Year 2 have been studying Van Gogh. They have written their own thoughtful interpretations of the painting Starry Night. This picture is a collaborative effort inspired by his Sunflowers still life. The children observed Sunflowers and carefully drew their own. Isolde printed them out to create Year 2 ‘s own version of the painting.

Dear Year 2 Parents/ Guardians,                                    

Welcome back! We hope you had a happy and restful festive period. Our topic for this half term is ‘The Victorians’. If you have any objects, pictures or any other information relating to this topic at home, we would love to borrow them.

Whenever possible, this topic will be taught in a cross-curricular way – linking subjects together to provide a rounded and interesting experience for the children.

In Literacy we will be looking at the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. The children will be learning about the features of poems and writing their own nonsense poems. Also we will be reading the story of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and using drama to act out parts of the story and hot-seat the characters. In addition we will be learning to describe characters and settings using powerful vocabulary. We will also visit the Museum of London to do a workshop about Charles Dickens.

In Maths we will be focussing on our 2, 5 and 10 times tables and using number facts to solve multiplication and division problems. The children will begin to learn about fractions and equivalent fractions and how to use them in everyday contexts. They will also be practising how to measure and estimate using rulers and other instruments.

In Science Year 2 will be continuing cooking with Oonagh every Friday. Alongside this we will be finding out about electricity; how to make circuits and how to make bulbs work. Also we will look at how materials can be changed.

In Art we will be looking carefully at Punch and Judy puppets and the work of William Morris. As well as making our own Victorian portraits.

In Geography we will go on a walk around Camden to explore Victorian architecture.

In History we will be finding out about Victorian schools and how they compare to our school. We will visit the Ragged School Museum to experience a Victorian school. We will also learn about the workhouse, Victorian inventions and famous Victorians. A visit to the Postal Museum will help us learn about the invention of the postal service.

In Computing we will research Victorian inventions using online resources.

In RE we will learn about Chinese New Year and the Christian festivals of Easter and Lent.

This term PE sessions will continue to be in the hall on Monday afternoons with coach Charlie. Please make sure your child has the correct clothing for these sessions. We will also be continuing Swimming on Friday mornings. Please note after half-term swimming will finish and the children will be allocated another school PE session a week. We will inform you of the time and day after half term.

Home Learning

It has come to our attention that a large number of children are not completing their homework. Homework is an invaluable activity, that reinforces the children’s learning at home and helps build independence in their learning. It will greatly benefit your child’s education if they are able to complete their homework weekly.

The homework your child is getting every week is as follows:

Every Friday they will get either a Literacy or Science homework.

In addition to this Mymaths will be set online every 2 weeks.

Homework must be returned by the following Friday.

Guided Reading:

Please continue to read regularly with your child, regular reading really helps children progress not just in reading, but helps them access all subjects of the curriculum more easily. Your child’s guided reading day will stay the same this term.

Trips and workshops in the Spring term

Postal Museum- Tuesday 4th February

Museum of London- Charles Dickens Workshop –Thursday 13th February

Ragged School Museum- Tuesday 25th February

Thanks in advance for all your support this term.

Yours sincerely,

Isolde Summerscale and Olga Baron