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Year 2 Archive

Summer Term 1

2018-19

What are we learning about this week?

20.5.19

English

The children are looking at writing instructions for making homes for minibeasts. They will understand how instructions are organised and that they include imperative verbs and factual advice.

Topic

The children are learning about what animals including humans need to survive. They will learn about the 5 basic needs- air, water, food, shelter and sleep and what would happen if one of these things is missing. They will also look at healthy eating and will design their own cereal bar trying to incorporate something from each of the different food groups.

 

13.5.19

Maths

We are completing our second week of reasoning and applying our maths understanding to a range of problems. This week we will be linking our problem solving to the following areas of maths: measurement, shape, money, symmetry, rotation and even reading scales.

English

We will be collecting facts about minibeasts and putting these into our own fact file making use of exclamation sentences, questions and the possessive apostrophe.

Topic

 This week in Topic the children will be learning about the honey making process. They will be explaining the process using key vocabulary such as glucose, fructose and nectar. They will also be looking at the life cycle of a honey bee and recording this into a flow diagram. They will finish the week by making their very own animal habitats. 

 

7.5.19

Maths

This week we will be solving problems in maths. Every day we will look at a different area of maths and then use our problem solving and reasoning knowledge to work on tricky problems. We will be covering fractions of shapes, a range of charts and table and also problems relating to time.

English

We will be creating fact files about minibeasts. Looking at 'What A Good One Looks Like' (WAGOLL) and how to make them interesting to the reader.

Topic

The children will be learning techniques for shading using charcoal to finish off their drawings. They will also be reading the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. They will then write an algorithm (set of instructions) to direct their partner around their map to collect the fruit in the correct order that the caterpillar ate it. They will also learn to debug their set of instructions if they do not work. They will finish the week by looking at food chains and learning to understand the terms consumer, producer, predator and pray.

 

29.4.19

English

They will continue their work on planning and writing their own versions of Emily Brown and the Thing.

Maths

Throughout this week we will be continuing to focus on our arithmetic skills. The children will be exploring inverse operations and they will use this to solve missing number sums. At the end of the week we will be calculating fractions of numbers and solving fraction reasoning problems too.

Topic

The children will be using the iPads to research facts about an insect. They will then learn how to put the facts into their own words to create an animal fact file. They will also be learning how to use line, shape and pattern to create a pencil and watercolour drawing of an insect ensuring they pay particular attention to the intricate details.

23.4.19

English

The children will be eploring the story Emily Brown and the Thing before rewriting it. They will all look at developing characters and descriptions before writing persuasive letters.

Maths

This week we will be revisiting the four mathematical operations. The children will be developing their written methods and solving a range of arithmetic questions too.

Topic

This week in Topic the children will be going on a bug hunt and recording their findings scientifically to introduce our topic 'Wriggle and Crawl'. They will be also be focusing on habitats and learning how a range of animals have adapted to suit their environment. They will finish the week by learning about what animals need to survive and looking at what is living, non-living or dead.

 

Spring Term 2

2018-19

What are we learning about this week?

1.4.19

English

They will be creating a new character for The Twits and then writing a chapter about them using the same format.

Maths

This week the children will be focusing on subtraction. They will be subtracting numbers using a number line and also subtracting using a column method.

Topic

This week the children are going to be completing their leaflets about life in World War 2 and they will also be learning about the trooping of the colour. They will practise marching to the beat and learn how to be all in time with one another.

25.3.19

English

The children will be reading Roald Dahl's The Twits. They will making writing character profiles about Mr and Mrs Twit and making predictions about what could happen in the story.

Maths

This week in maths we will be completing our work on telling the time. The children will be practising telling the times to the nearest quarter of an hour and as a challenge they will learn to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. Ask your child which side of the clock shows 'to' and which side shows 'past'. They will also be practising their arithmetic skills that involve all four of the mathematical operations.

