Lime Class - Year 2

 Autumn Term 2 2017

Class teachers: Miss Reilly (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

              Miss Wilcox (Thursday and Friday)         

 Teaching assistants: Mrs Kirk, Mrs Gentleman, Miss Hutton.

(Mrs Kirk covers PPA time on Wednesday afternoon).

 

Our topic for this half term is called:

This will focus on history and current affairs.  We will learn about significant historical events such as the Gunpowder Plot and some of the events involved in war and why it is important that we remember them.  We will also explore some of the festivals which are marked at this time of year such as Diwali and Christmas.

English

Across the year we will use a range of texts to cover elements of our reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation work.  We will usually focus on a particular text in each unit of work.  This term we will continue to explore the adventures of Flat Stanley.  We will retell some of Stanley's adventures in our own words, change some of the aspects of the story to write our own version and we will write replies to letters. 

 

Approaching Christmas, we will move onto the story of the Elves and the Shoemaker.  We will be keeping our eyes out for those elves around our classroom!

    

Spellings:

The children usually have a spelling test each Friday.  This will assess the words which are sent home and may take the format of writing the words within the context of a sentence (this follows the format of the Year Two SATS spelling paper which the children will take during the summer term)..  The children will bring home a list of target words and sentences to practise their spellings each week.  A photocopy of your child's spelling test will be sent home weekly so you can see how they are progressing.  Please help with these where you can and encourage your child to practise the spellings we are sending home.  These word lists, along with the Year 1 and 2 common exception words (which can be found in your child's planner) are an important aspect of your child's English work this year.  These are key words which are used across the children's reading and writing.

 

Grammar:

Grammar focuses on the rules of the English language and the children are now expected to have a good understanding of how to apply this in their work.  The children will learn about different word types including nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and how to use these accurately in different aspects of writing.  These will be taught as part of our daily English work, and also within our guided reading and phonics sessions.  There are many useful games online which will support your child in their understanding of word types.  These might  help to make grammar seem more interesting and appealing too!

Take a look at some of these sites:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy2.htm

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-games

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/

 

Reading

The children read at school every day throughout the curriculum.  They also take part in regular guided reading sessions each week.  In addition to these reading sessions, we hold daily phonics lessons and reading assemblies, to ensure that we are providing the children with opportunities to develop the skills needed to become effective readers. At home, we ask you to engage in reading with your child as often as you can.  We know how busy and hectic your days can be, but just a few minutes sharing and talking about texts can greatly help your child's understanding and confidence. This doesn't always have to involve reading their school reading book.  It could be you sharing a text with them, asking your child to tell you about what they have read, reading a comics, newspapers, magazine articles or leaflets, or simply reading signs and labels when you're out and about - every bit helps!  Please support your child wherever possible.

All of the children have been given a new login for Bug Club.  This site can be accessed from home and is a valuable tool for the children to practise their reading and comprehension skills.  They are assigned a variety of books appropriate to their reading level and are given questions to answer about the information they have read.  On this site they can also access some spelling and grammar games too.  For children who might be reluctant or not want to read, this can be a rewarding incentive!

Bug Club - https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Reading Cloud - https://www.readingcloud.net/

 

Maths

This half term our maths work will focus on methods for addition and subtraction.  We will learn fact families for addition and subtraction bonds to 20 so that we can recall these.  We will also use related facts up to 100.  We will develop methods for checking our calculations through comparing number sentences and the use of inverse.  We will add and subtract numbers using objects, pictures and mental strategies, including a two digit number and tens, two two-digit numbers and adding three one-digit numbers.

 

We will continue to learn our times table facts each week and we are now chanting these daily.  We are focusing on the facts in the 2x, 5x and 10x tables to begin with.  Please help your child with these wherever possible.  Being able to recall the times table facts will help your child in so many aspects of their maths work.  Make this as fun and interactive as possible to keep the children interested - sing songs, set them a time challenge, play matching games etc.  There are lots of songs, rhymes and games online to inspire you with these.

 

If you are unsure about the methods we teach children to solve calculations in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, or you would like more information about these, please do not hesitate to come and see us.  We know that these can seem very different to the methods which you may have been taught!  The methods which we are currently working on will also be displayed on our maths working wall in the classroom.  You could ask your child to explain these methods and how to use them.

 Here are a few useful websites which support children in solving calculations and problems:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

http://primarygamesarena.com/Years/Year-2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

http://www.ictgames.com/moneyPage.htm

http://www.year2maths.co.uk/

 

Science

 

  In our Science work we will find out about the basic needs of animals for survival. We will explore the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of food and hygiene.

P.E

Our P.E. sessions take place on  Mondays and Wednesdays each week.  On Wednesday the P.E session will be led by a P.E coach and supported by the class teacher as we learn new skills in different areas of P.E.  The children look forward to these lessons and are hugely disappointed if they cannot participate because they do not have a suitable change of clothing or footwear. Please help your child to be prepared for these lessons.  All children require a full P.E kit for both indoor and outdoor work. This is to ensure the children's hygiene and safety.  Details of our P.E kit can be found in our school prospectus and in our new home school planners.  Please help to ensure that your child is prepared for their lessons.

 

Homework

Our main focus for homework in Year 2 is to regularly listen to your child read, including questioning their understanding, to practise the spellings we send home weekly, and to practise maths passport targets that are in your child's planner.  These aspects focus on the basic skills needed to help your child in reading, writing and maths.  When new learning has taken place in particular subject areas we will occasionally send additional homework that focuses on consolidating that learning.  In addition to this, we will create opportunities each term to have a topic based homework project.  This is often a creative activity which encourages your child to use their imagination and work with adults at home to produce something based around the learning taking place in class.

Look at some of the amazing vegetables we created as part of our work exploring the story of Supertato:

 

 

Spellings are sent out weekly and children are tested on Friday.  If your child has struggled on their spelling test,
we might send home the same spellings again to secure their knowledge before moving on to new spellings.  We will                          display a copy of the spellings on the class notice board (on the window).                                                                                    

 

If you would like to speak to us about any aspect of your child's learning, you can catch us at the start or end of the school day, or arrange an appointment at a suitable time.  Please don't be afraid to ask though.  We greatly value the support of parents and guardians, and know how a close home/school relationship can support the children in their learning. 

Please keep in touch with us.

 

Thank you from all of the staff working in Year Two.