Welcome to Year 2
Welcome to the Autumn Term!
We hope you all enjoyed the Summer holidays and are ready for some exciting learning this term.
The Year 2 Teachers and Teaching Assistants are very much looking forward to getting to know you all.
- Miss Glover will be teaching 2AG.
- Mr Kowalski and Miss Byrne will be teaching 2KB. Miss Byrne will be teaching on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and Mr Kowalski will be teaching on a Wednesday morning, Thursday and Friday.
- Mrs Rich (our Reading Teacher) will be teaching on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Year 2 Teaching Assistants, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Foster, will be working with both classes across the week and Mrs Smith (Teaching Assistant) will be working in Year 2 on a Friday.
This term we will continue to develop our phonics and early reading skills. We will practise reading every day so that we become fluent at reading. Our teachers will help us to be fluent by echo and choral reading with us. Echo reading means that our teacher will read a sentence and then we copy. Choral reading means we all read together, including the teachers! We will begin to answer questions by learning about the 6 reading comprehension skills. We remember them by saying VIPERS: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieval, Sequencing.
In writing, we will learn how to write kenning poems, how to write an information text and how to write a traditional tale. Our information text will be about Plymouth and we will use the learning from our history and geography to help us with this. We will be focusing on the traditional tale, Hansel and Gretel.
Our class story this term is Matilda. We have chosen this story as it is about a little girl who embarks on her school journey and shows how important school and reading is. We share these thoughts in Year 2! Plus, it is such a great story filled with brilliant description. We really can imagine what the characters might be like if they were real!
We will continue to learn all the spelling as detailed in the Appendix below.
As Mathematicians, we will use numbers up to 100 to help us understand that two-digit numbers are made up of tens and ones. This understanding will support our learning about addition and subtraction. We will learn about how we can add and subtract a multiple of ten to/from a number; we will explore what happens to the tens value when we add/subtract a single-digit number to/from a two-digit number; we will start to learn mental methods to calculate with more efficiency; and we will apply this learning to a range of contexts.
We will also continue to use Numbots and learn how to use Times Table Rockstars. This will help us to practise the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
In History, we will be learning about the history of Plymouth. We will consider key events in Plymouth's history and focus our learning from the point of the Plymouth Dockyard opening until present day. We will learn about how Plymouth became connected to the rest of England by the construction of the railway and the building of the Royal Albert Bridge. We will learn about how Plymouth was devastated by the Blitz in World War 2 and the impact this had on the city. We will look at more recent developments in our city.
As Geographers, we will consider where Plymouth is in the UK and use appropriate terminology to describe the geographical features of Plymouth and its surroundings. We will look at the human and physical features of Plymouth and the surrounding area.
As Scientists, we will continue to unpick our understanding of animals and the surroundings in which they live. We will consider the variety of habitats that surround us locally but start to consider habitats around the world. We will have discussions about how animals have adapted to their environment in order to survive and discuss what they need in order to survive.
We will also think about whether something has ever been alive, dead or is living and start to learn about the life processes that living things do in order to stay alive.
This term, PE will be on a Thursday afternoon. We will be continuing to develop our fundamental skills. We will also learn how to work together as a team.