Welcome to Year Two
Just a reminder that PE will be indoors on Wednesdays and outdoors on Fridays this half term.
Please be in your PE uniform and have long hair tied back.
I hope you enjoy reading our class page. Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each topic which is approximately each half term. Latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event.
The Year Two staff team consists of Mrs Hughes and Mrs. Wood. Mrs Questa will also be working in year 2 over the week.
Reading books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
French will now be taught on a Tuesday.
This is where to look to find out about trips, special events, reminders and requests.
We have a trip to RHS Harlow Carr on Monday 26th June. A letter will be sent out in due course.
Sports day TBC.
May - this is our window for our Y2 'special work' - Statutory Assessments.
We are really looking forward to all the opportunities 2017 will have to offer in Year 2 and have lots of exciting topics and new learning to do.
We learnt lots from our ocean expert who visited last half term The homework research has been used to create a diorama of the ocean levels and 'what lives there'.
The children had a fabulous time handling and learning about lots of different creatures. The experience really enhanced their science learning by literally bringing the animals to life! Check out a selection of pictures below.
Thanks for the 'waves' at the end of day pick ups - it really helps to put names to faces.
Learning Logs will be given out on Friday indicating skills to be practised. Learning logs need to be back in school the following Thursday. Some homework will be over longer periods to enable research for example. In Year 2 the children have a session to share homework with classmates and staff. Pupils get the opportunity to see each other’s learning and discuss findings. This enables the children to really engage with homework by sharing good ideas and information. The children really enjoy these sessions as it gives them a chance to take learning deeper. All homework is related to what’s going on in the current curriculum and supports their classroom learning. All homework is read by one of the Year 2 staff and initialled.
Spelling Logs with new words to practise can go home each night but need to be in school daily because we use them in English. We change spelling patterns each Monday and do a check up of the previous week's pattern and 'red words'.
Children need to read daily and discuss their reading - see questions for reading below. Reading books will be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please 'linger longer' on reading books to get the most out of them - sequencing events, predicting, inferring. Practising these skills on their reading books helps them to apply them to more challenging texts used in school. The children are also expected to reads lots outside school and be able to talk about a wide variety of texts, their preferences and different authors. The children need to build up stamina in reading as well as reading a variety of texts. Your support with reading is greatly appreciated and really enhances learning.
Curriculum this half term
Our topic continues to be 'Wild'. We are investigating 'Plants and animals in their habitats' in science and islands in geography. We have looked at some global habitats and will be looking at smaller medium sized habitats then micro habitats. Our trip to Harlow Carr will involve pond and woodland habitats. Our art will focus on painting and sketching where we will study great works involving nature.
We will be looking at keeping safe indoors and outdoors in PSHE.
Reading – consolidating all the sounds, red words and recap work on syllables, comprehension questions to retrieve information and infer meaning. In addition to this we will be practising fluency and learning poems and passages by heart.
Writing –Spelling - RWInc spelling weekly. We will be learning Year2 spelling patterns – particularly suffixes – as well as learning Year 2 red words. We will have the opportunity to revisit some Year 1 spellings as preliminary work. Grammar – we will continue to work on conjunctions for subordination and coordination, nouns, adjectives, noun phrases, verbs and adverbs. We will recap sentence types with punctuation - commands, questions, statements and exclamations. The children need to practice varying their sentence types in their writing. Genres – story writing (traditional tales), non chronological reports, poetry. Handwriting – neat, legible, joined up style.
Number and place value - Partition numbers into ones and tens and use to add and subtract.
Addition and subtraction - I know addtion can be done in any order but subtraction cannot. I can spot and use inverses to work out new facts.
Estimation - I can estimate a group of objects. I can use estimation to support mental calculations.
Multiplication and division - I know that they are inverses. Multiplication can be done in any order but division cannot.
Statistics - I can interpret and construct: pictograms; tally charts; block diagrams and simple tables
Geometry - position and direction
Summer – 'living things in their habitats'. We will be studying 'big' habitats as well as 'micro' habitats. Check out the links at the bottom of the page to explore more on BBC science. We will be studying 'plants' in those habitats as well as 'how they grow'. We will look at Madagascar as an island habitat and micro habitats on our trip to Harlow Carr (17th May).
Algorithms and programs, online safety.
Judaism - The covenant; Rites of passage and good works.
Islam - Community and belonging; Hajj
Christianity - The Trinity
Indoor PE -Wednesdays
Outdoor PE - Fridays
Keeping safe indoors and outdoors.
Tolerance, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect.