Welcome to Year 2
Welcome to Year Two and your last year in Key Stage One! We have a super year a head of us. We will be learning about The Great Fire of London, Space & Neil Armstrong and The Seaside & Grace Darling. We will also be getting ready for life in Key Stage Two – learning how to ‘join – up’ all of our handwriting and learning some times tables ( 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s & 4s). We work hard in Year 2 but we have a lot of fun on our journey together!
In our Numeracy lessons this year we will be learning about:
- Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line
- compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; <, > and = signs
- read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words
- use place value and number facts to solve problems
Addition and Subtraction
- solve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods
- recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently and derive and use related facts up to 100
- add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including two two-digit numbers
- add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including adding three one-digit numbers
- show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot
Multiplication and Division
- Practice the 3 times table here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzfQUXqiYY
- recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
- calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using x, ÷ and = signs
- show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order and division of one number by another cannot
- solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in context.
- Recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
- write simple fractions for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2
- choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (c); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels
- compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using <, > and =
- recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value
- find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money
- solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change
- compare and sequence intervals of time
- interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables
- ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data
In our Literacy lessons this term we will be concentrating on the following::
Traditional tales from other cultures
The children will be reading the and comparing the stories of Hansel and Gretel and Baba Yaga, using drama and story maps. They will write their own witch stories, using traditional story language and endings.
The children are introduced to The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and other well-known dragon stories, George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell, and The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. They create a dragon and write similes to describe it. They then write dragon stories with a focus on using conjunctions to write longer sentences.
We will use Instructions by Neil Gaiman to introduce children to writing instructions. Exploring features of instructions including bossy verbs, Identifying exciting tricky words and discussing how to decode them.
Based on two lovely stories entitled Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and The Owl and the moon, children use conjunctions to expand sentences before writing their own recounts in a diary form about an English animal.
Explore the senses through poetry, The Works chosen by Paul Cookson, and Raps, Riddles and Concrete by Pie Corbett. Read a range of different poems and learn some by heart. Go on a poetry walk to the playground or nature area to collect some wonderful describing words. Write simple poems using adjectives and adjectival phrases.
based around the wonderful poem, Aliens Stole My Underpants by Brian Moses (Cat Message by Roger Stevens). Children will memorise and perform this poem, describe objects to aliens using adjectives before finally writing their own alien poems.
Our Topics in Year 2 are :
Autumn – The Great Fire of London
Spring – Space
Summer – The Seaside
In our Science lessons this term we will be learning about:
The basic needs of all living things if they are to survive and grow. That all living things, including animals, produce off spring. We learn about the need for a balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle and the importance and benefits of exercise.
Things To Remember
Reading – Books sent home on a Tuesday, return to school the following Monday – more information to follow in September
Thursday – Spelling Test
Tuesdays & Wednesdays (hair tied back and no earrings to be worn).
Trips & Events
*Please note that these events may be subject to change.*
- 12th October – Hoopstarz session for each class
- 23rd October – Nasal Flu vaccine for all pupils
- 23rd October – Break up for half term
- 2nd November – Return to school
- 13th November – Children in Need (Wear something spotty!)
- 16th November – Assessment Week
- 27th November – Inset day
- 30th November – Inset day
- 1st December – Christmas tree up in school!
- 7th – 11th December – Year 2 Phonics Screening Check
- 14th December – Christmas week in school
- 15th December – Treasure Island pantomime (subject to government guidelines)
- 16th December – Christmas dinner
- 16th December – Key Stage 1 Bubble Christmas Party
- 18th December – Break up for Christmas
- 5th January – Spring term begins
- 12th February – Pinocchio theatre production (subject to government guidelines)
- 12th February – Break up for half term
- 22nd February – Return to school
- 4th March – World Book Day (Wear your pyjamas and bring in your favourite book!)
- 10th March – Pro-Ride Cycle day (Year 1-Year 6)
- 15th March – Assessment week
- 24th March – Key Stage 2 Talent Show
- 25th March – PTA Easter competition
- 25th March – Break up for Easter
- 26th March – Inset day
- 12th April – Summer term begins
- May – SATS
- 28th May – Break up for half term
- 7th June – Return to school
- 7th June – 11th June – Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
- 30th June – Whole school archery day
- 12th – 13th July – Year 6 Leaver’s Production
- 13th July – End of year reports out
- 14th July – Key Stage 1 Talent Show
- 14th July – Meet the new class teacher
- 19th July – Year 6 Leaver’s Service
- 20th July – Break up for the summer holidays