Year 2

 

Curriculum Map

 

Meet the teachers

 

Year Group Workshop

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend our Year Group Workshop. Below you will find the information presented in that workshop along with some resources that were requested.  We hope you find these helpful!
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What have we been learning? (Summer 2 Week 5)

The children worked really hard to put on their fantastic 'Celebration Assemblies'.  Well done to everyone.

What have we been learning? (Summer 2 Week 3)

English – Writing Letters!

This week we have been writing letters to Year 1 and Year 3 children, trying to utilise all of the writing skills that we have learnt during Year 2. We have focused on including conjunctions (‘because’, ‘when’, ‘if’), using questions and apostrophes (to indicate possession).

At home you can: talk to your child about how they could improve their writing by using more ‘adverbs’, particularly ones that end in ‘-ly’, ‘ness’, ‘ment’ or ‘-ful’. These will always make their writing more interesting for the reader. For example, to use ‘quickly’, ‘happiness’, ‘enjoyment’ or ‘joyful’.

Computing – Categorising!

The Computing module for this second summer term is a focus on ‘Being Zoologists’ and what that means with handling data. We will be gathering data on bugs, categorising them and presenting them into spreadsheet formats. This week, we went on our own bug hunt in the school grounds, with an iPad between small groups.

Home Learning ideas for this week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). All of the Maths curriculum should now be accessible for your children on Mathletics. When the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Summer 2 Week 1)

English – Writing Recounts!

We have started back after half-term looking to improve our skills at writing ‘recounts’ of personal events. We have given the children some exciting stimulus to get them engaged in their writing and to give them a purpose for their writing. They have written ‘recounts’ about the Peter Pan drama workshop that they experienced and a science experiment that their teachers surprised them with (mixing Mentos mints in bottles of carbonated drinks).

At home you can: talk to your child about how they could improve their writing by using more ‘adverbs’, particularly ones that end in ‘-ly’, ‘ness’, ‘ment’ or ‘-ful’. These will always make their writing more interesting for the reader. For example, to use ‘quickly’, ‘happiness’, ‘enjoyment’ or ‘joyful’.

Maths – Revisiting our Maths skills

In the second summer term we like to revisit ALL of the Maths topics and skills that we have done throughout the year, in preparation for Year 3. This means that we have refreshed all of the methods for performing addition and subtraction calculations, and seeing how many different and effective strategies we can use. Also, we have recalled number facts and relationships with 2s, 5s and 10s, using these to solve problems.

Home Learning ideas for this week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). All of the Maths curriculum should now be accessible for your children on Mathletics. When the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Summer 1 Week 1)

English – Reading Comprehension

We have been doing lots and lots of reading comprehension practise ‘Quizzes’ on our first week back!  We have used a variety of stories and poems to help our reading and understanding skills.

At home you can: talk to your child about their reading books, asking lots of questions about the text. For example, ‘Why did the author use that word?’ ‘Why is there an exclamation mark being used there?'  ‘What do you know about the main characters?’  ‘How do you know this?’

TOPIC – Let’s Go To Africa!

We have started our new topic of ‘Let’s Go To Africa’, by understanding that Africa is not a country, and that it contains 54 countries!  The children have been encouraged to think of things that they would like to find out about Africa, on a shared class Mind- Map. Please encourage your child to think about anything that they would like to research independently and subsequently share with the class.

Also, we have started to learn a Congolese lullaby called ‘Uele Moliba Makasi’, which can be easily found on YouTube.

ART – An introduction to Frida Kahlo

In preparation for the Art Exhibition at the end of May, we have started to focus on our featured artist, the Mexican self-portrait pioneer, Frida Kahlo.

Home Learning ideas for this week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).  All of the Maths curriculum should now be accessible for your children on Mathletics. When the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Spring 2 Week 6)

English – Poetry!

This week we have continued our focus and understanding of Rhythm and Rhyme in poetry, using the Julia Donaldson poem of ‘Jack and The Flumflum Tree’ as our focus. We planned and created a Mind-Map of rhyming words, which we then used to create our own version of the ‘Flumflum Tree’ poem. We found it tricky to remember that the rhyming words go at the end of a line, and that poems have verses, rather than continual lines and sentences!

