Learning in Year Two
At Midfield we follow maths mastery:
All aspects of maths will first be taught using concrete materials, 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. We aim to ground mathematical concepts in the real world to provide context and familiarisation.
During Autumn Two the children will learn about the topic of Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication, whilst ensuring that we still cover any learning that has been missed in year one.
The children will learn to solve addition and subtraction calculations using column methods, counting on/back and applying their knowledge of what they have learnt in the previous unit of place value. We will then move on to solving multiplication using repeated addition, arrays and grouping.
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 our focus text will be 'Diary of a Killer Cat' by Anne Fine. This humorous and witty text is sure to delight the children and will surely provide some inspiration for our own fantastic diary entries.
Over the year, we use 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.
We learn about many different genres of writing, including letters, newspaper reports and descriptions. All the work across the year is linked to either the class story, or a shared class experience - we love providing children with experiential learning wherever possible to promote purposeful learning that they will better retain, long term. We also use foundation subjects for focused Big Writes.
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 using Penpals for 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 free visiting the school library at lunchtimes, to encourage their independent enjoyment of reading and school trips to our local St Pauls' Cray Library.
This term we will be learning all about Guy Fawkes, considering his actions and where he fits in to the history of Great Britain. The children will be using a range of learning styles such as role play and debate to explore the Gunpowder Plot and its significance in history.
We will be having ICT on a weekly basis this year and we have some rather exciting projects lined up for the children. During our lessons we will organise our work into files, folders and drives; very useful when writing each other some secret spy notes!
This term we will be learning: * What the internet is and how we use it * To use a browser to search for and visit websites * What we should do if we see anything worrying or upsetting online
During our learning we will be using infant encyclopedias to find out information on a topic and report back to the class.
Art & DT
During Autumn Two our topic moves on to Colour Mixing. We will be learning how to mix colours to purple, green and orange. We will be then moving on to using the work of Frida Kahlo as inspiration to create a still life of fruit using either chalk/oil pastels or water colour.
Using the Discovery RE scheme of work, our lessons are wide-reaching and thought-provoking, asking questions such as 'Is it true that Jesus came back to life again?', 'How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?' and 'Does going to a Mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?'
During our studies the children are encouraged to respect and take account of a range of world views as well as making links with non-religious values that we adopt in every day life.
This half term we will be learning about what Christians believe about why Jesus was sent to Earth. We will be exploring Christian's beliefs on how Jesus came to teach everybody to love one another and be kind to each other. We will be exploring the importance of advent in the build up to Christmas and the symbolism represented through the Advent wreath.
This term our topic is called 'Marvellous Materials'. We will:
- Learn to identifying a range of everyday materials, describe their properties and what they are used for.
- Describe how materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
- Learn about famous scientists such as Dunlop, Macintosh and McAdam.
Our learning will be very practical and hands on making use of the fantastic grounds that we have to support and embed our learning.
Our musical focus this half term is 'Our Bodies'.
The children will be:
- Recognising and responding to a steady beat
- Recognising and responding to a rhythm ostinato pattern
- Recognising and playing rhythmic patterns
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 half term we will have PE.