Welcome to Year 2
Topic – Food, Glorious Food
During this topic the children will be:
Finding out about where food comes from
Learning about why a healthy, balanced diet is important to us and what it looks like
Thinking about foods from other cultures
(And most importantly) getting to make/sample lots of delicious foods
We will be developing our pre-cursive handwriting - forming lower case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place and using the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters in the future. We will work on securing our sentence structure with the basics first (capital letters, finger spaces and full stops) so that we always use them correctly. We will then develop these further through the use of added punctuation (question marks, exclamation marks and commas in lists), connectives to make compound sentences and adjectives to add greater depth.
During the Autumn term the children will be working with a number of different text types. This will include narratives and will begin with looking at the structure of Traditional Tales. The children will have the opportunity to write their own version of Jack and the Beanstalk. We will then move on to Traditional Fables, paying attention to dialogue and storytelling skills. They will explore different recipes by reading and trying some out before creating their own as they are introduced to instructional writing. And, they will be inspired to write a recount of their Nativity performance, write their own ending to a Christmas story and write letters as the festive period closes in.
We will be revisiting phase 5 & 6 phonics work and developing our understanding of the year 2 spelling rules. To reinforce this the children will have a weekly spelling test based upon new words they will practice 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.
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.
We will continue to use the Numicon scheme to support us with our Maths. 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.
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.