Holy Family Catholic Primary School

To work, to pray, to play in the Light of the Lord

                         Welcome to Year Two!

Miss Fletcher

Supporting staff:

Mrs McHale & Miss Jones

Home learning 

Work will be updated on the Year 2 home learning page   

 

Maths learning -

Activity book (sent home with children) 

Click the link for further maths learning - Year 2 home learning

 Geography/history/Science/RE - Home learning books

English learning  -

English book with lessons. If your child struggles with an activity they can choose a different activities to complete.

Writing opportunities -

If you want more writing opportunities you could write a diary of all the things you've been up to. 

Go on 'Edinburgh Zoo Live Cam' and see some amazing animals! You could use a range of adjectives and conjunctions to describe the different animals you can see. You could also plan and create a story about different animals.

Keeping Active 

We love keeping active in Year 2. Here are some of the things we do to keep us active in class which you can do at home: 

Just dance 

Wake Up Shake Up 

HelloHipHop 

   

Year 2 are learning lots of exciting new things! 

Maddie was a great actress today and performed on our special stage. 1.4.2020

Take a look at some of the things we have learnt:

Literacy, Numeracy, Art, History, Geography, Computing and Science lessons are linked to different topics each term.

Autumn One

Muck Mess and Mixtures - Art focus

Year 2 took part in the Muck Mess and Mixtures topic. This topic taught Year 2 how to use art skills to create a range of artwork. Year 2 learnt about different artists from around the world. In Science we found out about the properties of different materials.  We visited Eureka on Tuesday 1st October  to support us in our Science learning.  In English we looked at key features of stories and how to write a story. Following on from our story writing we looked  at writing instructions. We followed different instructions to  write recipes. In Maths we focussed on place value and how to add and subtract using the column method.  

RE - Chosen People

In RE we looked at and compared the story of Abraham and Moses. We learned about the jobs God asked Moses, and Abraham to do and why God trusted them with these jobs.

  

ART - We used bubble paints to create a small painting!  WC - 2.9.2019

 

Autumn Two  - History focus

The Great Fire of London

In this topic  we have learnt map reading skills and have compared how our city has developed over time. We located the four countries and capital cities of the UK. Following on from this we identified different modes of transports we could take to get to different cities from Leeds. When we had a good understanding of where London was in comparison to Leeds we learnt about The Great Fire of London. We discussed how cities have changed since the disaster (the way buildings/streets are built). We also learnt about the Grenfell Tower and how this recent disaster has impacted how buildings are further constructed. In Science we continued to look at properties of different materials. In English we looked at key features of diary and letter writing.  We looked at the skills needed to write a diary and a letter. In Maths we looked at measurement. We looked at estimating, measuring, comparing and ordering different measurements.

RE - Mysteries  

In this topic we had the opportunity to look at and reflect on mysteries. We shared our thoughts about heaven, what The Trinity represents, learnt about the story of the Annunciation and learnt about the birth of Jesus.

We also took part in the Nativity  Born in a Barn on Tuesday 17th December PM and Thursday 19th December AM.

Spring 1- History and Geography Focus

Castles and Turrets

This topic is Castles and Turrets.  We recapped story writing and looked at the skills needed to write a traditional tale. We will used a castle for our settings to our stories. To help us describe our setting  on Thursday 6th February we visited Pontefract Castle  - https://www.pontefractcastle.co.uk/school-visits.aspx.  Our trip helped us understand how castles were built and how they've developed overtime.  During this visit the children acted out a story through drama. The children used these stories to help plan and write their own traditional tales. In Maths we looked at the value of money and how to pay and give change. In Science we have looked at Animals Including Humans. During this topic we have learnt how to keep our bodies healthy through a balanced diet and moderate exercise. 

RE - The Good New

In RE we will learn about how Jesus can turn sadness to joy in stories like, The Ten Lepers and The Feeding of the 5000. We  use art and drama to help us retell these stories.

 

Spring 2- History and Geography Focus

Thank you in advance for all your support. To help keep your child/children busy we have set a range of work for them to complete in their home learning books. Work is not expected to be do everyday all day. Children should have lots of breaks and should be enjoying what they're learning.  We hope you find this information useful: 

Topic - Pirates

In History we have looked at the lives of significant individuals (sea explorers) and how they have influenced us today. For home learning I would like the children to continue to learn about different sea explorers. 

