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Homelinks Year 2

                                             Our Topic this term is…

Building Britain

  Week beginning: 2nd December 2019

Here are some areas we shall be looking at in class this week that you could try at home...


This coming week will be the last that the children spend on the classic ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak. They have created some wonderful stories using some fantastic descriptive language inspired by the book. They have been working hard to use specific skills such as ‘expanded noun phrases’ in their work. For example: the tall, green trees. This is where one or more adjectives are used before a noun in a description. Can you, with your child think of some expanded noun phrases to describe the weather at this time of year?


Last week the children learned why the gunpowder plot happened. We learned about King James I and how he was not a very good leader. We explored our British Values and why is it important for all of us to be treated equally. What values do you think makes a goof ruler or leader?


In maths we have been continuing to look at all things ‘measure’. Reading scale very much links to the children’s knowledge of number. As the children will have been practicing, scales no not always go up in 1’s. We have been practicing our times tables to help us to recognise the increments on scales in order for us to successfully read scales. Do you have any scales in your homes that you could help the children read and practise with?


Last week in science we explored how temperature can affect the properties of materials. Both Year 2 classes had fun experimenting to see how far they could stretch a curly wurly and used heat to help them stretch! How does temperature affect the state of water? Experiment with your child and see if a cup of water left outside overnight may look different in the morning. Send your pictures to the school office!

Dates for your diary

Great Fire of London workshop Thursday 21st November

Book People Book Fair (All week) Monday 5th November

Children in Need Pyjama day Friday 15th November

PTA Mufti Day Friday 29th November

M&M School Panto Tuesday 3rd December

Clubs Finish Thursday 12th December


PTA Mufti Day and Christmas Fair Friday 13th December

School breaks up for Christmas Wednesday 18th December

INSET Day Thursday 19th December