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

 

Class Information

 

Who's Who

Miss Barton- Year 2 teacher

Miss Keay- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bayatti- Teaching Assistant

 

Reading

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.

 

Phonics

In Year 2 we follow Read, Write Inc

Each day we undertake a RWI lesson. During this time we review the set 2 and 3 sounds and will learn a new sound each day. After the Speed Sounds lesson we look at a key text for the following three days. RWI is really helpful for embedding spellings and during each lesson we come across new 'Red Words'  which, we learn how to spell and are encouraged to use in our independent writing. We really enjoy our RWI time (particularly the partner work, actions and rhymes!)

Homework

 

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.... Spring 1 (January - February 2022)

 

Over the next half term our topics will be:

 

  • English - To kick start the new term we will be focusing on Jane Considine narrative unit focusing on the book The Crows Tale by Niomi Howarth and writing our own story. We will then move onto writing instructions and letter writing. We will be continuing daily with our Read, Write Inc lessons and getting to grips with the trickier sounds.         
  • Mathematics – In Maths we will be moving onto the multiplication and division unit of power maths. To help us understand multiplication we will began by making arrays. We will then move onto the second multiplication and division unit and statistics.                                                                                                     
     
  • Science – This term in science we are looking at plants. We will explore how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We will then investigate what plants need grow and stay healthy. We are going to be planting lots of different kinds of seeds and bulbs and observing them as they grow. This unit allows the children to work scientifically by using simple equipment.                                                                                               
     
  • Geography – In this topic we are going to be learning about our local environment. We will look at the differences between rural and urban areas, explore the features of our school ground and local area, recognise symbols on an Ordnance Survey map and create our own map of my local area.

 

  • DT – In this unit the children will investigate a variety of vehicles and their features focusing on the wheels, axis and chassis. Using a variety of materials the children will explore ways to create the body of a car and how best to decorate this to look realistic. They will them design and build their own vehicle.

 

  • Music- In music the children are going to be exploring Jazz music.  The children will improve upon their existing recorder skills, gain confidence playing the instrument in front of the class and playing as part of the class ensemble. They will listen to a variety of swing, blues and jazz music.

 

  • RE- We will explore how Jesus was a friend to everyone and read bible stories that remind us of Jesus’ love for all people. Some of the stories the children will read are Jesus and the children (Mark 10:13-16), The Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19) and Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43.) 

 

  • Computing- We are Detectives – This unit of computing teaches the children that emails are a form of communication and how to correctly compose and send an email. They will explore how to attach files to the email and download received attachments. There is an emphasis in this unit on e-safety and the importance of only emailing people we know.

                                                                                    

  • Wellbeing – This term our wellbeing focus is Monsters. Each week we will follow a small monster who visits a different house on Monster Lane. Each house has its own monster with its own special message. The children will learn skills that promote self-awareness and the importance of taking care of their own mental wellbeing.

 

  • PE- Indoor and Outdoor

Indoor PE - Plants

In this unit the children will learn to;

Use their bodies to express ideas, make different shapes with their bodies, dance in different formations and perform simple movement patterns as part of a group. 

Outdoor – Running and Jumping 

Building on the skills the children learned in year 1 they will continue to use a tennis racket and a cricket bat. They will then practise hitting a ball thrown to them by a partner.

 

Autumn 2 NEWS!

In Maths the children have worked very hard to master addition and subtraction and have strengthened their understanding of number bonds to 20. They began to add two 2-digit numbers together and subtracting a 2-digit number from another 2-digit number. To help strengthen this new skill the children used place value grids, part whole models, number lines, bar models and tens frames. We then progressed onto the money unit and how to understand the value of each coin and note. The children were able to count amounts of money and then find how much change was needed.

In English the children unpicked a non-chronological report and looked at all the different features needed. Using our writing rainbow, we wrote our own reports on hibernation and habitats. This linked in with our science topics and we were able to include all the facts we had learned. The children did extremely well with their home reading and many completed their Christmas reading reward charts.

In Science we had a very exciting new topic to get to grips with, habitats. To get the children engaged with this learning we went on a mini beast hunt to Pennington Hall park, we looked at the habitats around us and explored microhabitats for bugs and insects. We took photographs and kept a tally chart, this helped us to keep a record of what we saw and linked to our computing unit, We are zoologists. The information gathered will be converted into graphs and charts. The children went on a school safari to look for worms and we looked closer at pond habitats. We had lots of fun exploring the world around us and learning about the many types of habitats.

In RE the children explored the topic of good news in the bible and how it was delivered to God’s people. We discussed how angels often brought good news and then explored the nativity story. The children loved listening to the story of Jesus’ birth and hearing about the many visitors to the stable. This linked with our school nativity play, A Bundle of Joy.The children retold this story and had a wonderful time doing so.

In DT the children looked at types of puppets and how they are different. With lots of practice they successfully mastered a running stitch and a whip stitch. They then drew their own hand puppet design and created it from felt. They were all very proud of their efforts.

Our music this term was linked to our history topic of The Swinging 60’s so all the music they listened to was from this famous time. They sang along to some of the more famous Beatles songs; Yellow Submarine, Let it Be and With a little help from my friends.

In PE the children explored dance and how they could move their bodies like some popular toys such as a jack in a box and a toy soldier. Each week they practised new movements and synchronised them into dance routines. They were able to change the speed, weight and size of their movement. In our outdoor PE unit the children built on their knowledge of bat and ball gained in year 1. We began by recapping on how to hold the tennis racket correctly and progressed onto the different ways to throw the ball to a partner. We had a try at some tactics that we could use to help us win the game. 

 
Autumn 1
 NEWS!

In Maths we have been mastering place value to 100, using lots of different resources. We have been using the part whole model to find number bonds to 20 and 100. The children have been getting to grips with our new maths scheme Power Maths by solving lots of real life problems. 

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 been introduced to the 'Writing Rainbow' and the different FANTASTIC symbols, which we included in our retell of the story. We then wrote our own Autumn poem using all the vocabulary we have learnt about the woodland habitat. 

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.

As part of our Geography topic the children explored the seven continents and the five oceans of the world. They know that we live in a town and that our country in part of the continent of Europe. We have learnt lots of facts about each continent and how they are all different. We looked at some of the world's most famous features and determine if they are a physical or human feature. 

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 seascapes painted by Monet, Hokusai and Turner.  The children used pastels to create the colours in the sea, blending the colours together with their fingertips. They used strips of blue and green tissue paper to recreate the waves. They explored the prime colours and learnt how to change the tone. At the end of the unit they worked in a small group to create a large seascape painting. 

In Computing we became photographers taking photographs of ourselves in focus and saving them as digital content. We then used  our new skills to photograph flowers. We choose the best ones to edit and then created a picture collage.

In music the children have developed their listening and thinking skills. The children began playing the recorder, understanding how to hold it correctly, make a good sound and how to play different pitches.

In PE, we have been developing our gymnastic skills by learning new balances and jumps. We practised the log roll and worked on rocking to our feet in preparation for learning forward rolls which some of us mastered too. Applying all our new skills, we made sequences on the apparatus.