term is 'What is the Earth made up of?‘
Our theme this half-term will focus on developing our geographical knowledge, skills and vocabulary. Through our study, we will further secure our knowledge of the 7 continents of the world and research information about a locality using different sources of evidence. We will also embed our knowledge about the oceans of the world and compare and contrast the different weather patterns of our Earth.
Our writing this half term will be based on the book Major Glad, Major Dizzy by Jan Oke.
Major Glad, Major Dizzy is a photographic picture storybook about two old toy soldiers who have been lost under some floorboards for a long time. It's based on the true discovery of a hidden hoard of Victorian toys under the author's floor. It will introduce some of the milestones of recent British history and interest children in tracing the past through found objects and old photographs. It's also funny and poignant in parts.
In response to the book, we will engage in a variety of descriptive writing opportunities, including diary accounts, letter writing and poetry.
Phonics and Reading
As a school we follow the Read, Write, Inc programme to deliver our phonics teaching. During this half term, we will continue to work hard embedding our knowledge of phoneme / grapheme correspondence, as well as continuing to segment and blend. We have lots of information on our schools phonics page.
For those children who have progressed from the RWInc phonics lessons, we will continue with our whole class reading lessons which are taught in the same style as KS2. We will focus on different skills throughout the week (vocabulary, retrieval, inference and sequencing) and how to answer different styles of questions.
This half term we will be further developing our understanding of money, fractions and shape. We will also be revisiting addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers using regrouping and adjusting.
This half term we will also be focusing on knowing and remembering our Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) for Spring. Please click on the link below for Year 2 Spring KIRFs.
If you have any questions about these areas of Maths please don’t hesitate to come and speak to us.
In RE, we will study Christianity and explore the question 'Why does Easter matter to Christians?' We will understand Easter is very important in the ‘big story’ of the Bible and how Jesus showed us that he was willing to forgive all people, even for putting him on the cross. We will learn why Christians believe Jesus builds a bridge between God and humans and that Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead, giving people hope of a new life.
Our science theme this half term is Growing Up (animals and humans). In this module, we will:
● notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
● find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)
● describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.
Design and Technology - Food
In our learning, we will explore a range of common fruit and vegetables, undertaking sensory activities i.e. appearance taste and smell. We will further develop our chopping and cutting skills using soft fruit and vegetables using appropriate utensils. Using the Eatwell plate guide, we will design and make our own fruity pizzas!
P.E. - Uni-hockey
In PE our focus is Uni-hockey. In this unit, we will focus on developing our control of the hockey ball as well as our ability to dribble with a hockey stick.
Our PE day is Friday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in the correct P.E kit and brings their school uniform to change into after their lesson. If your child wears earrings, these must be removed or provide tape to cover them.
In P.S.H.E. we will focus on – Economic Education
We will talk about different sources that money can come from and how we can keep track of what we spend. We will discuss some methods of payment and learn about ways we can save money as well as identify why it is important to keep money safe.
Computing – Word processing
In our learning, we will be able to explain which are the home row keys and how to find them for typing, use the spacebar and backspace correctly and type and make simple alterations to text using buttons on a word processor. We will search for, import and alter appropriate images for a text document and modify text in a document. We will learn how to copy and paste text from one document to another as well as explain what information is safe to be shared online.
Our musical theme is Recognising different sounds. When voices or instruments work together to play different pitches that sound at the same time, we can hear harmony in music! We will explore the voices and instruments used within the music in this unit to identify how and when harmony takes place.
NUMBOTs – Every day 10 minutes
NUMBOTs is an on-line programme to boost addition and subtraction skills. It is available on a range of devices, including mobile phones. You can play online at NUMBOTs Game or download the NUMBOTs app. Playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths so we are excited by the impact NUMBOTs will have. In order to get the best out of NUMBOTs children should regularly play for short bursts of time over the week, there are 18 stages to complete!
If you have misplaced your log in details or are having trouble accessing the website, please email me to let us know.
READING – Every day 10 minutes
Please continue to enjoy your reading each day. Reading is fun and a great way to spend time together with your family, as well as developing our imaginations. Encourage your child to talk about what they have read and ask them a question or two about the book. This will help consolidate their comprehension work in school. Adults please remember to record what your child reads at home in their reading record. We will count all entries in the reading diaries weekly and award golden tickets to those who have read 20 times or more in a month.
Our book change day is Friday.
OXFORD OWL – One book a week
Oxford Owl is an e-book library to boost reading skills. Once your book has been read there is a short fun quiz to complete afterwards. Children will receive a golden ticket for every book they complete. Click on the link below to access Oxford Owl;
If you have misplaced your log in details or are having trouble accessing the website, please email me to let me know.
As always, thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning.
Mrs Milnes, Mrs Margetts, Mrs Jones and Mrs Watson