Welcome to Year 2!
In English this term we are looking at what makes a good story. We are thinking about describing characters, settings and how to structure a story involving a problem. We have also discussed our favourite stories and talked about how stories can create a sense of adventure and often include interesting characters. For the first 2 weeks of term, we focused our learning around Katie Morag and The Two Grandmothers. The children have enjoyed writing descriptions of some of the interesting characters and acting out new possible endings for the story. Over the next two weeks, we are looking at 'The Snail and The Whale' by Julia Donaldson. The children have begun to create actions to help them orally retell the story and will be writing their own retell later on in the week.
In Maths this term we are focusing on number. We began the year working with tens and ones to build upon our knowledge of place value. We are now moving towards solving addition and subtraction calculations involving 2-digit numbers. The children will be taught two clear methods in order to solve addition and subtraction problems and once secure on both, can choose their preferred method to solve problems carefully. We will look at working out more straight forward calculations as well as working through some more complex word problems. The children will also continue to focus on their KIRF (Key Instant Recall Facts) targets. This term this links to our knowledge of number bonds so please refer to your child's individual letter that was sent home on 22.09.17 for their personal target and ways to support with this at home.
In Science this term, we are learning about different materials and their properties. We have discussed everyday objects, such as a wooden spoon, and have thought about why each object is made from a particualr material. We are practising explaining our ideas using as much scientific language as possible.
Our Creative Context this term is Islands. We are learning about Grace Darling and the history of the RNLI. We are thinking about how water safety has changed over time and how events from the past can impact on our lives today. Our exciting trip to Shoreham-By-Sea will support us with this!
At Julian's Primary School we approach school life with a growth mindset. We know that success is the result of hardwork and effort and are therefore working reciprocially with each other in order to ensure we achieve our best. This week, all classes are learning the importance of giving and receiving kind, useful and specific feedback to each other in order to improve. We are doing this through the medium of drafting and re-drafting observational sketches linked to our new book in English, The Snail and The Whale.