Year 2

Welcome to Year 2  with Miss Kontos and Miss Donaghy

Miss Kontos

Yr2 Meet the Teacher 2019 

Many thanks for your kind and generous Christmas gifts and wishes.  We know that the New Year will be very exciting and filled with a variety of rewarding challenges.

So welcome back to our new term!  We have a spring in our steps and we’re looking forward to extending our learning in so many ways.  Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the meeting in the second week back.

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

 

The first topic of our new term is called ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’. Within this we will write stories, fact files, descriptions and recipes.

The second topic is called The Rainforest.  Here we will be refining our narrative skills; writing persuasive letters and creating a speech.

 

As well as our cross-curriculum topic writing, the children will also participate in daily spelling, grammar and handwriting lessons in which they will learn the technical skills needed within their writing.

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 main focus for the first half term will be on knowing the properties of both 2d and 3d shape, as well as gaining an understanding of symmetry as a property of regular 2d shapes.

 

This will be followed by ‘multiplication and division’.  The children will be expected to understand that multiplication is repeated addition, as well as being able to represent the concept pictorially and as arrays.  They will learn that multiplication is commutative.  With division again the children will be working with concrete objects before working pictorially.  They will need to understand that division is the inverse of multiplication – hence the importance of knowing their 2s, 5s and 10s times tables really well.

 

The idea of fractions will be reintroduced, finding both single and multiple fractions of amounts; finding fractions of shape and becoming secure with doubling/halving.

 

We will also be working on data in relation to graphing

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 1: Scrumdiddlyumptious

The children will be exploring the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, using papers to create pictures.

They will be learning about healthy eating and preparing some simple dishes – building upon hygiene issues which arose in Aut 2

The children will be thinking about the journeys that our food makes before it gets to our plate and locating the countries of origin on a world map.

Spring 2: The Rainforest

The children will be locating countries on a world map and looking at their position in relation to the equator and the poles.  They will also be learning about physical and human features.

The children will be required to use a variety of mediums to create pictures.

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

Think about planning meals together and asking them about the 5 main food groups.

Encourage your child to create collages, using pictures from magazines and supplements.

 

What countries have you visited?  How did you get there?  Which ocean did you cross to get to your destination?  Children can spend ages poring over maps and they do love the ones we have in class – could you borrow an atlas from the library or buy a children’s one to investigate and spend time with your child discovering?  Have you explored Google Earth?

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.

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.

 

RE

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