Welcome to Year Two
Staff: Mrs Worthington, Mrs Horan and Mrs McGorian
PE for Year 2 is on Thursday. We ask that PE kits stay in school for the whole half term; we may have additional sessions on other days. If your child is unable to participate, we require a letter from home. Please ensure that your child has a full indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. If taking part in outdoor learning activities, it would be useful for your child to bring their wellington boots into school. This applies particularly during winter months when the outdoor environment can get very muddy!
Spelling homework is an essential part of Year 2 as it reinforces the work undertaken in class. Spellings are given out each Friday and children are tested the following Friday. Children will complete their spelling test in their Malvern Primary School Planner each week.
Reading is a really important part of your child’s development as well as being an amazing journey into new worlds, real and imagined. Ideally, we would like the children to read each evening for a short time. However, we realise that this is not always possible. As a minimum, we ask that the children read at home with an adult at least four times a week. We ask that this reading is noted in their planner. Please write in the planner when your child has finished the book and we will change it the same day.
Children all have access to ‘Reading Eggs’ and are encouraged to use this online activity as often as possible at home. Please record this learning in their Malvern School Planner alongside any other reading at home.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY BRING THEIR READING BOOK IN EVERY DAY EVEN IF THEY HAVEN’T READ THE NIGHT BEFORE.
We ask children to use our ‘Ideas for Homework’ help sheet to choose two independent learning projects to undertake each half term. This help sheet will be given out at the start of each half term. Details can also be found by scrolling down to the relevant half term.
In addition to these projects, we ask children to complete spelling and mental mathematics homework every evening and additional maths and English homework as required. This will be given our on a Friday for completion by the following Friday.
We hope to make homework as fun as possible and hope that you enjoy opportunities to see first hand how your child is progressing on their learning journey.
Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher at any time to discuss homework if you feel it necessary.
Spring Term 2:
The Scented Garden
Tiptoe through the tulips as your senses discover the blooming foliage and enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs round and round the mulberry bush we go, planting bulbs and seeds, and then watch them grow beneath sunshine and showers.
Explore the astounding world of the secret garden, but careful, there are some wild and dangerous plants out there that do astonishing things – just don’t touch!
Use the marvellous properties of plants, flowers and herbs to make an exceptional gift for somebody special.
Everything is coming up roses! Why not grow your own?
Ideas for homework:
- Plant your own bulbs and seeds at home and watch them grow.
- keep a plant diary explain how you grew a plant.
- With an adult, search the web for examples of amazing plants and make your own and wonderful plant book.
- On your visit to the supermarket find and discuss plants you can eat including herbs, vegetables and fruit.
Spring Term 2:
Our new project is ‘Wriggle and Crawl.’
Grab your coat and pooter- we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt.
Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up your nets to see who’s home.
Learn about bees and worms and butterflies too. Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Carry out investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels each day and how a spider catches its prey.
On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl!
IDEAS FOR HOMEWORK
- Go for a minibeast safari with your family. Take photographs or draw any minibeasts you find.
- Find books and poems about minibeasts. Write a review of your favourite book.
- Use the internet to research a weird and wonderful minibeast such as the Borneo walking stick and the goliath beetle.
- Watch a movie about minibeasts and make a comic strip to show part of the film or write a film review.
- Write a list of adjectives to describe what spiders look like and a list of verbs to describe what spiders do.
- Create a minibeast word search.
- Download and label an image of an insect.
- Make your own non-fiction book about minibeasts.
- Read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and write a description of the main characters.
Autumn Term 1:
Our new project is ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’.
Dive in and get your hands and feet all covered in paint. Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods.
Pour, mix, stir, splat! How does it feel to get your hands covered in goo?
write recipes, instructions, riddles and poems- there are loads of scrummy words to describe messy mixtures!
Work with paint and other squelchy stuff to create your own art. what will you make? How will you arrange it?
Don’t worry about the mess… it’ll always wash!
IDEAS FOR HOMEWORK
- Cook something with a grown- up and create a picture record of what you have done. Perhaps you could try one of Roald Dahl’s revolting recipes?
- Take your grown-up shopping and encourage them to try food they’ve never tasted before. Remember to take lots of photographs!
- In the bath, use a measuring jug to measure different amounts of water. Create your own capacity problems and bring them into school four our ‘Let’s Solve It’ board.
- Create your own piece of artwork inspired by Carl Warner using foods that you have at home. Take some photographs of your creation to share in class.
- Set up a melting experiment. Take two or three glasses and fill them with the same number of ice cubes. Put them in different places and see which melts first. Do the ice cubes melt faster when you stir them?
