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Welcome to Year 2! 

Summer Term 2

2017-2018

What are we learning about this week?

16.7.18

The Year 2 team would like to thank you all for your support over the past year and for sending your talented, hard working children to Howe Park School. This week the children will be exploring fractions, writing instructions, rewriting Jack and the Beanstalk and showing us all they can remember from our 'Scented Garden' Topic work.

 

Have a fantastic Summer break!

 

9.7.18

As this historic heat wave continues, Year 2 will be putting all its energy into making memories, keepsakes and an unparalleled leaver's assembly. Please remember to hand in your slips to secure tickets for this Friday's performances.

2.7.18

English

Rehearsals are well underway for the end of year assembly so speaking and listening will be the primary focus! As well as this, the children will be considering what makes a good set of instructions before writing their own gardening themed examples.

Maths

When not on their exciting trip, the children will revisit multiplication and division this week.

Topic

 As well as the Topic linked trip, the children will use their arts and craft skills to create giant foliage, using tissue paper and frames they create themselves with soft metal wire. In Computing they will use their coding skills to solve simple directional problems.

25.6.18

English

The children will create and describe their very own plant before writing a non-chronological report about it.

Maths

The children will revisit addition and subtraction, tackling both with number lines before using the column method. Alongside this, some of them will take another look at measurements - weights, length and capacity.

Topic

In Science, they will look at how plants adapt to different climates. The children will then focus on cacti in all their various shapes and sizes. In Art, they will begin working on making huge laves to further decorate our learning areas.

18.6.18

English

Information texts will be our focus this week once the children have finished writing their recounts. They will create fact sheets about plants before writing a longer piece, taking care to use possessive apostrophes correctly.

Maths

The children revisit money, finding the totals of different coins and notes before looking at problems in the context of shops and shopping.

Topic

In Science, the children will label plants before exploring how they transport water around themselves. In Music, they will use what they have learnt about plants to rewrite the lyrics to a popular song.

11.6.18

English

The children will write a full recount of their exciting woodland walk from last week incorporating all the features they are now familiar with alongside the interesting things they discovered about the plant life.

Maths

Continuing their work on measurements, the children will revisit capacity, comparing containers and measuring in ml.

Topic

For Art, the children will make observation drawings of the structures of leaves. They will then recreate flowers using a variety of media - watercolours, charcoal and pencils. In Science they will write up the results of an experiment to see how successfully plants grow in different environments.

5.6.18

Welcome back for our final term in Year 2!

English

Recounts will be our focus this week with the children writing examples based on their trips to Emerson Valley school and Howe Park Wood.

Maths

The children will measure and compare the mass of objects using both informal (marbles) and formal scales (g and kg).

Topic

Each class in Year 2 will go on a nature trail through Howe Park Wood, working together to identify and learn about the plants on our doorstep.

 

Summer Term 1

2017-2018

What are we learning about this week?

21.5.18

English

The children will begin the week finishing their own alternative versions of Goldilocks. Poetry will then be the main focus as they read, perform and recite poems from a variety of styles before creating their own verse.

Maths

The children will continue to solve a range of problems that require them to demonstrate their mental and written methods.

Topic

Our Science work will build on our discussions last week as the children look at (and animate!) life cycles before investigating food chains. In RE, they will finish and present their morality tales using the Purple Mash software.

 

14.5.18

English

Having examined Goldilocks and the Three Bears in detail and considered the story from different points of view, the children will be creating their own version of a traditional tale.

Maths

The children will continue to solve a range of problems that require them to demonstrate their mental and written methods.

Topic

Work will continue on their hygiene leaflets and morality tales. For Science, the children will work on categorising things under the headings living, non-living and dead.

 

8.5.18

English

Traditional tales will be the focus over the next two weeks with the children acting them out, story mapping them and noticing certain phrases which commonly repeat.

Maths

The children will be tackling a series of questions that call on arithmetic and mental reasoning skills.

