English – Year 2 have been focussing on creative writing this term in order to foster their imagination and allow them to have a voice. It has been a really effective way to enhance creativity in the classroom, while including all the best language they can in their writing pieces. The favourite so far has been describing Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Room!
Maths – Year 2 have been exploring fractions this term where they have been recognising, finding, naming and writing fractions of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. The children have been guided through the process of learning fractions in order to ensure their knowledge in this area has been deepened. This has been done through thinking about sharing equally, making links between the numerator and denominator, experiencing the concept using actual objects or real life experiences such as pizza and looking at methods for adding fractions.
Science – Year 2 have been naming, identifying and hunting for everyday materials including wood, metal, plastic, rubber, rock, paper, fabric, card and thinking about their properties. They have been identifying suitable and unsuitable materials for different objects and explaining why. As well as this the children have been classifying materials sorting them into groups in a variety of ways. To deepen their knowledge of working scientifically they will compare the strength if different types of paper and explore absorbency and apply the findings from these investigations top design a nappy!
Topic – Have you heard the saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’? Laughing and having fun are such an important part of our lives. We all love being entertained and enjoying ourselves. For a very long time, the circus has been a special place where people, from many parts of the world, go to be entertained, laugh and have fun. Some of the things Year 2 will be finding out about are: how to draw faces and understand expressions as well as the work of artists who have painted pictures about the circus, what circuses were like in the past, about some of the people who made circuses famous, how circuses have changed over the years, drawing maps and plans of a circus, how to use maps and atlases to find out about the countries some circus animals come from.
Our Autumn term IPC topics are:
The Stories People Tell
In English, the children will read fiction and non-fiction stories from different genres. Our Talk for Writing texts this term have been The Papaya That Spoke, King Midas (fiction) and How to make a dreamcatcher (non-fiction). Talk for Writing has been really powerful because it has enabled the children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. It builds on 3 key stages:
Stage 1 – Imitation
Stage 2 – Innovation
Stage 3 – Independent application
In class we have been working towards the SATs tests, focussing on not only reading and writing, but on spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). We will be concentrating on making sure that the pupils can write correctly punctuated sentences, and can answer questions about what they have read. We place great value on teaching pupils to read and love books. We follow the RWI Comprehension programme which includes 10 module books to create fluent readers and confident speakers.
In Maths, We have been using the White Rose Maths programme to help us meet objectives as we work towards the SATs tests. This term we have been learning to:
- Count in steps of 2, 3, 4 and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward or backward
- Recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones)
- Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs
- Solve problems with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, using the Singapore Bar Method and number lines
- Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words
- Read and answer questions on data
- Identify odd and even numbers and explain their properties