Welcome to Y2NS
We hope that you have had a fantastic summer, spending it with family and friends enjoying the little bit of sunshine that we had. Bring on Year 2!!
This autumn term our topic is 'All Creatures Great and Small’
During transition week we opened our talking tub to see what we would be learning in September. The children asked some excellent questions which has decided what we will learn. Some of these questions were:
On Thursday 15th November 2018, Year 2 will be visiting Austerfield to meet all the different animals and creatures they have and to explore their outdoor learning center focusing on habitats, life cycles and food chains.
As a class this half term we will be reading the fictional novels 'Charlotte's Web’ by E.B White, ‘Aaarrggh Spider!' by Lydia Monk, Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin and ‘Caterpillar Butterfly’ by Vivian French. These will run alongside our topic which is Wriggle and Crawl.
Every child will also take part in a Guided Reading session every week with Miss Saul and Mrs Harhoff, where they will read a different text to their individual reading book. Children will also take part in a range of reading activities including enjoying books in our own reading area.
The children will also be exploring our library and selecting their own book to read for pleasure. The children will have a designated library day for them to return and change their books, our library day is Thursday.
It would be beneficial to developing your child's love of reading if you could find just five minutes several times a week, more if you can, to listen to your child read then ask them questions about the book and recording a comment in their reading record diary. When books are ready to be changed please put them in the ‘finished books’ box. It is extremely important that your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day, as there will be opportunities for additional 1:1 reading sessions with an adult.
In English this half term we will be creating a variety of genres; riddles, diary entries, explanation texts and character descriptions.
Grammar and punctuation
- Use full stops, capital letters, question marks, apostrophes for contractions.
- Write sentences in different forms: statement, question, exclamation, command
- Use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify
- Use present and past tense consistently
- Use conjunctions (when, if, that, because, or, and, but) in sentences.
- Write for different purposes.
- Planning or saying out loud what they are writing about.
- Evaluating their writing with their teacher and their peers
- Read their writing aloud using appropriate intonation.
Our key focus in Mathematics will be:
- to explore 2-digit numbers by grouping in tens
- identify tens and ones in a 2-digit number
- partition 2-digit numbers
- represent 2-digit numbers
- read and write numbers to 100 in words
- compare numbers to 100
- order numbers to 100
- explore number patterns
- explore odd and even numbers
- Use number bonds to 20 in addition
- Use number bonds to 20 in subtraction
- Add and subtract ones from a 2-digit number
- Add and subtract multiples of ten
- Add and subtract tens from a 2-digit number
- Add two 2-digit numbers
- Subtract two 2-digit numbers
- Add and subtract two 2-digit numbers
- Add three 1-digit numbers
Knowing the times tables to at least 12 x 12 from memory helps us with our written and mental calculations. Therefore throughout the year we will be memorising the times tables too, but it would be fantastic if you could also support your children to learn these at home. We will begin learning the 2’s, 5’s and 10 times tables.
In Science we will be learning about different animals and plants and the habitats in which they live.
This half term we will be revisiting how to stay safe online, before learning how to open and save documents.
Homework and Spellings
Homework is given out every Thursday and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. House Points are awarded to any children who return their homework on time.
The homework set will usually be aimed at consolidating what we have been learning that week in English and Mathematics, so it is very important that it is completed.
Spellings that the children need to learn are also attached to the homework on a Thursday. It is important that the children practise these so they can use them in their writing. The children will also have a spelling test on these every Wednesday morning.
Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. We strongly advise that all children bring both their indoor and outdoor PE kit on a Monday morning and take it home on a Friday for washing. Please ensure PE kit is labelled with your child’s full name.
We recommend that all children have a water bottle in school every day, so that they can keep hydrated throughout the day. We have a designated area in the classroom where we keep our water bottles and can fill them up at the water fountain during break and lunch time. You can purchase a school water bottle from the office or use an alternative bottle. It would be really useful if you can make sure that your child's full name is on the bottle, in case we have more than one of the same bottle.
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Miss Saul and Mrs Harhoff