Welcome to Year Two!
Our teacher is Katherine Richards.
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Our core focus book ‘The High Street’ by Alice Melvin
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Useful curriculum learning
Our cursive letter shapes
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A big hello from Katherine and all the Year 2 children!
This web page will be updated as regularly as possible with information about our learning.
Please check back regularly, or check Twitter, or of course you can always pop in and speak to Katherine if you would like more information or have any questions. We love it when our families come in for Early Work so that is often a good opportunity to look at our working walls, read familiar books with us, or talk to Katherine about our learning. We love our Learn Together so please take a peek at our Learn Together Floor Book as it is always by the front door!
KeY ENQUIRY QUESTION: TERM 1
I wonder…what’s outside your front door?
Our learning this term is all linked and looped together under this enquiry question. This question underpins a core part of our curriculum learning this term, from our Learn Together sessions all the way through to our History. Our cross-curricular learning takes place in our local community, right at the heart of the lives of our children.
Learning updates 30th September 2019!
This week we will be…
-Writing our own acrostic style poems for National Poetry Week-can we combine this with our enquiry question, what’s outside your front door?
-Practising our spelling strategies whilst we are writing-spelling bubble, wiggly lines, have a go sheets, 3 is the magic number!
-Exploring lots of calculation challenges-there are 10 wheels in a traffic jam, what different vehicles might be stuck in the jam? Two cars and a bike? Or 10 unicycles? What do you know about your bonds to ten?
-Studying what is outside our front door at school and compare it to our homes.
-Comparing what is similar and what is different when thinking about Keynsham and London-can we reply to our mystery postcard?
-Creating our own puppets using different types of material with different properties to tell our own High Street stories.
-Mapping what we can see outside our front door at school.
-Writing our letters shapes-n, m, r, h
-Planning our own High Street stories using story maps.
-Reflecting on our value of the month: cooperation
Year Two Learning in Term 1
-We will explore our values of respect and co-operation-including focusing on International Day of Democracy, International Day of Peace, EU Day of Languages. Keep an eye out for days when families and the community will be involved too.
-We will be thinking about new beginnings and how to have a happy learning environment by making class promises to each other.
-We will be thinking what a person at Somerdale might be like and how we can show everyone what positive, friendly learners we are.
-We will be thinking about the key belief systems in our local community including Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Humanism.
-We will be thinking deeply about the importance of our mental health and our emotions through World Mental Health Day and by reading the story The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas.
-We will continue to explore our Rights.
MUSIC, ART AND PE
-We going to be developing our ability to read musical notes whilst playing instruments in a small group and as a whole class.
-We will be exploring the artwork of Lowry using our new sketch books!
-We will be focusing on invasion games and gymnastics in PE (PE is every Monday and Tuesday). We are excited to have our new expert coaches teaching us in PE this term.
-Every day we will be using GoNoodle to help us have regular short burst exercise breaks.
SCIENCE, GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY
-We will be exploring the use of everyday materials through treasure hunts, sorting and testing.
-We will be exploring our local community and use our map skills from Y1 to explore similarities and differences in our local area, and begin to use geographical vocabulary to explain our understanding.
-We will be using our English text of ‘The High Street’ by Alice Melvin to compare Keynsham high street and parts of London and explore what an urban landscape looks like compared to a rural one.
-In History, we will be linking our geography and history together and look at the changes in Keynsham town centre, Fry’s Chocolate Factory, and compare Somerdale Educate Together to schools from the past.
-We are regularly reading, book sharing and story-telling. When reading at home with us please help us to choose a balance between fiction storybooks and non-fiction information books.
-We love challenging ourselves to answer questions about what we have just read and wonder what might happen next!
-We have brightly coloured comprehension envelopes that we are storing our learning about our class books in.
-We are keeping a library of the books we have read this term-we are reading stories with familiar settings, ask us about them!
-We will be focusing on story writing this term by trying to write a story set in a familiar setting to link to our geography, history and Learn Together about our local community.
-We will be using the story ‘The High Street’ by Alice Melvin to help us include commas in lists, use ‘and’ to include more detail, use apostrophes to show possession, and use adjectives in interesting noun phrases to interest the reader.
-We will be focusing on the presentation and layout of our writing whenever we write.
SPaG & HANDWRITING (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
- We will be recapping our Y1 sounds and practising our Y2 tricky words.
-We will be revisiting all of our different spelling strategies-ask us to show you!
-We will be exploring homophones (Homophones are tricky words which sound the same but have different meanings and are sometimes spelled differently (there, their and they're), and polysyllabic words)
-Grammar learning will happen in our writing sessions, embedded into the learning of our focus book.
-We will be reading and writing our numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words.
-We will be partitioning or ‘chunking up’ two-digit numbers into tens and ones whilst trying to explain our understanding with drawing, equipment and our ‘Talk for Maths’ bubbles.
-We will continue to apply our place value and number knowledge to real life problem solving.
-We will be counting in steps of 2s, 5s and 10s from 0 or any number, forwards and backwards.
COMPUTING Digital Literacy including…
-We will be learning how to use the Chromebooks.
-We will keep thinking about how to login, save our work, use the keyboard and the touchpad.