The staff and pupils of Year 2 would like to welcome you to our page. We hope you find it useful and enjoy browsing through our year group page to find out what we are learning in school!
Miss Ahern (Teacher)
Miss Eldridge and Miss Pitts (Teaching Assistants)
Miss Harding (Teacher)
Miss Rance (Teaching Assistant)
TERM 1: THE LONELY BEAST
In Term 1 we will be exploring different genres of writing using our Power of Reading book ‘The Lonely Beast’. We will begin by learning about poetry, exploring all of the features such as similes, metaphors and alliteration as well as developing our understanding of using adjectives to describe settings and characters. Moving on from poetry we will be looking at writing in role, we will be learning about the features of a diary entry, having the opportunity to role-play aspects of our novel. Finally, we will be writing diary entries from the view point of The Lonely Beast, focusing on emotive language and how the beast is feeling at the different points of his journey.
TERM 2: THE ROBOT AND THE BLUEBIRD
The Robot and the Bluebird; we will be continuing to build the skills of the previous term considering emotive language and how we can portray the feelings of a character through our written work. We will begin by looking at instruction writing, learning all of the features of instruction writing as well as writing our own set of instructions of how to build a cardboard robot! Next, we will begin to understand how to write letters, looking at a variety of letters, considering if they are formal or informal letters and noticing the difference between the two. We will begin to write our own letters from the perspective of the Robot and of the Bluebird.
READING AT HOME
Throughout year 2 it is vital that your child is reading every night, reading plays an important role in all subjects especially in year 2. Alongside this, your child will also have spellings to learn weekly, these words will correspond with the year 2 common exception words which your child will be expected to be able to spell by the end of the year. We would be grateful if you could support your child at home in these areas.
In term 1, we will be focusing on number and place value, at the beginning of the term we will focusing on developing our knowledge of number up to and beyond 100. We will focusing on understanding three digit numbers considering their place value, understanding the value of each digit in terms of hundreds, tens and ones. Throughout the topic we will be considering the different ways in which we can represent number, i.e. through number lines, dienes, bead strings etc. Alongside place value, we will comparing numbers using the correct vocabulary such as greater than, less than or equal to. Towards the end of the term, we will begin to understand and use basic addition and subtraction with number that do not go beyond 10; this will begin to develop our skills ready for term 2.
In term 2, we will continue to learn about addition and subtraction, using our place value knowledge we will begin by continuing to add and subtract numbers that do not exceed 10. We will be teaching the children to use the column method to solve the calculations. After this, we will looking at adding and subtracting numbers beyond 10, at this stage the children will begin to learn how to regroup the numbers to solve the calculation. Lastly, we will be looking at how to use our knowledge of place value and column method to solve simple one-step word problems.
MATHS AT HOME
We will be learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables throughout the year, it is important that your child continues to learn their times tables at home. Please follow the link to our calculation policy if you feel you require any help with assisting your child’s learning at home. http://stmichaelsrcp.org/school-curriculum/curriculum-policies/
We are looking at Living Things and their Habitats in the first term. We will explore the differences between things that are alive, no longer living and have never been alive. We will use our observation skills to sort objects according to the life processes. We will identify the habitats in which living things survive, as well as how habitats help provide what living things need to stay alive. We will use our knowledge to identify and name living things in a microhabitat – the Forest School! We will then look at food chains, learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and how living things need nutrition to stay alive.
We will then move on to the Uses of Everyday Materials. We will revisit the properties of everyday materials and look more closely at observing their suitability for particular uses. Once we have figured our how various materials can be used, we will examine how we can manipulate everyday materials: squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
TERM 1: THE CHOSEN PEOPLE
We will begin our religious journey of faith this year by recognising that we are chosen by God. Understanding that every person is unique and special to Him, we will look at the gifts we are given by God and how we can use them to serve God. We will reflect on being thankful to God for all we are given. Once we have looked at our own journey, we will then learn about the journey of key figures in the Bible: Abraham, Moses and David. We will learn about how they listened to and served God by having true faith in Him.
TERM 2: MYSTERIES
We will begin this topic by looking at the meaning of the word mysteries, focusing on things we cannot see or fully understand, like God and Heaven. With this in mind, we will look at The Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We will think about God in these three different ways and reflect on his choices of Mary and Joseph as the parent’s of Jesus the Son. Focusing on Jesus, we will recognise Jesus as God’s gift to the whole world. We will reflect on what this means to us.
TERM 1 : GEOGRAPHY – OUR WORLD
In term 1 our topic is Geography, we will learning about ‘our world’, we will be looking at the seven continents and five oceans, as well as different climates around the world. We will be learning about human and physical features, linking this to our Power of Reading novel.
TERM 2: HISTORY – THE GUNPOWDER PLOT
In term 2 our topic is History, in history we will be learning about ‘The Gunpowder Plot’, we will be considering the plan of the Gunpowder Plot and using this as an opportunity to help develop our stamina and resilience in writing. We will have the opportunity to role-play the scene, write letters and diary entries form the perspectives of those involved.
This will be our outdoor sport in PE, where we will learn how to play as a team. Children will learn different agility skills when working with a rugby ball. We will practise dodging and weaving using speed and direction, throwing and catching and how to mark another player. Combining passing and running skills, children will move towards the goal area and score by placing the ball down in target areas. We will then put all of our new skills and techniques into practice in competitive matches.
This indoor topic involves fundamental skills and movements. Children will concentrate on key movements that can be linked to many areas of exercise. They will practice techniques such as short distance running, chest push pass, balancing, jumping and landing and hand-eye coordination. With all of these new skills in mind, children will reflect on the benefits of physical exercise on both physical and mental health.
Your child has a Dip and Do worksheet attached to their Homework Books, but you can also find the link here:Dip and Do term 1
These activities are related to the objectives being covered in class and will therefore be of benefit to your child. Please feel free to complete any of these activities and hand them in to the class teacher.
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