Harris Academies
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Year 2 Learning Overview - Autumn 1 2016

Reading continues to be a priority in Year 2. We are in the process of hearing each child read individually to ensure they are reading books that are suitable for their skill level. We would ask that you hear your child read daily and please record what they have read in their reading records and include any words that they struggle with.

In school we continue to use the rainbow ladder to encourage positive behaviour.  This year we have added a gold star at the top of the ladder, above the rainbow.  Children will be rewarded for reaching the gold star and we encourage you to ask your child why they have received a gold star sticker. Children whose behaviour causes them to be on the thundercloud will be given a note to take home explaining their behaviour.

We are also encouraging children to develop character attributes, traits and behaviours that we believe underpin success in school and beyond. We call these our ‘Keys to Success’. These are Determination, Curiosity, Community spirit, Respect, Integrity, Self-control, Conscientiousness and Responsibility.

Children will attend a ‘Keys to Success’ assembly every Monday morning where two children from each Year Two class will be awarded a Keys to Success Certificate in honour of showing one of the above attributes.

Children will be practising handwriting daily.  They will be continuing to learn how to form their letters using a pre-cursive script, and when they are ready, will learn to join letters using a cursive script, which they will be encouraged to use in all of their writing.

 

What are we learning?

This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Wriggle and Crawl, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this.

As Geographers we will learning to follow a simple plan, follow directions and draw a route showing features.  We will be using our geographical enquiry skills by asking questions about our local area.

As Scientists we will be learning about living things and their habitats.  We will understand how different plants and animals are connected in the ecosystem by understanding simple food chains.  We will be developing our skills of scientific investigation by asking questions, making observations, performing simple test and recording our findings in all the investigations we carryout.

As Artists we will be showing our ideas and imagination through drawing, painting and sculpture. We will look at the work of a range of well-known artists and designers.

In addition:

In Literacy will be writing for many different purposes, including; instructions, reviews and developing our vocabulary to write descriptions.  We will also be reading, writing and performing poetry.

In Numeracy we will be continuing to build our understanding of number, by Mastering Numbers to 100, Addition and subtraction and begin to understand Multiplication as grouping.

In Computing – we will understand what algorithms are and how they are implemented as programs on digital devices.  We will learn to create and debug simple programmes and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.  We will also be learning about e-safety.

In Mandarin - we will be learning about the origins of the language; to say hello, to ask and answering questions such as ‘how are you?’ and ’what is your name?’

We will continue to practise our Spanish by greeting each other in Spanish every day and singing songs in Spanish.

In Philosophy for Children (P4C) – We will be using our think skills, asking questions and making assumptions, children will be encouraged to develop opinions and give supporting reasons. We will be using different stimulus’ to encourage thinking, such as stories, songs, poems and pictures.

In Music we will be learning to do djembe drumming and the recorders!

Other Events:

We will be participating in a project led by teachers and sixth form students from Alleyn’s School.  The first project which will involve Buttercup class will be an animation project which will support and enhance the children’s learning in computing.  This will start week beginning 12/9/16.  Primrose class will participate in their project after half-term, week beginning 7/11/16.

Black History Month will be in October, we will be learning about different cultures, and significant people and events in black history.

We will also be visiting Dulwich Library; each class will visit the library once each half term.

 

Other information

Uniform:  Children must be in the correct uniform - grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or shorts; white collared shirt (long or short sleeved); school cardigan or jumper with logo; white or grey socks or grey tights. Girls may also wear a purple and white school dress during the summer months.  All items of clothing must be labelled with their name. Hair below shoulder length should be tied back with a purple or black hair band.

P.E. Kit:  Please make sure your children have navy blue or black sports shorts, a t-shirt with the Harris logo, plimsolls and socks in a named P.E. bag in school, P.E is on Tuesday and Friday. P.E kits will be sent home on Friday and should return to school on Monday.

Children are not allowed to do P.E. without the appropriate kit. Please could you check your child’s kit as children have been doing quite a bit of growing over the holidays.

Reading Books and Reading Records: Please make sure your child’s books and reading records are in their book bags each day. We will change their books twice a week during guided reading sessions which will start next week.

Overview of our home learning: Home learning will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. There will be three pieces weekly (Thinking Question, Literacy and Numeracy). There will also be one half-termly homework project. We will let you know this in due course. 

Home learning is a way for your child to show off the learning that they have been doing throughout the week, this is an opportunity for children to present their learning in a way that is appropriate to them. This may include drawing, writing or painting, children can also perform songs, poems or create something using materials from home, encourage children to be imaginative and think about how they would like to present their learning in a way that they are proud of.

Also….                 

Helping in the Classroom - We welcome parents to help and support in classrooms, so please contact us if you are interested in contributing to a variety of activities: from listening to readers, DIY or art activities for example.  Please be aware that volunteering places you in a position of trust due to the range of information you have access to about the school community. Therefore, you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement before helping out in a classroom and some activities may require a DBS check as well.  Please let the class teacher know if you are able to help out in any way.