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Welcome to Year 2! 

Spring Term 1 

2019-20

What are we learning about this week?

24.02.20

English 

 In English this week the children have begun to look at examples of the SAT reading papers. They worked in pairs to begin to understand how we can infer meaning from within the text to confidently answer questions. They also looked at how coordinating and subordinating conjunctions can be used within writing. 

Maths 

In maths this week the children have started to look at time. The children can now recognise o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to times. They have also begun to look at an hour and half an hour earlier/ later.

Topic 

In topic we have now started a new theme called Beat Band Boogie. This is a music based topic and so far the children have really enjoyed their learning experiences. This week the children have looked at the key words beat, pace and rhythm and have all had the opportunity to play musical instruments to the beat of nursery rhymes. They also conducted a scientific experiments where we investigated how the pitch of water changes depending on how much water is in a glass. 

10.02.20

English 

 In English this week the children will be practising the skill of reading out their work with the correct intonation and expression. The children will be mixing between the two classes to give them the opportunity to hear different stories. They will also begin to look at past reading papers and will work  with a partner to read and answer the questions.

Maths 

In maths the children are continuing to look at fractions. By the end of the week the children should be able to identify the difference between a unit and non-unit fraction and will hopefully be able to explain how they would find out one quarter, two quarters (half) and three quarters of a number.

Topic 

In topic the children will be using the ipads to look at maps on street view, They will be discussing what they can see/ recognise and think about what the different symbols might mean on a map. e.g road names, picnic area, woodland areas. They will finish off their learning by recording what they have learnt this topic and what they would like to find out more about if we were to cover this topic again. 

03.02.20

English 

In English this week, the children will be writing their comic strips. The children will be writing their own Traction Man adventure story using commands, statements, questions and exclamation sentences. They will also be turning their adventures into their very own story.

Maths 

In Maths this week the children will looking at fractions. They will be learning to recognise one half of a shape/ number and also one quarter. The children will be looking from a pictorial and practical perspective. 

Topic

In topic the children will be looking at art and begin to express their own likes and dislikes. The pieces of work are based on realism so the children will then be attempting to draw a Milton Keynes landmark in a similar style.

27.01.20

English 

This week in English the children will be reading the story Traction Man. This is a comic book so children will be understanding how they are structured differently to a fictional book. The children will be writing their own comic strips and will use a variety of sentence types with in their work. Types of sentences will include statements, exclamation, commands and questions. 

Maths 

This week in maths the children will be finalising shape. They will be making 3d shapes using a range of construction materials and will write their own clues to describe a shape to their peers. Children will be using the vocabulary apex, vertex, vertices, edges and faces. 

Topic 

In topic the children will be continue to look at the features in their local area. They will discuss what they found on the walk and then sort the photographs that they took into human and physical features. 

20.01.20

English 

 This week in English the children will be using their knowledge of instruction writing to help plan a route for Little Red Riding Hood to get to her Grandma's house. The children will be independently applying the skills taught last week to ensure they use imperative verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions within their writing. 

Maths

In maths the children will begin to look at 3d shapes. They will begin by naming common 3d shapes and will be given the opportunity to handle a variety of shapes to explore their properties. They will also be developing their knowledge of the key vocabulary and will continue to use terminology such as  edges and vertices/ vertex when describing and discussing similarities and differences between shapes. 

Topic 

In topic the children will be going on a walk around Emerson Valley. The children will be strengthening their knowledge of human and physical features. They will also be looking at ways we can improve our local area and identify ways to keep our environment safe. 

 

13.01.20

English 

 This week in English the children will be moving on to looking at and writing a set of instructions. The children will be looking at key directional language and will understand that instructions often start with imperative (bossy verbs) e.g follow, turn, go etc. They will also be trying to including conjunctions and adverbs in their writing. 

Maths

In maths the children will begin to look at 2d shapes. They will begin by naming common 2d  shapes and will be given the opportunity to handle a variety of shapes to explore their properties. They will also begin to use key vocabulary such as  sides, corners, vertices/vertex, edges, right angle and lines of symmetry when describing. 

