Welcome to Year Two

We are all really looking forward to another successful and enjoyable year and hope that your child will enjoy their time in Year 2.

Mrs Robinson is our teacher and our teaching assistant is Miss Crowder.

Reading.Your child will read during English lessons and during weekly guided reading sessions. The home reading book is for you to share with your child. Please comment in the record book when your child has read so that we know which page they are up to. A little and often is the key so if possible please try to hear your child read every night. We will change your child’s book weekly as we hear children read and ask that they bring it to school every day. The school reading book should be read along side other books from the Library and home.

Spelling. We introduce new spellings during our phonics work and some words are then taken home to practice. The spelling words will be linked to the words learnt in phonics and also taken from a list of high frequency words children are expected to be able to spell by the end of Year 2. Children are given words to practice on their spellings sheet and we ask that they practice them each night. Children are encouraged to use the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ method to learn the words. These are then tested in a ’quiz’ on Friday.

English   English will be taught daily and will involve a mix of oracy, reading and writing through both group and individual activities. The children will be looking at stories and poems with familiar settings, reading both fiction and non-fiction texts and learning how to read and write a set of instructions. There will be a particular focus on handwriting initially, and children will continue to learn how to form their letters using the correct letter formation and will also begin to join letters together. I will also be introducing the children to more complex elements of grammar including dictionary skills, punctuation, nouns and adjectives, verbs and adverbs, sentence starters and sentence structures as well as trying to use exciting alternatives to everyday words.

 

 

 Maths.    Maths is taught through daily sessions and involves both mental and written work. As with reading, daily maths practise at home is extremely beneficial, especially the rehearsal of times tables. Children will have been exposed to the 2, 5 and 10 times table in Year 1 and we will add the 3 and 4 during Year 2. Each child will also take home a pack of number facts and we ask that these are practiced regularly. When a child knows each set of number facts at speed they are rewarded with a certificate. In addition, extra reinforcement of time and familiarising children with money and the value of coins is very helpful.

In our sessions this term we will cover the following:

Counting and properties of numbers to 100 and then 1000.

Place value, ordering, estimating and rounding. Understanding plus, minus, multiply and divide, including mental calculation strategies.

Money – including recognising all coins, finding totals of coins and giving change – and ‘real life’ problems, making decisions and checking results.

Measures including units of time – analogue and digital – estimating, comparing and measuring lengths in metres and centimetres, and using a ruler to measure and draw lines in centimetres.

Shape and space including reasoning about shapes, making shape patterns and describing shapes using mathematical properties.

 

Science.  The topics for this year’s Science are Health and Nutrition, Growth and Exercise, Use of Materials, Forces and The Environment.

R.E.  A general look at beliefs, buildings and festivals of different religions.

Creative Curriculum. Here are the topics we will be covering this year:

 

Autumn Term1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
The Place That I LIve Fighting Fit Explorers The Farm Shop Wind In the Willows Buckets and Spades

 P.E.

Our P.E. days are Tuesday and Wednesday and we ask that earrings are taken out and girls with long hair have it tied back. Please could you label everything that your child brings to school. It is almost impossible to tell one jumper from another!

Homework. Children will be given homework on a Friday to be handed in the following Thursday. This will be English, Maths or Topic activities connected with the work we have done that week in class. Please can you make sure that your child uses a pencil to attempt all work.

 

 

Ways to help your child:

  • Please find time to listen to your child read and allow them to sound out any words they are unsure of before telling them the word.
  • Please help your child to tell the time on an analogue clock.
  • It is also useful if your child has experience in handling money, counting and finding change.

Please allow children to complete their own homework sounding out words they are unsure of and having a go at any sums. If they are struggling please help them to work out the answers rather than just telling them the answers.

If there are any problems please do not hesitate to call into school and speak to Mrs Robinson.

English-The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg

We have read the story of The Jolly Postman, acted it out then written our own stories using the theme of Astley Village.

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