Year 2 Spring 2 2021

Welcome back to our second half of the Spring Term and our new topic 'Awesome Africa'.
We start this half term in two locations with half the class learning at home and half the class in school.
However, we continue our collaboration to support the children's progress and to promote their excitement when it comes to learning!
There are some changes in hand as we hope to move towards a return to school for all of the children.
Friday will be a screen free afternoon with PE, wellbeing and if possible, outdoor activities for everyone at school and at home.
There is also a class timetable where you will be able to see and follow the subjects we are completing each day at school (for example completing RE on the RE day, science on the science day etc). Of course we are aware that this may not suit everyone's work patterns and understand some parents may need to support their children slightly differently to the school timetable.
This term's knowledge organiser will help you to support your child's developing understanding and vocabulary in these key areas of our topic learning this half term. They will also receive activities for music and PE. Later in the half term we will do some Design and Technology linked to our knowledge of Africa.
We are returning to the pattern of Year 2 homework too, ready for our return. This is our expectation that children read DAILY, for a minimum of 30 minutes and that they, if they are on the Accelerated Reader scheme, they complete 2 quizzes a week (unless they are reading long chapter books). 
The children also need to spend about 5 minutes a day learning their spellings (these are posted on Spelling Shed) and 5 minutes a day working on their multiplication and division skills on Times Table Rock Stars or Hit The Button or Maths Shed. They have now been taught how these two skills support each other and need to work on speedy recall of number facts.
I would like to thank you in advance for all your support and hope that we will be able to welcome all the children back into school soon.
Kindest thoughts
Laura Hallett
For World Book Day we dressed up as characters and words. We listened to the story of Rosie Revere, Engineer and talked about the character traits she has and how they helped her achieve her goals in the story.
We looked at some inventions, gadgets and gizmos and designed some of our own.
Our first week back to school as a class has been exciting as we all get used to being together again. Once again the children are keen to learn and have been a credit to everyone who has been home-schooling.
The children have shown their true open natures by welcoming two new children to our class. These boys in turn have fitted in so well, sharing their enthusiasm for learning with us.
I apologise for the confusion around PE days.
As I said on the Seesaw message it will currently be on a Tuesday. 
There have been some last moment changes to the timetable so I apologise in advance if at a later date we have to revert to Wednesday.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
This weeks spellings.