Sea explorers - 

Christopher Columbus - 1451

An Italian sea explorer who completed four voyages across the Atlantic. He was born in a time called 'Renaissance'. Where lots of people were building stronger ships to explore the sea. His first voyage was a disaster has his ship was attacked and set on fire by pirates! Christopher became a famous explorer who found new lands called The New World. Native Americans lived on the islands, but Christopher Columbus called them Indians because he thought he had landed in the 'indies'.  However, the Vikings had actually discovered America 500 years before. 

Sir Walter Raleigh - 1552 

Captain James Cook - 1728

Dame Ellen MacArthur - 1976 

In Geography we were recapping reading maps and learning about the 7 continents of the world. For home learning children have a worksheet with the UK on. The worksheet is colour coded to help children with their understanding. They need to label the 4 countries, 5 capital cities and the  3 seas. The following worksheet is an image of our world. Children need to use a key to identify the 7 continents and 5 oceans. 

In Science we are about to begin the topic Plants. I have asked children in their home learning book to take a look at the different trees and plants they have noticed around them. Remind children that they all went to Armley Park for a lesson on trees and plants last term. Encourage children to think about what the plants and trees need to grow. Children have a worksheet which has an image of a plant and tree on. Using the key they are to label the plant/tree. 

In English we have looked at the skills needed to be able to write a non-chronological report. We are using our topic learning on Pirates to write a report about a pirate. For home learning I have planned a weeks worth of lessons for children to plan and write a non-chronological report about a pirate. This will link to our learning in school. After the non-chronological reports are completed children will move onto letter writing. Year 2 have written letters in Year 1 (The day the crayons quit) and in Autumn 2 of Year 2 (Great Fire of London topic). They will use the skills they have already learnt to plan and write a detailed letter to a pirate. Key skills are highlighted in the Success Criteria which is already stuck in their home learning books. Spellings and a punctuation sheet well also be inside the home learning book to help your child/children complete tasks. 

Week 1 – Non- chronological report
Lesson one – To plan a non-chronological report on a pirate.
Lesson two -To follow plan to write a report
Lesson three - To edit and improve writing
Lesson four and five – To plan and write a short non-chronological report.
Week 2 – Recap letter writing  (30.3.2020) 
Lesson one – To use a key to label key features of a letter.
Lesson two -To compare similarities and differences between a letter and a report (see examples)
Lesson three - To order a letter.
Lesson four and five – To innovate/change wagoll (What A Good One Looks Like) See example
Week 3 – Letter writing  (6.4.2020) 
Lesson one – To use descriptive words to describe a setting.
Lesson two - To use descriptive words to describe a sea creature.
Lesson three - To plan a letter
Lesson four and five – To follow plan to write a letter

Week 4- Half-term/Easter (10.4.2020)

In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. In children's exercise books they can name and label the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. To support children with this learning they have been provided with a sheet that reminds them how to find the properties of a shape. We have recently moved our learning onto fractions. Again support for how to use the bar model method to work out a fraction of a number has been added in the exercise book. 

Maths continuous learning - 

Each day we complete a range of questions to help us remember different methods. Encourage children to complete number sentences on:

Multiplication - bar model method

Division - bar model method

Addition - column method 

Subtraction - Column method 

Timetables

Children have been provided with a range of resources to support them in their learning for maths. 

 

Reading - We love reading in Year 2! We read everyday and complete guided reading sessions. Please read with your child everyday to help them gain fluency and expression. Ask them questions about the book they are reading (who are the main characters? What do we think this word means). 

 

Spelling - Use the homework books to recap spelling rules. Children to learn the common conception spellings for Yr2.  

 

 RE -

The Mass

We have been  looking at the meaning of Lent and identifying what Christians do during Lent. We will also learnt about the story of The Last Super and made links between this story and The Mass. During home learning children can write a prayer and recap previous religious stories they have learnt. 

 

 

 

    

Summer Term 1 -  Science Focus  (20.4.2020) 

Minibeasts

 School: Our Literacy, Numeracy, Art, Computing and Science lessons are based around this topic. We will go on a minibeast hunt and explore different minibeast habitats. We will refer to the artists Andy Goldsworthy and create an Andy Goldsworthy inspired nature picture. In Literacy we will look at writing stories and recounts. In Numeracy we will focus on telling the time to quarter hour.

