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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust

Year 2

 10th – 13th February 2020
Dear Parents / Carers

RE: Thanksgiving

This week we will be learning about Jesus’ great gift of the Eucharist. This most sacred part of the Mass celebrates the gift of Jesus giving his life for us all.

Home Learning: Encourage your child to listen carefully for the words that the priest says as he consecrates the bread and wine during the Mass.  These are the same words that Jesus used during the first celebration of the Eucharist at the Last Supper.

English and Science

The children have finished their Pixie and the Pudding stories, and are very proud of them. We are aiming to read these stories to some Junior children next week, and we are sure they will be as impressed as we are.  The children will edit their writing with their teacher, just as an adult author does, to make it more effective. There are a couple of short videos in our Year 2 Fronter classroom which show one child editing her writing. Look for Writing Tips.

In science the children are busy investigating which materials are the most suitable for making a rain hat to keep the Pixie dry. Next week they will also explore whether they can change the shape of some items by applying  a force such as a squash or a twist.

Homework: Pages 46 and 47. These challenges focus on finding information from speech (dialogue). 

Please help your child to read the questions carefully, as we are finding the children struggle to read questions carefully, missing out key words such as Who? Where? What?

More challenging are questions that ask ‘Why?’, as this can involve giving an opinion based on what has been read, rather than being able to be answered directly from the text.  

Mathematics

This week we will work with money, looking at the equivalence of coins, and finding different ways to make a given amount of money.  

Home learning: Can the children explore coins, and perhaps help pay for something that costs less than £1.00. It would benefit the children to play with coins at home (real ones, not toy money), and start to recognise the 10p is equivalent to ten 1p coins, five 2p coins, two 5p coins and other combinations using 1p, 2p and 5p coins.  Once they are secure in equivalence of 10p they can quickly build on this.

Pages 104 and 105, which involve sorting information (data) in tables, and answering questions about data in tables.

Many thanks

The Year 2 Team.