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.
Topic – Buckets and Spades
Our topic this term is ‘Buckets and Spades’ and we will be looking at UK seaside locations in pictures and on maps. We will be identifying the physical (natural) features and human (man-made) features of a seaside resort and drawing our own maps to show what we discover. We will investigate what activities there are to do at the seaside. We will discuss what seaside resorts were like in the past. We will also identify international seaside destinations.
Our topic, as always, will provide lots of opportunities for writing across the curriculum. We will be learning how to undertake research (using information texts) which will be used to write reports. We will be reading stories that connect us to the seaside including ‘The Sand Horse’ by Ann Turnbull and ‘The Whales’ Song’ by Dyan Sheldon and these will be used to inspire the children to write their own stories. We will also be reading and listening to sea poems written by Edward Lear and will use them as a scaffold to write and perform our own version of a sea poem.
Whilst always adhering to best Shire Oak handwriting, we will continue our good work on sentence structure by ensuring the basics (capital letters, finger spaces and full stops) are used consistently alongside other punctuation (question marks, exclamation marks and commas in a list). We will add greater depth to our writing by continuing to develop our ability to proof= read and edit our own work; making simple additions/revisions through the addition of interesting/ambitious vocabulary, use of co-ordination and subordination to join clauses, use of expanded noun phrases and a wider range of sentence openers. To support us in our writing we will be learning key spelling rules each week and applying these in our writing.
The primary maths learning this term will be measurement. We will learn about length, height, weight, volume, time, and money, and will be introduced to measuring temperature. We will also revisit some elements of maths from last term which were affected during school closure.
We will continue to practice our Passport targets to secure basic number facts and skills. The children routinely practise these each day and are tested once a week. To achieve each target, the children have to say or write their answers in 30 seconds so it’s really helpful to practise each target regularly at home too.
In year 2 we focus on 2X, 5X and 10X tables. Again, 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.
Problem solving will continue to be an important part of our maths when children are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills and to persevere when they are stuck.
In Science we will be looking at plants, living things and their habitats. The children will have plenty of opportunity to develop their gardening skills as we get to grips with all things plant based. We will be learning all about the life cycle of a plant and will be keeping a diary as we study growth from seed to plant. We will undertake some research to find out what plants need to grow and then put this knowledge to the test with a series of investigations using beans. We will be spending time outdoors discovering all the wonderful wildlife we have within our school grounds. We will be collecting specimens and sorting them into categories, and we will be investigating habitats and food chains. We will carry out a wildlife survey and then think about what we can do to help them thrive in the local area. We will work together to create a sanctuary that contains a variety of micro habitats suited to a range of creatures.