Home: 

In History/Art - Use your historical skills to research the artist Andy Goldsworthy. When was he born? Is he still alive today? What does he do? We have previously learnt about Van Gogh and Carl Warner. How is he similar to these artists? How is he different? 

Art - Could you create an Andy Goldsworthy inspired picture?


In Geography we were continuing to use our map reading skills and learning about the 7 continents of the world. For home learning children have a worksheet with the UK on. The worksheet is colour coded to help children with their understanding. They need to label the 4 countries, 5 capital cities and the 3 seas. The following worksheet is an image of our world. Children need to use a key to identify the 7 continents and 5 oceans.


In Science we are moving onto Living Things and Their Habitats. Could you go on a minibeast hunt when you go out for your daily walk. Record what different minibeasts you see. Find out what habitat means. Can you identify the different habitats of all the minibeasts you've seen? Draw/create a minibeast habitat. 


In English we have looked at the skills needed to write stories, use descriptive writing. write letters, non-chronological reports, instructions, recipes and recounts. This term we would have focussed on writing recounts. A recount is when you are retelling an event that has already happened. 


Week 1 – Recap recounts  (20.4.2020) 
Lesson one – To identify that first person is used in recounts (I/me) - Writing sentences in first person (you could do this in a diary).
Lesson two -To identify key features of a recount (research different features of a recount). 
Lesson three - To sequence events using time conjunctions (first//then/next). Recount what you did today using first/then/next/finally. 
Lesson four and five – To use past and present tense (it's important to remember how to write in past/present tense). Write sentences about your day yesterday (past tense) Write sentences about what you're doing now (present tense). 
Week 2 – Write recounts (27.4.2020)
Lesson one – To plan a recount about your day yesterday.  
Lesson two -To follow plan to write a recount. 
Lesson three - To edit and improve your writing (check to make sure you've not made any mistakes). 
Lesson four and five – To write a detailed recount. 
Week 3 – Story writing 
Lesson one – To recap key features of stories. 
Lesson two - To sequence a story. (Draw pictures of the story in order from beginning to end. Add captions to your story). 
Lesson three - To plan a story (opening/beginning/problem/resolution/ending).
Lesson four and five – To follow plan to write a story.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Week 4 - Story writing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lesson one – To plan a detailed story (opening/resolution) 
Lesson two - To plan a detailed story (problem/ending/resolution). 
Lesson three - To follow plan to write story
Lesson four and five – To edit and improve story.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Week 5/6 - Recapping previous writing skills
 

In Maths we would have been moving onto telling time. In the maths activity books and online there are lots of resources to support children's learning on time. Encourage your child to read analogue/digital clocks in the house. Ask your child what the time is/show your child what the time is. Most children would learn time to quarter hour in Year2. We encourage children to learn the time to 5 minute intervals. 

Maths continuous learning -
Each day we complete a range of questions to help us remember different methods. Encourage children to complete number sentences on:
Multiplication - bar model method
Division - bar model method
Addition - column method
Subtraction - Column method
Timetables
Children have been provided with a range of resources to support them in their learning for maths.

Reading - We love reading in Year 2! We read everyday and complete guided reading sessions. Please read with your child everyday to help them gain fluency and expression. Ask them questions about the book they are reading (who are the main characters? What do we think this word means).

Spelling - Use the homework books to recap spelling rules. Children to learn the common conception spellings for Yr2.

Recap homophones - words that sound the same but mean different things and are spelt differently (night/knight)

Adding suffixes to root words (adding ing/y/ed/ly) 

 

RE -

Eastertide

We would have looked at the meaning of Easter and identified what Christians do to celebrate Easter.  Research the story  about  the Ascension and the story of Pentecost. Can you retell what happens the these stories? 

 

See our Year 2 Home Learning page for Summer Term 2 work

Summer Term 2 -  Science and Geography Focus

Beach Combers

 Our last topic  is Beach Combers. We will look at a range of beaches and identify how they have changed over the years. We will also look at rock pools and identify what type of animals might live there. To help us with our topic learning we will visit Filey Beach. At Filey we will look at the features of a modern beach and compare them to beaches in the past. Our Literacy, Numeracy and Science lessons will link in with our topic.

RE -

Birth of the new church

We will be looking at the meaning of community and what it feels like to be apart of a community. We will also identify all the different communities we belong to.