Autumn Term in Year 2 - Half termly letter
We will be using a variety of texts, starting with ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey as inspiration for a range of writing including narrative, descriptions and writing in role. In addition to this, we will be developing comprehension and reading skills in targeted phonics and Guided Reading lessons as well as working on the spelling and grammar curriculum for Year 2. There will be a weekly spelling test. We will also be working on writing in cursive script during our handwriting lessons.
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.
Our science topic this half term is: materials. We will be focussing on the properties of different common materials and their uses. Our work will include many opportunities for the children to explore materials around them.
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.
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.
The art curriculum will link with our topic work and will include pencil drawings and mixing colours using paint to create fiery images.
The children will focus on developing responsibilty and discussing how we can be better friends and class mates.
Our learning will be focussed 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.
PE will focus on games and gymnastics. In games, we will be focussing 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.
We will be learning about Buddhism with a focus on Buddhist stories and what they teach us.
Trips and Special Events
On Monday 16th October, we will be having a workshop about The Great Fire of London. More details to follow.
PE Kit should be named and kept in school and will remain here until half term. For playtimes, children should only be bringing in fruit as a snack.