Year 2

Teacher Name

Mrs Bentzien

Spring Term Information 2024

My name is Mrs Bentzien and I am the year 2 class teacher.  I am also the school SENDco (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator), Senior Mental Health Lead, Computing subject lead and KS1 lead.

Mrs Franklin teaches Art, PE and Religious Education on Monday and Tuesday afternoon (during my allocated SENDco time and SLT time).

My email address is cbentzien@mobberley.cheshire.sch.uk.

Here is our class timetable for Spring 2024

Homework

Homework is handed out every Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday.

Mobberley Reading Journey – Our Favourite Five

Spring 2 – This half term we will be enjoying, The Rainbow Bear by Michael Morpurgo, Maybe the Moon by Frances Ives, Claude All at Sea by Alex T. Smith, Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann and Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book by Lauren Child.

Shared Reading

Spring 1 The Twits by Roald Dahl

Spring 2 The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

This half term we will be reading The Twits, by Roald Dahl and then The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton.  The children will take part in daily shared reading activities to develop their comprehension, prediction and inference skills.

English

Spring Stimulus Text 1: The Egg, by M.P. Robertson

Our writing focus will be poetry.  The children will be learning to use similes, alliteration and expanded noun phrases to write poetry.  We will be writing different types of poems, including repeating and diamante poems.

Spring Stimulus Text 2: Tidy, by Emily Gravett

Our writing focus will be persuasive letters.  The children will be learning about the features of letters before writing their own persuasive letter to the main character in the story.

Spring Stimulus Text 3: Three Little Monkeys by Quentin Blake

Our writing focus will be story writing.  The children will be learning about the features of story writing in longer narratives before reinventing their own version of the story.

SPaG – The children will be focusing on using different word classes including nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and time connectives in their creative writing.

At home reading – Please see information regarding Book Bands. Once your child has completed phase 5 of the Little Wandle programme, they will be moved onto Book Bands. Book Bands for Parents

Maths

Spring 1

Our focus this half term will be money and multiplication and division.  The children will be learning to count in pence, pounds and notes and how to make amounts in different ways.  They will apply addition and subtraction strategies to solve word problems involving money.

We will then begin to focus on multiplication and division strategies, including repeated addition and arrays for sharing and grouping.

Spring 2

Our focus this half term will be measuring length, height, mass and capacity.  The children will be learning the different units of measure as well as recording measurements in charts and comparing lengths and capacity using > < and =.

 History – Explorers

This half term our focus will be history.  The children will be learning about different significant explorers.  We will begin by learning about the lives and achievements of two contrasting explorers, Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.  The children will use non-fiction books, information websites and a range of primary and secondary sources of information to find out about these individuals before comparing the similarities and differences between them.

Then we will look at a modern-day explorer and astronaut, Tim Peake.  The children will compare and contrast the lives and achievements of Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake.

Science – Animals including Humans

science symbols

In this unit, Animals Including Humans, children will begin by looking at animal young and comparing them to their adults. They will look at how animals change as they grow up and be introduced to the life cycles of several varied common animals, including humans. They look in detail at how humans change as they grow older, drawing on their own observations. Children are introduced to the three basic needs of animals for survival (water, food and air). They will apply this knowledge, alongside research from secondary sources, to suggest ways to look after pets. The unit ends with children looking at healthy lifestyles, including the importance of exercise, healthy eating and hygiene. These healthy living lessons develop ‘working scientifically’ skills through investigating the impact of exercise on our bodies and how handwashing is essential for good hygiene.

Scientist Study: David Attenborough

Forest School

This term the year 2 children will be enjoying Forest School Sessions with Mrs Millington.  There will be a Group A and Group B group (15 children in each group).  While one group is in Forest School, the other group will be enjoying lessons in class with me.  A letter will be sent out with further information.

PSHE (Jigsaw) – 

jigsaw

This year we are continuing to use Jigsaw for a whole school approach to PSHE (Physical, Social, Health and Emotional learning).  Each class has their own Jigsaw mascot – Year 2’s mascot is called Jo. 

We start the new year with ‘Dreams and Goals.’  This unit aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, via team work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for the world.

After half term our school unit will be Healthy Me.’  This unit covers two main areas of health: Emotional health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid) in order for children to learn that health is a very broad topic.

Computing – Word Processing

The children will be using the laptops in order to present information on Word and Powerpoint.  They will learn how to change the font style, size and colour as well as how to import photos from a saved file.  We will be working on touch typing skills using an online application.

PE 

The children will need to come to school wearing their full Mobberley PE kit on a Tuesday and Thursday this term.

Art

Art is taught on a Tuesday afternoon by Mrs Franklin.  

Religious Education

RE is taught on a Monday afternoon by Mrs Franklin.  The children will be learning about the Christian Church with a focus on Christian values and our own school ethos.

My Happy Mind

This term we are proud to announce that we will be starting to introduce the children to My Happy Mind.

My Happy Mind is taught across five modules and each introduces a new set of content and habits to help children build resilience, self-esteem and confidence.

Meet Your Brain

Understanding how your brain works and how to ensure we look after it so that we can manage our emotions and be at our best. Growth mindset is a key part of this too.

Celebrate

Understanding your unique character strengths and learning to celebrate them. This is a fantastic module for building self esteem.

Appreciate

Understanding why gratitude matters and how you can develop gratitude as a habit. Gratitude is key to well-being and resilience and we’re all about making it a habit!

Relate

Understanding why positive relationships matter and how to build them. We’re focussed on the building blocks of good relationships and friendships.

Engage

Understanding how to set meaningful goals that matter and how to keep resilient in times of challenge. This module is all about building self esteem and resilience too.

Maths Game Links

Place Value Basketball

Ordering numbers

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