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    • What's the big idea

      History is one big story, filled with important people who did many great things. There were scientists, writers, artists, musicians, explorers and many more. By learning about these people and what they did, we can find out more about the personal qualities that make someone great.

    • What are we learning?

      History

      We will know about:

      • the lives of famous people like Mary Seacole, Samuel Pepys, Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart
      • significant events beyond living memory such as the Great Fire of London and the first female solo flight across the Atlantic

      We will be able to:

      • place significant events on a timeline
      • use different sources to find out information

      Art

      We will know about:

      • the work of Frieda Kahlo and Andy Warhol - describing the differences and similarities and making links to our own work

      We will be able to:

      • use a range of different materials and resources to create artwork

      Technology

      We will be able to:

      • design a new invention that will make our lives easier
      • design and make a Tudor house

      International

      We will know about:

      • the the idea of ‘fairness’ and ‘equality’ and what it means

      Geography

      We will be able to:

      • to compare London, England with New York, America

      Music

      We will be able to:

      • to learn rhymes and chants about past events
      • listen with concentration to a range of music
    • MATHS

      Maths:

      • Multiplication and division – sharing, dividing by 2, 5 and 10
      • Statistics – pictograms, tally charts and block diagrams
      • Geometry– properties of 2D & 3D shapes, drawing shapes, symmetry
    • ENGLISH

      English:

      • poetry – acrostic, shape
      • writing letters and biographies of famous people
      • writing diary entries based on Samuel Pepy story
      • The Lonely Beast by Chris Judd
    • KNOWLEDGE ORGANISER

    • Year 2 Notes and dates

      PE Kits

      School P.E. uniform is black shorts (or tracksuit bottoms) with a white t-shirt and black shoes. P.E. kits should be worn to school on these days. P.E. is Tuesdays and Fridays. 

      Home learning – please regularly practise the x 2, x 5 and x 10- tables and learn the Year 1 and 2 common exception words. 

      Children will be set home learning through Mathletics and DB Primary. These  link to learning we are doing in the classroom. We will email you each week to let you know when this is ready.

      Your child has their login details – if you need these again, please email: sphinx@greendragon.hounslow.sch.uk

      Please read with your child as often as possible and change when your child has finished reading the book and a comment is written in the reading journal. 

      If your child reads for 20 minutes a day they will hear 1,800,000 words per year!  Amazing!

      Project Home learning:

      We are learning about heroes of the past. You will have a set of weekly tasks to complete across the half term which will be set on DB primary.

      Entry Point:  We will be sharing your child’s work from Task One (see previous page). We can’t wait to see what you create!

      Exit Point: We are having a heroes of the past award ceremony for famous people that we have learnt about.  Your child can choose one of these people and pretend to be them for the afternoon! 

      This could involve dressing up in costume or making a simple prop for example Neil Armstrong – a space suit or a telescope for Christopher Columbus. We will take pictures and share them on DB primary.

      This will take place on Thursday 11th February.

       

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      Symptoms of COVID-19 or of a cold:

      You will be asked to follow the COVID-19 guidance for households with possible infection coronavirus guidance.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance.

      You will be asked to have your child tested for COVID-19 as this could have an impact on our school. This can include testing for all children and their families, if displaying symptoms.

      *If your child does not take a test, your household will have to isolate following government guidance – please contact the school for more information.

  • statutory SPELLING LISTS

     

How to Contact The Year 2 Team

Email us on the address below : 

sphinx@greendragon.hounslow.sch.uk

Teachers will respond between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00pm.

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  • Phonics

     At Green Dragon Primary School we teach phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’. 

    What is phonics?
    Phonics is the system of ‘blending’ sounds together to read, and ‘segmenting’ sounds to spell. They are both complimentary and interlinking skills that are taught together. You may hear your children use some vocabulary that you are not familiar with that they have learnt in their phonics lessons.

    A phoneme 
    Is the smallest unit of sound that we use in the English language. A phoneme can be made up of one letter as in the alphabet sounds – s, a, t, p, i, n etc, or two letters (a digraph) as in sh, ch, th, ay, ar, or three letters (trigraphs) as in air, ear, ure. Phonemes can not be broken down into separate sounds.

    A grapheme
    Is the way we spell a phoneme. A phoneme may have only one grapheme,for example ‘b’. Or may have several different spellings –for example or can be spelt ‘or’ in torn, ‘aw’ in claw, ‘au’ in naughty or ‘ore’ in more. The children will initially be introduced to one common grapheme for each phoneme, but as they progress through the school they will taught the less common spelling alternatives and encouraged to try and choose the correct grapheme for a particular word they are trying to spell.

    Consonant blends
    Are made up of two or three phonemes blended together quite quickly as we learn to read. Examples are sc, sm, bl, pr, str

    Short Vowel Sounds
    Are the vowels saying their sound as ‘a’ in c a t.

    Long Vowel Sounds
    Are the vowels saying their name as ‘ay’ in day, ‘oa’ in boat or ‘igh’ in night.

    How do we teach Phonics at Green Dragon  Primary School?

    We follow the Letters and Sounds programme Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

    There are six overlapping phases. Below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers. For more detailed information, click here to visit the Letters and Sounds website.

    Phonic Knowledge and Skills

    Phase One 
    Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

    Phase Two 
    Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

    Phase Three
    The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

    Phase Four
    No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

    Phase Five 
    Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

    Phase Six 
    Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.
    Recommended: the Synthetic Phonics Toolkit

 
 
 
 
 
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