Welcome to Year 2!
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)
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:
A list of clubs will be circulated on Monday for the children to choose and all clubs will start the week beginning 21st September.
History Mayflower Speaker Elaine Shaw for KS1 in the hall.
Topics Covered Throughout the Year
Autumn Term : Sailing the Seven seas!
Spring Term : Near, Far, Wherever you are.
Summer Term : Location, Location, Location!
Our Topic this term is Sailing the Seven Seas
In English, we will be covering a variety of types of writing including stories, reports, diaries , instructions and poems. We start the year looking at the Book of Hopes to help support the transition back into class.
In Maths this term, we will be learning to
*recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100
*Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two-digit number and ones; a two-digit number and tens; two two-digit numbers; adding three one-digit numbers.
*Show that the addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot.
*Solve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods.
*Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.
In Science and DT, we will be looking at floating and sinking and discovering how boats stay afloat by investigating the properties of different materials . The children will have the opportunities to carry out experiments and design and make their own boats to see if they float.
In ICT, We will be learning how to communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private and E-safety.
In Geography, we will
*use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.
*Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.
*Name and locate the world’s continents and oceans.
In History, we will learn the story the story of the Mayflower and understand the relevance of the Mayflower narrative to Plymouth. We have a special visitor to Introduce our topic!!
We will also look at the History of boats and ships and learn about famous explorers.
In Music, we will be listening to sea shanties and songs that were sung on The Mayflower voyage, describe how they make us feel and begin to compose our own songs and music.
In Art, we will look at works of local artists , different boats and seascapes, studying in more detail the painting 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa, before colour mixing with paint and creating our own seascapes.
In PE, we will participate in team games , learn key skills and body movements. We will develop skills in copying and repeating actions and moving bodies in a controlled way.
In RE, the children will learn about Christianity and how God is perceived by Christians. They will listen to familiar stories that Jesus told, including parables and extracts from the bible.
In PSHE, we follow a programme of study called Jigsaw and the first topic is 'Hopes and fears for the year'.
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!)