Year 2's Learning Blog
This half term, we will be moving on to focus on Addition and Subtraction. Within this unit, we will look at number facts, adding and subtracting to the next 10 and number bonds within 100. It is important that the children keep up their place value knowledge through lots of daily practice. We encourage the children to work on their times tables via TTRS.
During English, we will begin by focussing on the story ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. Using this text, we will look at sequencing, time conjunctions and past tense with an end outcome of writing a narrative. Later in the term, we will write set of non-fiction instructions and a setting description using ‘Owl Babies’. Year 2 will continue to work on their phonics in reading and we would appreciate your continued support reading with the children at home.
During Science, we will be studying ‘Everyday Materials.’
During this topic, we will explore different materials and sort them into groups. The children will focus on the use of different materials and the suitability of them for different purposes.
This half term, we will begin with place value where the children will focus on tens and ones. During lessons, we will look at partitioning the whole number into tens and ones. Later in the term, we will be counting in steps of 2s, 5s and 10s. Throughout the term, the children will be re visiting number bonds, shape and writing numerals in words. We would like the children to be exposed to ‘telling the time’ throughout all lessons as this is an important skill.
During English, we will be reviewing many previously taught skills such as basic punctuation and letter formation. At the same time, the children will be introduced to new ideas such as conjunctions, adjectives and exclamation sentences. By the end of the term, children will have been exposed to different styles of writing such as narrative, recount and description.
During Science, we will be studying ‘Habitats’. Children will look at different animals, where they live and why. The topic will cover seaside habitats, micro-habitats and also food chains within habitats.
English: This half term we are using a lovely video called 'Bubbles' as our stimulus for writing. The story of a girl who finds a magical bottle of bubbles on the beach that takes her on adventures will give us our ideas for narrative writing, character descriptions and writing different sentence types.
Topic: We are becoming explorers this half term! We will be learning about the lives of significant explorers in history, such as Matthew Henson, Neil Armstrong and Ibn Battuta. We will find out what makes a person significant to history and the amazing adventures these explorers had.
Maths - This term in Maths we will be focussing on statistics before moving onto look at position and direction. We will consider different languages to describe direction and the turns off objects as well as continuing our use of data collection in a range of graphs.
Science - We will look at different ways electricity can travel around a circuit and how it was invented. We will also consider how germs are spread and the impact Florence Nightingale had on the change in cleanliness.
This term we have focused on retrieval, inference and prediction skills when reading new texts. We have used these skills to support in the fluency of our reading and understanding of a range of texts.
This term we have looked at fractions and worked out how to find a half, quarter and a third of different values. We have also started to learn the time and have been practicing displaying the time on our clocks.
We have been learning about Isaac Newton to see how he discovered gravity and the transportation of light through transparent objects. We have enjoyed completing investigations in class to discover more about these theories and to see what happens for ourselves.
This half term, we will be looking at measurements, exploring length and height as well as mass. Throughout this unit, we will not only develop our ability to measure accurately using different units of measure (cm, m, g and kg) but also how to answer questions using that context.
This half term we are very excited to be learning about the Great Fire of London! We will be learning about the key events within the timeline of the fire, the impact it has had and the significant individuals associated with it! We are looking forward to learning about Mr Farriner and his bakery and Mr Pepys and his diary.
For our Maths learning this half term, we will be looking at money and exploring how we can use our knowledge of place value to help us deepen our understanding. We will then be looking at multiplication and division, beginning practically sharing and grouping objects and moving on to abstract problems. We will be developing our knowledge of our 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
We are going to be looking at the wonderful story of George's Marvellous Medicine this half term. We will examine the characters and build upon our previous exploration of adjectives to create character descriptions. We will then plan and write our own short story, using the framework of George's Marvellous Medicine as inspiration.
This half term we are looking at natural and man-made materials and how they are produced. We will be categorising different materials and their properties. This will then help us to identify what those materials should be used for - for example, if we want to make something waterproof, what materials would be suitable?
We are looking at Geography this half term and have been building on our learning from term 1.1 - we are looking at maps again, but taking our learning deeper to understand the different types of maps there are and how they are used. We will then create maps of our local areas and use atlases to find significant locations in our country and beyond.
We will begin this half term looking at addition and subtraction and how we can connect known facts together - for example, if we know 3 + 2 = 5, we also know 5 - 3 = 2, and so on. We will then move on to 2D and 3D shapes, building on our learning from year 1.
In English, we will be expanding our vocabulary by looking at adjectives and how we can use them to create exciting and interesting descriptions in our writing and to challenge us to write our own expanded noun phrases. We will be using the stories of The Gruffalo, The Highway Rat and The Stickman by Julia Donaldson to inspire our writing.
We are exploring animals and their habitats in Science this half term, looking at what different animals need to live. We will be connecting this to our previous Topic learning of the world by looking at how
different places in the world provide different types of habitats for different animals.
Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot is our exciting and interesting topic this half term. We will be learning about the events that took place, what lead up to them and the conspirators reasons for their actions.
English - we are exploring language and vocabulary, writing about ourselves and all the wonderful things that make use special and unique. We will be using adjectives and conjunctions to add detail and depth to our writing, and creating whole class books. We will use time conjunctions to chronologically order a recount of a visual story.
Maths - we are exploring our knowledge of numbers - our understanding of place value in two digit numbers, correctly spelling numbers as words and being able to order and compare numbers and objects.
Topic - we are looking at the wonderful world we live in. We are naming the continents and oceans and looking at the different climates in our world!
Science - we have been discovering the growth and offspring of humans and animals. We have considered the things we need to survive and how our differences allow us to adapt to our habitats.
We thought about how we are unique and different to those around us. We talked about how although we are different, we all deserve to be treated with respect.
In English this half term, we have been writing about the Disney short film: The little boat. We have been learning how to use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, expanded noun phrases and commas in a list to write about the adventure that the little boat goes on.
In Maths, we have developed our understanding of numbers up to 100 and beyond. We have been partitioning adding and subtracting numbers within 100 and we have also been practicing how to count in 2s, 3s, 10s and 5s.
In Science, we have been learning about Animals including humans. We have talked about what living things need to survive, different life cycles and different habitats.
In Year 2P during PSHE we had a visit from an alien, Maz. We explained to him all about the different feelings we have. We had lots of fun acting out these different feelings. We read ’Gloomy Baboony’ and wrote postcards to him to make him feel better and cheer him up.
We counted stones in outdoor learning.
We used oil pastels to create self-portraits in Art.
We used balls to count in maths.
In outdoor learning, we used natural things we found to make self-portraits.
In Maths, we looked at tens and ones and part whole models. We used base 10, numicon, and counters.
In English we looked at past tense.