Howe Park School

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Welcome to Year 2! 

Autumn Term 2020



This week we have had a grammar focus. We have been learning how to turn words which are singular to plural by either adding 's' or 'es'. We have also been looking how to use possessive apostrophe (Tom's/ Chris') and coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or) in our work. 


We have had so much fun in maths this week looking at money. We have been learning to recognise coins and notes, count money in pounds and pence and make totals using different coins. 


Our Christmas performance rehearsals are now starting to take place. We have been working hard to learn all the songs and practice our lines. We would be really grateful if you could continue to help your child to learn these at home aswell. 



This week we have been exploring the features of different traditional tales and focusing on Rapunzel.  The children have sequenced the story and learned the difference between a statement, a question and command and an exclamation sentence.



This is our final week on addition and subtraction.  We have added three numbers together, learned bonds to 100 and looked for number patterns eg 2 + 8 = 10 so 12 + 8 =20 and

22 + 8 = 20.



The children have learned about famous towers from around the world and plotted them on a world map.  These include the CN Tower in Toronto, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, and The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.




This week in maths we are moving onto subtraction. The children will begin to subtract by using the crossing out method. They will then be taught how to subtract using an empty number line and the column method. Towards the end of the week we will be moving on to subtraction where we have to exchange 1 ten for ten ones. 


This week the children will be looking at the book George and the dragon. We will write our own blurb based on this book and design a front cover. The children will then look to describe their dragons using exciting adjectives e.g My dragon has enormous, strong legs and small, amber eyes. They will then use verbs and adverbs to describe what their dragon can do. My dragon can run speedily and fly wildly.    


This week in our topic lessons we will be making our own castles. The children will try to incorporate as many features as they can using what they already know about castles. e.g arrow loops, moat, bailey, keep, battlements, tower etc. They will also be plotting famous towers on a world map.  


Thank you to all parents and children who spent time and energy making AMAZING treasure maps at home!  They are truly awesome and we appreciate all of the hard work which went into making them.  The children have been so proud of their efforts and very keen to share them with their friends.

As we come to the end of this topic, we have been really impressed by how much the children have remembered of what we have learned.  

In English this week we had a treat and watched the Disney cartoon version of Peter Pan.  The children will be writing their own version of the story.

In maths we have been practising adding 1 and taking away 1, adding 10 and takig away 10.  It is very important that the children understand this and can do it quickly and accurately.


We've had another lovely week of learning at school.  The children have been introduced to 'alliteration' in English and have been busy listening out for it when they hear it.  Alliteration is the repetition of the initial sound in words which are next to or near each other.  The rabbit was reading the red book. 

It is also very common in characters' names: Horrid Henry, Mickey Mouse, Spongebob Squarepants and Peter Pan.

In maths this week the children have been learning to add and subtract numbers.  They are beginning to understand that subtraction is the inverse of addition and that the same three numbers can be used in four different equations:-

        4 + 3 = 7

        3 + 4 = 7

        7 - 3 = 4

        7 - 4 = 3


The children would all benefit from practising the inverse at home. 



The children have really enjoyed learning about pirates over the past couple of weeks.  We have been thrilled with the lovely boats the children made for homework.  The photos you sent in have been shared and are now proudly on display in the classroom.

This week we have been learning about number patterns - counting in steps of 2,3,5 and 10. It has been quite challenging but the children are trying hard.

Thank you for your generous harvest food donations.  We have been amazed at the number of items we have collected.

In English this week we have been learning new vocabulary about pirate ships.  Could you ask your child about what they have learned?

Please don't forget to read at least three times a week with your child and encourage them to do their homework.


Welcome back!  It is great to see the new and familiar faces back with us at school.  Although the environment looks different, the children have settled really well and have adapted to the necessary changes.

This week we have been thinking about keeping ourselves safe in our bubbles and have written our own class rules.  We have also been talking about what is the same and what is different about the inside and outside of our school.

Thank you for the sending in the summer holiday activity.  The children will be sharing what they have done over the summer with their classmates.

In maths the children are learning to recognise numbers from 0 - 100 and partition numbers into tens and ones. For example, 37 is 30 and 7.

Our topic this half term is 'Land Ahoy!'.  We will be learning all about pirates and famous explorers.

The first home learning will be sent home next Friday.