Year 2 home guide
Summer Term 2013
Year 2 Home Guide
Summer Term 2013
Welcome back from the Easter break. We hope you all have had a super rest and are ready for the Summer term. Here is our last Home Guide for the year. This guide contains information about topics that we shall be covering the entire term and suggestions for things you can do at home with your child to extend their learning.
Sun cream and Water!
If by some chance we get a Summer this term, could we ask all parents to ensure that all children have sun cream on during any potential hot weather, have a hat to wear while outside and bring in a water bottle to quench their thirst.
Please keep reading with your child every day and make sure that they complete any Guided Reading homework.
The guide also includes ideas for activities to reinforce learning with your child in other subjects across the curriculum.
These are the topics we will be covering this term in class and suggested activities for parents and children.
The first half term we are doing the End of Key Stage 1 assessment tasks and activities. These include: reading comprehensions, 1-1 reading assessments and a short and long writing activity. Please note that these are not tests. Rather, they are independent activities that will give us extra information when we assess your child to give an academic level for the end of Key Stage 1.
The children will write a diary about travelling to Scutari, the hospital in the Crimea where Florence Nightingale worked. There will also be more opportunities for extended story-writing.
The children will write poems about Night-time and another topic linked to our geography work.
Non-fiction: Non-Chronological Reports.
The children are going to write non-chronological reports on topics such as batteries and electric circuits (linked to Science work) and Night-time (a SATs activity). They will also write a character profile on a fictional character.
Guided Reading: (April-July)
Please ensure your child brings back their Guided Reading books on their allotted homework day.
Please keep practising multiplication tables with your children – 2, 5 and 10 times tables to start with and then move onto 3s and 4s. They are a very valuable tool for quick mental calculation.
• Get your child to write and mentally recall number bond sentences to 10 and 20 and 100 using addition and subtraction. For example: 8+2 = 10, 18+2 = 20, 20 – 8 = 12. 10 - 7 = 3.
• Be able to order whole numbers to at least 100. Give your child a sequence of numbers and get them to continue it.
• Be able to place a series of numbers on a blank number line, making sure the numbers are in the right numerical order.
• Quick mental doubling of one and two digit numbers and halving of even two digit numbers.
• A correct use of a number line to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.
• Practical division activities; i.e., dividing up pizza, sharing out sweets, etc.
• Exploring the link between division and basic fractions: halves and quarters.
• To continue practising telling the time and knowing how many minutes there are in an hour; how many hours in a day; how many weeks in a month, etc.
• Continue talking about money, encouraging the correct units of measure (pounds and pence) and how money is used in a real-life sense.
• This half term we will be introducing weight (g, kg) and capacity (ml, l) for the first time.
• Get your child to partition two-digit numbers into multiples of 10 and 1, and then recombine them.
• We will be increasing an emphasis on missing number calculations (which is basic algebra). For example: 5 + ? = 19. You can use any number operation (+, -, x, ÷) and the missing number can be in any place in the calculation. The important factor here is that the children have to use a range of mathematical skills to answer the questions. The numbers do not need to be big.
• Discuss how addition is related to subtraction (they are opposites or inverse) and how multiplication (x) is related to division (÷) (they are opposites or inverse). For example: 7 + 7 = 14 AND 14 – 7 = 7.
5 X 5 = 25 AND 25 ÷ 5 = 5
Our two topics this term are Variation and Electricity. Variation will explore the differences between plants and animals and look more closely at plants. More details will follow… Electricity will introduce children to electricity and electric circuits and electrical safety. At the same time, there will be a week’s worth of cross-curricular non-fiction literacy teaching on the subject. We will also be looking at Living and Growing as part of Science and how we are born, the differences between boys and girls, growing up and how we are made.
The topic this term is Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. The children will learn in detail about the events before, during and after the Crimean War (1860s). Then, they will write about it in a week’s worth of cross-curricular Literacy lessons. We have already booked a visit to the Florence Nightingale museum.
Y2 MP Wednesday 1st May 2013
Y2 NR Thursday 2nd May 2013
For this subject we will be looking at Going to the Seaside, exploring the human and physical aspects. We recommend Google Earth as a research tool and any non-fiction fact books.
We have also booked a Seaside trip for Wednesday 3rd July. Details will follow so watch this space.
We will follow the scheme of work dictated by the Social and Emotional Aspects of children’s Learning (SEAL). The topics this term are ‘Relationship’ and ‘Changes’.
The topics for this term are ‘Belonging’ and ‘Beliefs’. Both topics look at a range of religions and how religious people demonstrate their faith.
Where possible, we will use the ICT suite working in pairs to learn the basics of word-processing, internet use and painting programs as well as using the new iPads.
Art and Design and Technology:
In the last half term the children will design and make wind-up toys.
A weekly Music lesson with Mr Morris, a weekly PE lesson with Morris, and a weekly Dance lesson with Ms Robbins.
Please make sure your child has a PE kit that consists of: trainers, sensible trousers and a t-shirt. Morris will not allow children to do PE if they don’t have a kit.