Welcome to Year 2!
As the new school year begins the children have already settled into Year 2 and their new classroom and are adjusting to new routines and arrangements very well.
We have a great team of staff in Year 2. Mrs Farrelly will be working in Year 2 all day on Mondays and in the afternoons on Tuesdays. Mrs Franklin will be in on Tuesday mornings and all day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Edwicker will be supporting Year 2’s learning in class each morning and on Monday afternoons and Mrs Dodd will be working with Year 2 each afternoon.
We will continue learning using the ‘carousel’ approach familiar with the children from Year 1, meaning that most mornings the children will complete 4 activities which are either English or Maths based. The children will work with an adult for at least 2 of these activities each day. Topic, Science and most other subjects are usually in the afternoons but we try to use links between subjects whenever appropriate.
As story detectives we will share books to build our prediction skills, look closely for interesting language patterns and develop ideas for our own writing. We will identify different types of text, compare features, look at how one event leads to another and use this to help our own story writing. With non-fiction texts we will be looking for different organisational features to help us learn to retrieve information and create our own illustrations with labels and captions. Writing will focus on planning the structure of a story using familiar tales and texts. We will work on skills in punctuation and explore using extended punctuation such as question marks and exclamation marks. We will learn about using expanded noun phrases and identifying different sentence types. We will build skills in checking their writing and setting simple goals. The children will also be putting their skills into writing recounts, poems, explanations and instructions.
Much of the first half of term will be spent learning about the value of numbers to 100. We will be making numbers with concrete apparatus and learning about different pictorial representations for numbers. We will be learning to count in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. We will then move onto addition and subtraction of ones or tens to 2 digit numbers. We will think about applying these skills using money and then learn about multiplying and dividing some numbers.
Before half term we are looking at the Katie Morag books and comparing life in Hazlemere with life on the fictional Isle of Stray. We will then be thinking about the life of Mary Anning and Mary Seacole. After half term our topic will be Space.
We are already looking forward to our Harvest assembly and even planning an 'out of this world' Christmas play.
Some Practical Points
Please do feel free to come and discuss any questions you have.
Mrs Franklin and Mrs Farrelly.