Welcome to Year 2
Autumn 1 2019
A warm welcome from the Year 2 team! We hope you are ready for an exciting term.
Keep an eye on our Year 2 notice board (by the front entrance), as this is where we will provide you with additional information over the year. In here, we will also keep you updated with what we are learning each week.
During Autumn 1 in Mathematics, we will be looking at number and place value; ordering numbers, saying which number is greater/ less than, partitioning numbers and using this knowledge to solve problems. We will be continuing to count on and back in steps of 2, 5 and 10 and see if you can find fun ways of doing this at home! Later on in the term we will use our number and place value knowledge to support us in addition and subtraction. Through our 15 Minute Maths Programme we will be looking at patterns, graphs and collating information.
In English, we will be using the text ‘Traction Man’ focussing on a range of objectives including the use of adjectives to extend our sentences and using drama and speaking and listening techniques to broaden vocabulary. We will also be concentrating on handwriting, which will be a big focus for the children throughout the year. We will have weekly grammar sessions and phonics/ spelling will take place daily.
Reading: Every week the children will be heard read through our Guided Reading sessions. The children are independent in changing their individual reading books and it is vital that you read with your child at home. There was information discussed at our parent’s presentation evening on Wednesday 18th September 2019. On this evening, we gave you more information about Year 2 and provided you with some useful ideas of how to help your children at home. If you were unable to attend, please let us know and we will pass on any relevant information. However, please remember that you have signed the home school agreement saying that you will read with your child frequently. When you do, please record it in their yellow reading journals.
In Science this term we will be looking at Animals, including humans and discussing different life cycles, offspring and how to keep fit and healthy. Whilst in Computing we will be looking at different multimedia, saving and retrieving work. We are also discussing ways to keep safe whilst on the internet and what to do if we are unsure of something we see on our computers, laptops, tablets and/ or IPads.
Over this first half term we will be focussing on Geography, learning about the continents and oceans and identifying hot and cold parts of the world. We also have a weekly Religious Education (RE) session and this half term’s focus is on Symbols.
Music takes place once a week and here we are focussing on pitch and duration, using our voices as well as tuned and untuned percussion instruments to create our own musical pieces. In Art we are focussing on painting, mixing colours to make different shades and tones as well as exploring different artists and their techniques. Look out for our Paul Klee masterpieces!
As an RRE school we aim to show rights respecting behaviour at all times. The children have created their class charters, thinking about the rights they have as children but also the responsibilities that they have to maintain these rights. This all forms part of our PSHE learning, where we are developing our knowledge and understanding of the word ‘responsibility’ and our school value for this half term, respect.
PE Days: We will continue to be working alongside Planet Education on Tuesday afternoons and our second PE slot is Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is clearly marked with their name. If children have longer hair, please make sure they have this tied back on P.E days. If your child has pierced ears, please also remove these on P.E days. Alternatively, we can provide earring tape.
Sycamore and Willow: Friday afternoon
Over the year, a range of home learning activities will be set to support or reinforce the learning that the children have been doing in school. This will sometimes come in paper form or they may be directed to activities on Purple Mash.
Open door Policy:
If you have any worries or concerns please come and speak to us. If needed, a longer meeting can be arranged at a time that is convenient for both parties. We are here to help and would like to make the transition from Year 1 to Year 2 as easy as possible.
The Year 2 team J
Willow Class – Mrs Macwilliam and Mrs Garrett
Sycamore Class – Miss Thomas, Mrs Upil and Mrs King