Willow 2018 - 2019
Welcome to Year 2!
Willow Class, taught by Mrs McManus and supported daily by Mrs Read, is full of imaginative and enthusiastic learners who are keen to learn about the world and share their thoughts and ideas with each other.
In Year 2 we hope to spark the children's natural curiosity and encourage them to take part in discussions and ask lots of questions. We do lots of hands-on learning and love to include lots of drama and music in our lessons. The children in Year 2 have many opportunities to become brilliant problem solvers and really get stuck in to some interesting maths challenges.
We will learn about some exciting topics this year starting with ‘We're going on a journey' in the autumn term. This will include discovering what life was like aboard the Titanic, learning about the first aeroplane flight and looking at how transport has changed people's lives over the years. We will find out about significant people such as Amelia Earhart and the Wright Brothers and consider the impact they made. As part of our values led curriculum, we will also be thinking about different types of journeys such as metaphorical journeys to overcome personal fears or doubts and the journey our food takes to get to us - thinking about food miles and sustainability. As part of our topic, we will enjoy a fantastic learning experience at Liverpool Maritime Museum.
Some of our maths targets for this year are:
To count, read and write all numbers to a hundred
To develop our mental and written strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
To be able to quickly recall our times tables facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables
To recognise, find, name and write simple fractions of a length, shape, set of objects or number
To compare and sort 2D and 3D shapes
To solve problems involving money and length
To tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes
Some of our writing targets are:
To use punctuation (full stops, exclamation marks, question marks and commas to separate items in a list) correctly within our independent writing
To use capital letters in the correct places
To use conjunctions and pronouns to extend and link sentences
To include adjectives and adverbs in our writing to make it more interesting
To use a range of sentence types (statements, questions, commands and exclamations)
To re-read our own work to check it makes sense
To write meaningful narratives selecting appropriate vocabulary and sentences that begin to show an awareness of the reader
Some of our reading targets are:
To decode unfamiliar words using blending as the prime approach
To accurately read words of two or more syllables
To begin to read accurately and fluently without needing to overtly sound out words
During reading, to be able to check that the text makes sense and then correct inaccurate reading
To discuss the sequence of events and predict what might happen next, giving reasons why we think that
To make inferences on the basis of what is being said or done
To talk about and infer what characters might be thinking or feeling and what their motivations might be, using clues in the text to explain answers
To compare different stories and characters and discuss similarities and differences between them.
The best way to help your child succeed and achieve their potential is by reading with them as often as possible, sharing stories and discussing books.
PE will be taught by Mr Grooms on Thursday afternoon but extra opportunities often arise so please make sure your child has their PE kit in school all week.
I am very much looking forward to working with your children this year. I believe strongly in the partnership between a child’s home and school life so if you have any questions or wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s development or learning then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you for all your support with your child's learning.