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Penguin Class Year 2



Autumn Term 2

Welcome back after the half term break. I hope that everyone had lots of Autumnal fun! 



This term our focus text is Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey.  We will be writing advertisements and posters, character and setting descriptions, invitations, diary entries and instructions  We'll be using our story writing skills to write a sequel. We will be focusing on writing narratives that are well structured and will think carefully about our word and sentence choices.  We will be remembering punctuation, especially apostrophes for possession and exclamation marks for effect.  We will learn to extend and link our sentences with conjunctions and pronouns.  After we have finished writing we will learn to edit our work carefully for punctuation and spelling.



In Maths we will be developing and progressing with our addition and subtraction of one and two digit number, we will start to add more than two numbers. We will be recognising values of money and using correct symbols for pounds and pence. We will combine amounts to make values and use combinations of money. We will apply all our learned skills on problems involving totals of money and change. 



We will be learning about where chocolate comes from in the world. We will focus on certain areas of the world and use them to find out more information on landscape and climate so that we can begin to compare to places in the UK. We will locate them on maps and create our own maps. 



In DT we will be baking and creating our own chocolate products. 



Miss Phillips will continue teaching singing in the lead up to Christmas. 



We will use computing to enhance learning in other subject areas through use of multimediaa apps on the iPads. 



PE takes place on a Monday and Friday.  Can you please make sure that your child has a named PE kit in school each day, with a school PE T-shirt, a pair of school PE shorts, a pair of trainers/pumps and a pair of warmer joggers and top for outdoor sessions.  Please remember that for safety reasons the children cannot wear earrings for PE.  Can you make sure that your child can remove their earrings or please send tape to put over them. Thank you.



Our science topic for this term is Keeping Healthy 


In RE we will be looking at the importance of Christmas to Christians and learning howJesus changed the lives of others. 



Homework will be sent home on a Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday.  This will include a set piece of English and/or Maths homework which supports the work we have done in the week.   Sometimes homework may involve using the internet to access games and resources, please do speak to us if you have any problems accessing this at home.  The children will be taught to become responsible for putting their own homework book into the box by Wednesday.  They will be reminded but we appreciate your support with this.



Reading Books

We would like to encourage our children to develop a love of reading and ask you to support them as much as possible in their reading journey.  It is important that they read as often as possible and that they share their reading with an adult or fluent reader who can ask questions about what they have read and enjoys the content with them.  We ask that the children aim to read with an adult every day.  We have introduced a READING CHALLENGE:  read 5 times to an adult and children will earn a star.  For every 10 stars they earn there is a change to earn bronze, silver and gold certificates.  Don't forget that readers of all abilities still love and benefit enormously from having books read to them. The children can change their home reading books as often as they like from their colour basket and we will send books home electronically using the Bug Club books.  These are a fantastic resource so please do make use of it. We also encourage the children to read books from the class library, comics, cookery books, instruction manuals, magazines, age-appropriate websites and children's newspapers. 


Water Bottles

Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school each day - it's thirsty work being in school and we have very limited supplies of cups for our water dispenser. 


Wet Playtime

Our cloakroom space is really limited this year so we have decided it would be best to avoid extra bags on pegs.  We will provide a range of suitable toys and equipment for them to play.