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 or you can message me on Seesaw. 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 2019-2020
Mrs Clarke- Year 2 teacher
Miss Taverner- 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 Monday, 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. There will also be a spelling list assigned on 'Spelling Shed' for the children to practise for an online spelling test on a Friday. 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 also have 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.... Spring 1 (January- February 2020)
Over the next half term our topic is : Let's explore China.
First we will need to find China using globes, atlases and Google Earth and discover which continent it is in and the oceans nearby. Using our map skills we will pinpoint the capital city of Beijing and other main cities, find the two main rivers and discover the countries which border China. Uncovering more of the world map, we will learn the names and features of all the seven continents and the five oceans of the world. The children will learn about what life is like in China and highlight how Chinese life might be different or similar to life in the UK. Linking with Art, we will look at the sculptures of the 'Terracotta Army' and use clay to reproduce our own clay army. By looking at the sculptor Brendan Jamison, we will discover how to sculpt with sugar cubes and reproduce the 'Great Wall of China' using this technique. In computing, we will learn all about emailing and hopefully link up with a school in China.
Our Science topic is: Plants
We will discover what we already know about gardening and use our skills of observation to recap the names of common flowers and trees and their parts learnt in Year 1. Using investigations we will uncover what plants need to grow and the optimum temperature to germinate seeds. We will compare the differences between seeds and bulbs, planting one of each and observing them closely as they grow. Looking at life cycles of plants, we will learn about what happens as plants grow and how they reproduce to make more plants, comparing to the life processes of animals from our last unit of work. Moving to the farm. we will find out what parts of a plant we eat in our everyday food and try plants we may not have tasted before.
Our English topics will include: Adventure Stories
Children will read 'Traction Man is Here' and 'Traction Man needs TurboDog' leaning new vocabulary along the way. By studying characters thoughts and feelings, we will explore reactions and uncover how characters develop within a story. We will also discover the qualities needed to be a hero to help us to write a new adventure for Traction Man. Looking at the layout of the book, we will compare it to reading comics. Writing for different purposes, we will write a thank you letter to Santa and instructions of how to look after Scrubbing Brush.
Our Mathematics topics will include: We will spend the first few days looking at change to complete our unit of work on Money then get ready to master multiplication! We will look at how we can solve multiplication calculations by drawing arrays and how we can apply all that counting in different steps from autumn term, until we become masters of our 2s 3s 5s and 10s times tables. Comparing this to division we will look at their relationship and how our multiplication facts can be used to help us solve division calculations. Using TTRockstars, we will increase our speed of recall of our multiplication and division facts. Don't be frightened of fractions, as you will soon understand those funny symbols.
Our RE will be: Jesus friend to everyone - the children will learn how God loves everyone and use his guidance to help them with their every day relationships with others. They will read lots of stories Jesus told and decide the message from God in each one.
Our 'Heartsmart' theme: Too Much Selfie isn't Healthy! Children will be asked to look out for and think about other people's needs. We will be given a top-secret mission to do kind things for others in school without being told or asked, recording these kind acts on secret agent cards. We will look at different community worker's and consider what would happen if they weren't there, relating them to heroes. Moving online, we will consider how we are all different, but have lots of things the same, to keep ourselves safe online.
Our Computing topic is: We are detectives
The children will look at emails as a way of communicating with others. They will learn how to open, compose and send emails. The children will develop the appropriate language to use and skills of editing and formatting text in their emails. Developing our skills further we will learn how to open and listen to audio files on the computer. Linking with Heartsmart the children will become more aware of e-safety issues when using emails.
Music- Music of China
Children will build on their knowledge of pitch from the Autumn Term. They will use a 5 note pentatonic scale to create simple melodies in the style of Chinese traditional music. They will listen and appraise Chinese folk music, learn to sing Chinese folk songs and learn about traditional Chinese instruments.
PE – Our School Games Value is TEAM WORK which compliments the Heartsmart theme – Too Much Selfie isn't Healthy!
Indoor – Dance Around the World
We will be learning how to follow simple movement patterns at different levels, speeds and through a variety of pathways by copying simple dance routines, performing in character. We will be introduced to canon and unison in dance and understand the difference between the two. Using our leadership skills, we will work as a group to create our very own dance, moving to the rhythm of the music in different formations.
Outdoor – Net & Wall Game Skills 2
We will be learning how to strike and volley a ball and understand the importance of effective communication in a team. By playing simple tennis games, we will demonstrate an understanding and interpretation of rules and accept decisions given. By developing a good grip, stance and control, we will be able to send a ball over a net.
Dates for your diary
PE: Wednesdays and Fridays
SATS Meeting: Wednesday 22nd January 3.30pm
Parents Evening: 4th & 5th February 2020
Autumn Term 2 NEWS!
