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 2020-2021
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. 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 Wednesday, when they will bring one book 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 given out on a Friday and is to be uploaded to Seesaw before Thursday. In addition, maths practise will be assigned each week on 'School Jam' every Wednesday.
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 2 (November - December 2020)
Over the next half term our topic is : The Swinging 60s. Over the half term we have been delving into our family photo albums to find pictures of our relatives in the 60s and 70s. We will use these to look at how fashion, food and toys have changed over time from the 1950's to the 1970's. Using pictures from different eras we will put them in chronological order giving reasons for our choice. By looking at three separate groups the 'Mods', the 'Rockers' and the 'Hippies' we will discover how music influenced their life styles and fashion. In DT, we will look at how to join fabric together and master the basic skills of sewing. We will design and make a hand puppet in the style of one of the groups of people from the 1960's to teach Year 1 about what we have learnt.
Continuing our science work on 'Habitats' we will use the data we collected to introduce branching sorting diagrams. This will link with our computing work where we will create digital content to share our findings from our trip to 'Pennington Flash' before the holidays. We will then look at how animals survive seasonal change, including, hibernation, storing food and migrating.
Our English topics will include: The children will study non-fiction books to discover the different features they contain. Using the books 'Winter's Sleep' and 'How to help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear' and facts they have learnt about animals in Science, they will produce a non-chronological report using conjunctions to join facts to add information or explain. By looking at the book, 'The Crow's Tale' the children will explore how woodland creatures survive in winter. We will revise noun phrases, repetition for effect, adverbial phrases, inner thoughts and questions. Introducing, exclamation marks, similes and subordinating conjunctions the children will write effective sentences for our story. Following Read Write Inc, we will continue to develop our reading skills.
Our Mathematics topics will include: The children will continue to count in different steps and master the skills of addition and subtraction, recalling number facts quickly. We will then look at money by investigating coins and notes. We will be able to show equal amounts, compare amounts of money, calculate the total amount and find change before demonstrating our knowledge and skills through solving two-step problems. In addition, we will introduce the children to multiplication and division using the skills of arrays from Y1.
PE – Our School Games Value is SELF BELIEF which compliments the Heartsmart theme – Don’t forget to let love in.
Indoor – Dance
We will be learning how to dance 1960s style! We will learn to change the speed of movements when dancing alone, before dancing with a partner and in a group. By clapping out the beat on different body parts, we will understand the music before moving in time to it. We will learn how to hold a formation and use different heights when dancing.
Music- We will listen to 1960s pop music, compare it to music from different eras and decide if we like it. We will be introduced to the Beatles and discover why their music was important, learning to sing 'Yellow Submarine'. We will improvise a rhythm to accompany a Beatles song and write it down using stick notation.
Our RE will be: We will continue our work on the Bible by comparing it to the Quran, looking for similarities and differences. Our new unit will be Christmas: Why was the birth of Jesus such good news? We will look at the difference between news and good news and how it is delivered. We will look at how angels delivered news in the Bible and how the news of Jesus' birth made people feel. Looking at the incarnation we will discover the impact of the news on the world.
Our 'Heartsmart' theme: Don’t Forget to Let Love In! We will listen to Boris as he explains why it is important to share the good things about ourselves. We will make 'I Am Cubes' to share everything we are good at and the nice words to describe ourselves. Learning about words that are trash and words that are truth, we will learn how to ignore negative comments about ourselves. We will learn the meanings of our names and describe the different emotions felt by Bounder in the short Pixar film.
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.
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..
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 been introduced to the 'Writing Rainbow' and the different FANTASTIC symbols, 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.
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.
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.
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.