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.
Over the year your children will learn:
Addition / Subtraction / Multiplication / Division / 2D & 3D Shapes / Time / Measurement / Place Value. The children shown here are concentrating on one of the aspects of measurement: weight/ mass, length, time and capacity, which incorporate and build on our previously learned skills.
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.
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.
Recently we had a visit from a new author Grant Koper, who came to talk about his inspiration for writing and the methods and devices that he uses to bring his stories to life!
Visit his website: https://grantkoper.com/
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. Each week, Mrs Kaur invites a 'Reader of the week' to share a book of theirs with the class to promote reading confidence and a class love of books.
During this period of isolation, Miss Turner has continued to share our latest class book via Youtube - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator!
Last term, we learned all about the UK - we explored the four nations and discovered 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 UK nation versions of traditional Bangers and Mash, including Haggis (although we aren't sure she'll be on Masterchef any time soon!). Whilst we are at home, we are learning about comparisons between the U.K and Australia, which amazingly is a country AND a continent!
Mr Harwood, our dedicated ICT teacher always has exciting projects lined up – this one involves how we organise our work into files, folders and drives; very useful when writing each other some secret spy notes! We will move on to creating digital pictures using online tool - School Sketchpad 5.1
Art & DT
Textiles was the topic set for last term. We built upon skills learned in previous years to produce some creative pieces, gaining confidence in stitching two pieces of fabric, learning how to thread a needle and have a go! We continued to gain experience in weaving, both 3D and flat i.e. paper or grass through twigs . Our focus artist was Marcel Marois who has specialised in tapestries.
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?'.
This term, we are learning at home about the environment and the causes of global warming and climate change. We are discovering the important part that we play in the future of our planet and all that inhabit it. Last term, we spent lots of time outdoors finding out what plants need to survive and the significance of their different parts!
Our varied curriculum includes outside visitors and 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!