This half term, the children will read the story ‘The Enormous Crocodile.’ They will write character and setting descriptions, make predictions based on what has been read so far and retell the main events from the story. They will also use their wonderful imagination to write their own chapters.
By this point in Year 2, children should be confidently writing sentences independently and punctuating them correctly. We will be encouraging children to use a range of conjunctions to extend their sentences (and, but, so, because, when, if) as well as using carefully chosen verbs, adjectives and adverbs. It is important that children apply what they have learnt in Phonics so don’t forget to keep practicing those spellings at home!
In Maths, the children will continue to learn about multiplication and division of 2, 5 and 10. The children will then move onto learning about fractions. This will include recognising, finding, naming and writing fractions 1/3 , ¼, 2/4 and ¾ of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity.
Maths in Year 2 follows a concrete, pictorial, abstract structure. Children use lots of equipment such as counters, cubes and Base Ten alongside models and images like part-part-whole models, fraction grids, bar models, place value grids and dotty cards. It is only when they are confident using these that they will move on to more formal methods. Children continue to be encouraged to solve problems using drawings and jottings.
If you would like help in supporting your child in Maths, please look at our handy ‘Calculating in KS1’ guide.
Our Science unit for this half term is ‘Living Things and Their Habitats.’ Throughout, the children will learn about plants and animals in their environment and recognise that different habitats are essential for their survival. They will also explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.
In Geography, the children will become tour guides to identify the human and physical features within Kenya and compare them with a small location within the United Kingdom. They will also look at the climate within Africa and compare with the seasonal changes and weather patterns in the UK.
The children will use observational drawings to show patterns within nature including patterns on animal skin, camouflage and plants.
The children are going to have lots of fun using levers and sliders to create their own moving snappy crocodile.
Linked closely with their Geography work, the children will learn an African dance and work collaboratively to improvise their own movements in time to music. They will also continue to develop balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
This half term, the children will recognise ‘how Christians and Muslims celebrate new life.’ This will include learning about each religion and recognising how they like to celebrate special occasions.
‘Indoors and outdoors’ is the focus for this half term. The children will learn about the importance of staying safe both inside and outside of the home.