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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

This half-term our Learning Journey is called ‘Fire, Fire’ and is based around the historic event The Great Fire of London. 

 

English
As part of our English work this half term, we have been writing instructions for how to make bread. We have had to use lots of imperative (bossy) verbs and adverbs to make our instructions clear and easy to follow. We have written an explanation to explain how and why the fire spread so quickly. We have also written descriptive poetry trying to include adjectives, similes and adjectives to describe the fire.  In spelling sessions we have focused on adding suffixes to root words. We have used the rhyme, “Is there a letter we need to drop? Is there a letter to double or swap?” You could help your child with their English skills by reading with them as often as possible and learning to read and spell the tricky words on pages 18 and 19 of your reading diary.

Maths
In Maths we have been learning to recall facts from the two, five, and ten times tables, including the corresponding division facts. The children have learnt that multiplication is commutative but that division is not. The children have found out about coins and notes and have also learnt to exchange coins. In our bakery we have been paying for items and giving the correct change. 

 

Creative Curriculum                         

We have found out all about The Great Fire of London and showcased our learning through the Arts. Particularly through the medium of Dance and Drama. As part of our Design and Technology learning the children have had to design purposeful, functional, and appealing products based on their design criteria. They have made fire engines using a range of tools and equipment to develop their skills such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing. They have critiqued, evaluated and tested their own and others finished products. They have also enjoyed baking bread as part of our learning journey. They thought about the importance of hygiene when cooking and used our math’s skills to measure and weigh ingredients carefully. 

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Please find below a copy of the information which was shared and explained during the KS1 Assessment meetings. 

This half-term our Learning Journey is called ‘Marvelous Medicine’ and is based around nurses from history Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell. 

 

English
As part of our English work this half term we have been writing letters in the role of a historical character. We have had to use lots of adjectives to describe how hospitals would have looked in the past. We have written instructions to explain how to make poppies linked to our work on Remembrance Day. In spelling sessions we have focused on silent letters such as; w in wren, b in lamb, k in knight. You could help your child with their English skills by reading with them as often as possible and learning to read and spell the tricky words on pages 18 and 19 of your reading diary.

Maths
In maths we have been learning to add and subtract numbers. We have learnt how to add three numbers using a variety of strategies; finding bonds to 10, finding doubles or near doubles. We have thought about the best strategy to use when adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers; metal strategies, written methods and drawing pictures.  We are becoming more confident at our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. You could support your child further by chanting these at home e.g. 1 x 5 = 5, 2 x 5 = 10… 

 

Science
We have been learning how to keep ourselves healthy. We enjoyed finding out about healthy meals and we have thought about how much food, water, rest and exercise a human needs to survive. We now know the different food groups and can use this to design our own healthy meal. 

 

Creative Curriculum                                                                                         

We have done lots of learning about Remembrance Day and enjoyed listening to the poem in Flanders Fields by John McCrae. We used the poem as inspiration to produce our own poppy pictures using a range of media. 

 

 

   

 

This half-term our Learning Journey is called ‘Happily Ever After’ and is based around the popular book ‘The Jolly Postman', by Janet and Alan Ahlberg.


English
We have used this story to help us write formal and chatty letters and have written our own traditional tales. As part of our grammar sessions we have looked at nouns and adjectives. We have tried to include these in our stories.
You could help your child with their English skills by reading with them as often as possible and learning to read and spell the tricky words on pages 18 and 19 of your reading diary.

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Creative Curriculum
We have had lots of fun designing and making our own fairytale puppets with our families. We have been on a walk around our local area and thought about what makes Kimberworth Park a fantastic place to live in. We identified human and physical features.
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Maths
In maths we have been building on the skills learned in Year 1. We can
Read and write numbers to 100 and now recognise the place value of each digit in a two digit number. We have identified and represented numbers using different representations. We have learnt to use <, > and = signs to compare numbers. Use place value and number facts to solve problems. We have started learning how to use column addition to add 2 digit numbers.
You could help your child by continuing to practicing counting in steps of 2, 3 and 5
from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward. It is also really important that your child can quickly recall number facts to 10 and 20. You have been sent some home learning linked to this.
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Miss Dobbin and Mrs McClare are really excited to join their new classes as they head into Year 2.

In Class 5, Miss Dobbin is the class Teacher and Miss Mitchell is the Teaching Assistant. Mrs McClare is the class Teacher in Class 6 and Mrs Sigsworth is the Teaching Assistant.

During our transition we spent time getting to know each other and used the book Sharing a Shell to provide lots of inspiration for our work. The story taught the children about the importance of sharing and working together as a group. 

This half-term our Learning Journey is called ‘Happily Ever After’ and is based around the popular book ‘The Jolly Postman', by Janet and Alan Ahlberg.

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