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Year 2

Autumn Term 1

'Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?'

 

The children are settling in well to year 2 and are enjoying being the oldest children in the school.

This half term we have an exciting learning challenge “Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?” As part of our science curriculum, we will be investigating what our pets and other animals need to survive and comparing lifecycles of diets of different animals.

 

We have an exciting morning planned on September 18th with our dinosaur and fossil workshop. We will be following this up by investigating fossils and finding out about the life and work of Mary Anning.

 

We will be writing stories, poems, instructions and letters this term and focussing on spelling patterns and using correct punctuation, particularly capital letters and full stops.

 

Place value will be a key feature of our maths learning this half term. We will investigate what happens when digits are arranged differently to make numbers. We will also be focussing on the rapid recall of addition and subtraction facts to 10 and will be sending home games to reinforce these facts.

 

This term our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure your child is not wearing earrings on those days and that they have their PE kit in school. Learning together will be on a Tuesday at 8.40.

 

Year 2 Shared Learning           
 

Reading
By the time children reach Year 2 most are fluent and accurate readers. The emphasis now changes to higher order skills talking about a text, using inference (hidden meaning and finding clues from the text) to answer questions about characters, settings or plots as well as discussing the authors choice and use of language.
The following questions may be useful when you are reading with your child, particularly if they are a fluent reader.

To deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from text

  • Why did the character say this and how did it affect the story/plot?
  • How did the charcater feel when....?
  • How do we know this?
  • What did.... do to make... say/feel that?
  • Why did the character say this in a gentle/worried/angry voice?
  • How did the character behave when....why?
  • What made that character do that?

 

To identify and comment on what a text looks like(layout)
  • Which section of the information booklet tells you about...?
  • What is the heading?
  • Which caption tells us about?
  • Why has bold print been used for that word?
  • Explain why the writer has chosen to write that sentence/word like this?

 

To explain writers use of language
  • Pick out three words that explain how..... moved?
  • What do these words tell us about a character/object?
  • Explain why the writer uses a word... To describe the.....
  • Can you think of another word with the same meaning as...

 

As a reader what do you think about the story
  • What kind of story do you think it is?
  • What happened in the story to make you think this?
  • Can you think of an alternative title?
  • What did the characters in the story learn?

 

How does the text relate to you?
  • Can you compare this story with others you have read?
  • What kinds of stories normally start/end/are written in this style?

Maths

In maths we often find that many of the skills such as telling the time, money and measurement are best learned when they are practical and fun activities that are covered a little and often. With this in mind if you are looking for additional ideas to help your child these are the areas to cover. You will probably find opportunities to help your child just in your usual daily routine. Kitchen cupboards, cooking, bathtime and shopping trips are perfect sources for initiating activities and conversations about money and measurement.
 
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