Welcome to 2P
Year 2 class
We are a friendly, bubbly class who enjoy learning and trying to reach our potential in all that we do.
We have 2 teaching assistants who work in the mornings - Mrs Hoare (Mon-Wed) and Mrs. Brown (Thurs and Fri). Mrs. Hoare also covers the class on Thursday afternoons and is our TA on Tuesday afternoon. We currently have one voluntary helper (Mrs.Turner) who helps with reading and some class-based activities for an hour and a half on Wednesday mornings. Any additional offers to come in and help are very welcome.
We also really appreciate the support of parents working with their children at home to reinforce learning through hearing their child read, helping them learn their spellings, doing maths and literacy homework tasks with their child, and offering to help with events.
PE days are Wednesday and Friday, (in the afternoons).
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE WHAT WE ARE LEARNING THIS TERM AND OUR WEEKLY HOMEWORK (weekend reading, a literacy homework, online maths activity and spellings). I have also added some guidance to help you to support your child in maths. If you have any questions about this, or anything else, please ask me after school and if a longer period is necessary we can make an appointment for a mutually convenient time.
🌷 Spring Term🌷
Our topic during the Spring term is
🔥 The Great Fire of London🔥
Maths - We will be covering the year 2 maths curriculum which can be found online. Each week the maths homework will reflect an aspect of the maths coverage from lessons during that week. See below for the maths we have been covering so far this half term. Please reinforce these learning methods. It can become confusing if the children are taught different methods at home to those we have been learning in school eg we do not teach column addition or column subtraction until the children are in the juniors as they need a firm understanding of number first. With year 2 SATs looming your help is really appreciated. Thank you.
In maths this half term we have been:
Please continue to practise these with your child at home. There are lots of fun games online which you may wish to use.
Regular things to practise in order to speed up calculations and enhance mental maths fluency are:
Numbers that go together to make 10
(and how this affects/helps knowing numbers that go together to 20 etc)
Doubling numbers up to double 10 (and beyond, if you can)
(and how this links to understanding doubling/ dividing by 2)
Knowing and naming 2D and 3D shapes and their properties
(Numbers of sides, vertices (corners), faces and shapes of bases on 3D shapes eg Square based pyramid)
Measuring - using scales, rulers/measuring tapes, and telling the time
Literacy - We will be following the year 2 curriculum and using the school's chosen approach to literacy called 'Talk
for Writing'. We will be focusing on the grammar required for year 2 and will continue to build the children's confidence with using punctuation, reading with clear understanding and expression as well as choosing to use more adventurous word choices in their written work. This half term we are/have been focusing on non-fiction writing such as letters and newspaper reports, with a quick recap on diaries and a little diversion into non-rhyming poetry. We have also been looking at song lyrics in music as being rhyming poetry put to music.
Our spellings each week are based around a phoneme which we have worked on in class, or a selection of high frequency commonly used words which are listed as year 2 words in the National Curriculum. we will also be looking at pre-fixes (un, etc) and suffixes (ing, ed, ful, ly etc).
Other subjects and how they link/cross -
In Science this term we have been learning about keeping fit, clean and healthy and we will also be covering a unit of work on types and uses of different materials. This links well to our History work on the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Great Plague of 1665.
We are continuing to learn greetings in many languages and singing songs/playing games and adding/subtracting verbally in French as well as having a daily French cafe for our healthy snack. In D&T we are exploring healthy snacks and different fruits (fresh and dried) and their uses. We are designing our own fruit biscuit recipes in groups to make for each other to then taste and evaluate.
In Art next half term, we will be exploring using charcoal and inks and creating monochrome images with these as in Tudor times (1666) but also in modern art through printing and photography.
In ICT we will be becoming digital researchers; using the internet safely to find out more about 1665 and 1666.
Safety is also the theme of our PSHE unit again linking to our topic with reference to fire safety as well as linking to the current campaign by the NSPCC to understand ways of staying safe.
Our school scheme of work guides the progressive lessons taught in RE and this term we are looking at symbols used in a range of religions.
PE is also taught from a scheme chosen by the school and includes outdoor and indoor PE (weather and hall availability permitting). Miss. Palmer teaches gymnastics/dance in the hall on Friday afternoon, and outdoor games is on Wednesday afternoon (weather permitting).
The class are taught by Mrs. Hoare during Miss. Palmer's PPA time.
Please look in your child's orange homework book each weekend for their Literacy homework. This book should be handed in for marking every Tuesday.
The maths homework is set online each Friday and can be found at mymaths.co.uk, using your personalised user name and password login details. The site automatically marks the work but can be accessed by school staff to check how well your child is getting on with their maths homework.
Spellings are also sent home each Friday in your child's small blue spelling book. Please practise these at home throughout the week on any paper you have at home, and discuss the spelling pattern if there is one. Spellings practise sheets do not have to be shown to the teacher. We trust that you will be practising these spellings at home, in order to support your child's spelling, handwriting and reading.
Spellings for this half term (by date set) -
2/2/18 - Contractions (using an apostrophe to show that two words have been combined and some letters removed. The apostrophe is put in place of the missing letters) eg didn’t (did not) or isn’t (is not) or it’s (it is) or I’m (I am). This is different to an apostrophe showing possession eg It is Sophie’s choice. An apostrophe for possession is not the same as a contraction because in a contraction the apostrophe represents missing letters.
26/1/18 - Silent k when paired with n eg knock and knife.
19/1/18 - Silent w at the start of words beginning with wr eg wrestle and wrong.
12/1/18 - Words ending with le eg vegetable and people.
15/12/17 - Words which will be helpful when writing a Thank You letter (including some words which we have been mis-spelling recently).