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 if you need to speak to me, an appointment can always be made.
Our Year 2 Class 2021-2022
Miss Barton- Year 2 teacher
Miss Keay- Teaching Assistant
Mrs Bayatti- Teaching Assistant
The guided reading schemes we use in Year 2 are:
- Read, Write Inc
- Oxford Reading Tree
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. In addition, using Bug Club is a fun way to build comprehension skills by answering the little quizzes in each online book.
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. There will be access to a range of additional books on Bug Club, which will develop comprehension skills.
In Year 2 we follow Read, Write Inc
Homework will be allocated on Power Jam each Friday and evidence is to be uploaded to Seesaw before the following Thursday. In addition, maths practise can be completed weekly on Numbots and Times Tables Rock Stars.
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.... Autumn 1 (Sept - Oct 2021)
Over the next half term our topics are : What is in our local habitat?
We will begin our Science work on 'Living things and their habitats', were the children will determine whether objects are living, dead or have never been alive and identify the seven life processes which determine whether something is alive. They will look at the ocean and woodland habitat to identify and describe animals, saying what makes them suited to that environment. Using microscopes and simple fieldwork skills they will look at micro habitats in the local woodland at Pennington Flash. Back at school they will classify the animals found and consider how the plants and animals depend on each other to survive.
As part of our Geography topic the children will explore the seven continents and the five oceans of the world. They will begin to understand where they are in the world and where they live. They will look at some of the world's most famous features and determine if they are a physical or human feature.
In Computing we will become photographers taking photographs of ourselves in focus and saving them as digital content. We are then going to use our new skills to photograph flowers. We will decide which photos are the best to keep and add titles, so we can identify them in the class portfolio.
Our Art topic will look at seascapes by studying the work of Turner, Hokusai and Monet. We will use a range of medium to recreate their work including paint, pastels and collage.
Our Literacy topics will include:
Our literacy work will start by looking at the book 'The Slightly Annoying Elephant' by David Walliams were we will revise nouns and verbs and basic sentence structure. Linking to our Science unit of 'Living things and their habitats' we will read 'Wild' by Emily Hughes'. Using adjectives, the children will learn the grammar of noun phrases and be introduced to prepositions. After studying compound sentences using the conjunctions and, but, or, yet, so they will apply these to write a retell of the story 'Wild' adding in detail. Using the poem 'If I Were in Charge of the World' and 'Desk Diddler' the children will use its structure to write their own poem. Most of our reading will be taught through Read, Write, Inc. this half term. However, this will be enriched through story time.
Our Maths topics will include:
This half term the children will become experts at place value. They will make two-digit number using 'Numicon' and 'Base 10', understanding the important of the position of each digit. They will be able to manipulate these numbers by adding/subtracting multiples of 10 and single digits, and seeing which digit changes. This will then lead onto addition and subtraction of two, two-digit numbers. Throughout our Maths work the children will need to reason and explain their working out and be able to apply their knowledge to problem solving!
Our RE will be: – The Bible and special books from non-christian faiths.
Starting with their own special books the children will understand the importance of the Bible to Christians. The children will widen their understanding of the Bible, its contents and presentation. They will listen to and retell many stories and explain which story is their favourite. In addition, they will begin the develop an understanding of holy books from faiths and their significance in the lives of believers.
Our Wellbeing theme will be: Wellbeing Flock
Each week the children will be visited by a different bird from around the world who will bring a special message for the children. The children will be encouraged to look after their own wellbeing and mental health by learning tips and techniques they can continue at home. This links with our Geography topic of Continents as each bird comes from a different country.
Our PE topics will be: Under the sea gymnastics and Throwing and Catching
Under the Sea Gymnastics - The Children will develop balance, agility and co-ordination when balancing on different parts of the body. They will progress to combine a selection of movements to create a gymnastic sequence.
Throwing and catching - Each week the children will learn a new skill that will help them develop their throwing and catching skills. They will master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching.
In addition we will be focusing on the value of 'Passion' to develop our social skills.
Dates for your diary
Parents' Evening: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October