Topic

Following on from looking at the morals in stories from the Bible, the children will begin writing their own tales using 2Create a Story on Purple Mash. For Topic they will consider what items would be essential for their survival should they ever be stranded on a desert island! They will also being creating leaflets full of dos and don'ts for good hygiene.

30.4.18

English

Instructions will be the focus for the week with the children creating their own list of essential criteria (aka 'What A Good One Looks Like') before using bossy verbs to write instructions to make sandwiches.

Maths

The children will revisit scales and units of measure, partitioning two digit numbers and telling the time.

Topic

For Art, the children will continue to sculpt their figures using newspaper before considering how to finish them in an Antony Gormley style. In RE they will hear the story of Saul's conversion and think about what moral it offers. In Computing they will continue to read and send emails in an effort to finally discover who stole the chocolate cake.

23.4.18

English

The children will examine different examples of fact files, discuss what common features they share and then create their own based on the recent Commonwealth Games.

Maths

The children will solve a variety of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication sums and problems to exercise their maths muscles .

Topic

 In Art, the children will sketch and then begin creating their own Antony Gormley inspired figures out of the newspapers you kindly donated. In RE, they will examine the story of Jonah and the Whale, giving thought to its moral. For Computing, the children will send an email to Witness B to uncover what they know about the cake thief.

16.4.18

English

The children will plan, draft and edit their own version of 'Emily Brown and the Thing.'

Maths

The children will be finding and identifying fractions of shapes and then numbers.

Topic

In Computing, the children will be continuing their email based investigation to solve of the mystery of the missing chocolate cake. For their art lesson, they will explore the sculptures of Anthony Gormley which will be used over the coming weeks as a basis for their own pieces. In RE, they will listen to a story from the Bible and discuss its moral.

9.4.18

English

The story 'Emily Brown and the Thing' will be the focus of the children's work this week which will be used to springboard a character description and writing a persuasive letter.

Maths

Division by both grouping and sharing will be revisited this week as the children build on their prior knowledge.

Topic

The children will explore the importance of a varied and balanced diet before designing packaging for their own nutritious snack bar. In RE, they will explore how stories evoke emotions. In Computing, the children will be learning about the layout of emails and how to send them.

Spring Term 2

2017-2018

What are we learning about this week?

26.3.18 & 2.4.18

The children and staff will be learning how to relax - Happy Easter!

19.3.18

English

The children will create a list of questions for an astronaut, research the answers for themselves and then transcribe a interview with them.

Topic

They will examine the key features of space suits before testing suitable materials and designing their own versions. The children will learn how to use simple ciphers to encrypt secret messages.

 

2.3.18

Maths

They will revisit addition and subtraction with a particular focus on the 'expanded method' of working in columns. Their estimating skills will be honed before they then tackle one and two step word problems.

English

 The children will have to investigate an exciting event in the playground. They will act as reporters, asking probing questions, getting witness statements and writing a newspaper report.

Topic

They will try using search engines other than Google and get to grips with child friendly online encyclopaedias. Then, continuing their topic work on astronauts, they will research Tim Peake, finding out key information about his achievements before pretending to be him in a press conference. Finally, in RE they will explore how Easter is celebrated around the world.

 

5.3.18

Maths

They will explore the inverse relationship between add and subtract, using this knowledge to complete 'number families'. For example:

22 + 6 = 28

so 6 + 22 = 28

and 28 - 6 = 22

and 28 - 22 = 6

English

The children will continue their own Traction Man stories, ensuring that they can use four different types of sentences - statements, commands, exclamations and questions.

Topic

In RE, the children will learn and retell the story of Easter. In Computing they will learn how to use tools on search engines to narrow down their results and find more relevant information. For DT they will explore levers and pivots before creating their own paper craft moving models.

 

26.2.2018

Maths

The children will continue their work from last week, exploring time and data.

English

Following on from their work on the story 'Traction Man' by Mini Grey, the children will be writing their own adventures for the heroic toy and his trusty companion Scrubbing Brush.

