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Welcome to Year 2! 

Autumn Term 2

2017-2018

What are we learning about this week?

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.