Year 2

Welcome to Year 2  with Miss Kontos and Miss Donaghy

Miss Kontos

It was lovely seeing so many of you on Wed 11th Sept.  Following our meet and greet we are updating the information available to you. Click on this link (Yr2 Meet the Teacher 2019) for the presentation, if you missed out or would like to refresh your memory.     

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

Most of our writing will be weaved into and through our topics.  The children will be exploring word classes at every opportunity to ensure they are secure.

Within ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ they will be writing poems, sequencing and writing stories: recounting a personal experience as well as creating a fictional minibeast with reference to appearance, diet and habitat.

Within Big Dreams & Change-makers the children will be writing letters; creating an information text; as well as researching and writing a biography and writing in role.  

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!

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.

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.

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 main focus for the first half term will be on understanding the value of each digit within a 2/3-digit number.  The children will be working with manipulatives, as well as being encouraged to make jottings to prove/evidence their knowledge.  The children need to be able to compare numbers and know how to order a number sequence.

They will then move to consolidating their knowledge of both addition and subtraction with 2 digit numbers.

This will then be put into the context of money – knowing the £ and p notations.  The children will be expected to understand the coin values and worth as well as being able to exchange in order to carry out calculations.

Prior to Christmas the children will be working with the concept of multiplication.  Using diagrams of arrays they will seek to gain a clear understanding of what multiplication means

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!

 

Creative Curriculum

Autumn 1: Wriggle and Crawl

The children will be exploring a variety of art mediums to create pictures and models.

They will be looking at insect characteristics, as well as learning about habitats and diet.  They will be categorising items according to living, dead and non-living.

 

Autumn 2: Big Dreams and Change-makers

The children will be gaining knowledge about significant men and women (from around the world) who have shaped our lives.  This strong history and geography focus.

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

 

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Our topic is Special Times and  Celebrations

Are there special times and celebrations that you experience as a family that you could discuss with your child?

If you would like to come in and discuss Diwali in the week before half term it would be much appreciated, or if you are knowledgeable about either Hannukkah or Christmas we would love to see you in the month of December.

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 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.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to write a note or make an appointment via the office to see us during the drop in time.  This is still Wednesday between 3:40 and 4:10.

 

Thank you for your continued support

 

Miss Donaghy & Miss Kontos