Harris Academies
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Year 2


Class Teachers: Miss Humphreys & Mr Hollis

Teaching Assistants: Ms Bazely & Ms Valapinee

PE day: Monday (morning)

Day homework is set: Home learning is sent home every Thursday. This will consist of activities for maths, English and spellings. Children will also receive a project to complete each half term in preparation for a new topic (holiday home learning).

Day Homework is due in: Home learning is due the following Tuesday.

Amount of time which should be spent reading every day: Children should spend at least 15-20 minutes a day reading. This can be broken up, for example: 10 minutes before dinner time and 10 minutes before bedtime.

Key Spellings/spelling patterns for the half term: Children have received a set of high frequency words for this term and they will be tested on these weekly. These should be practised every day at home for at least 10 minutes.

Key maths facts which your child needs to know this half term:

  • Number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.
  • Multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
  • Multiples of 10 that add to make 100.
  • Counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 from 0 and from any number, forward and backward.
  • Odd and even numbers.
  • Doubles and halves of numbers to at least 20.
  • Addition and subtraction facts to 20.

English overview:

This half term our learning will be based on texts related to our topic ‘Creatures of the night’. We will begin by looking at the story ‘Owl Babies’ and retelling the story in sequence, as well as from a character’s perspective. This will also include looking at the story ‘The Owl who was afraid of the dark’, where children will write a letter of advice to help the main character in the text. In addition, we will be learning about non-chronological reports and linking this to our exploration of nocturnal animals. We will also be learning about and using the key features of non-fiction texts.

Maths overview:

At the start of the term, we will be revising and building on our knowledge of addition and subtraction. This will include counting on and back mentally and using known number facts to complete calculations. We will also be looking at ways to add and subtract 2-digit numbers. During the term, we will then progress to learning about multiplication and division. This will incorporate doubling and halving and using multiplication and division facts to solve problems. We will also be looking at recognising fractions and finding different fractions of a shape.

All other subjects (including French)

History: We will be learning about David Attenborough and his contributions to the animal world.

DT: We will be investigating structures and creating design ideas for a new home for owls.

Science: We will be exploring living things and their habitats.

French: We will be learning about naming and recognising animals.

PE: We will be focusing on key skills including agility, balance, co-ordination and speed.

RE: We will be developing our knowledge of Judaism and key celebrations.

Computing: We will be learning about using a branching database.

Music: We will be learning about descriptive sounds and word rhythms.