Your teacher this year is Miss Nunwick, supported by our Teaching Assistants Miss Young and Mrs Corke.

 

In Year Two, we work as a team to support each other in all we do, so that we can achieve to the best of our ability.

 

In Year Two we strive to have high standards and expect that children:

 

Arrive promptly to school each day for 8.50am registration.

Wear the correct uniform to school, including black shoes.

 

Homework

 

Spellings -  Spelling homework will be uploaded to Class DoJo and Spelling Shed every Friday and a spelling test will be the following Friday. The children have a week to practise their spellings. Spellings are linked to Year 2 SATs outcomes and phonics.

 

Reading - Reading books will be given out and changed regularly, children are asked to put their books into the box each day , so that they can be checked and changed. It is important that the children are answering questions about the text. We expect the children to read every night and have their record signed, please can children bring their book in each day so they have the opportunity to read with an adult.  

 

Maths - Maths homework will be to practise on Numbots and Times Table Rock Stars. Your child will have a username and log in. They should practise AT LEAST 3 times a week to help them become more fluent with their times tables - this will be checked in class. In Year 2 we learn our 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Then, in the Summer term, we move onto our 4s. Remember to log onto Times Table Rock Stars to practise your timetables and get to the top of the leader board.

 

Learning Logs - Learning Logs will be uploaded to Class DoJo every other Friday. The children are given 2 weeks to complete their topic centered homework project and then we will have a Learning Log Gallery in class. They get to look at each others work and vote for their favourite one. The winning Learning Log will receive a sticker and a prize from Miss Nunwick's prize box. The date the learning log is due back will always be on Class DoJo. 

PE

PE will take place on a THURSDAY. Children are able to come to school on this day in a plain black tracksuit, plain white t-shirt and plain trainers. We will be taking part in karate sessions, under the instruction of a Sensei from Kaizen-Do Karate.

 

Music

Sessions take place each Monday morning and are led by our specialist music teacher Mrs Reynolds. This half term we are learning to rap and add actions in time to the music.

Topic

Autumn 2

Our topic this term is Sparks and Fire! For our WOW day on Tuesday 1st November we will be visiting 'The Fireground' Greater Manchester Fire Station Museum, to participate in both workshops and to see many different fore engines from different periods in history. During this unit, we will be learning about fire safety, The Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes as well as The Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys through this really fun unit of work.  COMING THIS WEEK  is our new knowledge organiser for the half term which provides more detail on the topic.

 

Here are some fabulous websites to support your learning:

https://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/

https://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game/

https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/history-and-stories/guy-fawkes-and-the-gunpowder-plot/#gs.gpcy1z

https://www.fireground.org.uk/

https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/schools/learning-resources/

               

Here is our Creative Curriculum plan for the whole of the academic year....

Writing  

In Year 2 we will be looking at a range of text from fairy tales to factual books. The children will write stories, instructions, recounts, non-chronological reports, formal letters, character descriptions and diaries. The writing and reading will always link to the topic for that term. Handwriting is a big focus in year two and we will be starting to join our letters. Here are a list of tricky words we have to read and spell throughout the year.

Phonics

 

At St Mary's, we now follow the Read Write Inc Phonics Scheme. Children will be assessed every half term and placed into a group that suits their ability. Every phonics lesson starts with learning or revising a sound, and then reading a book which uses sounds they already know. Children then use these skills to read and spell independently.

 

Here are some links to support learning of phonics:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm

This half term  we will be looking at a range of non-fiction texts about The Gunpowder Plot and The Great Fire of London. we also be reading 'Vlad' by Kate Cunningham.

Maths

In Year 2 we will be learning lots of new skills and deepening our understanding with our newly learnt Maths knowledge. We will be learning our 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s times table and using different mathematical equipment. We will be adding, subtracting, dividing, multiplying a range of numbers. We learn to name and describe the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and describe the symmetry. We will  also be learning to tell the time. 

 

At St, Mary's we follow the Power Maths programme, we have our own exercise book and maths journal to work from. Power Maths helps us link maths to real life situations and master our skills using different manipulatives (equipment).

 

Every lesson we complete a Fluent in Five (arithmetic task), to help us with our fluency in doubling, number bonds and calculation. We also complete Times Table Rockstars three times a week in class and we access this at home.

 

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If you would like to practice building your skills in Maths, take a look at the links below.

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjkphbk                        

Science

 

In Science we will be looking at Materials. We will be learning about their uses and properties and using this knowledge to design and make a product. 

Through these sessions and using TAP's assessments (https://pstt.org.uk/) we will be developing the five areas of scientific enquiry, which are:

 

  • observation over time.
  • identifying and classifying.
  • pattern seeking.
  • research.
  • comparative and fair testing.

 

If you would like to practice building your skills in Science, take a look at the links below.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1science.html

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