At home, could you discuss favourite poems with the children, and encourage them to bring them in, or have a go writing their own? 

Maths – Problem-Solving

This week, we have started a focus in Maths on positional language and ‘Statistics’. This means that we have been using the terms  ‘clockwise’, ‘anticlockwise’, ‘quarter-turn’, ‘half-turn’ and ‘whole turns’ for positional language. The ‘Statistics’ side of Year 2 Maths means that we have been creating ‘Tally Charts’ (we made one about our favourite Explorer!) and subsequently analysing them (e.g. ‘how many more children think that Columbus is their favourite than Scott?’).

At home you can: Practise the Times Tables with your children, focusing on asking them to mentally think of the ‘2s’, ‘5s’ and ‘10s’ tables. Plus, have you seen the login and information for your child to login to the ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ new online resource? The website is ‘https://ttrockstars.com/’. Please see class teacher for your child’s login details.

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the ‘Problem-Solving’ topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Spring 2 Week 5)

English – Poetry!

This week we ‘published’ our Robert Falcon Scott diary entries, and they were made to look like authentic Scott diaries for an incredible display. Our next focus in writing is on the understanding of 'Rhythm and Rhyme' in poetry, using the Julia Donaldson poem of ‘Jack and The Flumflum Tree’ as our focus.  

At home, could you discuss favourite poems with your child and encourage them to bring them in, or have a go at writing their own? 

Maths – Problem-Solving

This week, we have focused on the ‘problem-solving’ area of the Maths curriculum, looking at a range of problems where the children have to decide what appropriate Maths skills to use.

At home you can: Practise the Times Tables with your children, focusing on asking them to mentally think of the ‘2s’, ‘5s’ and ‘10s’ tables. Plus, have you seen the login and information for your child to login to the ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ new online resource? The website is ‘https://ttrockstars.com/’. Please see class teacher for your child’s login details.

Science Week!

The focus of Science Week for Year 2 has been the creation of their Moon Buggies - the children had to Design, Make and then Test their Moon Buggies.  They learned the language of 'axle' and 'chassis', as well as explanations of movement and force.

They also enjoyed a live Science demonstration from 'FIZZ, POP, BANG!' educational science demonstrators. They explained the associated science, and showed the children lots of experiments with ‘dry ice’ and Carbon Dioxide.

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the ‘Money’ topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Spring 2 Week 4)

English – Diary Writing

This week we have used the diary maps that we created last week to help us to write four entries in our Robert Falcon Scott diaries. We focused on when the expedition arrived at Antarctica, when it left the base camp, when it discovered that Roald Amundson had got to the South Pole first and finally, the last entry when Scott realised that he was not going to make it back. Through all of these entries we tried to use all of our English skills (e.g., commas in a list, use of interesting suffixes).

At home you can: talk to your child about diaries, and maybe start one together. Think about any famous diaries that you might know. Perhaps your child enjoys the ‘Diary of A Wimpy Kid’ series of books?

Maths – Money

We continued our Maths topic of Money this week, and explored the concepts of how different totals can be made, with different combinations of coins and notes. We progressed to looking at ‘finding the difference’ and working out ‘change’. This is certainly the trickiest part of the Money concepts that we have covered so far.

At home you can: Practise the Times Tables with your children, focusing on asking them to mentally think of the ‘2s’, ‘5s’ and ‘10s’ tables. Plus, have you seen the login and information for your child to login to the ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ new online resource? The website is ‘https://ttrockstars.com/’. Please see class teacher for your child’s login details.

Talk to your child about the concept of ‘change’, using the strategy of counting up from the lowest number to reach a total.

Home Learning ideas for this week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the ‘Money’ topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Spring 2 Week 3)

English – Diary Writing

This week we have focused on mapping out our Diary writing entries for Scott of the Antarctica. We discussed how Robert Scott would have been feeling at each stage of his fated journey to the Antarctica. We have also focused on our understanding of Commas and the use of Suffixes (adding -ly, -ness, -ment to the end of words).

At home you can: talk to your child about diaries, and maybe start one together. Think about any famous diaries that you might know. Perhaps your child enjoys the ‘Diary of A Wimpy Kid’ series of books?

