Welcome to Year Two!
Children will be exploring, interpreting and responding to a picture book. They will learn how to explore characters and draw inferences to aid their understanding of the pictures. Children will learn to broaden their understanding and use of appropriate vocabulary. Children will be writing for a range of purposes in response to fictional personal experiences, including poetry and non-fiction and will begin to understand a letter format and write a non-fiction text.
Children will be writing for meaning and purpose whilst responding to a short, cultural chapter book. Children will develop an understanding of character and setting as well as writing in the role of a character. Children will be developing their ability to give explanations and opinions, to sustain relevant listening, responding to what they have heard with relevant comments and questions.
Children will be consolidating their knowledge of nouns, capital letters and the past and present tense. They will learn about expanded noun phrases and how to add a variety of conjunctions to expand a sentence. Children will also learn how to add suffixes to a root word and how to change singular words to their plural form.
We will have handwriting lessons each week to practise our cursive handwriting. Please encourage your child to begin to join their letters at home.
Children will be learning to recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones). They will develop their ability to identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line.
Children will read, write, compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100 using < > and = signs. They will begin to use place value and number facts to solve problems.
Children will continue to build on their foundations of addition and subtraction and begin to partition numbers. They will begin to recognise multiples, understand multiplication as repeated addition and identify odd and even numbers. They will add a single-digit number to a 2-digit number, bridging 10 and subtract a single-digit number from a 2-digit number, bridging 10.
Children will investigate amounts to be made using coins, read time on digital and analogue clocks to nearest half of hour and quarter of hour. Children will develop their knowledge of fractions; finding halves and quarters of objects and quantities.
Children will be learning to recognise, draw and describe the properties of pentagons, hexagons and octagons including those that are irregular. They will learn to sort objects using both Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams.
Children will be exploring the many beginnings that each new day offers them and they will be able to talk about their experiences of new beginnings. Children will learn about the Christian story of Creation and that God is present in every beginning.
Signs and Symbols
Children will be improving their knowledge and understanding of Baptism as an invitation to belong to God’s family. They will be developing their ability to talk about their experience and feelings about signs which help them in daily life and the symbols which are important to them. Children will learn to recognise the signs and symbols used in baptism and use some religious words and phrases used in that Sacrament.
Children will be learning about preparing for special occasions and will have the opportunity to share their own experiences of preparation. They will learn about the time and care involved in preparing for Christmas and why it is important to prepare. Children will learn to recognise the events around the birth of Jesus. They will learn about some religious signs and symbols and begin to use religious words and phrases connected with the liturgical season of Advent.
Children will be learning about about the uses of everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass, brick, paper and cardboard. They will compare the suitability of different everyday materials for different purposes. Children will explore how objects made of some everyday materials can change shape and how the recycling process is able to reuse some everyday materials numerous times.
Animals including humans:
Children will be learning about how humans and other animals are born, grow and change, and what we need to survive and be healthy. Children will classify different kinds of animal babies, learn about the basic needs that are shared by humans and animals, and research the differing needs of animals within our care. Focusing on their own experiences, children will explore the need for humans to eat a varied diet, to keep themselves clean, and to take regular exercise. Children will be encouraged to make positive choices that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Children will develop their ability to record observations, using what they have observed to suggest answers to questions. They will also begin to set up different experiments and begin to talk about fair tests.
Children will learn about features of the seaside and our country. Children will develop their mapping skills and locate these key features on different types of U.K maps. Children will be learning about the countries of the UK, developing their learning beyond their immediate environment and own locality to the UK in general. They will explore the UK by looking at individual countries, capital cities, human and physical features. Children will learn about the similarities and differences between seaside resorts and their own locality, looking at how resorts have changed over time.
The Gunpowder Plot:
Children will increase their awareness of the past by finding out about Guy Fawkes and other significant individuals involved in the plot, such as Robert Catesby and Thomas Percy. They will deepen their understanding of the events of the Gunpowder Plot through several speaking and listening activities, such as hot seating and role play, as well as sequencing events and designing posters. Children will also be consolidating their knowledge of changes within living memory.
Children will be developing how to use different parts of their bodies to pass and dribble a ball. They will begin to be able to evaluate their performance. Children will learn to choose an appropriate distance when throwing and catching a ball and specify the type of throw they want to catch. They will learn how to intercept a pass and start to learn how to avoid opponents.
Children will explore basic gymnastic actions on the floor and using apparatus. They will develop an understanding of their personal space and body strength. Children will continue their learning about the different shapes they can make with their bodies and begin to link shapes to create a simple physical sequence of movement.
Things to remember
All school uniform and PE kits should be clearly labelled. No jewelry is to be worn on PE days due to health and safety.
As it starts to get colder, please ensure your child has suitable warm PE uniform (navy/ black sweatshirt and jogging bottoms) so that they are able to participate in outdoor PE activities.
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch:
Children will learn to investigate and evaluate different products. They will be testing a product, selecting materials and deciding which will be useful. Children will also be able to select suitable tools to make a product and finally be able to make improvements to it.
Children will have the opportunity to explore a range of abstract artists. They will be focusing on colour mixing and will develop their knowledge of mixing secondary and tertiary colours. Children will be using the colours that they have mixed to create different pieces of art work.
Research and E-awareness:
Children will become more familiar with a range of related vocabulary. They will learn suitable tools to allow them to safely search for information. Children will become more confident at exploring age appropriate web-sites and also begin to understand where to find useful and accurate information. Children will develop their awareness of what to do if they find something inappropriate online.
Children will become more familiar with using a keyboard to edit and amend their text. Children will use a range of tools to create their own pictures in different graphics packages. They will also develop their understanding of how to save print and retrieve their work.
Book bags should be brought to school every day and your child’s book will be changed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please read with your child everyday then comment and sign your child’s Reading Record Book to inform us of your child’s Reading progress. Children are encouraged to read other materials at home these include; newspapers, comics, magazines, Newsround, fiction texts, non-fiction texts and books from the library.
Homework is given out every Friday and is due back in on the following Wednesday. Homework is acknowledged by an adult. Spellings will be tested every Wednesday.
Children will re-visit the rules of the classroom and learn about relationships within their community and school.
Children will learn to understand how to be a good friend, what bullying means and how we can work together to prevent bullying.
Children will celebrate diversity in our school, identify personal goals and learn how to care for the community.
If you need any further information or assistance with regards to your child’s learning please feel free to contact us after school. Miss Chamberlin, Miss Jenkins, Miss Ferrol and Miss Sealey.