Welcome to Year 2 Trevose Head!

omcleod 2nd October 2016

Hello and welcome to Year 2 Trevose Head. I can’t believe we’re already half way through our first half term of the year. Time really is flying! The children of Year 2 have settled in so well and are really living up to their new status as the eldest children in Key Stage 1! They are already well into their learning; and we have already covered a number of areas of the curriculum. Our areas of study for this half term include the following:

In Maths, we have been studying number and place value: estimating and counting a number of objects up to 100; locating numbers on 0−100 beaded lines and 1−100 squares; comparing pairs of numbers and finding a number in between; ordering three numbers and ordering 2-digit numbers. We have also been practising mental addition and subtraction: revising number bonds to 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and beginning to learn related subtraction facts; learning multiple of 10 number bonds to 100, and number bonds to 20. Finally, we have been doubling numbers up to double 15; and using patterns in number bonds to solve more difficult additions and subtractions, including solving additions bridging 10. For the remainder of the half term we will be studying geometry: sorting 2D shapes according to symmetry properties using Venn and Carroll diagrams; identifying right angles and recognising squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, ovals and hexagons; discovering which of these tessellate. We will also do some more work on number and place value  and mental addition and subtraction; beginning to mark numbers on a landmarked line; comparing and ordering numbers, using the < and > signs; finding 1 and 10 more or less using the 100-square; finding 10 more and 10 less than any 2-digit number; knowing and using ordinal numbers; understanding that 2-digit numbers are made from some 10s and some 1s; understanding place value using 10p and 1p coins; finding 10p more and 10p less; and finding 10 more and 10 less.

In English, we have been studying traditional tales, focusing on a modern, local story called The Princess and the Castle by Caroline Binch. So far, the children have been learning and making story maps of the original story; innovating their own versions of the story; and learning about simple and compound sentences, nouns, adjectives and conjunctions. For the rest of this half term, the children will initially be completing their own versions of the story. We will then be visiting Mousehole, where the story is set. Here, the children will see the house where the main characters lived, alongside the old harbour. They may even spot the boat, owned by one of the characters in the story! The children will use their senses, soaking up the sights, sounds, smells and feeling of being around the harbour, next to the sea. For the remaining weeks of the half term, the children will then be planning and writing a recount of the trip.

In Science, we are learning about animals, including humans. We began by considering the life cycles of a human and a frog. In the coming weeks, we will be learning about the life cycle of a chicken; and we will finish the unit by considering our basic needs, including our need for good hygiene. Finally, we will learn about food groups and the importance of maintaining a balanced diet.

In Topic, we have been studying geography, practising a lot of map work. We will soon be comparing the geography of Egypt, our class county, with that of UK. We will also look at weather patterns in Egypt and the UK; finding locations using compass points; and using aerial and satellite photographs to create a map of Egypt.

In Life Skills, we are practising organisational skills, including being organised during the school day; organising ourselves and our things. Next, we will be creating and following an organised plan, preparing for and running an event.

In P.E., we are practising multiskills and team games, currently focusing on basketball.

In Phonics, we are continuing our Read Write Inc. programme and we thank you for your continued support with this, in regularly listening to your child reading at home.

In R.E., we will soon be completing a project in which we will begin by thinking about the special people in our lives. We will then consider what Christians believe was special about Jesus, as the first phase of our learning about world faiths.

As you can see, we have already been very busy; and we still have a some more busy, fun weeks to go!

Many thanks again for your support.

Mr McLeod

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