Year 2 class page
Class Teacher: Mrs Zachariah and Miss Evans
Teaching Assistant: Miss Wing
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.
Throughout the summer term, we are enjoying the stories of Fantastic Mr Fox and The papaya that spoke! We will be retelling the story in our own words, creating character descriptions and writing letters. We are also learning to create information books.
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.
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.
The Totally-Pawsome Reading Gang also help us to understand and answer questions about what we have read.
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.
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 revising all we have learnt this year. This includes …
- Adding and subtracting two digit numbers using a variety of methods.
- Knowing the 2x, 5x and 10x table.
- Finding ½ ¼ ¾ 1/3 and 2/3 of shapes, numbers and objects.
- Multiplying and dividing
- Naming and describing common 2D and 3D shapes.
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: Living things and their habitats
We will find out about a variety of habitats and the plants and animals that live there. This will include a class trip to Conkers in June. Children will learn to tell the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive, and apply this in a range of contexts. They will make observations of a local habitat and the creatures that live there, investigating conditions in local microhabitats and how they affect the minibeasts found within them. We will also research a range of global habitats and how the living things that live there are suited to their environments. We will also watch and record caterpillars changing into butterflies.
Children will be closely studying plants and trees in the natural environment, taking measurements and making
observational drawings. Children will plant a seed and a bulb and compare them as they grow. They will record changes in their plants in words and pictures. They will even be able to take their sunflower home! We will visit Queen’s Park to observe the different plants growing there.
We will set up a comparative experiment to observe what plants need to grow well. We will begin to learn about plants that we eat, and understand that farming involves creating the right conditions for food crops to grow.
We will be finding out about the development of travel and transport throughout history. Alongside consolidating the children's understanding of chronology through using timelines and making comparisons between old and new forms of transport, we will focus on early travel methods of the Vikings, through to the invention of cars, trains and aeroplanes. We will also focus on finding out about the life and work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Geography – Oceans and Seas
We will be learning about the geographical features of the seaside, both human and physical. Children will learn about seaside environments; finding out where they are located in the United Kingdom. Children will learn about the similarities and differences between seaside resorts and Loughborough, looking at how resorts have changed over time. We will also be locating some of the world’s oceans on maps. We will use our virtual reality headsets to explore deep below the surface!