Learning in Year Two this half term:
In English we have started reading our new class novel ‘Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed’ by Michael Rosen. The children will work in mixed ability pairs for most of this half term developing fluency and pace as well as using text to search for information in order to understand a text. In writing, the children are working towards a variety of text types focusing on grammar and structure. They will have the opportunity to write a report on the fictional character Charles Muntz from the much loved children’s film ‘Up’ as well as developing diary entrees to retell the story of the Wright brothers and their famous flying machines. The children will build their understanding of proper nouns and their use, adverbs and the associated spelling rules and develop their understanding around organisational features of a text. This will all support the children in their fluency and speed in writing sessions. Alongside this, as always we will be focusing on spelling and handwriting and we appreciate your continued support with this through weekly home learning.
In Maths the children will be moving towards multiplication as repeated addition of equal groups. Building on their understanding of addition and developing their ability to use the commutative law (3 x 4 = 4 x 3) the children will continue to enhance their reasoning by describing and explaining maths and their own methods. The children will begin to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times table and develop their fluency with these multiples in order to support their developing understanding of multiplication as they progress through school. In division, the children will begin to unpick the differences surrounding grouping numbers equally and sharing numbers into groups and they will again focus on patterns of 2, 5 and 10. Later in the half term, children will investigate different units of measure and any additional support you could give at home for this would be very beneficial as measure is often one of those over looked areas.
In Science our learning will link to making observations and generating ideas. How do you make paper fly? What makes a shadow? How does light change with the weather? How do clouds work?
In RE we are digging deeper and focusing on how God is worshipped and what the parable of Jonah teaches us about what Christians believe God is like. Later in the half term we will be looking at incarnation and Christmas.
Our main topic this half term is titled, ‘Splendid Skies’ and focuses on weather patterns and seasonal change in weather. The children will have the opportunity to explore weather in their own locality and create their own weather reports. The children will also look at the Wright brothers and the history of the first manned flight as well as touching on the story of Amelia Earhart as a significant female figure. The children will have the opportunity to live out the story through drama and record their experiences as well as develop writing based on the topic.
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