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Year 2 class page   

Autumn 2017

 

Class Teacher: Mrs Zachariah and Miss Evans

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Matthams

 

 

 

We have PE every TUESDAY and THURSDAY! Please make sure you have your PE kit in school, long hair tied back and any earrings removed.

 

Spellings – tested every Wednesday!

Homework – given on Thursday to be completed by following Wednesday.

 

Literacy:

 

Throughout the autumn term, we are enjoying the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. We will be retelling the story in our own words, taking part in a Cinderella ball and writing character descriptions. We are also learning to follow and write instructions by designing our own board games and baking delicious cakes.

 

In year 2 …

  • children will begin to learn how two words can be put together to create a new word, e.g play + ground = playground or foot + ball = football, these are known as compound words.
  • children will be encouraged to use more adverbs (describe the verb), by adding the suffix ‘ly’ to certain words, e.g slow-ly, quick-ly, patient-ly.
  • children learn different ways of joining ideas together to make longer, more detailed sentences using words such as when, if, because, or, and, but.
  • children will work on changing tenses and writing in a specific tense and consistent use of punctuation.

 

In our spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons, we have been learning to locate and use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. We are also beginning to understand a use a variety of sentence types. (Statements, exclamations, questions and commands) Each week your child will have a list of spellings to learn, with a test on a Wednesday. Learning these spellings will really help to improve your child’s confidence when writing independently.

 

In year 2 …

  • children’s knowledge of graphemes (written form of sounds) will be building and they will be using these to spell words, e.g n-igh-t, sh-o-p-p-i-ng or ch-a-m-p.
  • trickier words known as homophones will be taught in order for children to be aware that words can sound the same but have different spelling, e.g see and sea, weather and whether.
  • children learn to spell contracted words (shortened forms) such as ‘we’ve’, ‘they’ll’, ’they’ve’
  • children might be taught how to use the possessive apostrophe e.g the boy’s hat (the hat belonging to the boy)
  • children learn to use suffixes, such as: –ness, -ful, -ment, -ly and –less.

 

Throughout the year we will be focusing on improving our handwriting. Click below to see an example of how we form letters using our handwriting scheme.

Reading:

 

We love reading in Year 2! Mrs Zachariah loves books that will make her laugh or information books that can teach her new things. We have the opportunity to read every day at school, either individually or in a group. Remember … Fluency isn’t everything! Children must also understand what they are reading and what is being read to them!

 

Click below for a parent’s guide to reading with your child.

In year 2 …

 

  • children will listen to, discuss and give their own thoughts and opinions on a range of books including stories, non-fiction text and a wide range of poetry at a level beyond their own reading ability.
  • children will be asked to check that their reading makes sense, make predictions about the type of book they are reading or the characters within it, answer and ask questions about their reading and make inferences. Inference involves using the clues in the story or picture to make a good guess. It involves figuring something out which isn’t fully explained and draws on a child’s existing knowledge of the world.
  • children will sequence events within a book and retell traditional and fairy stories with more detail.
  • children will use the structure of different non-fiction texts such as non-chronological reports and instructional texts to help them to use the correct structure in their own writing.

 

 

Maths:

 

Each morning we start with “Number of the day”. Each child has their own ‘number of day’ booklet and we choose a two digit number and then answer question about it, such as one more or how many tens.

This term we are focussing on understanding place value. Children are representing numbers using objects and pictures. Having a clear understanding of place value helps us to add and subtract as well as with multiplication and division.

 

 

 

Things to practice at home:

  • Recognising odd and even numbers
  • Doubling numbers to 10.
  • Halving all even numbers to 20.
  • Knowing all addition pairs of numbers to go (7 + 13 = 20) and related subtraction fact (20 – 13 = 7)
  • 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less than any 2 digit number.
  • Counting forward from 0 in jumps of 1, 2, 5 or 10.
  • Naming and describing common 2D and 3D shapes
  • Adding or subtracting a single digit number from any 2 digit number.

 

To see an overview of the topics for this year please click here.

 

Science: Uses of everyday materials

 

This term we are finding out about the properties and uses of a variety of different materials. Children will investigate how solids can change shape e.g by melting and also investigate the best material for a purpose, understanding that more than one material may be suitable. They will learn about developers of new materials and the products they have helped to create.

 

History: The Great Fire of London

 

We will be learning about the events of the Great Fire of London. We will be learning about what historical sources are useful in helping us to find out more about the Great Fire. We will also be creating some amazing artwork!

 

 

 

This term we have been learning about The Great Fire of London. We have found out about the fire by reading extracts from Samuel Pepys’ diary, as well as looking at paintings and pictures of London in 1666.

We wrote our own diary entries, imagining that we were alive during the great fire.

We all made a model of a house, based on drawings we had seen of houses in 1666. On Monday we took all our models out on to the playground for ‘The Great Fire of Loughborough’. The whole school came out to watch. A fire engine and firefighters were nearby to put out the fire. Once the fire was out we were able to look around the fire engine and even had a go at squirting the hose!

The Great Fire of Loughborough

You can watch the video of The Great Fire of Loughborough by clicking on the link below.
Click on the link below to view the End of KS1 Assessment Information.
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