Y2 Curriculum Information

Term: Spring 2023

 

 Welcome to Year 2! Please read the curriculum information carefully below:

Home Learning:

Home learning is set on Google Classroom every Wednesday, this needs to uploaded and returned for the following Monday. Children will also practise their rapid recall target weekly and spellings. Homework activities will alternate between English and Maths. Please work with your child to complete the activities, but please don’t do it for them! In Year 2, we always remind the children to try their best even if they might make mistakes. 

When we set writing activities, it would be best to get your child to write down their answers on a piece of paper and take a photo of it. This way we can make their spellings, handwriting and punctuation too. 

 

Spellings

Spellings will be set and available to view every Friday on Google Classroom. The children will then be tested in class every Friday morning so that they have a week to practice. It will be a mix of high frequency words and words linked to a phonics sound. Your child will receive a login and password to access Spelling Shed, a programme we are using to teach spellings. There will be games for them to access at home. Please encourage this at least once a week. 

 

Maths

At OLM we use the Maths No Problem scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts.  This term we will be focusing on:

 

  • Mass, Temperature, Pictograms, word problems, money

     

     

Please ensure you continue to practice on your rapid recall targets as these are invaluable to your child’s mental arithmetic skills.

Times Tables

We will continue to practice the 2, 5 and 10 times tables until the children are completely confident in these.  If you feel they are ready to move on, then please start practising the 3 and 4 times tables too.  Please do practise these regularly. We have introduced the children to Times Table Rockstars and already sent home log ins. This is a fun way to motivate them to learn their tables. We will assign time during our Computing lessons to also support them. 

 

English

We will be focussing the book called 

Zaraffa Giraffa , The Emperor's Egg, The Jolly Postman. 

 

Grammar

Our grammar focus will be sentence types (statement, command and question), using subordination e.g. when, if, but and using a variety of punctuation including commas, exclamation marks and question marks.

Phonics

In Year 2, we will continue the teaching of phonics, with a focus on consonant graphemes.  We will also begin looking at the spellings of homophones, words that sound the same but have a different meaning and are spelt differently e.g. their and there, pair and pear

Reading

The children are read to daily by an adult and also have twice weekly sessions on a one to one basis. This is to ensure that children are exposed to a rich vocabulary and a chance to explore their understanding of a text. Please could parents support their child with reading by reading aloud to them but also ensuring children are reading to them independently for approximately 10 mins a day.  It is important that children now work on their comprehension skills (understanding) so please do spend time discussing what you are reading and questioning your child about a text.

 

Text Types: Diary entries, character descriptions, stories, setting descriptions

 

Grammar includes:

Write different kinds of sentence: statement, question, exclamation, command.

 Use expanded noun phrases to add description & specification.

 Write using subordination (when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (or, and, but).

 Correct & consistent use of present tense & past tense.

Correct use of verb tenses.

 

Write with correct & consistent use of:

o capital letters

o full stops

o question marks

o exclamation marks

Use commas in a list.

Use apostrophe to mark omission and singular possession in nouns.

 

Write under headings.

 

Handwriting- Write lower case letters correct size relative to one another.

Show evidence of diagonal & horizontal strokes to join.

 

 PE:

Coach Nabeel: Dodgeball/Hockey

Class Teacher: Gymnastics 3 weeks/Dance Linked to subject x 3 weeks

Music

 Mrs Edwards will be teaching children music every Tuesday. This half term, she will focus on pitch, tempo, dynamics and rhythm. 

The focus will be 'Vocal Control-Singing'

Pitching accurately. Dynamics-loud/quiet. Tempo –fast/slow-respond to leader’s direction/visual symbols. Crescendo /Dimuendo/pause  ‘Rain, Rain Go Away’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFrKYjrIDs8

Listening –Teaching & learning stories, origins, traditions, history, and social context. Link to Aut 1 curriculum where possible.  

 

Art & DT

Painting and mixed media, beside the seaside.  

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

 

Science

Plants

Animals including Humans

Pupils should be introduced to the basic needs of animals for survival, as well as the importance of exercise and nutrition for humans. They should also be introduced to the processes of reproduction and growth in animals. The focus at this stage should be on questions that help pupils to recognise growth; they should not be expected to understand how reproduction occurs.

The following examples might be used: egg, chick, chicken; egg, caterpillar, pupa, butterfly; spawn, tadpole, frog; lamb, sheep. Growing into adults can include reference to baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult.

Pupils might work scientifically by: observing, through video or first-hand observation and measurement, how different animals, including humans, grow; asking questions about what things animals need for survival and what humans need to stay healthy; and suggesting ways to find answers to their questions.

 

Key Dates:

Parental Engagement - 7th February 

 

 

How you can support your child’s learning:

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks1-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-year-2-pupils-ks1-age-6-7/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

 

Information for parents- National Curriculum Tests

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2017-national-curriculum-tests-for-key-stages-1-and-2-information-for-parents

 

Phonics Screening:

This year, children will be tested on their phonic sounds. Please find attached an example of a phonics screening test. You can find more resources uploaded to Google Classroom:

2022 Phonics screening check: pupils' materials - standard (publishing.service.gov.uk)