Topic 

In our topic lessons the children will be introduced to the vocabulary natural and man-made. They will come up with a definition to explain the difference and will be able to sort a range of materials into the correct category. They will also go onto explain why sometimes materials will need to be changed in order for them to be used for a particular purpose e.g those needed to make concrete. They will finish the week by looking at how we can look after our community and design a street sign following a set criteria. 

Autumn Term 

2019-20

6.01.20

English 

This week in English we will begin to look at poetry and nursery rhymes. The children will begin to recite poems and learn them off by heart. They will then write their own poems using a writing frame which includes adjectives and verbs.

Maths 

In maths this week the children will be continuing to look at multiplication and division. They will learn how to multiply and divide using a number line and will be able to solve these style of questions when written in a word problem. 

Topic 

Our Topic this term is called Street Detectives. This has a geography focus and will involve children studying the area in which they live. This week the children will be looking at who helps our community and how houses and shops have changed over time. 

 

16.12.19

English 

This week in English the children will be having lessons that focus on key skills. The children will be really focusing on their handwriting to ensure that letters are positioned correctly on and within the lines. They will also develop the skill of writing but also stopping at regular intervals to ensure their writing makes sense. 

Maths 

In maths the children will be continuing to look at dividing and will be learning to share into equal groups. The children will also be able to solve division word problems and record their answers by showing the steps that helped them achieve the answer.

9.12.19

English 

This week in English the children have been looking at the story of Charlie and Lola and will their knowledge to write their own versions. The children will be encouraged to use conjunctions, direct speech and contractions e.g can't and don't to uplevel and improve the flow of their writing. 

 

Maths 

In maths this week the children have begun to look at dividing, They have been able to share in to equal groups and recognise that dividing is the opposite of multiplication. The children have gained practise writing division number sentences and recognise how numbers can be shared in to different groups. e.g 30 can be divided by 5, 6 and 2.

2.12.19

English 

 This week in English the children will be using the knowledge and the skills gained to undertake a independent write. The children will use the model text - The Tunnel to base their stories around except they will be changing the settings. The children will try to use direct speech, exciting verbs to replace 'said', adjectives and adverbs. They will then move onto to looking at Charlie and Lola and using contractions.

Maths 

This week in maths the children will be continuing to look at multiplication. They will practise using arrays to solve multiplication problems and then move on to looking at the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. They will also be using their knowledge of rolling numbers to support their understanding and to quickly solve problems.

Topic

This week in Topic/ RE the children will be learning about Christingles and what each of the different parts represent. They have also begun rehearsals for our Christmas Performance. 

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25.11.19

English 

This week in English the children are learning to write their own version of the story 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne. The children will be changing key aspects e.g the characters, the setting and the ending. The focus for their writing will be on their ability to use adjectives, adverbs and coordinating conjunctions. 

Maths

In maths this week the children are beginning the new topic of multiplication and division. They will begin to sort objects into equal and non equal groups before moving on to writing multiplication number sentences using the x symbol. The children will benefit from practical and pictorial representations.

 

Topic 

This week in topic the children will be learning about the Great Escape. They will explore who was involved and be able to ask and answer relevant questions to be able to explain why it was a significant historical event.

18.11.19

English

This week the children are reading The Tunnel by Anthony Browne. They are discussing how the characters are feeling at different points in the story and using adjectives and adverbs to describe. 

Maths 

The focus of our maths this week is money. The children will be making the same totals using different coins. At the end of the week they will begin to look at how much change we will get from a given amount. 

Topic 

This week the children are exploring animal habitats and how animals can dig to make tunnels. They will also be exploring how animals adapt in order to survive in the environment in which they live e.g water/ hot/ cold climate.

 

11.11.19

English 

 This week in English the children are going to retell the story of Rapunzel. They are going to include elements of direct speech, use interesting verbs to replace 'said' and use a range of sentence types e.g command, exclamation, statement and questions.' 

Maths

 In maths this week the children are learning to recognise the value of coins and notes. They are then moving on to adding coins of different value beginning with pence, then pounds followed by totals with pounds and pence. 

