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.
Our general topic this term is the history, geography and science led ‘Where do we live?’ (including learning about the history of Leeds, about the geography of Leeds’ twin cities and about habitats for humans and other animals).
In Maths, we will be continuing working on our Maths Passport targets, which aim to set secure foundations in arithmetic. We work towards these every day and our aim is to complete ten questions for each target in 30 seconds! It really helps if we can practise them at home for ten minutes every day. Each child has specific targets to which they are working and these can be found on the laminated target sheet previously sent home with each child. If you are unsure of these, please ask and we can send home new copies. Equally if you would like any supporting materials or games which you think might help your child at home, please see me.
We are also working on using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in different situations and contexts. This might involve using money and giving change, deciding on appropriate ways to solve word problems, exploring patterns of number or using more than one operation at a time when solving problems (amongst other things). Please continue to support your child by including Maths in everyday conversations and interactions with your child.
Our topics will feature throughout our writing, as will our class books. Across the term, we will be reading a variety of class books together to inspire our work, including biographies of Nicola Adams and Nelson Mandela.
Whilst always adhering to best Shire Oak handwriting, we will be working 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 proofread 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.
Alongside our daily writing and maths sessions, we will also prioritise our reading and spelling progress including through daily phonics sessions. This term, we will be concentrating on phase 5 and 6 phonics. We will also continue to learn tricky and common words and rules in our spelling. We suggest that Year 2 children read to an adult four to five times every week for about ten minutes each time. This might be a book from home, the local library, from the school reading scheme or from our school library.