Our Year 2 Class
A very warm welcome to our Year 2 class page. In Year 2, our children are really starting to fly! Building on previous years they become confident readers, writers and mathematicians. As school life falls into place, they find themselves our oldest infants and begin to develop a real sense of responsibility. I hope that you find all the information useful and if you have any questions I am available after school for a quick chat. As you can understand I need to be in class with the children in the mornings but messages can be passed through Mr Southern on the playground. If you need longer, an appointment can always be made through the school office or via the contact link below.
Our Year 2 Class 2017-2018
Mrs Clarke- Year 2 teacher
Miss Taverner- Teaching Assistant
Miss German- Teaching Assistant
Miss McCulley- Higher Level Teaching Assistant
The guided reading schemes we use in Year 2 are:
- Read, Write Inc
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Rigby Star
Home Reading books
Whilst your child will read regularly in school you can make a big difference by listening to your child read and asking them questions about what they have read for just ten minutes each night.
Please note: Your child will only change their books on a Friday, when they will bring two books home to read the following week. This is to allow your child to become a fluent reader and have time to spend discussing the text. This will develop their comprehension skills.
In Year 2 we follow Read, Write Inc
Homework will be given out on a Friday and is to be handed in on a Thursday.
The homework set will be Literacy and Numeracy based and sometimes Topic and will reflect what we have been learning during the week. This helps to reinforce learning that has taken place during the week and also inform us of any areas that your child may need further assistance with. We have also just launched our 'Seesaw' app which allows you to view your child's learning at home and will highlight areas that need extra practise at home to secure your child's targets.
This half term.... Autumn 2 (Oct - Dec 2017)
Over the next half term our topic is : Habitats. We will find out what a habitat is, by looking at our own habitat. The children are looking forward to our trip to 'Chester Zoo' to discover what it is like in a Rainforest habitat, learning all about the plants and animals that live there and how they survive together. Then we will compare this to an 'Ocean' habitat. Locating where the Rainforests and oceans are on world maps we will learn the names of the seven continents and 5 oceans of the world and compare how the plants and animals are different in each habitat and why. In Design and technology we will make our own puppet of an animal from the Rainforest and use these to act out our own stories set in this habitat. All of this before Christmas arrives and we perform our own Christmas Story.
Our English topics will include: We will be looking at lots of information books to find out about different habitats so the children will identify the main features of information books and how they are structured including grammatical features and key vocabulary. The children will organise their ideas about the rainforest or the ocean into general themes using subheadings, using vocabulary and sentence structures identified in the books they have read. When learning about pattern and rhyme we will read, learn by heart and recite different poems about the sea.
Our Mathematics topics will include: The children will continue to count in different steps and master the skills of addition and subtraction. We will then demonstrate our knowledge and skills through our mastery problem solving activities. In addition we will introduce the children to multiplication and division using the skills of arrays from Y1. Then it will be time to learn by heart or speed up our mental calculations. Linked to our topic work we will continue to master measuring weight and length and discover all about capacity.
Our RE will be: Christmas: Journey to Bethlehem
Our 'Heartsmart' theme: Don’t Forget to Let Love In!
Our SEAL theme will be: Getting on and falling out
Dates for your diary
Educational Visit to Chester Zoo: Monday 27th November
Christmas Panto: Friday 1st December
Cinema Trip: Monday 11th December
Infant Nativity: Thursday 14th December
Infant Christmas Party: Monday 18th December
We have been very busy this half term learning all about how to keep fit and healthy. The Year 2 children are now making more healthy food choices by trying to eat more fruit and vegetables, after studying the eat well plate and our classroom has also been brightened up by our lovely self-portraits. It has been tricky trying to remember the names of the capital cities of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. During History the children have been looking at 'Heroes'. We have looked at what makes a hero and chosen our very own hero from history explaining what makes them our hero. We have started our work on 'Habitats' by looking at the Woodland habitat. We have studied the animals there and made simple food chains of who eats who. Getting up closer, we peered into micro-habitats to find creepy crawlies and using oil pastels we drew the micro-habitat we had seen.
In RE we have been learning about the Bible and why it is important to Christians. We brought our own special books into school and sorted the books of the Bible into the Old and New Testament. The children enjoyed retelling the story of calming the storm, emphazising with how the disciples must have felt.
The children have gained lots of new skills from following the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme and are now getting much better at holding sentences in their heads and proof-reading work.
In Maths we have been mastering place value to 100, using lots of different resources. We have been using the bar method to find number bonds to 20 and 100. The children have been practising hard at using the part whole model and a number line to solve simple one digit addition and subtraction to two-digit calculations.