Welcome to Year 2!
Meet the team!
Mrs Paige 2P & Mrs Abbott 2S (class teachers)
Mrs Williams, Mrs Hosking and Mrs Godfrey (teaching assistants)
Mrs Mitchell & Mrs Hooper (PPA teachers)
You may feel, as a family, that you want to spend some down time with your children, relax, play and switch off. However, alternatively, you may feel that a routine is useful to you and you want to keep your children doing some activity over the 2 week ‘break’. Please feel free to do either. If you do want to continue doing some activities here are a few of our suggestions 😊
Whatever it is you decide to do over Easter, please make sure to stay safe and enjoy your time together 😊
Dates for diaries:
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!
Spring Term 2 : Home Sweet Home!
English- We will be writing poetry about trees based on a whole school poetry focus, then writing stories with a familiar setting. WE will research non-chronological reports and write our own report about Nocturnal animals.
Maths- We will recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, ¼, 2/4 and ¾ of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity and write simple fractions. We will go on to measuring length, weight and capacity and begin to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes.
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 introduce ROAMER/ BEEBOT and how to give instructions and then enter & record a sequence of instructions for it to follow.
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.
DT – We will be asking the children to design and make and ‘egg-mobile’ that can carry an egg for Easter and test them out to see if the egg is safe.
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 football and uni-hockey skills – dribbling, passing and create small team games.
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 comparing contrasting localities between Plymouth and Kenya- looking at the human and physical geography, understand geographical similarities and differences and compare land use, animals and features.
PSHE – We continue to look into Being Healthy by having a healthy diet and by being physically active. We look at how to keep ourselves safe and how to be a good friend and to enjoy healthy friendships.
We will then continue to think about how to keep calm and deal with difficult situations.
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
(To practise those times tables!)
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.