Welcome to the Swallows
Miss Larkins, Miss Pearce and Mrs Stafford welcome you to our class. We are really proud of how well you have settled into school and how hard you have worked.
Please find below the document for our spellings for the week beginning 16.10.2020. Please practise your spellings daily at home. You can practise by printing out the document or you can practise these on any paper in your home. You do not need to bring your practise sheets into school.
If you are unable to download the document, the spellings for this week focus on the
sound /j/ often spelt with g before e, i and y. The sound /j/ always spelt with ‘j’ before a, o and u. The spellings are: gem, giant, magic, giraffe, energy, jacket, jar, jog, join and adjust.
Autumn Term 1
In English this half term we are focusing on the author, Julia Donaldson. Over the last few weeks we have read one of her stories, The Highway Rat. We have completed lots of work focusing on this story, such as looking at rhyming words, learning the meaning of tricky words in this story, using capital letters at the beginning for sentences and for names and each of you have written a new page for the story with new characters, which I am very proud of.
This week we have read another of Julia Donaldson's stories, A Squash and a Squeeze. We have thought about the old lady's feelings throughout the story, and have thought about how we can write feelings by using 'show, don't tell'. We will continue to work on this story and focusing on Julia Donaldson as an author until half term.
You listen to A Squash and a Squeeze being read here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xFTGakzEIA
Why don't you ask your parent/carer to join the Oxford Owl website here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ and you can read lots of books on your tablets at home!
This BBC Bitesize page is an excellent resource to help support your child with their English learning: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/year-2-and-p3-english-topics/1
This half term we are learning all about Place Value by following White Rose's Recovery Curriculum. We are learning all about numbers, and the value of each number. We are learning how to read and write numbers up to 100 in both numerals and words. We are also learning how to partition numbers into tens and ones by using a range of manipulatives, such as Base 10 and Place Value Counters, to help us understand. This will help us after half term when we will be learning about addition and subtraction. We have also been focusing on comparing numbers, using the comparison symbols '<, > and =', and also ordering numbers from the greatest number to the least number and the least number to the greatest number.
Here are some links to videos to help you:
Our Maths lessons during the week beginning 12.10 will focus on the concepts shown in these videos:
Here is a link to a great workbook if you would like to practise Place Value at home:
History and Geography
Our History and Geography focus for Autumn Term term is Brilliant Bedford. We are going to be learning just how brilliant Bedford is! We will be looking at Bedford in relation to the rest of the United Kingdom, as well as exploring our local area in Bedford, the Black Tom area, and why it is called this. We are going to be looking at maps of the local area and we will each make our own map of the Black Tom area. We will look at aerial photographs of Bedford and the UK, and how these will help us with our mapping skills, as well as learning how Bedford has changed over time.
October is also a very important month because it is Black History Month. In October we will be learning about why it is important to celebrate Black History Month and we will be learning about a special lady called Mary Seacole. Mary Seacole was a black nurse in the 19th Century, who went to the Crimea and helped to nurse the soldiers back to health. She used lots of different natural and herbal remedies to help the soldiers feel better.
In Music we will also be listening and appraising a range of South African music and songs, such as The Click Song by Miriam Makeba, Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela) by Hugh Masekela, Mbube by the Soweto Gospel Choir and Hlokoloza by Arthur Mofokate.
In Science we are going to be learning all about Living Things and their Habitats. We are going to look at what habitats are, including microhabitats, and see what habitats we can find in our school and also around the world. We will identify what living things are found within each habitat and how they are adapted to live there. We are going to be classifying things that are living, dead or have never been alive as well as classifying animals as carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
Here is a link to some videos that will help you learn all about living things and their habitats: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv
Year 2 Curriculum Map
Please click the 'download' button below to download the file.
Children must coming into school wearing their PE kit on the days that they have PE. Children in Swifts class will have PE on Mondays and Fridays.
Homework will be set online on Fridays using Purple Mash and MyMaths and will be due in the following Friday.
Spellings are linked to our Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme and will also be given out on a Friday via this class page. Please learn these words and be a super speller!
Please ensure that your child continues to read at home every evening using the online library.