Year 2 News Autumn Term
Welcome to Year two. Welcome back, after what was hopefully a busy and enjoyable summer holiday. As usual we have a busy term with lots of exciting activities planned. This year Mrs Adkinson will be teaching Year 2 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoon and Ms Laver will be in class on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday mornings will be covered by Mrs Davis who we are lucky enough to have as the year 2 Teaching Assistant. Completing the Year 2 team is Miss Corcoran and Mr Lyons and we are all very exciting about what we know will be a wonderful year.
Numeracy: Number - We will be reading, writing and ordering numbers to 100/1000. We will be looking at odd and even numbers and recognising multiples of 2 up to 50. Mental/Oral – We will be continuing to revise number bonds to 20 and we will be using this to help our mental strategies for addition and subtraction. We will be revising doubles and halves of numbers up to 50 and we will be developing counting in patterns of 2s, 5s and 10s. Shape, Space and Measures - Our work on measures will involve time. The children will revise o’clock and half past on the analogue clock and we will be introducing the digital clock. Please encourage your child to do this at home.
Talk 4 writing: As a school, we are adopting the Talk4writing method to teaching literacy. Talk4Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a creative and fun and it is also a rigorous approach to developing writers with a life - long love of reading and story writing.
The process starts with enjoying and sharing stories. We place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.
It is then followed by an 'imitation' and children will learn to tell a story off by heart using a model text. The first story in Year Two will be Anthony Browne’s version of ‘Hansel and Gretel’. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the 'invention stage, children write their own text independently.
Handwriting: We will have a particular emphasis on the Children joining up their handwriting to support their presentation skills across all curriculum subjects. We will be teaching cursive handwriting skills and practicing several times a week.
Computing: We will be finding out what algorithms are and how they work on programs and digital devices. We will programme Bee Bots and give them simple instructions. We will also begin to use basic word processing programmes like Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Science: Our first Science topic is ‘Animals including Humans’ The children will:
- Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
- Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)
- Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.
History/geography: Our topic this term is the Great Fire of London – finding out how and why it happened. This is a fascinating subject and it would be fantastic if you could take your child/children to see The Monument and Pudding Lane.
Homework: Homework will consist of a fortnightly written piece, linked to one of the topics the children are learning about in school. Maths will be a weekly task set on Fridays through IXL. Completion of these tasks will be monitored every Thursday. Spellings will be tested on Thursdays.
Art/DT: We will be learning about lots of different artist and will be practising keys skills with lots of practical hands on activities that will help the children to explore what it means to think like an artist. In DT we are going to be designing fire engines that could have been used during the Great Fire of London. We may ask for children to bring items in to help us with this from time to time but will always endeavour to give plenty of notice.
French/music: Music -The children will be exploring beats and rhythms and we will produce accompaniments to a variety of songs using percussion instruments. French - This term we will be revising counting to 50, using songs, rhymes and games. We will also learn the names for parts of the body.
R.E: Why Is It Good To Listen To and Remember The Stories. We will learn about the ingredients for a good story; Who helps us when we are lost; What Jesus teaches through The Parable of The Sower. Why Christians believe stories Jesus told are important; selection of different parables – what they teach about life and about the nature of God.
P.E: PE will be taught by Mrs Grabham. This term will be: Out-door games – Tuesday and Thursday. We will be practising ball skills and learning to play netball and hockey. For this half term the children will require: a plain white t-shirts, black shorts a dark track-suit and plimsolls. (Girls that wear tights will need a pair of ankle socks.) Please ensure EVERY ITEM is clearly labelled as this is the only way lost items find their way back to their owners. Thank you.
Volunteer reading helpers: We always need volunteer reading helpers who would be willing to commit 10-15 minutes a week to hear individual readers either first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. If you hold a current DBS and would be willing to commit on a regular basis please see one of the tem to arrange a convenient time.
Thank you for your support! Mrs Adkinson and Ms Laver and the rest of the year 2 team