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 – Home, Sweet Home
During this topic the children will be learning about homes from the past to the present day. They will be looking at the way the structure, build and design of houses have changed on the outside and learning about how things are different inside the home too. The children will be learning about the structure and design of homes from around the world, finding out about what they are made out of, why they are designed a particular way and comparing these to places people call home in the UK.
We will continue to develop 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.
In English, we will begin the term developing our own narrative based upon ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. Following this, the children will be learning how to undertake research, using computers and information books, and we will develop reports from this. The children will have the opportunity to develop two reports over the term. The first report will be based upon homes past and present. A second report, later in the term, will be on a topic of their choice. Our poetry theme for this term will be families and the children will have the opportunity to perform their favourite poems before moving on to write their own. We will be looking at descriptive texts, thinking about the key features they contain and the style in which they are written before writing our own description. We will also be looking at the structure of riddles and then will move on to develop our own.
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 be learning our 5X and 2X tables this term.
We will begin the term working on multiplication and division. We will be learning how to collect, present and analyse data using pictograms, tally charts, bar charts and Carroll diagrams during our focus on statistics. We will be developing our understanding of measurement involving; length, capacity, mass, time and money. We will also be looking at fractions, recognising, naming and writing them in the first instance before thinking about equivalent fractions.
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.
We will be looking at everyday materials. We will begin by exploring the useful properties of materials with a range of investigations involving absorbency and flexibility. We will try to identify which type of kitchen towel or cloth is most effective at mopping up spills. We will consider why building materials must be absorbent and which ones fit the bill. We will be thinking about the suitability of different materials for use in construction and putting our architect hats on to develop a structure for a purpose.