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Year 2 - Elm

Welcome to Year 2! 

Teacher: Mrs Womack

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Goodger

Information for home learning from 20.3.20 

Home learning from 20.4.20

My main message is DO WHAT YOU CAN, you don't have to do everything but choose activities that you can do at the moment. There are a wealth of resources available to you but everyone's circumstances and family dynamics are unique and home learning won't be the same as being at school.

I will be calling each family every two weeks to support you with your child's learning and make sure that you every that you need. We can help with resources for learning including stationary, just let us know what you need. I am sending activities daily to you all on Seesaw, you have all been sent the home learning codes but if you need help with this then phone the school during normal school hours as someone will always be there.

If you aren't able to access online home learning, a workpack will be available from the school office every few weeks for you to collect.

These are some of the activities that you could include in your daily routine:

PE

There are daily lessons at 9am PE with Joe Wicks on his youtube channel. This will help you to keep fit and active. 

The BBC has uploaded the supermovers where you can learn and be active at the same time!     https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-collection

Try and get some fresh air everyday, a local walk or bike ride or a play in the garden.

 

Literacy:

Have a look at daily BBC bitesize lessons:https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z7s22sg/year-2-lessons/1

I included a writing book in your learning packs, here you could write a daily diary, book review or write your own story.

Inside the front cover of your writing books is a list of high frequency words for year 2, practice reading and writing them as much as possible.

We have used Jane Considine's sentence stacking in our writing in class, you can access online lessons with Jane Considine  on www.youtube.com/c/thetrainingspace

You can go online and use the www.pobble365.com literacy lesson. There is a new image every day, choose at least one of the writing options to complete in your book. 

 

Reading:

Try and complete 15-20 minutes reading everyday, this can be independent reading, a story from someone else in your home, an audiobook or book online. You have all been given your logins for MyOn, dont forget that if you are on Accelerated Reader you are able to take quizzes on the books that you choose to read. I put a weekly reading and writing task on for you all to complete.

 

Maths:

Have a look at daily BBC bitesize lessons: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z7s22sg/year-2-lessons/1

You all have your own logins for Prodigy where I am setting tasks for you to complete.

You can use www.timestables.co. uk and Times Tables Rock Stars to practise multiplications.

I will shortly be introducing Mymaths to you all

 

There are other lessons on daily BBC bitesize lessons such as History, Geography and Science: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z7s22sg/year-2-lessons/1

 

Our new topic this term is Towers Tunnels and Turrets, linked to this I will be setting History and DT projects through Marvellous Me or Seesaw. There will be also be a range of activities to choose from on the front of the work packs if you have picked one up from the office.

Finally have a look at Captain Tom Moore's incredible achievements, find out more about him and choose an activity to complete. Please take a picture of your work and send it to me on Seesaw.

Keep in touch, 

Mrs Womack

 

 

 

 

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

Your child has now entered an important stage of their primary school experience: this is the year of the Key Stage 1 (KS1) end of year attainment tests known as SATS which mark the end of their KS1 journey. While you do need to be mindful of the end goal for this year, it is also important to see it for the wonderful year that it is.

The final year of KS1 will see your child being encouraged to work more independently. At this age, most children will have improved their ability to coordinate movement and their language/speech will be increasingly complex and grammatically correct, so it’s an exciting year for children, parents and teachers. Throughout the year we will help you to understand what your child will be learning and suggest helpful ways in which you can support them at home. There are some useful tips if you scroll down to the bottom of our class page.

 

 

Our topics in Year 2:

Autumn term 1 Wriggle and Crawl and Scented Garden

Autumn term 2 Land Ahoy!

Spring term 1 Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Spring term 2 Street Detectives

Summer term 1 Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

Summer term 2 Beachcombers

Our PE sessions are on Mondays and Fridays and our library books will be changed every Wednesday. 

 

 

Autumn Term 1- Wriggle and Crawl/ Scented Garden

Elm Class have made a great start to the year, they have got into the swing of things very quickly and have been enthusiastic about their learning. We have been in the wildlife area to find different creatures in various micro- habitats and the children have drawn maps to show exactly where they explored. Mrs Womack brought a dead bumblebee and a large dragonfly into school for the class to have a closer inspection! Year 2 pupils have been fully engaged in their experiences and have many questions that they want to investigate!

