Welcome to Year Two
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Please see music section of the website for more information.
Please stick NAMES ON RECORDERS as they all look exactly the same. Plus name all books.Thanks
PE Autumn 2:
Please wear PE uniform on PE days. Track suits to be worn over shorts. Long hair must be tied back. Thank you.
Wednesdays and Fridays - both sessions will be outdoors weather permitting. Please wear outdoor kit for both sessions. Please, please, please name all tracksuit tops / bottoms etc as they really do all look alike. Thank you.
Welcome to Year 2
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. Meek. Mrs Questa will also be working alongside year 2 over the week.
Reading books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Show and Tell : There will be 4 show and tell sessions per half term which will be in house groups.
For Autumn 2 these will be on:
Tues 6th Nov - Dales
Fri 16th Nov - Lakes
Tues 20th Nov - Moors
Tues 27th Nov - Rivers
The 'Speaking and Listening' aspect of English will be a focus for these sessions:
Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of standard English - I can say most speech sounds clearly and accurately.
Participate in discussions - I can ask relevant questions, listen carefully and take turns.
This is where to look to find out about trips, special events, reminders and requests.
Monday 17th September - KS1 parents welcome meeting 9-10 am
Monday 24th September - road safety workshop.
Wednesday 3rd October - Year 2 trip to Armley Mills
Friday 5th October - Individual Photos
Wednesday 10th October - Harvest Festival
Thursday 18th October / Friday 19th October - D:side - internet safety workshop
Friday 9th November - topic sharing with parents/carers 2.30pm - 3pm
May - this is our window for our Y2 'special work' - Statutory Assessments. We will use every day of May up to half term as we lose the last week of May for half term.
In June there will be some 'special writing' to demonstrate all the skills we have learned in Year 2
We are really looking forward to all the opportunities 2018/19 will have to offer in Year 2 and have lots of exciting topics and new learning to do.
Please 'give us a wave' at the end of day pick ups - it really helps to put names to faces. Thank you.
TRIP TO ARMLEY MILLS
We had a fabulous time at Armley Mills investigating 'Materials' and experiencing life in the past. Year 2 worked hard using their science skills to study fabric and do 'giant' weaving. We also had the opportunity to meet and talk to real 'spinners' actually spinning thread. We discovered that life for poor people in the mills was very hard and that children had to work all day doing dangerous jobs. Check out the photos below.
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 (words to log and learn) and 'red words' (jumping 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
We are starting the year with a science focus ' Uses of Everyday Materials'. We will be using the theme of materials in lots of cross curricular work. We started by investigating the materials used around school. Check out the photos below. In art we have been using our chemistry skills to mix primary colours to make secondary colours. Check out more photos below.
We found out a little bit about Charles Macintosh this week and how he invented waterproof materials. We did some investigations on different materials to see if they would be suitable to make a coat out of them. We also made our own waterproof material by 'waterproofing' cotton.
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 and phonics as preliminary work. Please see the list of non negotiable spellings for KS1 below. We are onto RWInc book 2B now and the suffixes are longer and more complex but really enhance writing at this stage.
Grammar – we will work on simple sentences initially then progress onto using conjunctions. We will explore sentence types with punctuation - commands, questions, statements and exclamations. The children need to practice varying their sentence types in their writing. Genres – story writing (familiar settings), non chronological reports, poetry. Handwriting – neat, legible, joined up style.
Number and place value - I can count in steps of 2,3,5 from 0 and in tens from any number.
- Partition numbers into tens and ones
- I can read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words
Addition and subtraction - Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently and derive and use related facts up to 100.
Add and subtract numbers mentally, including:
-2-digit numbers & ones
-2-digit numbers & tens
-two 2-digit numbers
-adding three 1digit numbers
Multiplication and division - recall x2, x5, x10 times tables and know matching division facts.
Odd and even numbers
Measures - I can compare and order length, mass and record using >, <, =.
- money - use different coins to make the same amount.
-time - I can tell the time to the quarter hour
Statistics -draw and interpret charts, tables, graphs and pictograms
Geometry - properties of 2D and 3D shapes
Fractions - I can identify 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 2/4. 3/4 and know all parts must be equal
Autumn – Chemistry - 'Uses of everyday materials
We will be using 'Purple Mash' regularly for programming work.
Please also continue to support children with typing skills. Purple Mash has great games and challenges to develop typing skills.
Christianity - Creation - Who made the world?
Christianity - Incarnation - Why does Christmas matter to Christians?
Outdoor PE - Wednesdays and Fridays
Physical health and wellbeing - What keeps me healthy?
Mental Health and emotional wellbeing - Friendship.
Tolerance, Democracy and Mutual Respect.