Year 2 learning newsletters
· PE is on Thursday
· Homework is given out on Friday and should be returned on Tuesday.
· Mental maths and spelling tests are on Friday
· Children will visit the school library each week. Please see the Year 2 newsletter for class times.
· Children will change their reading book each week. Please see the classroom door for your child’s reading book changing day.
In English we will learn about the genres of poetry, story writing and recount. Our English lessons will be based around the texts “Don’t” by Michael Rosen and “The Hunter” by Paul Geraghty and biographies of the biologists Istou Ceesay, Wangari Maathai and Ernest Everett Just.
Children will continue to develop their phonic knowledge by learning alternative pronunciations of sounds and spelling rules. Those children who did not meet the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics screening check will continue to receive support to reach that standard and will revisit the check later this year.
We will continue to develop our fluency and comprehension skills as readers through daily practise.
In our maths lessons we will be learning about place value and addition and subtraction.
Key concepts (place value):
· Children will understand what each digit represents when partitioning a number.
· Children will understand that numbers can be partitioned in different ways (eg:. 58 = 5 tens and 8 ones or 4 tens and 18 ones.)
· Children will partition numbers using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations.
· Children will be able to order objects and numbers from smallest to greatest and compare them using the symbols <, > and =.
· Children will learn to count in steps of threes.
Key concepts (addition and subtraction):
· Children will know number bonds to 20 (eg: 14 + 6 = 20).
· Children will learn to check their calculations.
· Children will compare number sentences.
· Children will use related number facts (eg: 2 + 3 = 5 so 20 + 30 = 50).
· Children will add and subtract ones and tens.
· Children will be able to identify ten more or ten less than a number.
· Children will be able to make number bonds to 100 using tens.
· Children will be able to add or subtract a 1 digit number to a 2-digit number crossing ten.
· Children will be able to add or subtract a 2 digit number to a 2-digit number crossing ten.
· Children will be able to add three 1-digit numbers.
In Science we will learn about seasonal change and the scientist Gabriel Fahrenheit during the first half of the term. In the second half of the term we will learn what the human body needs to stay healthy.
In History we will learn about the Plague and the Great Fire of London. Children will learn to compare life in the past with life today. They will look at books, objects and pictures to find out information and ask questions about the past. Children will learn to give reasons to explain why people in the past acted as they did.
In Geography we will learn about the UK and London. Children will learn to locate and identify the four capital cities of the UK. They will learn the names of the seas that surround the UK. They will also learn the names of the seven continents and five oceans.
In RE we follow the Waltham Forest agreed SACRE scheme. This term, children will learn about how and why people celebrate special and sacred times, such as Christmas, Eid and Diwali.
In French we will learn to follow classroom instructions. Children will learn to recognise simple directions. We will learn to describe the weather in French. We will also explore landmarks in London and Paris.
In Art we will learn about the life and work of the artist Sonia Boyce. The children will explore techniques that she has used in her work and use them to produce their own pieces.
We will also learn about textiles and weaving. Children will develop skills in working with fabrics. They will use se knotting twisting, plaiting and weaving to change the form of materials. Cut and shape materials and learn to join materials.
Design and Technology:
In DT we will focus on food technology. Children will design, make and evaluate the skills needed to create a healthy salad. They will use tools and equipment and follow safe procedures for food safety and hygiene.
In Music we follow the Charanga scheme. This term we will learn to make music using simple patterns and learn about tempo and dynamics.
In Computing children will learn to write simple programs and algorithms.
In PE children will learn to develop their agility, balance and coordination through drills and playing a range of ball games.
Relationship and Health Education:
In RHE we follow the 1Decision scheme. This term we will look at the units Being Responsible and Staying Healthy.
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