Topic 

In topic the children have been learning to look at some of the characteristics of castles and are beginning to plot them on a timeline to show how they have evolved over the years. They are also learning to work as a group to create a tower using newspaper whilst making sure it is strong, stiff and stable. 

4.11.19

English 

This week in English the children have been learning to retell the story of Rapunzel. They then began to look at how the characters may be feeling at different point in the story and then retold this using direct speech. The children have also been using synonyms for said e.g gasped and exclaimed to make their work more exciting.

 

Maths 

In maths the children consolidated their knowledge on addition and subtraction. They recapped the column method for where numbers bridge the 10 in order to solve word problems and also learned how to use the column method for subtraction. 

 

Topic

This week in topic the children were introduced to their new topic Towers Tunnels and Turrets. The children began by looking at famous towers and plotted their location of a world map. They also had their WOW lesson whereby they had to work as a group to make a stable bridge only using cocktail sticks and midget gems.  

21.10.19

English 

This week the children will be learning to write post cards. They will be given an image of a destination and they will begin to use their imagination to think of exciting adjectives to describe the place whilst also thinking about what there is to do there. The children will then use a WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) to structure their own post cards. 

 

Maths 

In maths the children will begin to look at subtraction. They will be taught to subtract using a number line and they will also learn to subtract using the crossing out method. Children will be taught to draw out the biggest number and then use their knowledge of partitioning to cross out the tens and ones using the smallest number. 

 

Topic 

In topic the children have been busy making their Christmas cards. These will be sent home on Thursday 24th October. Please remember to order them online if you would like to turn your child's design into a Christmas card.  

14.10.19

English-

This week in English, the children have been continuing to look at list poems to be able to write their own version about the sea is to support their learning on Grace Darling. The children have been coming up with exciting adjectives to describe an element of the sea to make their work more engaging for the reader.

Maths  

In maths the children are continuing to look at addition. We have spent a few lessons on using the column method to add two - two digit numbers together where the ones bridge the ten. The children have also learnt other strategies involving partitioning to solves these style questions. 

Topic 

In topic the children have learnt to use a line, colour, pattern and texture to create their own pirate flags. The children began by looking at designs and expressing their own likes and dislikes. They then thought about possible pirate symbols and colours used to try and replicate a flag in a similar style. They have also been using their knowledge of using directional language and their map drawing skills during a problem solving activity.

7.10.19

English

The children will continue to write their own pirate adventure story and well then move on to using commas in poetry.

Maths

This week in the children will be continuing to learn about addition and subtraction.  They will be consolidating their knowledge and moving on to column method and will be using this to solve a range of problems.
Topic
The children will be designing and creating pirate related items in their art and ICT lessons. They will then write a letter for their partner to find on a treasure hunt in which they will be learning to read maps and follow compass directions to find their partner's hidden treasure. 

30.9.19

Maths 

In Maths we will be continuing with addition and subtraction. The children will be learning to add and subtract tens and also learn their number bonds to 100. They will be solving a range of missing number questions using multiples of 10 and also applying these skills to real life problems. 

English 

In English the children will look at how to describe pirates using adjectives and then write their own pirate adventure story.

Topic

In our topic lessons the children will be learning how to create an electrical circuit to make a light bulb light up. They will also be learning how to programme and debug a set of instructions using the 'Beebots' and looking at key human and physical features around the school grounds.

 

23.9.19

Maths

The children will explore numbers bonds to help them add and subtract to 20. They will look at subtraction  as the inverse of addition and finally how number facts can help solve related sums. For example, if we know 9 + 1 = 10, we can work out, 90 + ____ = 100.

English

Over the next 2 weeks we will be discovering more about pirates both real and not. We will be interviewing a pirate, thinking about questions we would like to ask. Next week we will then move on to look at how to describe pirates using adjectives and then write our own pirate adventure story

 

Topic

They will begin by devising a simple map using symbols and a key. The children will be finishing the week by looking at Grace Darling and the role of the RNLI. As part of this they will be locating RNLI stations including the one closest to Milton Keynes and plotting these on a map of the UK. 

16.9.19

Maths

The children will be learning about place value as well as counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10s from any number, forward and backward.