Maths – Money

We started our new Maths topic of Money this week, and have explored the concepts of recognising Pence and Pounds and calculating different totals with both Pence and Pounds. We have discussed the most effective ways to make different totals (i.e. using the ‘Silver’ coins first before using the ‘Bronze’ coins).

At home you can: Practise the Times Tables with your children, focusing on asking them to mentally think of the ‘2s’, ‘5s’ and ‘10s’ tables. Plus, have you seen the login and information for your child to login to the ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ new online resource? The website is ‘https://ttrockstars.com/’. Please see class teacher for your child’s login details.

Home Learning ideas for this week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the ‘Money’ topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Spring 2 Week 1)

English – Diary Writing

We have started to explore the characteristics of diary writing, and looking at how they differ from letter writing. We have learnt about Robert Falcon Scott, or ‘Scott of the Antarctic’, and have seen extracts of his diaries on his famous Antarctic expedition.

At home you can: talk to your child about diaries, and maybe start one together. Think about any famous diaries that you might know. Perhaps your child enjoys the ‘Diary of A Wimpy Kid’ series of books?

Maths – Measurements

We have spent all week looking at different ways of measuring! We have covered how to measure length (using rulers and looking at millimetres and centimetres), weight (using scales and looking at grams and kilograms), capacity (making our own Invisibility Potions by measuring out different liquids and looking at millilitres and litres) and temperatures (looking at thermometers).

At home you can: Practise the Times Tables with your children, focusing on asking them to mentally think of the ‘2s’, ‘5s’ and ‘10s’ tables. Plus, have you seen the login and information for your child to login to the ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ new online resource? The website is ‘https://ttrockstars.com/’. Please see class teacher for your child’s login details.

Home Learning ideas for this week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the Measurements topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Spring 1 Week 6)

English – ‘Information Texts’

This week we continued to look at ‘Information Texts’, creating Mind Maps collaboratively about individual famous and significant explorers (Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart). We learnt how to do research and answer our own generated questions. We subsequently turned these research notes into sentences.

At home you can: ask your child if there were any questions about the famous explorers that we researched, and model for them how to do research and find out information when we don’t know it.

Maths – Shape

We have begun to investigate 2D and 3D shapes, focusing on the properties of shapes. We have explored independently how to sort shapes based upon their characteristics.

At home you can: Practise the Times Tables with your children, focusing on asking them to mentally think of the ‘2s’, ‘5s’ and ‘10s’ tables. Plus, have you seen the login and information for your child to login to the ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ new online resource? The website is ‘https://ttrockstars.com/’. Please see class teacher for your child’s login details.

Home Learning ideas for this week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the Fractions topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Spring 1 Week 5)

English – ‘Information Texts’

This week saw us finish looking at ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker and move into the world of ‘Information Texts’. Together in groups, the children have looked at ‘Information Texts’ about famous and significant explorers. They have tried to use their research skills to create a Mind Map of these explorers, thinking of questions that they would like answering and subsequently looking for answers to these from various sources.

At home you can: Ask your child if they have any questions about the famous explorers that we researched, and model for them how to do research and find out information when we don’t know it.

Maths – Time

We have focused on 'Time' this week; including how to read and tell the time with O’ Clock, Quarter Past, Quarter To and to within 5 minutes. We have looked at both digital and analogue displays.

At home you can: Practise the Times Tables with your children, focusing on asking them to mentally think of the ‘2s’, ‘5s’ and ‘10s’ tables. Plus, have you seen the login and information for your child to login to the ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ new online resource? The website is ‘https://ttrockstars.com/’. Please see class teacher for your child’s login details.

Home Learning ideas for this week

Spellings

In the spellings next week we are looking spelling the sound ‘or’ with an ‘a’ before ‘l’ or ‘ll’: For example:

 ‘all’, ‘ball’, ‘call’, ‘walk’, ‘talk’, ‘small’, ‘wall’, ‘fall’ and ‘altogether’.

Look out for words showing this spelling rule in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the Fractions topic have been added!  Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Spring 1 Week 4)

English – Journey (by Aaron Becker)

This week has seen the culmination of the learning and exploring we have done with our core book  of ‘Journey’. This has seen us use the most powerful and emotive language that we can think of to describe the characters and scenes. We have focused on trying to include ‘similes’, ‘interesting adjectives’, ‘feelings’, ‘body responses’ and ‘senses’ in our writing.

