Assalamu’alaikum and welcome to all Year 2 children and parents for this academic year!
I hope you have all had a relaxing summer break. The children are glad to finally be back at school and are settling really well! We have been having a lot of fun in our learning as well as preparing early for SATS. Please read below for information concerning the upcoming term. If there are any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me. Thank you for your ongoing support in your children’s learning.
What we are learning this Year/Term
How to Find Gold by Vivian Schwartz is an adventure story. It is about two characters named Anna and Crocodile, who must plan well if they want to go on their dangerous and difficult adventure to find gold. This term the children will be creating maps, writing letters, character descriptions and short narratives. Finally, we will be looking at the grammar techniques used to write effectively such as using conjunctions, adjectives, capital letters and full stops.
This term, the children will be looking at Phase 5 to help them decode words effectively which will help them in their reading. They will get spellings related to the Phonics sound they are focusing on for the week. When they are secure, they will move on to Phase 6.
This term, we are securing children’s knowledge on number and place value. They will also be looking at addition and subtraction! Finally, we will be solving word problems and focusing on various problem solving activities using the skills they have learnt.
In Science, we will be looking at Materials. This topic covers the different names of materials and their properties. Later, the children will think about why these materials are used for different objects. Also, the children will participate in a range of Science experiences. They are very much looking forward to this.
This term in Art, the children will learn about sculpting different materials and moulding clay into different shapes. As a class, we will be focusing on techniques such as drawing from observation, adding and subtracting clay and printing to create shapes and patterns. We are hoping to create an amazing Stuart House from 1666 made out of clay.
In History, the children will be looking at the Great Fire of London, which happened in September 1666. The children will reflect on what caused one of the greatest events in British History and what were the impacts. Insha’Allah we are hoping to get an exciting workshop for the children for the end of term.
This term the children will be looking at online safety and what to do if they feel unsafe. They will also look at how to conduct themselves online. Finally the children will be looking at programs such as Google Presentation and Coding Software.
In PSHE, the children will reflecting on how new beginnings. They will talk about how to start the school year and their feelings about starting a new class. By the end, the children will develop resilience.
ISLAMIC STUDIES AND ARABIC
The children will be taught Islamic Studies by Ustad Kasujja three times a week. The children will be reciting various Duas and learning about the important Prophets in the Quran.
Arabic is also taught once a week by Ustad Kasujja. The children will be learning the alphabet this term.
PE is on Wednesdays and Fridays in the afternoons. Please make sure that your child remembers their PE kit. On Wednesday, the children will be taught by coach. On Friday, PE will be taught by Ustadha Mahmoud.
ROUTINES AND EXPECTATIONS
In the mornings the children will come in recite their Duas in the morning. After registration they will have Phonics and Guided Reading. Then they will have snack and breaktime. Then they will have Maths and English until Lunchtime.
The children will have topic subjects such as Science, Art, PE or History in the afternoon and interventions. If Islamic Studies or Arabic is taught that is also in the afternoon.
Homework will be given once a week on Fridays and handed in on Tuesday. The following tasks will be given:
-English writing task or Science tasks based on lessons in class.
-Maths tasks related to the work completed in class.
-Spellings related to the Phonics sound taught in class.
-Please read with your child for 10 mins either with a book or using their Bug Club online books. Ask your child about what they have read.
The Year 2 team are working diligently to ensure your children achieve well in the SATS as well as learning other knowledge from the curriculum. Some of the homework will be preparing them for SATS. To support your child you can read with them so they answer the reading comprehension paper. Test their knowledge on Maths by getting them to explain their method. There are also books that you can buy as well to help your children prepare for SATS.
Year 2 Staff
Ustadaha Mahmoud is an amazing teacher who has had years of experience in teaching children at KS1 and KS2.
Ust Uddin Has been a teaching assistant at Iqra for over 10 years, mostly in year 1 but now has moved into year 2. She is a trusted and familiar face to all the children at Iqra and a great team member of the year 2 team.
Ustadha Rabia has worked across both KS1 and KS2 supporting children with SEN needs over the years at Iqra. This has enabled her to bring so much experience to the classroom and help so many children make progress.
Latest Year 2 News
At the beginning of the term, year 2 went on a trip to Clapham Common. The children's mission was to build a tower out of sticks taller than the adults. This required great teamwork and problem solving skills. Ustadha Mahmoud showed the groups how to tie the sticks...
At the end of the term, the children participated in a Mary Seacole workshop. For their history topic, the children studied significant individuals such as Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. These individuals made a huge difference to nursing and...
This term, we have been looking at The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. As well as retelling the story, the children shared their views on hunting and recited a class poem. The overall message portrayed in the assembly was to control our anger before reacting. The...