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:

 

Word Problems

Money

Shape- 2D/3D

Fractions

Time

Volume

 

Times Tables

Pupils should know times tables: 2, 5, 3, 4 and 10s by the end of Year 2

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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 

The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins

The Emperor penguin is the only large animal to remain on the Antarctic mainland throughout its bitterly inhospitable winter. Once the female has laid her egg, she heads back to the sea, leaving the male to incubate it. He then spends two months standing on the freezing cold ice with the egg on his feet!

 

and also...

The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg

The Jolly Postman is off on another adventure as he delivers letters around fairy-tale land! Children will love opening the envelopes to read a letter from Goldilocks, a postcard addressed to a giant up a beanstalk... and even a note for the Big Bad Wolf!

 

We will be doing lots of writing surrounding these texts.

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

 

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.

 

RE

 Rooted in Love: Community & Participation

 

Topic 5: Thanksgiving 

The night before he died, Jesus and his friends went to Jerusalem to celebrate a special meal together. While they were at table, Jesus took some bread, gave thanks to God, broke it and gave it out to his friends.  He said, “Take and eat. This is my body, given for you.  Do this in memory of me.”

 

In the same way, Jesus took a cup of wine. He gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Take and drink.  This is my blood shed for you.”

Based on Luke 22:19-20

 

Topic 6: Opportunities

Lent is the season when Christians practise both giving and giving-up, to identify with the complete self-offering of Jesus which is remembered in the liturgy of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil).

 

In his Gospel, Matthew makes it clear that in loving and caring for other people we are loving and caring for Jesus.

 

Word of God

“For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick, and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’  And the king will answer them, ‘Truly, I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”

Matthew 25:35-40

 

 Geography 

Where would you prefer to live- England or Africa?

Through this unit, children will explore the similarities and differences between living in England and Africa

 

 PE:

Teacher Led: Dance - Complete PE Scheme 

Coach Rasharn  Football

 

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'

 Computing

Data and Information

 

Pictograms

 

Online Safety

Digiduck and the Magic Castle

 

DT

Drawing: Designing and making a chair for Baby Bear

 

Science

 

Living things and their habitats

Plants (growing seeds and bulbs outside)

3 WEEKS

Uses of everyday materials (changing shapes of materials statement)

·         find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching

 

3 WEEKS

Animals including humans (offspring statement)

notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults

 History

Were schools different in the past? School Trip tbc 

 

Key Dates:

Keep an eye out for trip dates:

 

It's Science Week 11th-15th March- Science Rapper - Matt Green & Animal Handling

History Trip to a 1900's school- date tbc

 

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

Hit the Button - Quick fire maths practise for 6-11 year olds (topmarks.co.uk) 

 

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, some 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)