Year 2

Week Commencing – 18th March

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we are completing our Willow Pattern Plate poems and starting to plan and write an information text about Chinese animals.
  • In Topic we had a Chinese Schools afternoon where we watched film clips, undertook an exercise drill, used brushes to create words in Chinese calligraphy, wrote numbers from one to ten and then read number codes.
  • In Science we are investigating the strength of string, thread and twisted materials.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could think about the special foods eaten and some of the traditions of Easter.

Week Commencing – 11th March

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Maths we are doing work on ¼ and 1/3 fractions of shapes and quantities and solving simple word problems. We are also beginning to understand what a denominator is.
  • In English we are writing a narrative of the willow pattern story and plate design. We are also writing a short poem as well.
  • In Topic we have created willow pattern plates showing each element of the story in blue and white.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could ask them to use coins and share them into 3 or 4 groups in equal quantities, to support our class work on fractions.

On Wednesday 27th March in the afternoon (from 1.30pm - 2.30pm), we are sewing Chinese tunics for the Design Technology element of our Topic. We are looking for parents or grandparents to help with supporting small groups of children sewing the two sides of a tunic together. No particular skills are required apart from guiding them and being able to thread a needle!  All materials will be provided. Thank you, Mrs Clegg

Week Commencing – 4th March

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we are learning about the Willow Pattern Story, have looked at the three main characters and have carried out a Decision Alley to decide whether the couple should escape to be together.
  • In Maths we are learning about equal parts and the fractions of a half and a quarter of both shapes, measures and quantities.
  • Testing different materials (including putty) for stretch and strength in Science.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could get them to find out if members of their family are giving up something for Lent, following Shrove Tuesday.

Week Commencing – 25th February

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Maths – looking at 3D shapes all around us and the 2D shapes on their surfaces. We have also been counting faces, edges and vertices and recognising 3D shape nets.
  • English – writing an information text about Chinese New Year in sections, using sub-headings.
  • In RE we are looking at a new Big Question ‘How should the church celebrate Easter?’ We will start by looking inside church buildings and at the different styles of crosses seen.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could look at and name 2D and 3D shapes in the local environment and draw simple pictures of them.

Week Commencing – 11th February

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we have written a detailed recount of our trip to the London Transport Museum
  • In Maths we have been looking at 2D shapes and line symmetry and making repeating patterns using shapes
  • In Science we have designed a nappy with a soft inside, an absorbent centre and a waterproof layer on the outside, as our assessment activity on the properties of materials

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could get them to look for and identify 2D and 3D shapes in the home or outside environment and draw a symmetrical picture starting with a central vertical line.

Week Commencing – 4th February

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes in Maths and going on a shape hunt in the school grounds.
  • Reading the Chinese story of the Great Race in English. To explain how the 12 years were named after the animals which form the Chinese zodiac.
  • Learning about why it is important to keep your personal information safe when using electronic devices and designing a poster to promote this important message.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could complete a tally chart of all the common 2D and 3D shapes found in your home. If you have time you could then produce a pictogram or block diagram of the results and explain what you have found out.

Week Commencing - 28th January

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we are describing a Chinese dragon and other characters or settings from the Magic Paintbrush story, using adjectives, adverbs and possibly rhyme as well.
  • In Maths we are continuing to look at statistics by interpreting data and producing our own block diagrams.
  • Our Science lesson involves testing suitable materials for strength and comfort in order to design a reliable nappy in the final week of term.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could look at adjectives and adverbs (describing words) in sentences when reading a story together.

Week Commencing - 21st January

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we are reading 'The Magic Paintbrush' and are writing about super powers, Shen and the Emperor, the dragon and the village setting.
  • In Maths we are looking at statistics and how to organise and interpret information on a tally chart or pictogram.
  • In Topic we have made fire engines with a chassis and moving wheels (from London topic) and have learned about the meaning of the Chinese flag (our current topic).

