“Long, long ago…”
In Year 2 our aim is for children to develop pleasure in reading, the motivation to read and to understand a wide range of vocabulary. All our writing begins with listening to, discussing and expressing views about books.
This term a great selection of narrative, poetry and non-fiction books will support the children’s History topic work. They will learn about homes and how people lived in the past, people and places in their own locality, discover changes that have had an impact on how we live now and about significant events beyond living memory for example, the Great Fire of London, through stories as much as possible.
In Year 2 we will continue to focus on establishing pupils’ accurate and speedy word reading skills by listening to and discussing a wide range of stories, poems, plays and information books. The sooner that pupils can read well and do so frequently, the sooner they will be able to increase their vocabulary, comprehension and their knowledge across the wider curriculum.
Children will continue to compose individual sentences orally and then write them down using accurate punctuation and making phonically plausible attempts to spell words they have not yet learnt. Children will learn to make simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing. We will also be working hard to establish good handwriting habits; forming individual letters correctly and getting the size of letters consistently right.
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value.
This term, pupils will extend their understanding of the language of addition and subtraction to include sum and difference. Recording addition and subtraction in columns will support place value and prepare children for formal written methods with larger numbers. Pupils will learn to use a variety of language to describe multiplication and division. They will practise to become fluent in the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and connect them to each other using related division facts to perform written and mental calculations.