Learning in English
Reading: This half term Year 2 will continue to apply their phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent. Children will become increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales. In addition to this, the children will be introduced to non-fiction books that are structured in different ways. Year 2 will be reading longer pieces of text and answering questions from this.
Writing: Within writing, Year 2 will be punctuating simple sentences with a capital letter and a full stop, in addition to using question marks and exclamation to show effect. They will also be learning to use the past tense, conjunctions and how to link ideas, contracted forms and suffixes (ly, ment, ness, ful and less) to make their sentences more interesting. Children will have the opportunity to write a persuasive letter to Mr Graham, create a recount from a memorable day, write an advert for a sporting event, produce instructions for a game and devise their very own non-chronological report.
Learning in Maths
This half term children will be learning about addition and subtraction, starting with simple adding and adding with renaming. They will then move onto simple subtracting, subtracting with renaming and addition of three numbers. We will also be learning about multiplication and division using 2s, 5s, and 10s, including solving word problems using these number facts. By helping your child to recall their times tables automatically, you will allow them to solve a wider range of word problems, because they will have a greater ability to focus on what the question is asking of them, rather than the numbers themselves. Times tables are also a very important foundation for all areas of Maths.
Learning in Science
We begin our topic with a bubble experiment. We will be making our own bubble mixtures and investigating what happens when we use different objects to create bubbles.
Can you blow a big bubble? Can you blow a small bubble? Does wearing gloves help to prevent the bubble from popping?
Do all balls bounce? Mud balls, dough balls, wet sand balls. What happens when you pull, push, stretch and squash? The children will be identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal and plastic and deciding which material is the most suitable. In groups the children will be carrying out an investigation based on something they would like to find out. Do they float or sink? Do they all roll in the same way? Which balls bounce the highest? Which ball can you kick the furthest? Does the type of surface make a difference?
Learning across the wider Curriculum
Art/DT: The children will use a range of techniques to create patterns using bubbles, marbles and paint.
Music: In Music, the children will sing and follow a melody, and sing or clap increasing or decreasing tempo.
RE and PSHE: Our focus this term is on Buddhism.
Computing: Children will be taught how to use technology safely and respectfully.
2M– Monday PM
2F– Tuesday PM
2J– Monday PM
Please ensure your child has their kit in school on their day.
To find out more about what your child will be learning and how to support them, read our Parents' Guide by clicking the link below:
Trips and Experiences
We will be having our very own BOUNCE day in school… if we can convince Mr Graham with our persuasive writing to let us have one, that is!
How Can You Help?
Help your child learn their 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables.
Listen to your children read, little and often.
Work together to complete as many of the homework projects in your children's Home Learning books as you can.
the interest of maintaining the standards of our ambitious school family can we
request that children arrive promptly for school and in correct uniform (this
includes black shoes- not trainers.)
you for your continued support and please don't hesitate to speak to any of us
if you have any problems.
Miss McDonough, Mr James, Miss Figueira, Miss Bridgman and the Year 2 team.