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St Joseph the Worker

Catholic Primary School

Year 2

WHAT WILL I BE DOING AT SCHOOL THIS TERM?

An overview of some of the work being carried out in Class 2 during the Autumn term

In English we will be working on:

Stories and poems with familiar settings

Instructions

Letters

The children will be:

  • applying phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words
  • recognising alternative sounds for graphemes
  • reading words containing common suffixes
  • participating in discussion about books, poems and other works that are read to them and those that they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to others
  • starting to use some of the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters
  • using a variety of adjectives and verbs engage the reader
  • writing capital letters, lower case letters and digits of the correct size and orientation
  • learning how to use full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks and question marks
  • revising phases 2 – 4 sounds (words already practised on their Phonic Cards)
  • adding -es, -ed, -ing, -er, -est to nouns and verbs
  • learning spellings ‘silent letters’: k , wr and g
  • learning how to consider what they are going to write before beginning by planning, speaking aloud and writing down key words or ideas

 

In Mathematics we will be working on:

  • counting in steps of 2 from 0 and in tens 10 from any number, forward and backward.
  • recognising the place value of each digit in a 2-digit number (tens and ones)
  • solving problems with addition and subtraction using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers , quantities and measures
  • adding and subtracting a two digit number and ones, a two digit number and tens.
  • choosing and using appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length / height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/ g)) ; to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers and scales
  • finding different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money.
  • comparing and sequencing intervals of time
  • identifying and describing the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • ordering and arranging combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences
  • interpreting and constructing simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.

In Science our topic is:

Uses of Every Day Materials

The children will:

  • identify and compare the suitability of some everyday materials for particular uses
  • find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed, by heating, cooling, bending or stretching
  • think about new uses for materials.

 

In R.E. our topics are:

Beginnings

  • We will be celebrating and responding to the many beginnings each day offers and that God is present at every beginning.

Signs and Symbols

  • We will explore the experience of signs and symbols and reveal that they are used in Baptism.

Preparing

  • We will explore how we prepare for special times and that Advent is four weeks of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

Judaism

  • We will learn why Saturday (Shabbat) is God’s special day for Jewish people. We will learn how they celebrate Shabbat and appreciate that Shabbat is a family day of rest, happiness and a time to think about God.

 

In Computing the children will:

  • learn to use technology safely and respectfully
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • compile a digital fact file and create an e-book based on a story they have been studying in English
  • learn to open and reply to emails.

In Geography our topic is The Weather. The children will identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.

 

In History our topic will be The Great Fire of London. The children will recognise that their own lives are different from the lives of people in the past. They will learn about aspects of the past beyond living memory (1666) and begin to investigate the life of some famous people.

 

In Art the children will be using a variety of materials and processes to explore ideas and investigate ways of expressing their responses to topics. They will learn how to use primary colours to mix secondary colours and design and make a variety of images and artefacts.

 

In Design and Technology the children will be using tools to assemble, join and combine materials and components to make a moving vehicle. They will talk about their own and others’ models and describe how the vehicle works.

 

In Music the children will discover ways to use their voices to describe feelings and moods. They will create, notate and perform vocal sounds through our topics of ‘The Great Fire of London’ and ‘Ourselves.’

 

In P.E. our topics are:

Gymnastics - The children will:

  • perform basic skills in travelling, being still, finding space and using it safely, both on the floor and using apparatus.
  • develop the range of their skills and actions, for example, balancing, taking off and landing, turning and rolling.

Karate - The children will learn:

  • punching and sparring techniques
  • the roundhouse and axe kick

Emphasis will be on the speed and accuracy of techniques rather than the power and force.

 

Homework

Our homework will be linked to the work covered throughout the week and is intended to enable the children to practise skills and reinforce learning. It would be most appreciated if you would support your child to produce their best efforts in practising new skills.

Autumn Term 2017 Year 2

 

 

 

 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING AT SCHOOL THIS TERM?

An overview of some of the work being carried out in Class 2 during the Spring term

In English we will be studying:

Traditional Tales

Stories from other cultures

Poems with predictable and patterned language

The children will be working on:

  • becoming increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
  • recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry
  • continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart
  • making inferences based on what is being said and done
  • answering and asking questions
  • predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • beginning to write with a joined style
  • learning how to use commas for lists
  • making simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing by rereading to check it makes sense
  • self and peer assessment
  • phases 2-5 spellings
  • learning spellings of common exception words

 

In Mathematics we will be working on:

  • counting in steps of 3 from any number, forward and backward.
  • recognising the place value of each digit in 2 and 3 digit numbers (hundreds, tens and ones)
  • using < and >
  • recalling and using addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently
  • adding and subtracting two-digit numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally
  • adding three one-digit numbers.
  • recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.
  • calculating mathematical statements for multiplication and division and writing them using the multiplication, division and equals signs.
  • comparing, ordering, estimating and measuring volume, capacity and temperature.
  • combining amounts of money to make a particular value to a pound (£)
  • using mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line.

 

In Science our topic is:

Animals including Humans

The children will:

  • learn how animals have offspring that grow into adults
  • think about how they (children) have changed since they were babies
  • look at various life cycles, human, frogs, butterflies
  • find out what animals need to survive
  • study balanced diets and exercises, which help keep humans fit and healthy
  • seek answers to scientific questions through planning prediction, observation measurement, collection and evaluation of evidence.

 

In R.E. our topics are:

Books

  • We will explore different books used at home and at school and reveal the books used on Sunday by the parish family.