Topic

The children are learning the definitions of 'decade', 'century' and 'modern'. They will also be learning about and sequencing the Crimean War, World War 1 and World War 2 in the order that they took place. They will finish the week by creating a leaflet about life for a child in World War 2. 

 

18.3.19

Maths

This week we will be looking at a range of charts, pictograms and tables to represent data in different ways. The children will be drawing their own pictograms and they will also be interpreting a range of pictograms including ones that represent 2, 5 or 10 with a single symbol. We will be answering questions about bar graphs and they will be very knowledgeable about tally charts too!

English

 The children will write an expanded version of The Three Little Pigs whilst developing their use of time connectives (first, nextl ,then, etc) and conjunctions, such as but, so and because.

Topic

This week in topic the children will be learning about different genres of music. They will be finding ways to make a noise only using their mouths. They will also conduct a scientific investigation about whether cupping our ears will change the sounds we hear. We will finish the week by using an app called 2beat to practise making our own musical tunes with different instruments and dynamics.

11.3.19

English 

This week the children will be learning to write a recount. They will begin by looking at verbs and recognising the word endings that make them past, present or future tense. They will then plan and write a recount about their trip to Holdenby House with the aim of writing in the past tense and using conjunctions and time connectives to write in a chronological order. 

Maths

This week the children will be learning how to tell the time on an analogue clock. First we will focus on o'clock and half past and then the children will explore quarter past and quarter to times. The children will also be solving problems that require them to work out 1 hour later and 1 hour earlier. They even challenged themselves to solve problems that involved working out half an hour earlier and later.

Topic

This week the children will be learning about pitch. They will have the opportunity to explore the classroom and outdoor environment to see what they can find that makes the highest/lowest pitch. They will also conduct a scientific experiment where the children will explore how we can change the pitch by simply changing the amount of water in a glass. 

 

4.3.19

English

They will be reading The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes. The children will be looking at how a story is created and writing their own version of the book. They will also be learning an action version of the story to recite.

Maths

This week in our maths lessons we will be carrying out a wide variety of practical challenges as our focus is on measurement. The children will be exploring measuring lengths in cm m and even considering the use of km too. We will be measuring a range of everyday objects and even measuring the playground with trundle wheels. If you want to support their learning you can encourage your child to measure some objects around the house!

 Topic

This week the children will be going on their trip to Holdenby House in Northamptonshire. They will be exploring what life was like for evacuees and what children of a similar age would have done in the past. During their topic lessons the children will be writing their own stories based upon the story The lion and the Unicorn and writing from a first persons point of view for world book day. 

 

26.2.19

English

The children will be looking at the Trombone and how it is played. They will then be writing an explanation of how to play it well.

Maths

The children will revisit fractions along with written methods for addition and0 subtraction.

Topic

This week in topic the children are going to be learning about pace and rhythm in music. They will be investigating how many syllables are in words and recognise which instruments are good for a specific purpose. They will also be making their very own balloon drum.

Spring Term 1

2018-19

What are we learning about this week?

11.2.19

English

The children will be concluding their work on 'Traction Man', writing an advert for him which will include sentences with different types of suffixes.

Maths

This week is our final week learning about fractions and the children will be learning the difference between unit and non-unit fractions. They will be exploring how to work out 3/4 of an amount and finally we will be completing a range of practical activities to show that some fractions are equivalent.

Topic

This week in topic the children are concluding their knowledge on the topic treasured memories. The children will be designing their own futuristic house based on their knowledge of how houses have changed over time. They will also be recording all the facts that they have learnt over the term and things they would like to find out more about.

 

4.2.19

English

They will be writing an actual story rather than a comic book. They will be looking at how the presentation of the writing also affects the reader's interest.

Maths

In maths this week they will be continuing their work on fractions and will be finding a quarter and a third of a shape and a number. They will use the part whole model diagram to show  this visually.

