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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

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Welcome to Year 2!

Our year group provides a safe and fun learning environment, where children enjoy a new and exciting learning journey every half term. In Year 2, we encourage children to be independent and resilient learners who have a thirst for knowledge.

On this page you will be able to find out more about what we are doing this term as well as access links to support with homework, home learning and wider curriculum.

The Year 2 Team

What are we learning about this term?

Term 4 (Spring 2) 2024

Maths

In Maths, we will be beginning to look at  Division. Pupils will learn the difference between grouping and sharing whilst also introducing the concept of 'remainders'. This will be done primarily by using manipulatives to support their learning rather than formal written methods.

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You can find out more about our Maths curriculum here: Year 2 curriculum map | NCETM

Pupils will also undertake Mastering Number sessions four times a week with their class teacher. These sessions focus on subitising, numerical composition and some addition and subtraction facts. Through this term we will also be looking at using a Rekenrek as an effective resource.

You can find more information below:

What is a Rekenrek?

What is Mastering Number?

 

English

Our literary theme this term is ‘Change and Relationships,

The children will first read Tadpoles Promise by Jeanne Willia and Tony Ross. To begin with, children will familiarise themselves with the story and write short diary entries in character. Children go on to re-enact sections of the story and consider the thoughts of the characters at certain points. This is in preparation for them to plan and write their own version of the narrative using characters of their choice (who also meet a grizzly ending!). Using information from the text children also create an explanation text in leaflet form to outline the stages in the lifecycle of a frog. After this, we will look at a modern version of The Owl and The Pussy-cat by Edwward Lear. In this unit children will explore the themes of the poem, write in role as the characters, create fictitious interviews, create lists of items they can take on their honeymoon and eventually innovate upon the poem to create their own versions.

Phonics / Little Wandle

Pupils will continue to follow the Little Wandle phonics scheme. Pupils are set by phonic stage and will go their Phonics group once a day for half an hour. Pupils in Mr Good’s group will begin to have Spelling lessons instead which will build on the phonic knowledge they have developed over the last few years.

We will also continue the Little Wandle reading groups which will run 3 times a week. These focus on decoding, prosody and comprehension. At the end of the week, pupils will bring home the book they have been reading to share with those at home. Home reading should be an opportunity for your child to share what they have learned with you. Some children will begin reading longer ‘Fluency’ books this term. If your child is reading Fluency books, they will not be expected to change their book weekly as these are longer.

Little Wandle Parent Support

 

Geography

Our Geography topic this term is Islands. Pupils will be answering the question – Is it better to live on an island or the mainland? Through this topic, children will consider the advantages and disadvantes of living on an island. They will consider, infrastructure, self-sustainability and links to mainland. As part of this topic, pupils will design their own island and careful consider the needs of its inhabitants. Pupils will learn how islands are formed and consider how this can impact those who live on it.

 

Science

Our Science topic this term Living Things and Their Habitats will continue in this half term. Pupils will build on their knowledge from last term, recapping the processes of life and animal classification. We will investigate different food chains as well as looking at classifications for different animals dependent on the diet they consume. Through this topic, pupils will gain a greater understanding of the balance in nature and how all living creatures rely on one another for survival.

DT

In DT, pupils will learn basic sewing techniques to help them design, build and test their own drawstring bags. 

 

Religion & Worldviews

In our R&W topic this term, we will focus on the Christian festival of Easter and answer the question Why is the resurection important to Christians?”

PSHE (Jigsaw)

In PSHE our topic is Healthy Me. Through this topic pupils will discuss physical and mental health. They will consider and discuss what they need to ensure they have a healthy body and discuss what they can do when feeling stressed.

Pupils will also discuss First Aid and what to do in a medical emergency as part of our First Aid curriculum.

 

PE

This term our PE days are: Tuesday and Wednesday. Our focuses in PE are Athletics and Swimming.

Please can children wear their PE kit to school every Tuesday and Wednesday this term but only bring swim kit on the weeks that their class is swimming (see timetable below).

Swim Kit:

Swimming costume (no bikinis)
Towel
Swim Cap
A Plastic bag for wet costumes
Pupils may choose to bring goggles but these are not essential

 

Curriculum Overview 2023/24

Weekly Timetable

Year 2 Homework Expectations

Reading

The children will bring home their Little Wandle reading book each Friday. They will have been reading this in class with a member of the Year 2 Teaching Staff. They will have practiced decoding the words and reading it fluently. Bringing it home is an opportunity for them to share what they have learned with you and celebrate their reading success. We ask that you find 3 times through the week where they can read to you for 5-10 minutes from the book. Click here to find out more about Little Wandle

Letters and Sounds | A complete Phonics resource to support children

 

Numbots

Earlier this week pupils bought home their Numbots passwords. They can now login and engage with the platform. We recommend 15 minutes a week. Click here to access Numbots

NumBots | Welcome to the NumBlog!

 

Spelling Shed

Pupils will be set homework on Spelling Shed relating to the Phonic Level they have been assessed at. Again, we recommend 15 minutes of engagement with this over the week. The password for this will be in your child’s book bag. Click here to access Spelling Shed

Spelling Shed - Spelling Shed - The Science of Spelling

 

 

If you have any further questions regarding homework, please contact your child’s class teacher.