Year 2 Curriculum
Welcome back LHY2. We hope you’ve all had all had a lovely week off and have had chance to recharge, ready for another fun term of learning. The class teacher is Miss Hofmann and Mrs Tucker and Mrs Hall also support the children’s learning in class.
Spellings and Homework
Spellings and homework will be given out on Fridays. These have to be returned by Wednesday of the next week, when we also have our spelling test. All the children who have completed their homework will also go into a weekly prize draw.
Your child’s reading book will be changed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Please make sure that you write a comment in their reading record to show how they are getting on with the book they have been given. This way, we can make sure that your child is reading the books they can understand and enjoy. You do not always have to read the entire book every night. Focus on 2 pages and talk about the characters, setting and plot in a lot of detail. You might want to take it in turns to read so your child can hear how you read. Please make sure that reading books are in school every day, as your child will read it to an adult at some time throughout the week.
PE is on a Monday and Tuesday this term. Please make sure that your child has their kit in school on those days. They should wear a white or blue t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or pumps for outdoor sessions.
Autumn 2 Topic – ‘Fire, Fire!’
In our second half term we will be learning about the events of the Great Fire of London along with some of the celebrations that take place at this time of year. Through our topic, we will be learning about the countries of the UK and their capital cities, focusing on London. We will explore the events of the Great Fire and find out all about the famous historical figure Samuel Pepys. We will learn about materials in our Science topic, finding about the suitability of different materials for different purposes. We will develop our understanding of why the Great Fire was so bad due to the materials that houses were made from many years ago.
In English the children will begin by looking at descriptive language and making shape poems linked to Bonfire Night. They will move on to explore the features of different non-fiction books and we will use our findings to create our own fact books about the Great Fire of London. At the end of the half term we will be writing some instructions to help us make some Christmas creations which will also be our design technology focus.
In Reading we are working in groups to share different types of book. We discuss the things we have read and give our thoughts and feelings about each book. We also try hard to answer questions about stories, thinking about how characters are feeling and why things have happened. The children will continue practising their phonics and the high frequency words. Some of us will be moving on to learn about the spelling rules, which is the next step after we have mastered all of our sounds.
In Maths children will begin by learning that the addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot. We will move on to solve problems with addition and subtraction and recap the inverse relationship between the two. We will use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems. We will move on to looking at measures and money and recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p). We will combine amounts to make a particular value and find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money and start to understand how to give change. We will end the term by looking at multiplication and division in greater depth.