Year 2

Week Commencing – 3rd December

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Topic we are writing a postcard from London and planning a wheeled vehicle (fire engine) design for a DT project next week.
  • In RE we will be thinking about what a lighted candle means to us to make a Christmas display and reflecting on symbols as part of our ‘Big Question – Do religious symbols mean the same to everyone?’.
  • In Computing we have carried out some research on London using different websites, in preparation for creating a tourist guide for visitors to our capital city.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could make sure they are beginning to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

We would also like all costumes to be delivered to school by Thursday 13th December in a named carrier bag. A note about what is needed should be in book bags on Wednesday 5th.

Week Commencing – 26th November

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:

  • English – Looking at information for a tourist visiting London and the purpose of travel guides in general and the common features they all have.
  • Maths – Starting to look at equal groupings and repeated addition in preparation for starting to multiply by 2, 5 and 10.
  • RE – Looking at an Advent Ring, a Christingle, Angels, the moon and lighted candles and what the symbol of light means to different people across the world.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could allow them to divide a group of coins or objects fairly between different numbers of people or piles to see how many each get. You could also investigate whether there are any remainders. 30 is a good number to begin with.

Week Commencing – 19th November

The children have been learning about:-

  • Maths – continuing to look at money by finding the difference, giving change and solving simple word problems.
  • English – writing a further poem based on A Possum’s Tail story by Gabby Dunway about a day at London Zoo, using rhyme.
  • RE – looking at the clothes worn by a vicar and the different vestment colours used during the church year.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could help them to count out coins and give change to 50 pence and beyond.

Week Commencing – 12th November

The children have been learning about:-

  • In Maths we have been looking at money by identifying notes or coins, finding the total and seeing how many different ways you can make an amount below 100p using different coins.
  • In English we are looking at words which rhyme to write a shot poem based on the book 'London Calls!' about a fun day out in London.
  • In Computing we are writing and illustrating a short story to improve our keyboard skills as well as saving and retrieving it on the school shared drive.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could help them to learn their 2, 5 and 10 X tables by heart, to help them total money quickly and easily.

Week Commencing – 5th November

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we are planning and writing a new adventure story based in a supermarket for Bill, Betty and the baby from Burglar Bill.
  • In Maths are completing our unit on addition and subtraction by adding 3 small numbers together efficiently, finding pairs which equal 100 and are beginning to solve one and two step word problems.
  • In Topic we are looking at the past and present Olympic games held in London and how different the facilities, events, rules, clothing and the numbers taking part were between the two events.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could do some cursive writing to improve letter formation and fluency. In addition you could revise pairs of numbers that equal 10, 20 and 100.

Week Commencing – 29th October

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Maths – deepening our understanding of subtraction by using different methods including column subtraction.
  • English – reading the story of Burglar Bill, describing the main character, writing how to care for a young baby and creating a new adventure for the family.
  • Science – Beginning to look at Living Things and creating a list of objects which are either dead, have never been alive or are living.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could find out about the firework safety code and design a warning poster about it.

Could I also ask for 2-3 photos of your child as they were growing up (baby, toddler, beginning school) for our Science work on growth and development over the next 2 weeks. We can photocopy originals if needed. Thank you for your support.

Week Commencing – 15th October

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Maths we have been adding 2 digit numbers together using the column method, adding 3 small numbers together and then moving on to using number lines and subtraction methods.
  • In English we have put a robber in the ‘hot-seat’ and questioned them, written posters to recruit new police officers and completed grammar work on homophones and using the present and past tense consistently.
  • In Science we rounded off our Feeding and Exercise topic by designing a healthy meal containing a variety of nutrients and also giving good overall advice on staying healthy.

To further help your child at home, please encourage them to learn their number bonds up to and including 20 in order to speed-up their maths calculations.

Week Commencing – 8th October

In Year 2 class the children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We are continuing to work on addition and subtraction of two 2 digit numbers, looking at numbers which give a certain total and strategies to make a calculation easier.
  • English - We are reading Cops and Robbers by Allan Ahlberg, looking at settings and character descriptions, hot seating and designing and creating a wanted poster for a criminal
  • Computing - We have looked at algorithms or a sequence of instructions and have written programs to draw shapes on the screen.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could ask them to pick out capital letters, statements, opinions and questions in their reading books.

Week Commencing – 1st October

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We have looked at addition and subtraction of pairs of numbers to 20 and 100, have spotted patterns in the numbers and looked at how you can tell if an answer is wrong.
  • English - We have finished reading the adventures of Paddington Bear and are now planning and writing our own story of a day out in one of London’s famous landmarks.
  • In our Science lesson we have set up an investigation to see which food birds prefer to eat, have made predictions and will look at the outcomes in next week’s lesson.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could think about and discuss healthy eating and any exercise they have taken over the weekend.

Week Commencing – 24th September

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Maths we have been ordering 2 digit numbers, using greater than and less than signs, counting forwards and backwards in different steps and assessing what we have learned over the past 3 weeks.
  • In English we have read the further adventures of Paddington Bear, created a passport for our character, used conjunctions in sentences, described a story setting and reflected on the stories so far.
  • In Science we have looked at and created our own food chains and thought about diets using the terms herbivore, omnivore and carnivore.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you get them really familiar with number bonds for 10 and 20 and extend to 30 or 40, if able.

Week Commencing – 17th September

The Year 2 children have been learning about:-

  • In Maths we have been learning to write numbers in words, using the greater than, less than and equals signs and also how to compare and represent numbers in different ways.
  • In English we have started to read the Adventures of Paddington Bear and have written a letter home from Paddington to his Aunt, listed the rules for behaviour at a zoo and identified verbs in the text.
  • In Science we have looked at the different foods we eat and whether they are classed as animal or plant based. We have also looked at dairy foods and the vegetarian diet.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could help them to learn their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 (if ready) to assist their mental addition and subtraction skills.

Week Commencing – 10th September

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Maths we are looking at place value, how numbers can be represented with equipment and partitioning numbers into tens and ones to calculate answers.
  • In English we have begun to read a story called Luke goes to London, which follows the adventures of a young squirrel in the big city for the first time.
  • In Science we have imagined being shipwrecked on an island and what essential items we would need to survive in sun, rain and at night time. We have added a few luxury items as well!

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could discuss different leaders locally and nationally and the qualities they have. In next week’s RE lesson we will be interviewing Mrs Wheatcroft  about her role as head teacher. It would be helpful if you could think of some questions to ask her.

 

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