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Year 2

Welcome to the Year 2 page! 

Welcome to Year 2!

On this page, you will be able to find out about all of the children's learning and gain an insight into what we are doing in class.

The Year 2 teachers are: 

Mrs Williams - Class 5

Miss Beardsley - Class 6 (Phase Lead for Year 1 and 2) 

Mrs Sobis and Miss Oakey also support the children's learning every day. 

Message from the Year 2 teachers: 

We are extremely excited to start the Spring term learning with the children. We are looking forward to sharing more stories with the children and completing more spelling. Keep up the EPIC work Year 2!

Important Information: 

In Year 2, we recognise how important PE is as part of the curriculum.

Our PE lessons are as follows:

Indoor PE - Wednesday

Outdoor PE - Monday

The children will need their PE kits in school for their outdoor PE lesson. This should consist of:

- blue, black or grey shorts/ bottoms

- a white or house coloured t shirt 

- pumps or trainers which the children can fasten themselves. 

Homework: 

Each week, your child will receive a spelling homework. These spellings will cover the Year 1 and 2 common exception words and spelling patterns that they have been learning in school each week.

The children also have access to Numbots https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/52740 

This website allows your child to practice and apply their understanding of number. It supports them with their maths learning in school. We recommend that your child uses their login at least three times a week.

Reading at home: 

In Key stage 1, we value the importance of reading. We know that learning to read is a priceless, life-long skill that will unlock the whole curriculum for your child. Reading is important in all year groups but particularly in Year 2 as your children will be tested not only on their fluency but also their comprehension. 

It is important that your child reads regularly at home to help them consolidate their sounds that they have been learning in school, develop their fluency and support their comprehension. It is really important that all children have their reading records and reading books in school each day. Within their reading record, it is really important that you record every time they read at home as this provides important communication between home and school. When your child reads at school, you will receive feedback in the reading record too. 

Year 2 Curriculum 

Maths

In Maths, we will be learning about fractions – recognising, and finding, a half, a quarter, a third and three quarters. As well as looking at finding fractions, as equal parts, of shapes or numbers, we will be able to identify that wholes and parts can be represented in different ways. For example, the world is the whole and the 7 continents are the 7 parts, or the tree is the whole and the leaves are the parts.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-fractions-with-joe-tracini/zmjy2sg

 

Numbots
Writing

During our Writing lessons this term, the children have been exploring the story of 'The Tear Thief' and will be learning how to use the past progressive verb 'ing'.

For example: The mother was kneeling beside him. 

The children will be innovating this text and then will be independently write their own story based on the dream thief. 

Reading

During our Reading lessons, the children are learning how to answer comprehension questions using the VIPERS approach. 

 

V - vocabulary (where you explain the meaning of words)

I - inference (where you uses clues from the text) 

P - predict (where you use evidence from the text)

E

R – retrieval (where you can find the answer in the text)

S – sequencing (where you order events from the text)

 

We are also continuing to focus on the children’s fluency when reading aloud.

Spelling

We are continuing with ELS spelling this term. We have been learning about vowels and consonants. We will be exploring the rules when adding the suffixes ed, ing, er and est.

Science

In Science, we will be starting the year looking at living things and their habitats. During this term, the children will be looking at different types of habitats and microhabitats. The children will also be exploring how living things are adapted to their habitats.

History 

In History, Year 2 will be learning about the significant event The Great Fire of London. The children will be unpicking the causes and consequences of the Great Fire of London. 

R.E.

This term we will be looking at the religion of Islam and exploring how Muslims live according to the Five Pillars of Islam. We will be reflecting on how some of these values, such as self-discipline and celebration, may be beneficial to everyone, not just Muslims.

 

Computing

In Computing, the children are exploring how to do digital photography. Through the lessons, they will be exploring how to take good photographs, what orientation to use and how to add effects to images.

Music

We will be exploring pulse, rhythm and pitch this term. We will be playing the glockenspiels.

PSHE

This term we will be looking at different jobs that we know about and the strengths and interests needed for those jobs/careers. We will then be exploring our personal strengths and interests and how these may impact the job/career path we choose when we are older. We will link this new learning to prior knowledge of spending money and paying for what we need before spending money on what we want.

Art

In Art this term we will explore colour mixing – using the primary colours to create secondary colours. With this knowledge we will then begin to explore texture in the natural environment and bring it into the classroom to then create our own collage artwork, using a range of different