Our star writer this week (16.3.18) is: 

Gracie-Mae Kendall for fantastic story writing and working extra hard on her cursive handwriting. Well done Gracie-Mae!

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Our Topic for this half term is ‘Florence Nightingale’

We have been lucky enough this week to have a very exciting workshop all about Florence Nightingale, run by the Thackray Medical Museum.

We started by listening to some really interesting facts and asking any questions we had, and then split into groups to sort artifacts into groups based on whether we thought they were from Scutari hospital before, or after Florence Nightingale. There were some really interesting things to look at, and some rather disgusting smells!

We then had the chance to dress up as porters and nurses and act out the typical duties of those people in Scutari hospital during the Crimean war.


In Literacy we are:

During this half term, we will be using the text ‘Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers . The children will be using this stories as a stimulus to write character and setting descriptions and write their own versions of Lost and Found. We will then use the laptops to do some research so that we can write our own fact files about penguins. We will then go on to look at different stories by Oliver Jeffers and compare and contrast various stories by the same author, and looking at features of his writing and how we can incorporate these features into our own writing to make it more interesting.


In Numeracy this half term we will be focusing on numbers to 100, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and extending this to counting in 3s.  We will secure our understanding of odd and even numbers, recognising multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and we will continue to partition numbers in to tens and units.  We will be solving number problems, solving addition and subtraction number sentences and learning how to do simple multiplication and division, using solid and written representations to help us. We will be revising our knowledge of 2D shapes, and extending this to 3D shapes. We will be continuing to learn how to tell the time, order months of the year, and days of the week.

Any specific learning:

During Topic lessons, we will be looking at the life of Florence Nightingale and what she is most well known for. We will look at Scutari Hospital and what changes she made to improve it. We will compare nurses and hospitals from before Florence Nightingale, with hospitals how they are now. We will be learning how to order events chronologically and will have a chance to look at various artifacts from hospitals now and then. In science, we will be looking at animals including humans, we will explore the various different ways we can make sure our bodies stay healthy.

Ways you can help your child:

  • Read to them or listen to them read everyday and talk about the books you have read. (See link to Oxford Owl website below, this has free online books which can be read in addition to books sent home from school.)
  • Practise reading and spelling high frequency words.
  • Practise letter formation. In Year Two we are working really hard to begin to join our letters once they are formed correctly.
  • Practise counting, and work on number recognition and formation.
  • Practise the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
  • Visit your local library to explore a range of different fiction and non-fiction texts.

Things we need:

  • Can you please make sure all of the school uniform is named. This will help to ensure that your child doesn’t lose any items of clothing, especially jumpers.
  • Book bags brought to school every day.

Upcoming events:

We will be doing SATS tests at the end of June and this will comprise of two maths papers, a spelling and grammar paper, and two reading papers.

We are doing lots of practice papers from previous years during all lessons leading up until when we sit them.

To help your child further, please try to make the extra effort to listen to them read every day, work with your child to go through their spellings, and encourage your child to complete their homework—it is all given in order to help them!

If you have any questions or worries or feel you would like extra support in helping your child prepare for their SATS, please feel free to ask me at any time and I will do anything I can to help!

In order to help your children feel as confident as they possibly can when it comes to SATS time, we are running a SATS club every Tuesday evening after school 3-4pm, if you have not already signed up for this and wish to do so, please talk to Miss Sadler or ask in the office.

Useful websites:

Maths Sample Paper 1 – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439520/Sample_ks1_mathematics_paper1_arithmetic.pdf

Maths Sample Paper 2 – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439522/Sample_ks1_mathematics_paper2_reasoning.pdf

Reading Sample Paper 1 – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439482/Sample_ks1_Englishreading_paper1_promptanswerbooket.pdf

Reading Sample Paper 2 – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439489/Sample_ks1_Englishreading_paper2_readingbooklet.pdf

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button – this is a really fun and useful game for practicing times tables, division and number bonds.

High Frequency Words spellings – http://www.highfrequencywords.org/hfw100fp.pdf

Oxford owl reading  – online books available to read and reading tips.

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/online/moonmaths.swf – Great for practicing times tables.

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/Mathmagician/cathymath.html – Fun and good for practicing simple addition and subtraction.

http://www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html – Fun game useful for practicing and recognising different parts of sentences.


Any other useful information:

Click on the link below for all the information from the SATS meeting:

Year 2 SATS Meeting

Please remember children need a PE kit and pumps or trainers in school. This half term our PE days are  Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.