Thanksgiving

  • We will explore different ways to say thank you and reveal the Eucharist: another word for the Mass, meaning thanksgiving. The children will learn that we give thanks to God for giving us Jesus in Holy Communion.

Opportunities

  • We will explore that each day offers opportunities for good and reveal that Lent is an opportunity to turn towards what is good in preparation for Easter.

 

In Computing our topics are:

Animation

The children will:

  • develop an understanding of how digital technology can be used to create animations
  • create a short non-stop motion animation depicting a historical event (Great Fire of London)

Finding, Using and Communicating Information

The children will:

  • use software to create a newspaper report
  • combine text and images

In History our topic will be Famous People and Events. The children will learn about the lives of Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, Grace Darling, Louis Braille and Samuel Pepys.

In Art the children will collect visual and other information for their work. They will investigate visual and tactile qualities in materials and processes. They will produce a variety of close observation drawings using a range of materials.

In Design and Technology the children will create a moving model using gears and pulleys. They will learn how to change the direction of the gear wheels. They will create labelled sketches and models with Lego Dacta to develop their ideas.

In Music the children will be studying pitch and musical symbols within the topic of “Animals”

In P.E. our topics are:

  1. - The children will enter and exit the pool safely and learn to swim using backstroke and breaststroke.

Dance/Cheerleading – The children will use different parts of the body to show a sense of dynamic, expressive and rhythmic qualities in their own dance. They will choose appropriate movements for different dance ideas.

Homework

Our homework will be linked to the work covered throughout the week and is intended to enable the children to practise skills and reinforce learning. It would be most appreciated if you would support your child to produce their best efforts in practising new skills.

Spring Term 2017 Year 2

 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING AT SCHOOL THIS TERM?

An overview of some of the work being carried out in Class 2 during the Summer term

Stories by significant children’s authors.

Different stories by the same author

Information books including non-chronological reports

Poetry and riddles

The children will be working on:

  • reading with fluency and confidence
  • discussing and clarifying the meanings of words
  • explaining and discussing their understanding of books, poems and other material
  • using apostrophes
  • punctuating direct speech with inverted commas
  • using the present and past tenses correctly and consistently
  • making simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing
  • proof reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • self and peer assessment
  • adding suffixes to spell longer words, including -ment, -lness, -ful, - less, -ly
  • understanding and using contractions : can’t, didn’t, hasn’t, couldn’t, it’s, I’ll

 

In Mathematics we will be working on:

  • identifying, representing and estimating numbers using different representations, including the empty number line
  • using place value and number facts to solve problems
  • recognising the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and using this to check calculations and solve missing number problems
  • solving problems involving multiplication and division
  • recognising, finding, naming and writing fractions 1/3, ¼, 2/4 and ¾ of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
  • writing simple fractions for example, ½ of 6 = 3
  • recognising the equivalence of 2/4 and ½.
  • choosing and using appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length / height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/ g))
  • solving simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change
  • telling and writing the time to five minutes, including quarter past / to the hour and drawing the hands on the clock to show these times

 

 

In Science our topics are:

Plants The children will:

  • observe inside seeds and bulbs and describe how they grow into mature plants
  • find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy
  • find seeds in the local environment

 

Living Things and Their Habitat The children will:

  • recognise and explain differences between things that are living and things that have never been alive
  • investigate what living organisms need to stay alive and healthy
  • identify and sort living and non-living things
  • discuss how some non-living things were alive once.

 

In R.E. our topics are:

Spread the Word

  • We will explore how we pass on messages and make links between the story of Pentecost and the importance of spreading the Good News of Jesus in our lives.

Rules

  • We will explore how each day offers opportunities for good and reveal the reasons for rules in the Christian family.

Treasures

  • We will explore what we treasure and reveal that the world is God’s treasure given to us.

Islam

  • We will discover and respect that the Muslim family and Prayer is important for Muslims.

 

In Computing our topics are:

Programming on Screen. The children will be learning to:

  • develop their understanding of programmable toys
  • input sequences of instructions to programme an on-screen sprite to move
  • understand that specific sequences of instructions have a predictable outcome
  1. The children will be learning to:
  • use a branching database to sort and identify items
  • use simple graphing software to produce pictograms and basic graphs
  • sort and classify a group of items by answering questions

 

In Geography the children will:

  • learn about a contrasting environment in the U.K. (The Isle of Coll, Scotland)
  • extract information from secondary sources
  • follow a route on a map
  • use a variety of sources to find out information about seaside places around the world

In Art the focus will be “Sea Life”, linked to the Science and Geography topics.

The children will be learning to:

  • explore ideas and collect visual and other information for their work
  • comment on similarities and differences between their own and others’ work
  • adapt and improve their own work.

In Design and Food Technology the children will create a moving model using gears and pulleys. They will learn how to change the direction of the gear wheels. They will create labelled sketches and models with Lego Dacta to develop their ideas.

In Music the children will be studying timbre, tempo and dynamics in the topic entitled “Weather”

In P.E. our topics are:

Swimming – The children will continue to propel themselves in water using different swimming aids, arm and leg actions and basic strokes.

Games – The children will:

  • travel with, send and receive a ball and other equipment in different ways
  • develop these skills to play simple, competitive net, striking/ fielding and invasion-type games that they and others have made, using simple tactics for attacking and defending.

Homework

Our homework will be linked to the work covered throughout the week and is intended to enable the children to practise skills and reinforce learning. It would be most appreciated if you would support your child to produce their best efforts in practising new skills.

Summer Term 2017 Year 2

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