WELCOME TO YEAR 2
Welcome to Autumn Term 2021
Year 2 Staff
Mrs L Dorn
Miss I Piggott
Learning Support Assistants:
Mrs D Farrugia
Miss Z Rough
(Meet our extra team member at the bottom of the page!)
We will post all relevant information for Year 2 pupils to this page, however if your child is not in school due to isolation/quarantine, please see our Year 2 Online Learning Page. We will only be populating this page if we are made aware of a Year 2 child/children isolating at home.
SEPTEMBER 2021 UPDATE:
Welcome to Autumn 1!
Our core text this half term will be ‘The Pirates Next Door’ by Jonny Duddle. We will be writing a 'wanted poster' to inform our head teacher that Jim Lad is on the loose! We will also be writing instructions on how to make a pirate flag. Our supporting text will be ‘The Night Pirates’ by Peter Harris. Using this we will be writing a letter as main character Tom to inform his parents about the night he was taken away by the night pirates! We will be exploring a range of pirate texts in our guided reading sessions. We can't wait for 7 weeks of pirate adventures through the wonders of reading... aarrrgggghhh!
In maths, we will be learning about the place value of numbers within 100. This involves knowing how many tens and ones are in a two-digit number. We will begin addition and subtraction of numbers within 100 using number lines and tens and ones grid to support this.
In science, we will be learning about animals, including humans. This will including learning about the human lifecycles as well as a range of other species lifecycles and offspring.
In DT lessons we will be designing and making pirate finger puppets. In RE we will be learning about Hindu and Christian creation stories. In handwriting, we begin learning how to form our first handwriting family ‘curly caterpillars’. In history, we will be learning about the great explorer Christopher Columbus and how he discovered The Americas. In P.E we will be inventing our own team games. In music, we will be learning a range of traditional pirate sea shanties. In computing, we will be using the Purple Mash programme to create our own pirate images. In geography, we will be looking at the UK weather & seasons. We will be observing daily and seasonal weather change. In PSHE, Boris the robot will help us to ‘Get Heartsmart’. We will be exploring how all of our decisions come from our heart, so we need to look after it!
In Year 2, our spelling tests take place on a Friday morning and are based on the phonics sounds your child has been learning that week. This page is updated every Friday with the spellings to learn ready for the following week to allow at home practise time.
Any help you can give your child to support them with learning their spellings would be greatly appreciated. Do email your child's teacher if you need clarification as to which group your child is in.
Additionally, it is important for your child to practise the Common Exception Words and High Frequency Words attached. They should be able to read and spell the words and apply them in their writing in line with the end of Year 2 expectations.These will be sent home to you in the Autumn Term on blue card.
Spellings Week Commencing Monday 20th September 2021
Spellings Week Commencing Monday 13th September 2021
We would like you to read every day with your child for 15 minutes. This is really important for them to continue building their reading stamina and fluency and it is highly encouraged.
We are developing a love of reading in Year 2 using a range of strategies and incentives. We have established a reading challenge in class whereby your children receive rewards for reading at home. They move up the zone board 5x before receiving a reward. We will be celebrating children that complete the zone board 5x with a reading certificate. Thank you for the time that you dedicate to reading at home. Reading frequently has a huge impact on your child's literacy and progress in class. We aim to change spot books daily if your child has read them. Library books are changed every Friday. Please aim to read the library book throughout the week so that the child can benefit from the routine of changing their library book.
We also provide an online login for Oxford Owl which gives you access to a wide range of e-books. Once logged in, click on the ' Oxford Owl e-book library'. You can sort the books by your child's age or by their in school spot book colour by selecting 'Levels - scroll down to Book Bands'.
Puffins Login: User Name: Puffins EPS Password: Puffins2020
Penguins Login: User Name: PenguinsEPS Password: Penguins2020
We hope they enjoy the range of texts that the library has to offer and we will encourage them to select from a wide variety of genres. Happy reading!
In Year 2, we follow a cursive handwriting scheme called Letter-join. This scheme teaches children 4 'handwriting families' to ensure they have the opportunity to practise correct letter formation. This supports children in working towards meeting the end of Year 2 handwriting expectations as stated below:
Use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters
Form capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower-case letters
We are able to offer you access to digital resources for home use. This includes interactive handwriting tools and animations alongside worksheets which are also attached below for your convenience.
Please see the login details below.
Tablet Edition: User Name: jk78829 Swipe Code: A Capital 'L' shape starting at top left
Home-School Account: User Name: jk78829 Password: home
Please see the supporting resources for Letter-join below to support with your child's handwriting.
Mental Maths is a concept meaning you are able to give an answer to a maths question by thinking about it mentally opposed to recording notes on paper. This is a skill developed over time with regular practise in small steps. Below are a range of mental maths activities undertaken in Year 2 that can be completed at home to support any home learning you may want to engage in.
Number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 (e.g. 2 + 8 = 10, 12 + 8 = 20)
Addition and Subtraction Facts to 20 (e.g. 12 + 8 = 20, 8 + 12 = 20, 20 - 12 = 8 and 20 - 8 = 12)
Recall doubles of numbers to 20
Recognise Odd and Even numbers
Recall halves of even numbers
Add a 1 digit number to a 2 digit number (e.g. 20 + 2 = 22)
Add 10 or a multiple of 10 to a 2 digit number (e.g. 27 + 10 = 37, 27 + 20 = 47)
Add two 2 digit numbers together below 100 (e.g. 23 + 17)
Subtract a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number (e.g. 23 - 2 = 21)
Subtract 10 or a multiple of 10 from a 2 digit number (e.g. 37 - 10 = 27, 37 - 20 = 17)
Add three 1 digit numbers together (e.g. 2 + 8 + 3 = 13)
2, 5 and 10 times tables
Counting in 10s from any number (e.g. 7, 17, 27, 37)
We have sent home your child's TT Rockstars code for use on the app. Each child has an individual code that is for their personal use only. If you have not received this, please contact your child's class teacher.
We have begun by setting all children the 10x table. Once they have become fluent with their 10x table, they will sit a 3 minute test whereby we can assess their fluency before moving on with 5x and 2x tables and beyond.
We really appreciate your support helping your children practise their timetables as they are such an important and transferrable mathematical skill.
Here is a general time table practise booklet for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
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I'm Toffee and I am the guinea pig that lives in Year 2. I can't wait to meet you all!'