Learning in Year Two
At Midfield we follow maths mastery (https://www.ncetm.org.uk/public/files/19990433/Developing_mastery_in_mathematics_october_2014.pdf. )
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.
Over the year your children will learn:
Addition / Subtraction / Multiplication / Division / 2D & 3D Shapes / Time / Measurement / Place Value. This term we are concentrating on the various aspects of measurement - weight/ mass, length, time and capacity, whilst building on our previously learned skills in topics of Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and Fractions of Numbers and Shape.
By the end of Year 2 children are expected to be fluent in their 2s, 5s and 10s times tables and to help with that we have subscribed to the PIXL Times Table app (with weekly certificates awarded for success and endeavour!). See https://timestable.pixl.org.uk/Timestables.html school username MF6090, individual pupil login details supplied.
This term we are using quality texts such as Bananas in my Ears (a collection of nonsense stories, poems, riddles, and rhymes) and Happiness is Watermelon on Your Head (a surreal picture book with a rhyming text), for our writing inspiration and focus.
In English we learn about many different genres of writing, including; letters, newspaper reports and description. All the work across the year is linked to either the class story, or a shared class experience.
We teach your children how to use a range of features within their writing including;
Capital letters / Finger spaces / Full stops / 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.
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. We have several schemes within the school such as library at lunchtimes to encourage their independent enjoyment of reading. We have also visited our local St Pauls' Cray Library.
This term we are learning all about the UK - we explore the four nations and discover the countries and capitals of the UK; developing key geographical vocabulary and skills such as using maps, atlases and globes. We've even tried Miss Turner's cooking - 4 different versions of traditional Bangers and Mash, including Haggis (although we aren't sure she'll be on Masterchef any time soon!).
Mr Harwood has another exciting project lined up – this one involves how we organise our work into files, folders and drives - which is very useful when writing each other some secret spy notes! We will move on to creating digital pictures using on online tool - School Sketchpad 5.1
Art & DT
Textiles is the topic for this term. We will build upon skills learned in previous years to produce some creative pieces to gain confidence in stitching two pieces of fabric, learn how to thread a needle and have a go! We continue to gain experience in weaving, both 3D and flat i.e. paper or grass through twigs . Our focus artist is Marcel Marois who has specialised in tapestries.
The religion we are studying this term is Christianity. Our lessons are wide-reaching and thought provoking, asking questions such as 'Is it true that Jesus came back to life again?'.
In Science, our topic is Plants where we will studying their lifecycles and find out what enables them to grow. We are very lucky to have an Eco Garden and extensive Forest School area to utilise!
Our varied curriculum includes weekly singing practice assemblies, learning a combination of songs from musical productions such as The Greatest Showman! We put this learning into performances such as our spectacular Christmas production of Jack & The Beanstalk 2019.
Every other term we swim in our very own swimming pool! We also manage to fit in other sporting events such as Mini Marathons - what a sporty bunch! This term we are doing gymnastics...