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could encourage them to look at how tables and charts are used to show facts and information

Week Commencing - 14th January

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Science we are investigating materials further and their suitability for different purposes.
  • In Maths we are looking at how odd and even numbers relate to the 2X table, dividing by 2, 5 and 10 and relating these facts to solving word problems.
  • In English we are completing our extended story writing about Monty the Penguin.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could get them to recall facts from the 2, 5 and 10 times tables or find out some facts about China.

Week Commencing – 7th January

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we are looking at Monty the Penguin, acting the story out and writing our own sequence based on some of the events leading up to Christmas Day (part of a whole school writing moderation exercise).
  • In Maths we are continuing to understand division by grouping or sharing and linking facts to the times tables.
  • Our Big Question in RE is ‘Is it important to celebrate New Year?’ and starts with how we celebrated last week and making resolutions, which may prove hard to keep.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could help them to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables or find out some simple facts about the geography of China.

Week Commencing – 10th December

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Maths we will be finishing off our work on multiplication, by solving problems involving the 5X and 10X tables.
  • In Topic we will be rounding up our work on London by looking at the geography of London and the other countries which form the UK.
  • In Computing we are starting to create tourist booklets on London with text and illustrations, following our own internet based research.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could find out a few facts about China for our new Topic next term.

We will be doing some Christmas related activities next week.

Week Commencing – 3rd December

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Topic we are writing a postcard from London and planning a wheeled vehicle (fire engine) design for a DT project next week.
  • In RE we will be thinking about what a lighted candle means to us to make a Christmas display and reflecting on symbols as part of our ‘Big Question – Do religious symbols mean the same to everyone?’.
  • In Computing we have carried out some research on London using different websites, in preparation for creating a tourist guide for visitors to our capital city.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could make sure they are beginning to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

We would also like all costumes to be delivered to school by Thursday 13th December in a named carrier bag. A note about what is needed should be in book bags on Wednesday 5th.

Week Commencing – 26th November

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:

  • English – Looking at information for a tourist visiting London and the purpose of travel guides in general and the common features they all have.
  • Maths – Starting to look at equal groupings and repeated addition in preparation for starting to multiply by 2, 5 and 10.
  • RE – Looking at an Advent Ring, a Christingle, Angels, the moon and lighted candles and what the symbol of light means to different people across the world.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could allow them to divide a group of coins or objects fairly between different numbers of people or piles to see how many each get. You could also investigate whether there are any remainders. 30 is a good number to begin with.

Week Commencing – 19th November

The children have been learning about:-

  • Maths – continuing to look at money by finding the difference, giving change and solving simple word problems.
  • English – writing a further poem based on A Possum’s Tail story by Gabby Dunway about a day at London Zoo, using rhyme.
  • RE – looking at the clothes worn by a vicar and the different vestment colours used during the church year.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could help them to count out coins and give change to 50 pence and beyond.

Week Commencing – 12th November

The children have been learning about:-

  • In Maths we have been looking at money by identifying notes or coins, finding the total and seeing how many different ways you can make an amount below 100p using different coins.
  • In English we are looking at words which rhyme to write a shot poem based on the book 'London Calls!' about a fun day out in London.
  • In Computing we are writing and illustrating a short story to improve our keyboard skills as well as saving and retrieving it on the school shared drive.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could help them to learn their 2, 5 and 10 X tables by heart, to help them total money quickly and easily.

Week Commencing – 5th November

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we are planning and writing a new adventure story based in a supermarket for Bill, Betty and the baby from Burglar Bill.
  • In Maths are completing our unit on addition and subtraction by adding 3 small numbers together efficiently, finding pairs which equal 100 and are beginning to solve one and two step word problems.
  • In Topic we are looking at the past and present Olympic games held in London and how different the facilities, events, rules, clothing and the numbers taking part were between the two events.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could do some cursive writing to improve letter formation and fluency. In addition you could revise pairs of numbers that equal 10, 20 and 100.

 

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