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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Scoles - email@example.com
Mrs Masters - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 : Location, Location, Location!
Our Topic this term is Near, Far, Wherever you are
Our ENGLISH focus at the beginning of next term will be ‘exploring non-fiction texts’, including alphabetical order and ways to find a particular piece of information. Any home research into our topic would be beneficial.
In MATHS , we will consolidating calculation with number bonds to 20, commutative stories and learning our 2X 5X 10X tables ( for weekly tests!) and the division inverse. We will then look at statistics as a topic where we will look at information from pictograms, bar charts and block graphs.
In Science, we sort and describe different materials and decide whether they are natural or man made. We will look at where in the world they come from and also think of how materials can be changed and whether these changes are reversible or irreversible- this will involve FOOD science and looking at the water cycle!!
In ICT, all children will be shown how to understand online risks and the age rules for sites. We will use a range of applications and devices in order to communicate ideas, work and messages.
In ART, we will use a range of media to make collages out of recycled materials and magazines. We also use paper in a variety of ways such as tearing,. rolling, weaving and quilling. We will also be doing some observational drawings of Spring flowers.
In GEOGRAPHY, we look at weather patterns and record daily weather and rainfall. We discuss global warming and sustainable energy. We will look at the weather in different parts of the world and look at oceans and continents.
In MUSIC, we learn songs linked to our topic ‘ Eddie the penguin saves the World’ and ‘water’.
In PE, we will continue to focus on dribbling and catching, turning and retrieving in football and unihockey and discussing the importance of exercise.
We will also have an external agency teaching the children multiskills.
During PPA sessions in RE, children discuss qualities of a good leader and learn about the story of Moses and David and Goliath.
In PSHE , we will be thinking about our aspirations through a ‘Dreams and Goals’ project linking our school values of collaboration, perseverance and resilience
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!)