Art and Design Competition (optional)
Fourth Plinth Schools Award 2019
We would like the children to revise their spellings from January until now for a test after half term.
For the first week back after half term, we will be linking our Literacy to our Geography topic of Oceania. We will be researching famous landmarks in Australia and making notes about them. We will use these notes to write factual texts about the landmarks. The main grammar focus will be conjunctions. We will be continuing with our reading, spelling and grammar work.
In the first week back after half term, we will be looking at place value and addition. Our objectives include:
- Recognising the place value of each digit in a two-digit number
- Ordering numbers
- Comparing numbers using the more than >, less than < and equals = signs
- Using place value and number facts to solve problems
- Revising addition strategies
Thank you all for your continued support.
Next week, we will be studying different types of poetry. We will be creating 'Colour' poems and writing a poem called 'What's in the box?' Our main focus will be looking at different types of figurative language including alliteration and similes. We will be continuing with our reading, spelling and grammar work.
Next week, we will be working on money. Our objectives include:
-Looking at coin values
-Recognising the pound and pence sign
-Making different combinations to equal the same amount
-Making different values with coins
-Working out practical word problems.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Next week, we will be looking at different settings, including underwater, waterfall, forests, etc. We will be describing these settings by focusing on using different types of sentences (questions, statements, exclamations) and expanded noun phrases. We will also be using accurate punctuation, including full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks and commas in lists. For our SPAG lessons, we will be looking at how words change by adding suffixes, including -ly, -less, -ness, -ment.
Next week, we will be continuing our work on the four rules of number (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We will be revising methods and strategies to help us answer number sentences as well as solving real life word problems. We will be using the bar modelling to help us understand the word problem questions and learning the vocabulary associated with the four rules of number.
Thank you for your continued support.
Next week, we will be focusing on non-fiction writing. We will be learning about Uluru/Ayers Rock in Australia. Children will be carrying out research then writing an information text about the rock. We will also be writing a description of the rock's appearance. Our focus will be using conjunctions to extend sentences, including: and, but, because, when, so, until, if, etc.
Next week, we will be focusing on multiplication and division. We will be:
Thank you for all your support!
As part of our Science work on Growing Up we would like the children to bring in a picture of themselves as a baby or young child. We will be looking at the photos to compare what they could do as a baby with what they can do now and the reasons for the changes.
Please send in a picture by Tuesday 22nd January. The picture could be a photo or a printed version. We will return the photos afterwards.
Next week, we will be starting work on the text, The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. We will be focusing on reading comprehension questions, especially inference questions, such as:
Also, we will be creating our own menus, describing the main characters and describing the setting using expanded noun phrases. Our focus will be using conjunctions to extend our sentences. For spelling, we will be learning about past and present verbs and how the spelling of a word changes to show tense.
Next week, we will be focusing on adding two-digit numbers, mostly by using the empty number line method. We will also be solving real life word problems and investigative questions. We will be looking at vocabulary associated with adding and ensuring we show our working out when solving problems.
Times Tables Rockstars Competition: 14/1/19 - 18/1/19
Below are some more details regarding the competition:
o Year 3 – 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x
o Year 2 – 2x, 5x, 10x
We are encouraging all children to take part - what an exciting opportunity to compete and practise maths at the same time!
This week, we have been learning about narrative poetry and have focused on the 'Owl and the Pussycat' by Edward Lear. We have studied the poem by looking at the language, performing the poem and writing a description of imaginary woods which the characters might have entered. A particular focus has been on expanded noun phrases and we have re-written the poem by using our own expanded noun phrases.
Next week, we will be learning about limericks. We will be reading different limericks and studying the language used. Then we will be writing our own limericks. We will also be completing reading comprehension activities and spelling activities (linked to using apostrophes for contractions).
This week, we have been focusing on place value. We have learnt to:
Next week, we will be:
Happy New Year! Hope you all had a lovely break!
Below is the Year 2 Curriculum newsletter for the spring term. This will detail what we will be learning about this term.
Year 2 Teachers
We have a brand new resource in school! 'Times Table Rockstars' is an online resource to help children learn their times tables in a fun and exciting way. Every child has been given a letter with the website address and their own password to be able to access this resource. The children have been shown the website in class. Please support your child to create their own avatar (online character) and start learning their times tables. The focus for Year 2 is the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. It will be excellent if children can familiarise themselves with this resource in the holidays.
Look out for some exciting news about the times tables in January!
Thank you for your continued support,
Year 2 Teachers
In literacy, we have been focusing on writing persuasive letters, using persuasive language.
In numeracy, we have been working on 2D and 3D shapes. We have learnt the names of the different shapes and described the properties. For 2D shapes, we have used the words: sides and vertices. For 3D shapes, we have used the words: faces, edges and vertices.
This work will continue this week.
Literacy - we have been imagining that our unusual pet has escaped and has embarked on an adventure! We have been writing the story of our 'pet's' adventure, focusing on using expanded noun phrases and conjunctions.
Numeracy - we have been focusing on division this week. We have been learning how to share by drawing circles, using the division symbol and understanding that the inverse of division is multiplication.
Literacy - we have been focusing on non-fiction texts. We have studied the features of non-fiction texts and identified the use of titles, headings, captions, pictures, glossary and index. Next, we will research how to take care of an unusual pet and write an information text which needs to include key information about looking after these pets.
Numeracy - we have continued our work on subtraction. We have learnt that addition is the inverse of subtraction; subtraction can be done in any order and how to subtract multiples of ten from 2-digit numbers.
This week, we will finish reading 'The Disgusting Sandwich'. Our lessons will focus on:
This week, we will be focusing on subtraction. We will be:
We were very privileged to have met a motivational speaker named 'Siya Twani' who came in and took our school assembly at the start of the month. He spoke to the children about the meaning of equality and the importance of acceptance and respect to others. He shared events from history which shows why Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King are role models.
Here are two stories you can share with your child/children to help their understanding of peace and equality; to start discussions on fairness;
How can we promote peace and respect in our school and local community?
Mrs Abdi (Humanities Lead) and Mrs Adem (Unicef Rights Respecting Lead)
Literacy Homework, set 4.10.18
Below are some examples of instructions.
Look carefully to find: What you need, bullet points, method, numbers to order your instructions, imperative (bossy) verbs and short, specific instructions.
Roald Dahl Storytelling!
Year 2 and Year 3 had a fantastic time listening to the story of 'The Twits' by Roald Dahl. They were told the story by a storyteller who made the story fun to listen to! See the photos below...
Welcome to Year 2!
We hope you had a great Summer holiday. The children are settling in well to their new classes.
We look forward to seeing you at our Meet The Teacher meeting on Thursday 13th September at 6pm.
Here is the curriculum newsletter which gives an overview of our topics for the Autumn term.
Year 2 Team