Welcome to year 2. We are the Barn Owls and we will be continuing our learning journey in what will be a very exciting year.
Here is a preview of some of the great learning Barn Owls will be mastering.
Maths - We will start the term by revisiting different areas to show Mrs Green what great mathematicians we are. We will then move on to using known number bonds to solve problems including missing numbers, addition and subtraction. We will use our doubles knowledge to add near doubles, compare and order numbers using < and > signs, as well as using partitioning to add and subtract 2-digit numbers. During our Geometry lessons, we will focus on comparing shapes by their properties, learn how to tessellate shapes, use positional language and use a ruler to measure accurately in centimetres.
English - We will start our English journey by reading and sharing a range of books based on islands. The children will retell the stories and begin to think about a character’s point of view and explore different courses of action. We will identify specific targets we need to apply so we can improve our writing. Each week one of our English lessons will focus on an area of SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar), which we will then include in our writing; these will include the 3 different types of sentences and the correct punctuation and using adjectives to describe in detail.
Later in the term we will write our own explanation texts based on our new topic of transport; when we will focus on sequencing correctly and using causal conjunctions to link sections of the text. At different points during the term, like Christmas, Harvest and Bonfire night, we will apply description and rhyme to write poems.
Phonics - Phonics will continue to be taught to those children that need this support for their reading. Children who are confident in their sound knowledge will learn how to apply this knowledge when writing. We will look at the position of phonemes and identify patterns and rules to enable us to choose the correct one. All children will have access to support in learning the year 2 words and the required spelling rules during SPaG lessons.
Science - Our Science topic is Materials. We will be identifying the materials of different objects and exploring their properties. The children will be investigating how different materials can be moulded and which material will protect the Lighthouse Keeper's lunch from the waves and of course those pesky seagulls!
All of our science topics will be embedded into our curriculum throughout the course of the year, enabling the children to truly understand that science is all around us. For instance, how different plants grow throughout the year and how long it takes some plants to grow.
Geography - First we will be recapping the countries and capital cities of the UK. We will look at the features and characteristics of the countries and apply this knowledge to compare them to other islands in the world. The children will learn how to use an atlas and how they can help us to learn about all the countries in the world. Using Atlases, we will learn the 5 oceans, the 7 continents and some of the countries in them.
History - We will start by studying our local area and learning some of it’s history. We will then look closely at Oxford, especially the history of car manufacturing and the impact this has had on the area. During this time we will visiting a car museum to support our understanding (letter and date to follow shortly).
DT - Our topic will be ‘Christmas’. We will investigate different decorations and how they move, make sound and shine. The children will design and make decorations and use their construction knowledge to join materials together and to apply finishing techniques to match their design.
RE - The children will listen to and read different stories from the bible and will learn how these are connected to our school values.
Music - In Music we will be exploring different instruments and the sounds they make. We will then use this knowledge to perform soundscapes for ocean waves We will also be learning new songs for our Christmas Nativity.
PE - On a Wednesday, the children will take part in team building activities and learning to develop communicating and cooperating skills in a variety of games. On a Thursday the children will continue to develop their throwing,and catching skills with Mr Sykes. Trainers, jogging bottoms and a warm top will be needed on a Thursday as the children will be outside. Plimsolls can be worn for indoor PE but are not essential.
Computing - During these lessons the children will be developing their understanding of algorithms by planning and writing a set of instructions to create a moving sprite, as well as creating the background.
Homework - In year 2 the expectation is that the children read and/or discuss their book every day at home. By the end of year 2 the children should have an instant recall of their 2, 5 and 10 times tables in any order not just by rote. It would be extremely helpful to the children if this is practised at home as well as at school. A piece of English or Maths homework will be given each week along with either a list of spellings or a spelling activity. Sometimes the homework will be connected to our Topic work to incorporate the creative curriculum. Spellings are individual to your child and are chosen by a diagnostic spelling assessment and through their written work. Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Sometimes homework can become a bit of a battle or the children are unsure of what they need to do. Please note that homework is an opportunity for your child to show off what they have learnt and to demonstrate how they apply their skills. Homework should not be a stressful experience. If this is the case, please send your child into school on Monday with their homework folder and I will happily go through the work with them. Please encourage your child to complete their homework in pencil unless otherwise stated. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please keep coming back to our class page and see what we have been up to.
See you soon
Mrs Green, class teacher,
and all the Barn Owls.
Class support is provided by:
Mrs Dickson (Mon,Tues,Thurs and Fri) and Mrs Cox (Wed), teaching assistants
Mrs Drummond and Mrs Hawksworth, learning support assistants
Dates for your diary:
Friday 13th September - Roald Dahl Day - What character will you dress up as?