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Welcome to Year 2!

In Year 2 we have classes 2K and 2Y

 2K Staff:   Mr Kennedy and Miss Harris

2C Staff: Mr Khan and Miss Massey

 

We will also have lots of other adults helping us, such as Mrs Kiddle, Mrs Mahmood and Ms Cook, who will be visiting classes to assist, work with selected groups and lead interventions to boost the children’s progress.

Year 2 is very important, as it prepares the children for KS2. We will be really focusing on key literacy and numeracy skills as well as developing independence in learning across all subjects.

 

Information on the Autumn Term

  

We will also have lots of other adults helping us, such as Mrs Kiddle, Mrs Mahmood and Ms Cook, who will be visiting classes to assist, work with selected groups and lead interventions to boost the children’s progress.

Year 2 is very important, as it prepares the children for KS2. We will be really focusing on key literacy and numeracy skills as well as developing independence in learning across all subjects.

 

Information on the Autumn Term

 

Literacy:

This term the children will be exploring stories that have familiar settings (such as schools, houses etc.) They’ll be learning how to recite stories, and adapt and improve them. We’ll be doing a lot to improve their use of description and understanding of the important elements of a story.

Key texts that we’ll be looking at are Peace at Last, Dogger, You Choose and A Lion in the Meadow.

The class will also be learning about, and creating their own examples of, instructions of various types.

We will, of course, also be doing a lot of work on essential grammar, punctuation, spelling and reading throughout the year, together with work on how to structure writing that is not only technically correct, but engaging.

 

Numeracy :

In Numeracy we are developing skills in a wide range of areas including number, shape and space, measures, data handling and problem solving.

 

If you want to help your child at home then please help them to practise:

Counting forwards and backwards beyond 100 (up to 100!)

Recalling 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables

Number facts such as number bonds to 10, 20, 100 and doubles

Mental addition and subtraction

Adding up money and finding change

Problem solving in real life contexts

 

 Here are some websites full of fun Maths games:

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years

 http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1numeracy.html

 http://www.wmnet.org.uk/resources/gordon/Hit%20the%20button%20v9.swf

 

History:

This term the children will be learning about Christopher Columbus and the discovery (as it was then seen) of the Americas. They will find out about what life was like for sailors in the 1500s, how Native Americans lived before the Europeans arrived, the effect that his voyages had on the world, and opposing views on Columbus (as either a brave explorer or a villain who terribly mistreated the native people he encountered).

 

Geography:

The class will be finding out about Manchester city centre in Geography. We will be looking at what large cities like Manchester have to offer compared to other types of town around the UK, and those in other countries, giving the children important perspective on  where they live.

 

PE:

We take part in dance, gymnastics and outdoor games every week (weather allowing) and children need to have appropriate kit for all PE lessons.  It is easier if PE kits are kept in school on the children's pegs and only taken home at half term holidays for a wash.

All pupils must have the following kit:     

A white T shirt

Black shorts or leggings (above the knee for gymnastics)

Pumps or trainers

(Long hair must be tied back, no jewellery must be worn at any time and head scarves must be securely fastened or removed for PE.)

 

Homework:

Regular reading at home is essential to ensure good progress, so please note down in your child's  Reading Record book every time you read with them at home.  Books are changed when children are confident reading the text, and fully understand what they have read.

Spellings will be given to be learned at home ready for a quiz on Fridays. A little later in the term, there will also be weekly tests on the 2, 5, 10, and 3 times tables (which we aim to have all Year 2 children comfortable with before the end of the year).

Additional Maths and/or Literacy homework will be set every Friday to support and consolidate learning in school. This should be handed in on Monday.

 

 All children will also have access to our online learning  platform www.activelearnprimary.co.uk through  an individual login and password, where they can  find games and activities specifically related to their  learning in school.

 

This Term’s Project:

This term’s project will have the children researching Ancient Egypt. As it is their first project of the year, we’ll be having lessons in class dedicated to helping the children get started. They will be learning about: everyday life in Ancient Egypt; their buildings and pyramids; the religion that they used to follow; hieroglyphics and artwork and (of course) mummies. The work that the children do in these lessons will then be sent home with their project books, and parents can incorporate it into the work done at home. As always, we encourage parents to help their children make their projects as complete, interesting and polished as possible. The project can include writing, pictures, photographs or magazine clippings, printed internet research, and any other kind of work the child would like to work into it.

 

Thanks for visiting!

 

If you have any questions regarding your child's learning then please come in to school and speak to a member of the Year 2 staff.  We are always happy to help!