Hello and welcome to Year 2.
Your class teachers are Ms Pimenta and Mr Kidd
Year 2 English lessons will primarily come through the daily RWI Phonics. The children will be learning sounds at the pace that is appropriate to their reading level in a smaller group setting. Through these lessons we will also have the opportunity to explore writing for different purposes and using our phonics strategies to support our writing. We love reading and we always make time in class for children to share their favourite stories. We encourage parents to read for just ten minutes daily with their children and sign their reading record books so that children can earn house points in class.
We will be starting Whole Class Guided Reading lessons where the children will be introduced to a shared text where they can read to improve fluency and accuracy and then answer comprehension-style questions with a focus on improving inference skills.
Children who have completed the Read Write Inc program will be reading the story ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ by Roald Dahl. They will make predictions, participate in discussion about the story and will become increasingly familiar with how a novel is written. They will write for different purposes and say out loud what they are going to write about and will re-read their work to check that their writing makes sense. Children will identify the characters and using role play (Drama) to retell the story from one character’s point of view. Children will also be writing a non-fiction piece of work at the end of the topic and an independent piece of work called ‘big write’ will take place every Friday.
Children will begin multiplication and division this term learning to recognise, make and add equal groups. They will use arrays and form multiplication sentences using pictures for support. They will use sharing and grouping to make equal groups and divide by 2, 5 and 10.
In Statistics we will be making tally, making and interpreting pictograms and block diagrams. Children will count in 2s, 5s and 10s to complete and draw their own pictograms.
In Religious Education, the topic(s): for this half-term will be:
Books: In this topic we will be looking at the importance of the Bible as the principle Christian text. We will look at how the Bible is made up of the Old and New Testaments and discover the Gospels. We will be reading and retelling biblical stories and describe how Bible stories are used in Church.
Thanksgiving/Eucharist: In this topic we will be exploring different ways to say thank you and learning about the different people in the parish family.
Science – Living Things and their Habitats - We will be exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. Year 2 will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. We will also describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.
Geography – Journeys – Where does our food come from?
In this unit children will learn about our food gets made and how it gets to us. We will discuss the different shops that exist on the High Street and how to distinguish between fresh, frozen and fast food. We will look at what is grown within the UK and how different things are grown in different parts of the country.
Design and Technology – Puppets - Children will explore a range of puppets and choose their favourites. They will look at the construction of a puppet and experiment with different joining techniques in order to create their own. They will then design, make and evaluate a hand puppet.
Computing – Presentations and Typing - Children will learn to use presentation software and develop their keyboard skills in order to present their ideas. They will learn why it is crucial to present ideas in a well thought out format. The children will create a presentation about their own use of technology and why it is important we take a healthy balanced approach. Lastly, the children will have the opportunity to showcase their digital skills and independently create a short presentation about themselves
RSHE – What helps us stay safe? - Children will be investigating a range of situations and decide if it’s safe in different environments. We will be looking at how to stay safe around the home and what to do with household products including medicines. We will also be exploring how to cross the road safely and looking at what rules and age restrictions exist with media content.
PE – Gymnastics – Children will learn different balances, rolls and build a sequence in a group.
Year 2K PE day is Tuesday
Year 2P PE day is Wednesday
Music – Exploring Feelings Through Music - We will be getting to know a range of musical styles where we will listen, sing, play compose and perform various songs. We will also be using the glockenspiels to learn the song ‘Rainbows’, ‘Hands, Feet, Heart’ and ‘All Around the World’. focusing on pulse, rhythm and keeping in time.