Topic

The children are looking at what there is to do in our local area and add amenities that will make it more appealing. They will also be designing new signs to be placed around the school advising people how to look after it and keep it tidy. They will finish the week off by writing a persuasive letter making people aware of the consequences of not looking after our area.

 

28.1.19

Maths

This week the children are learning about fractions and how parts need to be equal. They will be recognising half of a shape shown in different ways and they will be calculating half of a number.

English

The children will be looking at writing narratives. They will read Traction man and apply the comic book style to their own writing. They are also thinking about different types of sentences and adding these to their writing to make it more effective.

21.1.19

English

The children will be writing instructions to get to Grandma's house with Little Red Riding Hood. They will use imperative verbs, adjectives, connectives and adverbs to improve their writing.

Topic

The children will be going on a walk around Emerson Valley to introduce them to the new topic Street Detectives. They will be looking at key geographical features and taking pictures which they will later import onto an app called 'Pic collage.'

 

14.1.19

English

The children will be learning about writing directions and using imperative verbs and adjectives.

Maths

This week they will be exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes in more detail. They will also be classifying 2D and 3D shapes in a Venn diagram based on their mathematical properties. The children will be continuing repeating patterns and also making predictions about what shapes will appear at different positions within a repeating pattern.

 

7.1.19

English

In the first week back they will be looking at nursery rhymes, thinking in particular about rhyming words, repetition and alliteration. They will then be attempting to write their own using the things they have learnt about to guide them.

Maths

This week we will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes.  The children will be naming the shapes and using mathematical language to explain their properties.  They will also be investigating symmetry and solving problems relating to shape.  Look out this week for 2D and 3D shapes all around you, and see if your child can name them.

Autumn Term 2

2018 - 19

What are we learning about this week?

17.12.18

The children will be thinking about the common exception words and their correct spelling and also the use of some suffixes to change the meaning of words and how to spell these correctly.

 

10.12.18

The children will continue to look at how to write a narrative using Charlie and Lola as their base. They will look at how to include contractions, adverbs and the past tense to allow their writing to flow and be more interesting.

3.12.18

English

The children will be looking at Charlie and Lola and writing a new version of the story from a differing point of view. They will also be thinking about how to write contracted words to compliment the story.

Maths

The focus for maths this week is division. The children will be learning about the difference between grouping and sharing. They will be dividing using practical equipment and will then progress to drawing their own representations for the division sum. They will also be learning about the link between halving and dividing by two and then solving a range of division word problems.

 

26.11.18

English

The children will write a letter of complaint from the troll about his treatment as a bad fairy tale character. They will also look at the use of when, if, that and because within sentences.

Maths

 The children will be continuing to learn about multiplication and they will be looking at arrays. They will be drawing their own arrays and showing that multiplication can be done in any order. They will also be learning about the 2, 5 and 10 times table in more detail including looking for patterns in the multiples and also solving problems by applying their times table knowledge. By the end of Year 2 the children should have quick recall of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables so if you could practise these with your child it would support their learning further.

Topic

They will be looking at famous tunnels, tunnelling animals and the infamous story from the past of the Great Escape.

 

19.11.18

Maths

The children will be starting to learn about multiplication. They will be identifying equal groups and then drawing equal groups to find a total. They will be focusing on counting in 2, 5 and 10.

English

Using all they have learned about adverbs adjectives and conjunctions, the children will write their own versions of The Tunnel by Anthony Browne.

12.11.18

Maths

This week in maths we will be continuing to learn about money and have been making totals that include £ and p. We will also be asking the children to make totals using different combinations of coins. They will be introduced to the concept of change and by the end of the week they will be working on two step problems involving adding to find the total and then subtracting to work out the change. If you want to support your child at home then it would be helpful if they could visit a shop with you and buy some items using cash to work out the total and the change needed.

English

 We are starting to look at the Tunnel using words to describe emotions and use adverbs and adjectives to describe settings.