- Compare how long it takes for a sugar lump to dissolve in cold and warm water. How can you record your findings?
- Write a poem with the title ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’ to share in our poetry assembly of a Thursday. Practise reading your poem aloud. Can you recite it from memory?
Summer Term 2
Our new project is ‘Beat, Band, Boogie!’
Boom, boom, boom parrup, bah-dum TISH! Here comes the marching band! Left, right, left, right… ATTEN-SHUN!
Step in time to the beat: 1,2,3,4, let’s make sounds, high and low!
Let’s design and make and instrument to perform in our own class band.
Learn the different instruments of the orchestra and investigate pitch, rhythm and beat.
IDEAS FOR HOMEWORK
Make a tin can telephone with a friend
Watch online videos of brass bands. Create your own musical band at home
Design a uniform for a marching band
Record some sounds at home to make your own sound quiz
Find a poem, nursery rhyme or song about marching to learn by heart and perform
Find out about interesting drums from other countries. Choose your favourite and find it’s origin on a world map. Watch an online video of somebody playing the instrument.
Find out if any local bands perform in your area. Go and watch them perform and write a review
Autumn Term 2:
Our new project is ‘Land Ahoy!’
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Arr… me hearties- it’s a sailor’s life for me!
Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world- just like Captain Cook.
Male a boat, sink a ship or fly a pirate flag! Speak like a pirate, write like a poet and weight and measure a pirate’s booty!
Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the poop deck! Explore our world finding out about the continents that make up our world. Would you like to explore the seven seas?
Thar’s land ahead, me buckos! Let’s get t’ship t’port!
IDEAS FOR HOMEWORK
- Search the internet and non-fiction books to find out about a famous boat or ship. Make an information book by writing down interesting facts, downloading images or making detailed drawings. Famous ships to choose could include the Titanic, the Santa Maria, the Cutty Shark or HMS Belfast.
- Design and make your own boat to take part in a class boat race. What materials will you use. What shape will your boat be? What name will you give it?
- Visit a maritime museum.
- Visit our local library to read stories and information books about the sea. If you’re not already, perhaps you could become a member and take your favourite books home with you to read.
- Make your own pirate treasure chest using a lidded box and other recycled materials. What will you keep in your treasure chest? Bring it to school and explain to our class how you made it.
- Make a map of your home or local area to show all the main features. Include physical landmarks such as woodland, rivers and hills as well as human features such as shops, farms or stations. Where would be a good place to hide your treasure? Can you plot a route to find it?
- Find and learn some pirate jokes. Practise performing them at home ready to make your friends at school laugh. Aye, that be funny!
- Look at holiday brochures or travel websites and investigate holiday destinations around the world. How would you get there? Is it close to the Equator? What countries, seas and oceans surround each location?
Spring Term 1:
Our new project is ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets.’
Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let’s build a brand new one… whose is the tallest? Can you measure it?
Dig deep, deep down making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals who live underground.
What’s that sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap, over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll underneath… he likes to gobble up little girls and boys! Make sure that the bridge is sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side.
And finally, meet the three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf!
No huffing and puffing will blow YOUR fortress down!
IDEAS FOR HOMEWORK
- Play a tumbling tower game such as Jenga with your family. What are the best ways of keeping the tower upright? See if you can take some action shots or videos of the tower as it falls down.
- Go on a bridge hunt with your grown-ups around the local area. Take photographs to show us what you found in class. Choose the most interesting bridge and see what you can find out about it online or at the library.
- Make a detailed diagram of a castle, labelling interesting features. Perhaps you could find out about ‘murder holes’, ‘garderobes’ or ‘loopholes’ by doing some research on the internet.
- Make your own information book about castles, bridges or tunnels.
- Design and make a model of a famous structure from around the world using junk materials you can find at home.
- Find, on a world map or globe, all of the famous landmarks you would like to visit. Which continents are they in? How would you get there? Talk to your grown up and explain your choices.
- Design a fantastic new landmark for our local area! What materials would you use and what special features would it have?
- Draw a story board for the tale of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and add captions to your images.
A look back at previous years in year 2:
Here is some of the work we did in our last project, ‘Land Ahoy!’
We investigated simple lever mechanisms to make moving pictures. Here are 2CB’s pictures. The children were really pleased with how they turned out.
Here are 2PK’s moving pictures. The children had lots of fun making and using the lever mechanism.
In Science we investigated floating and sinking. One of our challenges was to make a ball of plasticine into a shape that floats and could hold some weights.
We created stop animation films. But first we had to make the scenery and the characters!