March 2020 – Spring Term 2 Welcome to the Year 2 Page.
Your child can find reading scheme books online at (click the link) Oxford Owls There is a class login and password that I have sent home with your child. Enjoy some stories every day either with real books or with online books.
Well done to those children who have logged in and tried out NumBots. This is a maths website where you play as a robot and, when you score points, you can add features to improve your robot. I hope you will have fun learning and playing on it.
Week beginning 23/03/2020 Friday (Parents or older children please help to organise the activites below).
Good morning children. I hope you are all well. Why don’t you take a trip to Chester Zoo today. You can’t go there really but the Zoo have set up their website so that you can visit online. You can start your visit at 10a.m.
Before that why not do some exercise with Joe Wicks exercise (Click the link)
It is on the website live at 9:00am but if you want to try it out later it is still there.
I have left on yesterday’s learning activities in case you didn’t get chance to do them all. If you have done them already then just spend more time at the Zoo. Maybe draw a picture and write some information or a story about your favourite animal. I hope you have a lovely day!
Reading and writing:
Listen to the online reading of the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.’ (click)
In the story, Mrs Grinling makes a Lighthouse Sandwich for Mr Grinling.
I would like you to:
- Design your own Lighthouse Sandwich – draw and label it.
- Write a list of the ingredients you would need to make it.
- Write some instructions for how to make it.
- Perhaps you could even make a sandwich with someone in your family and imagine that you were at the lighthouse.
Spelling & grammar (some children have different things in their pack)
Play the online spelling activity. (click) Choose Year 2 Tricky 2 for this week’s spelling.
If you have the split digraph phonic words in your pack, you can practise the e_e words /ee/ sound today.
Play the online spelling activity. (click) Choose Year 1 Patterns e_e for this week’s spelling.
You can also watch some Storytime Phonics with the Phonic Fairy here (click).
- Testbase arithmetic test 2 (questions 8 to 15).
If you need counters use things you have at home to represent tens & ones e.g. pencils or pegs for tens and pennies or raisins for ones
You could also draw the counters like we have practised at school.
2. Spring Maths Activity Booklet page 4. Work out the answer for each square then look at the code at the top of the page to decide which colour you need to shade the squares.
3. Watch the find a quarter maths lesson 5 and try to complete the activities.
First watch lesson slideshows for lessons 1, 2, 3 & 4 if you have missed them so far this week.
Lighthouses are an important way of keeping ships safe when they get close to the shore.
Watch this video (click) about lighthouses that are around the coast of England.
Then login to Purple Mash (using the login you use at school) and you should have a 2Do on your notifications.
If not, go to the home page and choose Art, then choose 2 Paint a Picture.
When you open 2 Paint a Picture choose the Pointillism style. Have a play around with it first to check what you can do with it.
Then use this style to create your own lighthouse picture. Think about the ones you saw in the video.
Remember to save your picture when you have finished it so that I get to see what you have done. I can’t wait!
If you can’t get onto Purple Mash just draw me a picture of a lighthouse. Maybe someone could post your picture on twitter.
DAILY CHALLENGE – Friday 27th March 2020
Look on our Twitter for the three active challenges videos! There are three really fun challenges that we would like you to complete! All you need is a pair of socks! Post your scores on the Twitter!
Challenge 1 link
Challenge 2 link
Challenge 3 link
This half term we will be looking at our topic:
‘Why do we like to be beside the seaside?’
This is a geography topic in which the children will be learning about some of the features of coastal towns and islands around the UK. The children will learn lots of vocabulary related to features of the seaside and the activities that people do there.
Our shared text for English lessons is The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Leah. This is a fantasy story in the form of a poem. We use the story because it is a boat journey to an imaginary island and it gives us many different opportunities for writing. The children will also enjoy learning to recite this poem from memory.
Fluent reading, with good understanding, is a priority for children by the time they reach the end of KS1. There are many opportunities for your child to practise their reading in class every day and we will be continually monitoring your child’s progress so that they can continue to improve. We have already seen that most children have made good progress in their fluency and understanding and children in Year 2 are beginning to show a real love of books.
Children need to be fluent readers if they are going to be able to access the full curriculum and achieving this is a joint responsibility between school and home. It is vital that your child practises reading at home every day, with a parent or older sibling listening to and guiding them. Please record in their reading record every time that they have read at home. We aim to change your child’s book every day if they have finished reading it. For children who are reading a longer book, it is expected that they may need to read the book over a few days. We keep a record of when your child changes their book so please remind them to bring their bookbag every day.
Some children have been chosen to work with a reading buddy at the start of the day so it is important that your child arrives on time to make the most of this opportunity.
We have introduced Storytime Phonics into Early Years and Key Stage 1 and we will be using it in Year 2 to support phonics teaching for those children that didn’t pass the Y1 phonics screening. It will also be used to support all children to develop their use of phonics to spell accurately during their independent writing. The phonics fairy reads stories to the children; gives them action captions to help remember the sounds and shows them how to write each sound correctly.
There will be lots of opportunities for writing, both in English lessons and for our learning challenge. Year 2 children will be supported to become more independent in developing their own ideas and to be ambitious in their use of vocabulary. During this half term there is a focus on children writing more interesting sentences using different sentence openers and including adjectives to write expanded noun phrases. You can support your child at home by talking to them about what they have been learning about, and it is very important that they are helped to learn their weekly spellings.
The main focus for this half term is to support children to begin to have a real understanding of what multiplication means. Your child does need to rote learn some times tables facts (2x, 5x & 10x) but they also need to be clear about what those facts mean so that they can apply them to different types of questions. Children will also begin to understand that division is the inverse operation to multiplication and they will begin to recognise and write simple fractions.
Your child also needs to have a clear understanding of place value and the difference between tens and ones.
We use lots of practical resources in our lessons so that children have a really clear concept of number. Children record their learning in many ways and it may be different from the formal methods that many adults are used to from their own school days. If your child needs to use counters at home to help them with homework, they can use simple household items such as buttons, straws or pieces of dry pasta. It is useful if you talk to your child about using numbers when you are shopping, cooking or looking at the time. This half term, we are going to be working really hard to ensure good fluency of the key number facts.
Some children are being invited to attend after school maths boosters to support their classroom learning. It is really important that your child attends each week if they have been invited.
We always try to make our lessons fun and interesting but we do expect children to work hard in class. Your child will cope much better with the school day if you ensure that they have enough sleep every day and are fresh for learning every morning. We are supporting children to become more independent but at this age they will need support from you to remember book bags and PE kit. The children are now very used to the routines and expectations of Year 2 and are very enthusiastic about their learning.
Mrs J Law (class teacher) & Ms A Holland (teaching assistant)
Mrs R Akhtar & Mrs Cooper (learning support assistants)