 

 

 

 

 

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Our science enquiries

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Artwork

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Our harvest festival

Our harvest festival 1 Elm Class collected two boxes full of food!
Our harvest festival 2 Emmie wrote a special acrostic poem
Our harvest festival 3 Our class food boxes were a great team effort

PE- we can move like minibeasts!

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Autumn Term 2- Land Ahoy!

 

Information for parents and carers

After lots of singing practice and rehearsing our lines we were very excited and  proud to show our acting skills in our production of Babushka! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Spring term 1- Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Happy 2020! We have started the year by getting messy, its time to unleash our creative skills and become artists and scientists!

Information for parents and carers

Our topic questions!

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Messy time!

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What will my child do in Year 2?

 

Developing literacy skills

In English, the children will continue to work on the phonics they have learned in Year 1, aiming to read words by sight without having to sound them out individually. They will learn further spelling patterns and rules, and begin to apply those in their writing. They will look at the possessive apostrophe, homophones and near homophones and suffixes.

There will be a more detailed focus on handwriting, with children encouraged to form their letters correctly, learn which letters are to be joined and make letters a consistent size. Children will learn to write for a range of purposes including stories, poetry and real events.

Grammar

Grammar is a hot topic in Year 2! Children this age are expected to understand the following terms, to be able to spot them in their reading and apply them in their writing:

Noun, adjective, adverb, suffix, subordination, noun phrase, past tense, present tense, statement, question, exclamation, command, capital letter, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark, compound sentence and expanded noun phrase.

Maths

Pupils will be expected to know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. They will learn to add and subtract with numbers up to 1000. They will learn multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times-tables. In fractions, they will find 1/3, 1/4 1/2 and 3/4 of a shape or a quantity of objects. They will study measures, including weight, capacity and length, and they will learn to tell the time to five minutes. They will also study properties of 2D and 3D shapes, as well as a range of data-handling methods such as bar charts and pictograms. The new curriculum ‘mastery’ style of teaching concentrates on breadth of knowledge and children will be encouraged to use their understanding of the new concepts to solve challenges to deepen their understanding.

Science

Science in Year 2 is engaging and fun. Expect your child to learn about living things and their habitats, plants, animals (including humans) and uses of everyday materials. They will also learn how to work scientifically, how to observe closely, and how to record their observations.

How can I help my child in Year 2?

Help them understand what they read

Hear your child read often, daily if possible, but also remember it is just as important for your child for you to model reading to them. Children learn a lot from the way we read aloud and we can encourage them to see how the author's use of punctuation changes the way we read their work. Think about pointing out statements, commands, questions or exclamations when reading with your child. You might want to use a range of voices to show how types of sentences and punctuation can be read in different ways.As reading comprehension is so important this year, checking your child's understanding of the book they are reading is an excellent way to support them. Asking questions about the plot such as: 'What might happen next? Why do you think the boy is feeling sad? What sort of mood is being created?' will help them to engage with their reading on a deeper level.

Practise spellings with them

Your child will bring home a list of spellings on Monday that we are focussing on in class for that week, it would be useful to talk through the words with them, which sounds are in them? Do they know what they mean? Can they say they them in the context of a sentence? You could display them in a space where they will look at them everyday such as on a fridge or a bedroom wall.

Real-life maths

Any opportunity to use maths in a real-life context is really useful. For example, ask them to help you pay for goods or calculate change when shopping. This will help to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. Learning to tell the time, especially to five minutes, is another great way to support your child's learning at home; this also links neatly to their counting in 5s in the 5 times-table.

Perhaps most importantly for maths, you can help your child at home by practising their times tables (2,3,4 5 and 10) regularly. There are many different ways you can do this, but it is beneficial if your child can use and apply this knowledge — for example, not just knowing that 10 x 2 is 20, but also realising that 20 divided by 2 is 10. You could use journey time to school to give your child fun times table challenges. You can also make up word problems relating times-tables facts to real life

Encouraging independence

Finally, you can develop their independence at home by encouraging your child to get ready for school on their own, giving them some responsibilities such as feeding/taking care of pets, tidying up or organising their belongings more independently. This will help enormously as they move up through the school!

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Home Learning Links can be found on Parents’ and Children’s pages. Check out the headteacher and teachers’ Daily Blogs on the Home Learning section of the Children’s page. Contact number for Key Workers to arrange last minute child care 07907616595
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