At home you can: Can you ask your children to think of as many similes as possible? If the children write them down, they could bring them in to share with the class.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued to explore Fractions at a greater depth this week too, focusing how to use our fraction knowledge to solve and reason word problems.

At home you can: Practise the Times Tables with your children, focusing on asking them to mentally think of the ‘2s’, ‘5s’ and ‘10s’ tables. Plus, have you seen the login and information for your child to login to the ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ new online resource? The website is ‘https://ttrockstars.com/’. Please see class teacher for your child’s login details.

Home Learning ideas for this week

Spellings

In the spellings next week we are looking at doubling the consonants at the end of words before adding ‘-ing’, ‘-ed’, ‘-er’, ‘-est’ and ‘y’. For example:

 ‘patting/patted’, ‘humming/hummed’, ‘dropping/dropped’, ‘sadder/saddest’, ‘runny’ and ‘runner’.  

Look out for words showing this spelling rule in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the Fractions topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning? (Spring 1 Week 3)

English – The Journey (by Aaron Becker)

We continued with our core literacy book of ‘The Journey’. This is an interesting text for us, as there are no words in it at all. We have been using expressive and emotive language to describe what is happening in this fantasy book. We have produced a ‘Story Mountain’, where we have explained the different parts of the story.

At home you can: Can you ask your children to discuss the story and retell it to you? Can they reproduce their own ‘Story Mountain’ for you, to help them explain?

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We finished off exploring Multiplication and Division by working out different ‘Fact Families’ for number sentences. For example, if we know that ‘4 x 11 = 44’ then we must also know that ’11 x 4 = 44’, ’44 / 11 = 4’ and ’44 / 4 = 11’.

We have started to look at ‘Fractions’ this week too, focusing on comparing similar fractions. For example, ‘2/4 is GREATER THAN 1/4’, or ‘2/8 IS LESS THAN 3/8’.

At home you can: Practise the Times Tables with your children, focusing on asking them to mentally think of the ‘2s’, ‘5s’ and ‘10s’ tables.

Home Learning ideas for this week

Spellings

The spellings for this week we are looking at adding ‘-ing’, ‘-ed’, ‘-er’, ‘-est’ to words that end in ‘e’ and with a consonant before the ‘e’. For example:

 ‘hiking’, ‘hiked’, ‘hiker’, ‘scary’, ‘scared’, ‘shining’, ‘shiny’, ‘nicer’, ‘nicest’.

Look out for words showing this spelling rule in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the Fractions topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 4)

English – Traction Man

We have continued with our core literacy book this week of ‘Traction Man!’ We are been mapping out a special mission for Traction Man. We have also been thinking about how our bodies react when we experience certain emotions and feelings. These are called ‘Body Responses’.

We have ended the week by writing a diary entry for one of the sets of characters in the story; the spoons who are rescued by Traction Man, and thinking about how they would have felt and what body responses they would have had.

At home you can: Look for, and discuss, the use of diaries with your children. Perhaps your child has a diary that they would be willing to share with the class?

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have looked at ‘subtraction’ this week, and focused on using physical resources to help the children understand the concept of subtraction with ‘two-digit’ numbers. We have also begun to look at using the ‘column method’ for subtraction, and the inverse of number. You could ask your children to show you!

At home you can: Practise mental Maths techniques of addition and subtraction sentences with numerals between 1- 20 and counting in 10s and 5s.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for next week we are looking at adding ‘-es’ to nouns and verbs that end in the ‘y’ sound:

 ‘flies’, ‘tries’, ‘replies’, ‘copies’, ‘babies’, ‘carries’, ‘cries’, ‘dries’, ‘marries’ and ‘families’.

Look out for words showing this spelling rule in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the Addition topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 3)

English – Traction Man

We have introduced a new core literacy book this week; Traction Man! We are taking the children through the book at a very steady pace, as we are building up their skills of writing. We have been looking at writing in the ‘Present Tense’ (opposed to the ‘Past Tense’) when telling a story, writing lists using commas and naming inanimate objects with Capital letters; all skills they will need next week.  

