Welcome to the Autumn Term in Year 2!
In Maths, we will begin the Autumn term learning all about place value . We will have daily arithmetic questions to help build up skills in the 4 operations. We will start with number to 50 this term and then progress to numbers up to 100. Once we have a sound understanding of place value, we will apply this knowledge when learning how to add and subtract. In the second half of this term, we will be working on doubling and halving. After this we will develop our knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and start to multiply and divide.
Our class authors for this term are David Litchfield and Roald Dahl. We will be reading a range of books by these authors in class and our term starts with the class book - 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' By Roald Dahl. In English, we will be starting with Traditional Tales and will be creating our own version of The Gingerbread Man, visiting all the local landmarks in Plymouth and meeting a range of new characters! We will also be discussing and writing our own information texts on 'Our City', linking in with our topic 'Where we Live'. In addition to this, we will be exploring pattern poems and the use of descriptive language. Through the term we will be working on a range of grammatical features including the use of the basic skills of letter formation, capital letters, full stops, expanded noun phrases, commas and continuing to develop our skills by expanding our vocabulary and sentence structures. Reading, spelling and handwriting will be practiced weekly. Spelling the year 1 and year 2 Common Exceptinon Words, and year 2 spelling patterns will be explored in English and phonics lessons
In History, we will be studying the city of Plymouth. Why it's here, how and why it grew and ultimately how it has changed over time from the time of Sir Francis Drake, The Spanish Armada and Isambard Kingdom Brunel and up to the present day with the development of The Box museum and Drake's Circus Shopping Mall. We will be researching key events and exploring what happened during this time. Furthermore, in Geography we will be learning about our local area and considering how land is used. We will be learning facts about the coast, the moors and the city as we are in a unique geographical position!
In Science, we will be investigating animals and living things. From classification of animals to their habitats. We will use our scientific skills to conduct experiments, record data and discuss our findings.
In DT, we will be researching, designing and making our own free standing structures to support a bridge! There will be lots of opportunities to learn measuring, cutting and joining skills. We can create our own designs for a specific purpose.
Art will see us looking at the work of Local Artist Brian Pollard - how he uses the local area for inspiration and how to use the same colour pallet, tools, shapes and lines to create wonderful images of the place in which we live.
In ICT we will be looking at internet and computer safety. How to stay safe and use the internet and search engines effectively. We will also be reminding ourselves how to use 'Teams'.
Mrs Blunt will be teaching PSHE (Being Me), Music (Singing from South Africa) and some ICT in our PPA afternoon over the whole of the Autumn term.
- P.E. will be on Monday and Wednesday. Depending on the weather this could be indoors or outdoors so please bring a full PE kit (including trainers/daps) and appropriate clothing as the weather gets colder (tracksuit bottoms/leggings).
- The children’s spelling check will be on Fridays. The children will be given their new spellings on the previous Friday.
- Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Friday.
- Reading books will be checked regularly and if read at home, a new one will be issued. The children are expected to read for a minimum of 10 minutes a day. This will need to be recorded in their books and signed by an adult.
Children will continue to receive Dojo's for awesome work and behaviour in school. They can also earn them for completing homework, home reading for pleasure and trying their best. Developing a good attitude to learning and showing motivation are also recognised. Children will also receive a raffle ticket for every book read at home/school and at the end of the term they could win a class book as a prize! Dojo winners, Golden Book, Lunchtime Invites to have lunch with the Head Teacher too!