Topic

Creating a timeline of the key events in his life, the children will come to better understand Neil Armstrong and the context of his achievements. In RE they will learn the story of Lent.

 

19.2.2018

Maths

Over the next two weeks the children will be looking at and interpreting data in the form of tally charts and block graphs. They will also be revisiting time; looking at o'clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to.

English

 The four types of sentences have been the main focus of this week - statements, exclamations, questions and commands. They will apply these skills to creating their own comic strips.

Topic

Continuing our work on 'Great and Ghastly' events, the children will create mind maps of things they would like to find out about Neil Armstrong and historic trip to the moon. In RE, they will explore why the cross is an important symbol to Christians.

 

Spring Term 1

2017-2018

5.2.2018

Maths

The children will explore using shapes to continue patterns and then make their own. They will also learn to draw shapes accurately using rulers for straight lines. They will use positional language to describe turning, e.g. clockwise, 3/4 turns, etc.

English

 Poetry will be the focus this week. This will see the children examine and create rhyming couplets, understand the structure of a simple poem and how it is punctuated and then finally create their own masterpieces.

Topic

They will complete their Science investigation on the properties of materials and consider how best to test a bridge's strength fairly. For Computing they will be using Purple Mash to design 3D models of figures from history.

29.1.2018

English

 The children will write a fictional recount of the dragon that hatched in their classrooms last week!

Maths

2D and 3D shapes will be the focus of the week. Discussing their properties, sorting them, using the correct vocabulary and looking for lines of symmetry both in regular and irregular examples.

Topic

The children will explore the properties of materials before working in teams to create model bridges which have to be strong enough to support a Lego building. As part of RE, they will sample a traditional Jewish treat to mark the New Year.

 

22.1.2018

English

  The children will explore the features of an explanation text before trying to explain in writing the purpose of a fire drill.

Maths

 Continuing their work on money, the children will play at running a shop where they will add to give totals and then give change from 50p or £1.

Topic

They will continue with their mixed media art work based on the Great Fire of London. Ocarina practice will see the children recap playing 'London's Burning' and 'Twinkle Twinkle' before attempting new pieces. In RE, they will explore the Sikh New Year festival - Baisakhi.

 

15.1.2018

English

The children will read 'George and the Dragon', learn about the correct use of possessive apostrophes and then plan-write-edit a description of a dragon.

Maths

The children will be exploring money this week. They will learn to recognise and use the correct symbols for Pounds and pence, combining amounts of money and trying to make different totals using a variety of coins.

Topic

Following on from their introduction to the Great Plague of 1665, the children will try to come up with their own cures - both sensible and unusual! They will also create 'firescapes' of the Great Fire of London using mixed media.

 

8.1.2018

English

 As they learn more about the Great Fire of London, the children will begin to describe the flames and destruction using expanded noun phrases, commas and similes. This will then be used to create a diary entry as if the children were witnesses in 1666.

Maths

The children will continue developing their skill adding and subtracting using written methods and mental recall. They also learn about subtraction using the column method and 'renaming' (aka 'borrowing').

Topic

History is our main focus in 'Great and Ghastly' Topic lessons this term. Following our visit from a Time Traveler last week, the children will being researching The Great Plague. In RE, continuing their work around new year celebrations, the children will explore how Jewish people mark it with Rosh Hashanah. 

 

3.1.2018

English

 Welcome back everyone! The children will start the new year by looking at the classic poem 'London's Burning' before creating their own individual versions and performing them to each other.

Maths

The children will spend this short week revisiting number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 to help them recall these with speed. They will then recap addition and subtraction using expanded method which was introduced last term.

Topic

A new year means it's time for resolutions! The children will discuss their aspirations for the coming year with each other (reading, writing, sports, music, etc, etc) and settle on one area to base their resolution on.

