Puffins Autumn 1 2018 Newsletter

Autumn 1
Dungeons and Dragons
In this History based topic the children will be finding out about castles and exploring the answers to some of these questions - What is a castle? Why were castles built? Where were castles built? What were the different parts of castles? Who lived in a castle? Find lots of facts to share with your child on this website.
In Art we will be looking at the work of Paul Klee and his 'Castle in the Sun' paintings. The children will use different techniques to recreate their own version of the famous painting as well as exploring the use of different shapes. Take a look at his fantastic painting below.
Uses of Everyday Materials
In Science we will be exploring the use and properties of different materials and using this knowledge to carry out lots of investigations. They will be testing and finding out which material could be used for a castle window and investigating how they could make a rope strong enough for Shrek to climb up to reach the princess in the tower. Play this game to find out about the properties of different materials. 
Religious Education
The children will be reading a range of different stories including stories from the bible, traditional tales and stories from different faiths. We will be exploring how some stories have a moral (take a look at The Hare and the Tortoise story below) while others contain a hidden message of meaning.
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Homework will continue to be handed out on a Friday and collected and marked on a Wednesday. Homework in Year 2 will include reading, 5 weekly spellings, mathletics and a project (one termly). 
This half term it's a Dungeons and Dragons project!

It’s up to the children what they decide to do. They can do it on their own or together with a family member. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

Be creative! I look forward to hearing some of your ideas over the next few weeks.  Projects should be brought into school, after the half term holidays, by Thursday 8th November. 

All children will continue to take part in daily Read, Write Inc lessons. The focus will we on applying all 44 speed sounds to both their reading and writing. In addition to this the children will also take part in daily spelling sessions where they will practice spelling common exception words in a variety of different ways. To help consolidate these spellings, we ask that as part of their homework they practice reading, writing and using these words in sentences in preparation for a weekly spelling test.
In our writing we will be using the text "George and the Dragon" to help inspire our own writing by describing dragons and castles using expanded noun phrases. We will be looking at the four different sentence types (statement, command, question and exclamation) and exploring how we can use these in our own writing.
Below is a really useful document which outlines all of the terminology that the children must understand by the end of Year 2. 
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Arithmetic and Reasoning - We will be focusing on the place value of 2 digit numbers, identifying how many tens and ones, representing 2 digit numbers in a variety of different ways aswell as partitioning 2 digit numbers, for example 76 = 70 + 6. The children will be familiarising themselves with the hundred square and using this to find 2 digit numbers. How fast can you find the number?
Geomtery - We will be looking at 2D shapes and describing their properties including lines of symmetry.
Data and Measure - We will  be measuring length and mass and choosing the appropriatte unit of measrue including cm, m, g and k.


Please spend a little time each night reading with your child at home. This doesn’t only have to be reading their school reading book but can include their library book or any other texts that they are reading at home. We ask that you record any reading that you do at home in your child’s reading record book so that we can celebrate this in school. In Puffins the children will be rewarded with a weekly pink mark for 4 or more daily comments from home in their reading diaries. A record of this will be kept in school by Miss Rogers. When they achieve pink marks each week for a full half term they will get a little prize to celebrate their hard work. The children will read at least twice a week with an adult in school either in guided reading sessions one to one.


As well as reading please also practice reading all 44 Year 2 common exception words as this helps develop reading fluency. By the end of Year 2 children should be able to read and spell each of these words. Each half term I will assess the children to see which ones they can read, when they are able to read the words they will be highlighted pink.



Physical Education
PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday. Please ensure that your child's PE kit school is in school everyday as this may change. We advise that children leave their kit in school and take it home at the end of each half term to be washed.