During Autumn Term 2 we were unbelievably busy. Continuing our work on 'Habitats' we used our data to create tally charts and bar charts linked to our computing unit. We grappled with branching keys to sort the bugs we had found and added information to a digital map to share what we had found at Pennington Flash before the holidays. The children have been interviewing older family members to find out what life was like in the 1960's. After discovering the changing fashions from 1950-1970 the children designed a puppet that was dressed in their chosen decade clothes. We discovered the importance of the Beatles in the launch of the modern day pop group, looked at the differences between the Mods and Rockers and compared our lives to those of the Hippies.
In Mathematics we have been using our knowledge of the place value of 2-digit numbers to add and subtract. It has been challenging to get to grips with tens and ones and counting forward and backwards on empty numberlines. We then had to become familiar with the different coins and notes we have in Britain, comparing the value of each one. Applying our knowledge of addition and subtraction we had to find totals of money and the difference between totals.
In RE we learnt about how God sends us messages, especially the importance of the angels in the Christmas story. Whilst we were working hard in class we were also honing our acting talents to take the lead in our Key Stage One Nativity performance of 'Everyone Loves a Baby'. There were lots of visits to church and Rev Saunders was always there to help us out. We think you will agree that we all did great! What a team! Of course it couldn't have happened without Mrs Gornall, Miss McCulley and all of the staff who helped especially our wardrobe department and finally our supporting stars; the amazing angels in Reception and the superb flock of Year 1 sheep.
In English we looked at traditional tales and the sequel to Jack and the Beanstalk, Jim and the Beanstalk. The children used their predicting skills to work out characters thoughts and feelings and infer information using clues from the text. They wrote a letter to Jim as the Giant to say thank you for all the gifts he had got. In PE we mastered our tri-skills and learnt lots of new rolls in gymnastics to create simple sequences, using balances as our linking moves.
Autumn Term 1 NEWS!
In Geography, we have been busy learning all about maps. Looking at photographs of the capital cities of the UK, we learnt what an aerial view is and spotted landmarks in each city. Using aerial views, we made a plan of our classroom using the shapes of the tables and chairs. We then went out and about to find landmarks in our local area and plotted them on a map of the area with the help of our grown up. Back in class we made a key, creating a symbol of each landmark that we could use on our own map. Using our symbols we made a simple map of our journey. Using 'Google Earth' we mapped out our journey to 'Pennington Flash' which we visited linked to our science topic. After our trip we used the compass rose to explain where to find the minibeasts we found on a simple map.
In Science, we have discovered what makes things alive, dead or never alive. Using this knowledge we looked for living things in their habitats. Starting with the ocean, we learnt the names of different plants and animals. We discovered what features these animals needed to be able to survive in the ocean, for example, fish have gills to breathe and fins to help them move, and how we wouldn't be able to live in this habitat. Looking in the woodland habitat, we discovered there are lots of micro-habitats which tiny creatures live in. On our visit to the woodland at 'Pennington Flash' we found lots of minibeasts and learnt the names of different plants and animals we didn't know using identification keys. We used the data to complete tally charts and bar graphs.
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 listening to lots of different stories from the Bible and choosing their favourite one. In PSHE, we have discussed how we have the power the be superstars and how we need to use the positive energy from batteries to make our school and the world a better place.
In Art, the children have looked at landscapes and cityscapes painted by Monet. The children used the tip of a paint brush and cotton buds to apply thick acrylic paint to recreate Monet's garden in Giverny, after looking the colours and brushstrokes in different Monet paintings. Using two of Monet's paintings of the 'Houses of Parliament, 1902' the children discussed how colours can be used to show the weather and time of day paintings were created. The children used pastels to create the colours in the sky, blending the colours together with their fingertips. They then used a template to cut out the shape of the 'Houses of Parliament' from black card and stick onto their sky. Using black pastels, they created the reflection of the building underneath. By looking at the landscapes painted by Vincent van Gogh, the children were able to compare the similarities and differences with their work. They again used the same thick paint, but slightly different brushstrokes (straight marks for the grass and sky, and round marks for the clouds) to re-create his painting 'Plain Near Auvers, 1890'.
The children have gained lots of new reading skills from following the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme. They have been using their predicting and inference skills when reading the story 'Wild' using clues from the text to help with their understanding. We have learnt lots of new words during word of the day and how to create noun phrases, which we included in our retell of the story. We have recited the poem 'The Grass House' and used its structure to write our very own poems entitled 'The Forest House' using all the vocabulary we have learnt about the woodland habitat. The children have a clearer understanding of past and present tense from their work in grammar and have begun to understand the difference between a question and a statement.
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 to two-digit calculations.
In music the children have developed their listening and thinking skills. They have learned to recognise a range of simple song melodies by pitch and rhythm and have enjoyed learning to sing these melodies in time and in tune with each other. They have listened carefully to recorded music and have learned to identify and talk about interesting musical features.