Welcome to Year 2
At Shire Oak, we encourage creative, project-based homework to allow children to explore wider aspects of a topic and follow their own interests and ideas.
During our topic ‘Let’s Celebrate’ the children will be:
Celebrating being themselves
Learning about special birthdays
Learning about festivals. carnivals and parades
Our initial text focus is narratives based upon friendships. We will begin with ‘The Cloudspotter’ by Tom McLoughlin before moving on to ‘Imaginary Fred’ by Eoin Colfer. Following on from this we will be exploring traditional tales. First we will be discussing the structure, characters and commonalities of traditional tales and then we will move on to look at a tale with a twist in the form of ‘Little Red Reading Hood’ by Lucy Rowland. The children will then write their own twisted tale. In the second half of the term we will be looking at non-fiction texts as we learn how to write a non-chronological report. Our text focus will be based upon ‘Big Cats’ fact files as we develop an understanding of the features of a non-chronological report before the children develop their own report. Following on from this we will learn how to write a persuasive letter with help from ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt. We will learn about how Christmas is celebrated around the world with ‘Meerkat Christmas’ by Emily Gravett and use this to inspire us to write a postcard.
This term our spelling work will include consolidating and building on the sounds and words we have already learnt in previous years as well as giving regular attention to the common exception words of Year 1 and Year 2. To reinforce this the children will have a weekly spelling test based upon the words they will practise throughout the week.
We will continue to work on our Passport targets daily to secure basic facts and skills. To achieve each target, the children have to say or write their answers in 30 seconds on three separate occasions.
In Year 2 we focus on 10X, 2X and 5X tables. In order to be secure with these, the children need to be able to have instant recall of any given times table both spoken and in written form. To reinforce these the children will have a weekly times table test. We will begin by looking at the 10X table in the Autumn term.
In Number we will be working on place value, addition & subtraction and multiplication & division. In Measurement we will be looking at money. Problem solving and reasoning will continue to be an important part of our maths learning, when children are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills and to persevere when they are stuck.