At home you can: Look for, and discuss, differences between with words written in the ‘Past Tense’ (words ending in ‘-ed’) and words written in the ‘Present Tense’ (e.g. words ending in ‘-ing’).

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued our new Maths topic of ‘Addition and Subtraction’ by moving to subtraction, and particularly using a Number line to calculate and check simple subtraction calculations. You could ask your children to show you!

At home you can: Practise mental Maths techniques of addition and subtraction sentences with numerals between 1- 20 and counting in 10s and 5s.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for the next week are words that end in the ‘igh’ sound, but spelt with a ‘y’ at the end:

 ‘cry’, ‘fly’, ‘dry’, ‘try’, ‘reply’, ‘shy’, ‘terrify’, ‘sly’ and ‘multiply’.

Look out for words showing this spelling rule in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the Addition topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 2)

English – Supertato

We continued our core literacy book of ‘Supertato’ by using the skills that we learnt last week on how to write instructions, to make our own set of instructions that tell our own ‘Super Vegetables’ how they could defeat the Evil Pea!

At home you can: Look for, and discuss, different instructions in texts, such as Recipes or Lego instructions.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued our new Maths topic of ‘Addition and Subtraction’ by exploring the process of using ‘Expanded Column Method’ for addition calculations. This starts with using physical resources and ends up with writing in numerals. Ask your children to show you!

At home you can: Practise mental Maths techniques of addition and subtraction sentences with numerals between 1- 20 and counting in 10s and 5s.

Geography and R.E- Exploring the local environment

Every class in Year 2 went on our first Field Trip, exploring the local area and surrounding community as part of our human and physical geography learning. We walked to Fiveways, via Blakers Park, and made records and tallies of the different buildings and physical features we could see along the way.

The trip included a visit to St. Matthias church along Ditchling Road, where the children explored the internal features of a church building.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for the next week are words that end in the ‘l’ sound, but spelt with a ‘il’ or ‘al’:

 ‘pupil’, ‘fossil’, ‘nostril’, pedal’, ‘capital’, ‘metal’, ‘animal’.

Look out for words showing this spelling rule in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the Addition topic have been added! Plus when the children have completed the learning set by teachers, they can compete in online Maths games with other similar age children around the world (see ‘Live Mathletics’).

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 1)

English – Supertato

We started our core literacy book of ‘Supertato’ with a Stunning Start of the children bringing their own ‘Super Vegetables’ or ‘Super Fruits’ from home. We have been looking at Instructions, and what Instructions need (e.g., Heading, Resource list, Step-by-Step guides). We are going to think of ways that the children’s own ‘Super Vegetables’ could defeat the Evil Pea!

At home you can: Look for, and discuss, interesting adjectives in books that you read with your children.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued our new Maths topic of ‘Addition and Subtraction’ by exploring the relationship because adding two 2-digit numbers and checking our calculations on a Number Line. For example, 65 + 24 = ?, where we are putting the Greatest number on a Number Line first and then counting in 10s with the other number.  Ask your children to show you!

At home you can: Practise mental Maths techniques of addition and subtraction sentences with numerals between 1- 20 and counting in 10s.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for the week we return are words that end in ‘el’:

 ‘towel’ , ‘vowel’, ‘hazel’, ‘jewel’, ‘tinsel’ and ‘squirrel’.

Look out for words showing this spelling rule in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). New questions on the Addition topic have been added!

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 7)

English – Where The Wild Things Are

In Literacy we ‘published’ a section from our Wild Things writing. This meant that we wrote out, as neatly as possible, our favourite part that we had changed. These will form a ‘published’ display.

At home you can: Look for, and discuss, interesting adverbs in books that you read with your children. You could ask your children to explain to you what adverbs mean.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued our new Maths topic of ‘Addition and Subtraction’ by exploring the relationshipbecause Related Number Facts. For example, knowing that ‘3 + 4 = 7’ will help us to work out that ’30 + 40 = 70’.

At home you can: Practise mental Maths techniques of addition and subtraction sentences with numerals between 1- 20.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for the week we return are words that end in ‘le’:

 ‘multiple’, ‘dazzle’, ‘apple’, ‘able’, ‘middle’, ‘bottle’, ‘little’, ‘table’, ‘wobble’.

