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.... Autumn 1 (Sept - Oct 2019)
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 or living or not 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 use a compass to navigate around a map and use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise local features. The will devise a simple map of our journey to Pennington Flash including a simple key. Using the language of physical and human features they will be able to describe the route.
In Computing we will become photographers taking photographs of ourselves in focus and saving them as digital content. 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 landscapes and cityscapes by studying the work of Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Jean Metzinger. 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 'Simon Sock by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet' were we will revise nouns and verbs and basic sentence structure. The children will design their own sock and write a speech saying why they should be chosen. Linking to our Science unit of 'Living things and their habitats' we will read 'Wild and Little Gardener 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 'The Green House' the children will use its structure to write their own poem. In addition they will look at non-fiction texts about animals and habitats to discover how they are written and write their own information text about an animal of their choice. 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 Heartsmart theme will be: Get Heartsmart
The children will learn that their choices can help or hurt their own and others feelings and the decisions they make can affect their reputation. They will describe ways they can use their power in positive and negative ways.
Our PE topics will be: Movement Skills 2 and Tri-Golf
Movement Skills 2 - The children will learn to travel backwards safely, balance on one leg, jump in a variety of ways volley and punt. Learning to move safely with an awareness of others by dodging.
Tri-Golf - The children will gain an effective stance and grip to putt efficiently. They will learn to control the direction and speed of the putt and know the correct position to chip the ball towards a target.
In addition we will be focusing on the value of 'Passion' to develop our social skills.
Dates for your diary
PE: Wednesday and alternative Fridays
Harvest Service: Friday 11th October
Parents' Evening: Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th October
Bags to School Clothing Collection: Thursday 17th October