Welcome to Year 2 Summer Term



This term, our theme will be 'Explorers'. This will include learning about Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Christopher Columbus - discovering who they are, what they did, their journeys and challenges they had. We will also be finding out what coasts are including identifying seas and oceans surrounding the UK, and identifying physical and human features.

Our focus for English will use the text 'The Dragon Machine' by Helen ward and will focus on story sequencing, posters, explanation text, descriptions and poetry. We will also be reading 'The Boy Who Grew Dragons' for our active read text. We will continue to practise learning sounds and words for phonics to support our reading and use our knowledge of different aspects of grammar, punctuation and spelling to support our writing.

In Maths, we will practise our arithmetic skills and learn about fractions, length and height, mass, capacity and temperature, time, problem solving and sufficient methods, position and direction and statistics.  Children also have access to Times Table Rockstars to practise their multiplication skills and are encouraged to practise our half termly KIRFs (Key Instant Recall of Facts). This term we are learning the 2X table including learning multiplication and division facts and how to tell the time using quarter past and quarter to. 

In Science, we will be finding out about different materials including properties and their uses, as well as how materials can change shape. We will also be learning about plants and investigating what plants need to grow. In Music, we will be learning how to choose and play appropriate dynamics and timbres for a piece of music, as well as use musical notation to play and compose melodies and to perform as a group. In art, we will be using clay to create and design a tile boat and in Design and Technology we will be making a monster.

In ICT our focus is word processing and stop animation. This will involve learning and exploring how to use a keyboard and how to create a document with text and images, as well learning how to create a digit story. In RE we will be learning about prophets and in PSHE, our units are 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me'.



Reading Journals - Children are encouraged to read regularly at home. It is recommended you read at least 5 times a week to help you earn your Star Reader Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards. You can write your own reading comments in your planner and parents/carers can make comments too. Children can can change their reading books every day or as and when needed. Those children on Accelerated Reader can complete their quizzes at school once they have read their book.

 Here's a list of websites that you can access for online books:

www.oxfordowl.co.uk                 www.freechildrenstories.com 

www.magicblox.com                   www.storylineonline.net


Reminders and Homework 


  • Reading - as above.
  • Homework Book:-
    • Maths - Arithmetic questions will be set every Monday and children are encouraged to practise multiplication facts on TimesTables Rockstars each week. Children are also encouraged to practise their KIRFs (Key Instant Recall of Facts).
    • Spellings - Spellings will be set each Monday with a spelling test carried out on the same day. 
    • Lucky Listeners or a reading comprehension - These may be set as part of the children's homework. These will support with fluency and comprehension skills.
  • PE days are on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Please remember to wear your PE kit to school, remove earrings and have long hair tied back.
  • Please ensure that all items of clothing, water bottles and lunchboxes are clearly named.
  • If you need to speak me, you can contact me through the school office using the admin email - admin@montgomerieprimary.essex.sch.uk  

Here's looking forward to a great term.

Miss Moss