Year 2

Welcome to Year 2  with Miss Kontos and Mr Powell

Miss Kontos

Mr Powell

Helpful Resources 

Gold Star Words                                       

Year-2 Calculation-Policy

Year 2 Book Suggestions. 

Year 2 Spring 2 Spelling Words

Year 2 Summer 1 Spelling Words

 

Subject Area

Learning

How you can help at home

English

Our topic for the Spring term is called Big Dreams and Changemakers. We will learn about people who have inspired us throughout history and in the present day.

 



Talk about our topic.  Any additional research will make them better writers!

Reading for at least 10 -15 minutes each day makes a huge difference!  Reading material can take the form of packets, magazines, signs and of course fiction, non-fiction and poetry books.  READ pictures too!

Take a trip to your local library and select a book related to our topics

Remember to keep reading to your child, as it should be an enjoyable experience – get cosy with a nice blanket!  Can they predict what may happen next?  Do they understand why certain events may have taken place?  Can they describe a character’s motivations?

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meaning.

There is a spelling list of words that your child should be familiar with by the end of year 2 on the school website.  It is located under ‘parent zone’-‘home learning’.

When writing at home, encourage your child to use the Monkfrith script.  It would be wonderful if they could read what they have written back to you (to ensure it makes sense) and includes a capital letter and full stop.

Remember if you would like to support your child with comprehensions you can get work booklets from any good book shop/Amazon.

Spelling

Spelling lists are available on the website

The children will be taught specific spelling rules and patterns.

You have been gifted a common exception word booklet at the meeting in the Autumn term

We would appreciate your support with helping your child to spell correctly.  The children will be tested on the words via a dictation – this ensures that they are able to spell the word within the context of a sentence and not simply for a test. 

They also need to be secure with the year 1 word lists.

Maths

The Maths topics that will be covered in the Spring term are Multiplication and Division, Statistics, a recap on Money and Fractions.

Where your child shows an interest in numbers at home encourage them to show you pictorial representations.

If the numbers are not correctly oriented, show them the correct formation and encourage them to have a go again. Could you engage in messy play – forming the numbers in cornflour and water?  How about using chalks in the back garden? Or even a hose?  If you’re not feeling adventurous a paint brush with water would also do!

When shopping encourage your child to look at the weights and prices of items.

Go to the park. Collect and count natural items.

Create a ‘copper jar’ at home and allow your child to count the amount – are they counting in 1ps or 2ps? Could you set up a little shop with a till?  Invite friends/family around for a shopping experience!

Chant in 2s, 5s and 10s.  Can you change your accent?  Can you raise or lower your voice?  Does your child also chant them backwards.

When counting forwards could you start at a number other than 0 or 1?

Engage in cooking experiences – your children become so much more confident when you believe that they can cook and bake.

Consider getting an analogue watch for your child.  Discuss when activities start/end and their duration. Some children can find time quite challenging, so any and all support in this area is most beneficial.

Play games likes snakes and ladders, as your child will be looking at numbers and they will become more fluent adding/subtracting small numbers from them. 

 

Creative Curriculum

Spring Term:

Throughout the Big Dreams and Changemakers topic we will cover Geography, History and Science.  We focus on a range of people such as David Attenborough, Ada Lovelace, Emmeline Pankhurst and Florence Nightingale.

Please talk about the topics and encourage your child to do additional research to help improve their knowledge and contribute more in class.

Who inspires you? Talk about role models and the importance of striving for success. A theme that is embedded throughout this topic is that the people we study have been resilient in life and have never given up when times have been challenging. This ethos is something that we mirror in the classroom and we will continue to support children through challenges as they engage in risks with their learning.

Why are these people seen as influential? What have they done? Why are they so successful? Encourage your child to read both non-fiction and fiction texts that will allow them to immerse themselves in our topic. 

 

RE

Our topic is Special Places

The children will learn that we all have or own special places and the will begin to understand that religious people have special places in the home and in the community where they can worship.

We will be asking answering questions such as:

What makes a place special?

What makes a place feel special?

What are special places for religious people?

 Talk to your child about special places, that you visit, of a religious significance.

Ask your child about the things they are learning in RE

If possible visit a ‘special place’ of worship first hand with your child.

There are lots of good books about special places in the Religion section of your local library that are very child friendly at an age-appropriate level.

 

 

PE

The children will have their PE lessons run by Non Stop Action on a Thursday.

Please ensure all kit is labelled and in school at all times.  Do your child’s plimsolls still fit them?

After half term as PE may well be outside so your children can wear labelled navy jogging bottoms and sweater.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Home Learning

As well as reading independently for at least 15 minutes every day, as per our homework policy, children in year 2 will also be expected to spend at least 5 mins practising their knowledge of the 2x, 5x and 10x tables. Homework will consist of spelling/handwriting practise; some consolidation of maths concepts and a topic task. We are always happy to help!

Homework will continue to be set every Friday and should be returned on Wednesday.(Please also note that guided reading books should also be returned every Wednesday along with homework.

 

Boxes of tissues would be greatly appreciated!  We would also benefit from used newspapers, as we use these frequently during art lessons.

Thank you for your continued support

 

Miss Kontos & Mr Powell