Please see book bags for an exciting competition! If your child wishes to participate please could all entries be handed to Miss Ranjbar by Monday 16th April.
If you would like examples of previous key stage one sats papers visit: http://www.satspapers.org.uk/Page.aspx?TId=4
We have loved working in the outdoor environment to hunt for clues to find nocturnal animals. We have been learning all about their habitats and have produced some fantastic fiction and non-fiction writing.
Welcome to Year 2!
Meet the team!
Miss Ranjbar & Mrs Paige (class teachers)
Mrs Williams and Mrs Hosking (teaching assistants)
Mrs Mitchell & Mrs Cowin (PPA teachers)
During May, Year 2 will be participating in very special 'quizzes'. These will be part of our everyday learning and we aim for them to be very low key. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding these.
Our topic for the Summer term will be Here, There and Everywhere. We will be looking at the history of Plymouth, learning all about lighthouses, looking at local artist Brian Pollard and finding out about the Mayflower. We hope to take the classes on a trip to the Hoe after May half term.
English-We will be writing out own message in a bottle from the point of view of Grace Darling. Books that we will be reading are 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' and 'The Lighthouse Keeper: A cautionary Tale'. We will be writing diary entries and completing reading comprehension activities based on these books. We will be creating our own lunch for the lighthouse keeper and writing instructions. We will be continuing to use our no nonsense grammar toolkit and success criteria to help us with our wonderful writing. During discrete phonics sessions we will be looking at suffix spelling rules and homophones such as there, their and they're.
Maths-To begin with we will be looking at time, position and direction. We will then be spending time revising what we already know and using our reasoning skills. We will be getting used to 'quiz' style questions ans showing how we found our answers.
Science-We will be having a sunflower growing competition and eventually dissecting a sunflower. We will be revisiting materials and their suitability for building lighthouses, focusing on the history of the lighthouses which have been built on the Eddystone rocks.
Art-We will be studying art created by Brian Pollard.
ICT-Using programs to create our own lighthouse pictures and create an information leaflet.
Geography-Looking at Plymouth and identifying key human and physical features.
History-Local history. Initially the history of lighthouses and sea shanties. This will continue after half term to become more Plymouth based history.
RE-Sessions will continue during PPA days. The children will be exploring Islam this half term.
We are very excited about the term ahead. The children's health and wellbeing is a huge priority for us, we will be participating in mindfulness sessions and outdoor learning as much as possible.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you have any expertise or experience in any area of our learning next term, please let us know!
All children require a book bag in which to store and transport reading books, spelling books, home-school liaison books and letters.
A clear, medium-sized water bottle with a sports-flip lid
(in order to avoid spillage,please do not carry water bottles inside book bags)
Fruit & Snack:
ALL children in Year 2 continue to be provided with one piece of fruit per day.
However, children are invited to bring a healthy snack (clearly named) for their morning playtime snack.
Indoor PE : Thursdays
Outdoor Games: Friday
PE Kit : White shorts & T-shirt, trainers or plimsolls
No need for a tracksuit as we still get outside in Winter with coats on.
Please make sure ALL PE kit and Uniform is clearly NAMED
Useful websites to support your learning
Topics Covered Throughout the Year
Autumn Term 1 : Healthy Me!
Autumn Term 2 : Time Travellers!
Spring Term 1 : Rock, Paper, Scissors!
Spring Term 2 : Home Sweet Home!
Summer Term 1 : Here, There & Everywhere!
Summer Term 2 : Here, There & Everywhere!
Please see the attached files below which outline the WRITING and READING objectives that we will be covering in Year 2.
Children in Year 2 will read with and adult at least once every week and will be given a 'reading day'. However, all children will also be involved in 'guided or group' reading activities throught each week.
Our main focus in Year 2 reading is on COMPREHENSION. Children will be required to use their skills of prediction, deduction and inference to discuss the text. Lots of practice at home will really help with this.
Please find time to read and discuss your books at least 4 or 5 times each week.
Children in Year 2 are expected to do a little more writing than they were used to in Year 1. They will be learning to join their letters together so any chance they get to practise their writing at home is of great benefit. We will be (hopefully) enriching our writing with lots of describing words and phrases, which again, can be practised orally at home.
Children will be getting used to editing and improving their own writing with 'purple-polishing pens'!
There will be considerable emphasis on GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION & SPELLING so be prepared for some new terminology!!
In Year 2 most children have 10 individual spelling to learn each week.
These will include the First 100 High Frequency Words
As well as learning their spellings in list form, children are expected to correctly use their newly-learnt spellings in their writing.
Please find time to practise your spellings at least 4 or five times each week.
Please see the attached document below which outlines the National Curriculum Year 2 maths objectives.
The children will be learning in a variety of ways with lots of mental/oral work, group/collaborative work, partner work and of course some important written recording. They will begin to look for ways to correct their own work and extend their learning with next steps.
Here in Year 2 we will continue to build on the skills and knowledge that they acquired in Year 1. Initially, we will be working hard on place value (hundreds, tens and units,) and number bonds to 20
eg. 11 +9 =20 9 + 11 = 20 8 + 7 = 15 7 + 8 = 15
This will include knowing these facts by heart as well as being able to swap the sum over and apply these facts to practical problem solving.
We will also begin to learn our 2X, 5X and 10X tables and relate this to sharing/dividing too.
Lots of practical and fun measuring activities have been planned too so watch this space!
Whilst it is important for the children to regularly practise their reading and spelling, it is equally important to boost confidence in maths. Short, daily practice with addition/subtraction facts and times tables is therefore also recommended.