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Learning in Year 2

Spring 1

Maths

At Midfield we follow maths mastery. As part of this all aspects of maths will first be taught using concrete materials, then progressing onto pictorials and finally using abstract methods. This has been shown to be a fantastic method of building solid and secure mathematical understanding. Once this understanding is secure, children learn how to problem solve and reason.

In Spring 1 we will cover solving multiplication problems using different methods such as arrays and knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.   We will also cover solving division problems using different methods, including grouping and splitting.  Fractions will also be covered.


English

In English our chosen texts for this term are 'The Pirates Next Door' and 'The true story of the three little pigs.'

Children will be writing for a range purposes, including letters, retelling the story, writing an alternative ending to the story as well as newspaper reports.  They will be taught to include a range of features including;

Capital letters / Finger spaces / Full stops, exclamation marks, question marks, inverted commas, commas/ Expanded noun  phrases / Similes / Adverbs / Conjunctions / Adverbials of time / Prefix and suffix words / Apostrophes / Joined handwriting

The best way to support your child with their writing is to encourage them to complete their home reading and to practise spelling the Year 2 Common Exception Words.


Reading

In Year 2 reading is taught daily. Some children read with the class teacher during guided reading sessions, in which children are taught comprehension skills. Other children remain in Read Write Inc groups to help them with their segmenting and blending of words.

Each child is issued with a home reading journal and book, which should be read, signed off, and returned to school daily. Home reading is a hugely beneficial way of supporting your child's learning across the curriculum.


Science

Our topic is Animals, including Humans.  We will look at and discuss:

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

•the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)

•the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.


 History

Ancient Greek civilisation emerged after 800BC, and reached its peak around 330 BC with the conquests of Alexander the Great.  Ancient Greece was made up of individual city states, which frequently fought between each other.  However all of the city states shared a similar language, and a similar Greek culture involving gods, myths and sports. Ancient Greece was not one country, but it was one civilisation.