Autumn Term in Year 2 - Termly letter
In Autumn One we will be reading ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey and then ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. We will use these texts as inspiration for a range of writing including narrative, descriptions, instructions and writing in role. In Autumn Two we will be reading ‘On the way home’ by Jill Murphy and ‘The Princess and the white bear king’ by Tanya Robyn Batt. Throughout the term we will be working on punctuation including question marks, exclamation marks and commas. We will also be using adjectives and a range of conjunctions in our writing. During Guided Reading and phonics we will be developing comprehension and reading skills as well as working on the spelling and grammar curriculum for Year 2. There will continue to be a weekly spelling test on Fridays. Finally we will also be working on writing in cursive script during our handwriting lessons.
In Autumn One we will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics and focusing on the themes of number, place value and addition and subtraction – counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10, recognising the place value of each digit in a two digit number (tens, ones), identifying, representing and ordering and comparing numbers to 100 using different representations, reading and writing numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words and recalling and using addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently. Also, adding and subtracting numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally. After the half term we will be focusing on the themes of length and mass, graphs and multiplication and division – choosing and using appropriate standard units of length and mass, comparing and ordering length and mass; interpreting and constructing simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and tables; recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and solving problems involving multiplication and division.
Our science topic this term is: materials. We will be focusing on the properties of different common materials and their uses. Our work will include many opportunities for the children to explore materials around them. After the half term we will be using the scientific knowledge we built up this term to carry out a design project.
We will be learning about presentation skills. The children will learn to add slides to a presentation, add images and format text and text boxes. We will then be focussing on Digital Literacy and using ‘Chatterpix’ to plan a script and present our knowledge about a historical figure.
Our topic question this half term is: “Could The Great Fire of London Happen Today?” We will be discussing the similarities and differences between London now and in 1666. We will also be learning about the causes of the fire. We will be taking part in an in-school workshop to strengthen our understanding of the Great Fire.
After the half term our topic question will be: “Would you like to be a child in Mexico?” We will be discussing the similarities and differences between England and Mexico and exploring the country in depth by looking at its culture; including festivals, food and the daily routines of children in Mexico.
The art curriculum will link with our topic work and will include pencil drawings and mixing colours using paint to create fiery images and the children will use papier mache and paint to design and make masks linked to the Mexican Day of the Dead festival.
The children will focus on developing responsibilty and discussing how we can be better friends and class mates.
Our learning will be focused on the song ‘Hands, Feet, Heart’, which celebrates South African music. We will listen to and discuss songs, as well as take part in musical activities to build understanding and work towards an in-class performance. After the half term our learning will be focused on the Christmas songs within the KS1 Winter Production.
PE will focus on games and gymnastics. In games, we will be focusing on ball skills and using these to play simple games in small groups. In gymnastics, we will be thinking about different ways of moving across apparatus and creating sequences of movements. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.
This term the children will be learning Hinduism. We will be focusing on the story of Rama and Sita and how the religion was founded.
Trips and Special Events
Science Walk to Wandsworth Common. Date TBC.
Wednesday 2nd October 2019 – Great Fire of London Workshop in school. Children to dress up in time appropriate clothing.
PE Kit should be named and kept in school and will remain here until the summer holidays. Children should keep all books in their books bags at all times and please continue to read daily with them as it is invaluable to developing their spelling, comprehension and storytelling skills. For playtimes children should only be bringing in fruit as a snack. Mathletics is set on a Monday starting 09.09.19 and children are expected to attempt the three tasks throughout the week.