Year 2 2019 - 2020
In English we will have a non-fiction focus on e:booklets and instructions as well as building our knowledge to produce our own information work about animals. We will also be watching and reading a range of African stories featuring animal characters. We will go on to develop our own stories after a special visit from the storyteller Creeping Toad who will regale us with tales from the African plains.
Please help your child by hearing them read for a few minutes every evening and by helping them to learn their spellings for homework. Remember to take time to look at the Common Exception words for year 2 whenever you get the time. Please do not worry if your child is trying to master Y1 words. We need to move on from where they are now.
In Maths we will begin by looking at statistics by examining pictograms and block diagrams based on animals in British and African habitats. We will continue with our number work beginning with repeated addition and then moving on to multiplication and division.
Continue playing this shark game to practise place value.
Please help your child by making sure they learn the number facts (bonds and doubles/ halves) sent home for homework each week until they have instant recall.
In science we will be learning about living things. We will begin by examining what is alive, what is dead and what has never been alive. Next we'll move on to classifying animals using characteristics. Habitats of animals in Britain and Africa will form part of our learning and a visit by 'Animal Oddities' will help to enthuse the children when they get to meet some animals themselves.
In computing we will use Colour Magic to design part of our African baskets. We will also combine text and graphics when making our own Africa e:books. Children will research information about Africa using different search engines and data bases.
To continue with coding and go to an on-line version of scratch click here.
We will also look at weaving and will make simple African baskets and will focus on close observational drawing of African musical instruments as well as sketching the mighty gorilla!.
We are looking forward to a visit from an African drum specialist who will provide the children with a drum workshop as part of our learning.
Links to support learning at home:
http://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers/sharkNumbers_v5.html - Shark place value game
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