Each week we will be updating our blog to give you information about the coming week and important dates to remember.
This blog tells you about the term ahead and what your children will be learning.
Year 2’s are now the oldest in KS1 and we hope their behaviour in and around school reflects this. Pupils will be expected to concentrate for longer periods and to work more independently. We will be giving children more responsibility and will expect a greater amount of personal organisation. From the beginning of the Summer term pupils will be tested in various core curriculum areas. These Standard Attainment Tests (known as SATs) are mandatory. We will be able to give you more information after Christmas.
Maths: During the Autumn term, the children will focus primarily on ‘Number’ including mental arithmetic. They will learn to read, write and order numbers to at least 100 including place value. They will complete sums involving adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. The children will also focus on Measure and Shape. We will also be asking the children to explain their workings out. You can help your child with their number work by practising their times-tables. Firstly by counting in steps of 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards and then by asking them questions such as ‘2 lots of 2 are …?’. You could also look at their number bonds to 10 and 20 e.g. 4 +6 =10 or 3 + 7 =10. There are some fun games on Woodlands Junior or Topmarks websites that the children may like to try in order to improve their mental maths agility and at the same time have some fun.
English: In English, the children will look at a range of genres including character descriptions, diary entries and poetry. In non – fiction the emphasis will be on using adjectives, time connective, adverbs, handwriting and presentation. In our fiction – our emphasis will be on using adjectives, beginning, middle and end, creativity, conjunctions, compound sentences. In SPaG (Spelling Grammar and Punctuation) Capital letter and full stops, Plurals Apostrophes for contractions and for possession, Past, present, future tense. Handwriting will receive significant focus over the forthcoming weeks and the children will practise forming their letters correctly using Cursive Script. I have included a copy of the cursive letters in my Meet the Teacher Pack should you wish to do some extra practice at home.
The children will receive weekly Guided Reading sessions during which they will read carefully chosen books appropriate to their level. In support of this, please encourage your child to read daily with you at home as this will help to strengthen their understanding and develop their reading skills.
Phonics/Year 2 Spelling: The beginning of the Autumn Term will include some revision from the end of Year 1:
The sound spelt as ge and dge at the end of words, and sometimes spelt as g elsewhere in words before e, i and y
– The /s/ sound spelt c before e, i and y
– The /n/ sound spelt kn and (less often) gn at the beginning of words
– The /r/ sound spelt wr at the beginning of words
– The /ai / sound spelt y at the end of words
The children will also explore strategies for having a go at spelling words independently.
Science: In this unit, children learn about how humans and other animals are born, grow and change, and what we need to survive and be healthy. Children classify different kinds of animal babies, learn about the basic needs that are shared by humans and animals, and research the differing needs of animals within our care. Focusing their own experiences, children explore the need for humans to eat a varied diet, to keep themselves clean, and to take regular exercise.
Jigsaw PSHE: Being Me in My World has a wide focus, looking at helping others to feel welcome, discussing ways to make the school community a better place. We will also explore how everyone has a right to learn and the reward and consequences that go along with that. This will culminate in creating a class Learning Charter. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. Celebrating Difference: This will link with Anti Bullying week in November. We will discuss how everyone is different but we can include everyone when working and playing. We will also explore how we can start to solve problems, leading onto receiving and giving compliments.
Art/Computing: This ‘Computer Painting’ unit will teach your class key skills that will support progression within the KS1 Computing curriculum. The children will have the opportunity to learn about reproducing the painting styles of great artists using computer programs. Each lesson focuses upon a different artist and their particular style. The children will use this as inspiration for mastering specific techniques within design-based software. Through this we will be continuing to embed the importance of E-Safety.
PE: The children will master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities. This will be achieved through a heptathlon unit practising the various disciplines of Jessica Ennis-Hill
Design Technology: The task is to design and make a simple push-along toy (a roly poly) using a mixture of found materials, paper and card. The children will learn about different mechanisms including wheels and axles.
Music: In this unit pupils will explore duration and sound. the children will learn to vary the duration of sounds on tuned and untuned instruments. They will notate their compositions and decide how to organise their performance
RE: The children will be focusing the signs and symbols of everyday life, the use of artefacts and symbolic religious behaviour. We will then follow on with a topic discussing Why gifts are given at Christmas?
History: Children will learn about the history of Watford and how the town has changed over time. Through this topic, we are going to recognise why changes happened and what occurred as a result. We will identify differences between ways of life at different times. Through this topic, we are going to recognise why people did things. We will find out about past from a range of sources.
Geography: In this unit pupils, will compare life in Watford and in Mexico. They will compare physical and human characteristics alongside using maps and atlases. As part of our study, we will be learning how to use simple compass directions and locational and directional vocabulary to talk about the places on a map and to describe a route to a place.
French: Through songs, role-play and games the children will revise greetings and colours. They will make a calendar including numbers to 31. Alongside this they will develop their question and answer skills in relations to pets and families.