 

Autumn Term 2

2017-2018

11.12.2017

 

Our main focus will be rehearsing and performing our fantastic Christmas production! We will also be busy elves creating cards, calendars and presents to bring home.

 

4.12.2017

English

 We will be learning how to use apostrophes correctly for contractions such as can't, don't and shouldn't. To support this learning we will be reading a Charlie and Lola story 'I am not sleepy and will not go to bed' and adding contractions where appropriate.

Maths

The children will continue to compare weights and apply this skill to solving related word problems.

Topic

We are learning about the Spanish artist Gaudi and using his work as an inspiration for a festive treat for you all.

 

27.11.2017

English

We will have a special focus on words with suffixes along with other words that have unusual spellings patterns. They will then be retelling stories they know paying particular attention to their spelling.

Maths

We will be solving problems involving length and weighing objects through comparison and using scales with standard units of measure.

Topic

We will carry out the science investigation into materials we planned last week, making observations and carefully recording our results. For Computing, we will look at the gaming classic 'Pong', take it apart to understand how it works and then try to adapt it for modern gamers.

 

20.11.2017

English

 Following our introduction to the features of non-fiction texts last week, we will be writing our own 'Frozen Planet' reports on animals that we have researched.

Maths

We will look at multiplication and division fact families, for example 3 multiplied by 5 equals 15 therefore 15 divided by 5 equals 3. Then we are going to start measuring accurately using rulers and tape measures.

Topic

Science will see us examining a variety of materials and discussing their properties before choosing two for an experiment the following week. In Computing we will continue our work as 'Games Testers', altering algorithms to make a game either easier or harder.

13.11.2017

English

We will be learning about the key features of non-fiction texts as we begin to create our own on the fascinating subject of Polar animals!

Maths

We are further developing our ability to divide, this week supporting our thinking by doing jumps on number lines. For example, 40 divided by 5 would see them start on the number line at 0 and jump 5 at a time until they reach 40. They will then count the number of jumps it took to get to 40 and realise the answer is 8.

Topic

Following our introduction to compasses last week, we will continue to follow and give directions; this time using a child friendly map of Milton Keynes. In Computing, we will become 'games testers' - looking at the algorithms behind simple games and seeing if we can predict what will happen when we make changes.

 

6.11.2017

English

We will be planning and producing our own versions of 'The Paperbag Princess'.

Maths

The focus will be dividing by 2 and 10 by either sharing into circles or grouping dots together.

Topic

The need to keep passwords secure is our focus in Computing this week. For Geography, we will look at reading directions on a compass and use them to navigate around a map.

 

31.10.2017

English

 We will be reading 'The Paperbag Princess' and working on improving our understanding and use of adverbs.

Maths

The children will multiply using arrays (rows and columns of dots) specifically 2s and 5s.

Topic

We will explore the Arctic and Antarctic, discussing what causes these areas to be so cold and what life is like there. In RE we will begin to understand the use of symbols.

 

Autumn Term 1

2017-2018

16.10.2017

English

 We are becoming experts at using commas in lists this week! We are expanding the adjectives we use before deploying them in our Autumn poetry.

Maths

 We are exploring different ways of representing subtracting. This will take the form of using diennes cubes and working with blank numbers (jumping backwards in tens and ones).

Topic

We are observing and measuring the changes Autumn brings. For Computing we are building new algorithms using Purple Mash. In RE we are exploring the story of Moses and creating our own 10 Commandments.

 

9.10.2017

English

 We continued to explore the story of 'Nim's Island'. Through the story we explored clauses, conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions such as 'if', 'when' and 'because'.

Maths

The children were introduced to the amazing world of column addition! They then used this new skill to tackle word problems.

Topic

We compared the physical features of Milton Keynes to a city in Australia. We continued to use Scratch Jr (free to download at home on tablets) to explore 'repeat' functions.

 

2.10.2017

English

We looked at a new Amazing Space, taking our inspiration from the book 'Nim's Island' by Wendy Orr. We learnt to find out when to accurately use a question mark and an exclamation mark. We also continued to develop our ability to produce more writing. 

