Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome back to online learning!
Following the government announcement (4.1.21) that all schools must return to online learning we unfortunately find ourselves back in the situation we were in the Spring term of last year.
Overwhelmingly, the feedback from the last time was that the way Manadon arranged our online learning was very positive and that it worked for the vast majority of our pupils. Because of this, we will be placing a block of learning at a time on to each year group page, ready for Monday. This should be completed by all children across the course of the week.
One area that arose from feedback was the wish to have some contact with class teachers and classmates. To enable this we are going to host a 20-30 minute Zoom call each week so that we can all see each other. There will not be any formal lesson teaching during this time.
If you have any immediate concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail (see below). We will endeavour to reply as soon as possible but we are teaching the key worker children and may not get back to you straight away.
Mrs Paige - email@example.com
Mrs Scoles - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Masters - email@example.com
Best of luck and we hope to see you soon.
All of the Year 2 Team
Meet the team!
Mrs Paige 2P Mrs Scoles & Mrs Masters 2SM (class teachers)
Mrs Williams, Mrs Hosking and Mrs Evans (teaching assistants)
Mrs Coupland, Mrs Mitchell & Mrs Hooper (PPA/cover teachers)
Year 2 Christmas performance
We all had so much fun learning to sign We Wish You a Merry Christmas, in Makaton!
We hope you enjoy our performance.
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
Dates for diaries:
Topics Covered Throughout the Year
Autumn Term : Sailing the Seven seas!
Spring Term : Near, Far, Wherever you are.
Summer Term : Here, There and Everywhere!
Our Topic this term is: Here, There and Everywhere!
English- We will be learning and writing stories from the Sea side- ‘Can you catch a mermaid’ and then writing information leaflets about Plymouth.
Maths- We will be learning to tell the time, o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. We will challenge the children to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. We will then be solving problems using all that we have learned in year 2 (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
Science – We will continue to describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food and look at different habitats of plants and animals.
ICT – We will be looking at inputting data an the computer, and creating pictograms.
Art – We will start to look at different artists and focus on Andy Goldsworthy before creating our own nature sculptures using resources from our outdoor woodland area. We will also look at the local artist Brian Pollard in our work linked to the Hoe.
DT – We will be asking the children to design and make a Lighthouse with different materials after learning about Smeaton’s Tower.
PE – We will continue to work on our gymnastic skills through bending and stretching linked in with rotating and balancing through floorwork and apparatus and continue to develop our throwing, catching and hitting skills by learning to play rounders. We will also be practising for our Sports Day.
RE will focus on looking at Moses and Jesus’ healing stories – Jairus’ daughter and his calling of disciples. We will look at the importance of the Easter story.
Geography – In Geography, we will be looking at the human and physical geography of Plymouth focussing on understanding geographical similarities and differences and compare land use within a town
History – We will recap and research the life of Sir Francis Drake and understand why is he important in Plymouth, look at how Plymouth has changed through the years and how Plymouth was rebuilt after WW11.
PSHE – We will be looking at recognising cycles of life in nature, the natural process of growing from young to old and understand that this is not in our control and recognise how their body has changed since they were a baby and where they are on the continuum from young to old.
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 be assessed in the first 2 weeks of term and then given out on a Wednesday and tested the following Wednesday.
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.
Useful websites to support your learning
(To practise those times tables!)