Look out for words showing this spelling rule in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

What Have We Been Learning in Year 2? (Autumn 1 Week 6)

English - ‘Where The Wild Things Are’

The focus on our core text of ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ has culminated this week with us producing a full story independently, which we have subsequently ‘edited’. We are going to ‘publish’ these next week. This means writing our ‘best’ parts as professionally as we can, so that we can display them for everyone to marvel at.

At home you can: Look for, and discuss, interesting adverbs in books that you read with your children. You could ask your children to explain to you what adverbs mean.

Maths – Place Value, Number Partitioning and Multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s

We have started our new Maths topic of ‘Addition and Subtraction’ by exploring the relationship between Addition and Subtraction sentences, using the language of ‘inverse’. For example,  the inverse of ‘8 + 4 = 12’ is ’12 – 4 = 8’.

At home you can: Practise mental Maths techniques of addition and subtraction sentences with numerals between 1- 20.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for next week are words that use the phoneme sound of ‘j’,  spelt  ‘g’ and ‘j’:

‘gem’, ‘giant’, ‘magic’, ‘giraffe’, ‘energy’, ‘jacket’, ‘jar’, ‘jog’, ‘join’ and ‘adjust’.

Look out for words showing this spelling rule in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). There are Maths curriculum based activities allocated to all of the children. Please help your child to access the site and the learning. If there are any problems, please let your class teacher know.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 5)

English - ‘Where The Wild Things Are’

We have continued to centre our Literacy this week on our core text, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, producing a Story Map plan to help us ultimately write our own version of the story. We are focussing on trying to use lots of ‘Conjunctions’ in our writing. For example; ‘and’, ‘so’, ‘because’ and ‘but’. Also, we have been hunting for Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs and Adverbs in our reading books.

At home you can: Look for, and discuss, interesting adjectives and verbs in books that you read with your children.

Maths – Place Value, Number Partitioning and Multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s

We have deeper explored how numbers can be partitioned in to ‘Tens’ and ‘Ones’, explaining to each other why one number is ‘Greater Than’ or ‘Less Than’ another number.

At home you can: Practise counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for next week are words that use the phoneme sound of ‘j’, spelt either ‘dge’ or ‘ge’ at the end of words:

‘badge’, ‘edge’, ‘bridge’, ‘village’, ‘fudge’, ‘age’, ‘huge’, ‘change’, ‘charge’ and ‘dodge’.

Look out for words showing this spelling rule in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). There are Maths curriculum based activities allocated to all of the children. Please help your child to access the site and the learning. If there are any problems, please let your class teacher know.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 4)

English- ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ (core text)

This week our literacy has been centred on our core text, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, and has enabled us to use our drama skills to retell the story. We have focussed on describing the main characters’ feelings and appearances. All of this learning has supported us to use our creative writing skills to write Character Profiles.

The end of our two weeks exploring this core book has culminated with us writing an alternative story with a different setting. For example, we have seen Max visit an island of sweets and a city full of wild things.

Maths- Number Partitioning and Multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s

We have explored the patterns in the multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s from 1-100, and have used this knowledge to help us solve and reason number problems.

Map Reading!

We have been map readers, by exploring the school with our own maps, trying to navigate around a map and understand how a ‘Key’ on a map can help us when identifying places.

Mrs. Nerg and the 7 Signs of Life!

For Science, we have looked at what the 7 Signs of Life are, and used an acronym to help us (MRS. NERG):

M- Movement, R- Respiration, S- Sensitivity, N- Nutrition, E- Excretion, R- Reproduction,  G- Growth.

See if your child can remember any or all of the 7 Signs of Life!

Home-Learning and Home-Support for next week (week commencing 01/10/18)

Spellings

The spellings for next week are words that use the ‘s’ sound written with ‘ce’, ‘ci’ and ‘cy’.

Please help your child to get into the habit of using the ‘Read/Cover/Write/Check’ technique when practising these spellings. They will be able to explain that method to you, as we use it each week during Guided Reading sessions.

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). There are Maths curriculum based activities allocated to all of the children. Please help your child to access the site and the learning. If there are any problems, please let your class teacher know.