Year 2

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’).

 

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 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.