Maths

We continued to explore addition and subtraction, representing it in a wide variety of ways. We also tackled addition, subtraction and mixed word problems. The children called upon their knowledge of number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.

Topic

We explored the natural and human made features of the UK, extending this further by making comparisons with another part of the world. We also continued to build our understanding of algorithms and develop our design skills by creating sprites and backgrounds.

 

25.09.2017

English

After our fantastic visit from the Planetarium, the children wrote a recount based on the moon landings.  We thought about using time connectives and the correct tense.

Maths

We learnt about addition and subtraction this week, focusing on the use of number bonds to 20, and then used these to derive other addition and subtraction facts.  The children added 10 and multiples of ten to any 2 digit number.  They also learnt that addition summers can be done in any order (commutative law).

Topic

The children came to appreciate how important it is to give instructions in a specific order when dealing with computers.  They explored this through the use of Beebots and Scratch Junior.

 

18.9.17

Maths

This week counted in 2,5 and 3s, by singing number rolling rhymes. The children solved problems using their knowledge of place value and estimating and representing numbers on a number line.

English

We continued to look at the story of La Luna with a focus on writing from the point of view of one of the main characters.  We learnt how to use expanded noun phrases to make our writing more exciting.

Topic

The children learnt about the seven continents and five oceans and they enjoyed singing along to help them learn the names. 

 

Planetarium

Today the children were fully immersed in the wonders of the universe as they were taken on a tour around the solar system learning about the features of each planet.  They were shown footage of different astronauts landing on the moon.  The children were captivated by the experience and will enjoy telling you all about it!

 

11.9.17

Maths

This week in maths we were looking at place value in greater detail. The children have been expanding numbers into tens and ones, learning how to represent numbers in different ways and also ordering a set in ascending and descending order.  

English

This week we settled in to our new phonics groups and learnt how to write set 3 sounds and some tricky red words.  In our writing we studied the story of 'La Luna', and explored the thoughts and feelings of the main characters.  We also focused on the spelling of past tense verbs.

Topic

In topic we reminded ourselves of time connectives and using these accurately when ordering events in our day and the history of the world.  The children wrote a chronological recount of their day.  We have enjoyed reading their homework about their important life events.

 

The children have really settled in well and they are impressing their teachers with their hard work and focus.  Well done!

4.9.17

Welcome to Year 2!

Learning Week

We have started our first term with an exciting Learning Week to get all of the children thinking about their own learning styles.  We have learnt about how our brain works and also about different parts of our brain and their functions.  We have been carrying out research into schools around the world and how other children learn differently in different countries.  The children have had the opportunity to explore their artistic side by producing their own interpretation of their thoughts and interests using a range of media. We looked carefully at the work of Oliver Jeffers and then recreated his style by adding the children's own personal interests too.  This week we also thought about how to keep our bodies and minds healthy and the children designed their own obstacle course that would keep their bodies in good health.

 

Maths

This week in maths we have been teaching the children about place value and the size and value of numbers. The children have also been adding and subtracting on a number line and they have all shown their teachers how to set their work out carefully in their maths books.  We have taught the children how to assess their own work each day against the learning objectives, so they are aware of their own personal next steps in their learning.  The children have all made a fantastic start to the year, and have shown us what wonderful learners we have at Howe Park School.

2016 -2107 Literacy

This week we are learning about play scripts. We will be using a Jack and the Beanstalk play script to practise finding our lines as well as using actions and expression. Later in the week we will begin writing our own play script!

 

Maths

In maths over the next two weeks we will be working in our classes concentrating on written and mental addition and subtraction methods.

 

Topic - The Great Outdoors

In our topic lessons this week we have been learning about plants and how seeds are dispersed in different ways. Did you know that some seeds explode out of their pods to find a new place to grow? And some seeds even have tiny hooks to help them stick onto animals or people before they drop off somewhere new.