Topic

This week the children will be completing their castle creations using recycling they brought in from home. They will also be looking at famous towers from around the world and plotting their location on a world map. They will finish the week by taking a walk into the forest school and collecting natural resources that they can use to build a tower.

5.11.18

Maths

We will be consolidating our work on addition by adding 3 single digit numbers together. We have then started learning about money. The children will learn to recognise the value of all of the coins and notes and to find totals. They will also compare totals using the < and > symbols.

English

We will be looking at Rapunzel and using direct speech and different verbs to describe how people speak.

Autumn Term 1

2018 - 19

What are we learning about this week?

22.10.18

English

The children are writing a postcard from a place they will visit via Google Earth and describe it using verbs, adjectives and adverbs.

Topic

The children will be busy making things for their shared area environment in preparation for their next topic - 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets'. The children will be using the iPads to draw a picture of a castle, thinking carefully about its appearance. They will then be studying ways that a castle can be attacked and drawing a picture to show their understanding. 

15.10.18

English

They will write a list poem based on the Grace Darling story with paintings to support. They will be learning to use commas for lists and adjectives for effect.

Maths

They will be partitioning numbers to further their understanding of addition and subtraction and also solving sums with missing numbers. They will be focusing on bridging through ten and learning how to exchange ones for tens in addition and in subtraction they will be exchanging tens for ones.

Topic

The children will writing a letter back to Captain Longbeard explaining what they found during their treasure hunt. They will also be looking at the significance of pirate flags and will be using the technique of string painting to add detail to their own flags. Their final lesson will be the open afternoon where they will have to find a way to navigate their boats around a map without physically touching it. 

 

8.10.18

English

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

Maths

This week in the children will be continuing to learn about addition and subtraction.  They will be consolidating their knowledge of the 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. They will finish the week by having their pirate day on Thursday in which they will be learning to read maps and follow compass directions to find their partner's treasure. 

1.10.18

Maths

Maths is 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

 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

 Next week the children will be making a lighthouse, learning how to programme and debug a set of instructions using the 'Beebots' and looking at human and physical features around the school grounds.

 

24.9.18

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

They are looking at how to present information in an information book using pictures, labels, captions, bullet points and different headings.

Topic

They will begin by devising a simple map using symbols and a key. They will then look at what a light house is and how they have changed over time and will hopefully have a go at making their own electrical circuit. 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.

17.9.18

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. 

English

They are finding out about James Cook and life at sea. We will be making an information book to present our findings.

Topic

The children will be researching facts about sea explorers, describing how the shape of some materials can be changed by twisting, bending, squashing or stretching and explaining their knowledge about pirates e.g what a pirate is, what they wear, the pirate code and punishments they used.

 

10.9.18

Maths
This week the children will be continuing to focus on place value and theywill learn to represent numbers in a place value chart showing tens and ones. They will learn how to use the greater than and less than symbols and will compare a range of numbers and even begin to compare sums. We will also be ordering numbers and counting in sequences of 2s, 5s and 10s, both forwards and backwards.

English

The children will be writing a sea based story. They will be thinking about how to plan, check for spellings and extend sentences with conjunctions. They will also be learning how to improve their work by checking it.

Topic

This week in topic the children will be naming and locating the capital cities, the 4 countries that make up the UK and the surrounding seas on a map of the UK. They will also be naming the 7 continents and oceans on a world map.

 

4.9.18

Welcome back to school and to the start of an exciting journey in Year 2!

Maths

Place value will be the focus of the week with the children partitioning and then recombining numbers into tens and ones. They will use a variety of apparatus to help embed the concept before attempting to solve missing digit problems.

English

 The children will spend some time learning about the high expectations for the presentation of their written work in Year 2. They will then move on to structuring sentences which describe pieces of art work.

Topic

Their new topic 'Land Ahoy!' launches with the children examining boats, how they travel through the water and which parts move. They will explore pivots and levers before creating their own moving boat models. In Art, they will draw boats in a variety of ways and in Science they will investigate what materials boats are made from.