Dear Year 2 Parents,
Thank you so much for your support in providing the children with the resources they needed to make their sock puppets in DT last week. The children had a wonderful time watching the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on Friday. This was a unique and enriching experience for all of the children. Thank you once again to the parents who accompanied us on the trip, we could not have done it without you.
Please refer to the attached recommended book list that can be used to support your child with our current topic, Street Detectives.
English: This week the children have been acting out our new class story Little Red Riding Hood in order to deepen their comprehension and understanding of the story. The children have started to reflect on their favourite part of the story and they were encouraged to retell the story in their own words. They have also written a description of the forest setting, generating interesting adjectives that they can use in their own writing. The children have also been introduced to some common homophones, including hair/hare, sea/see, their/there/they’re, to/too/two, pair/pear and week/weak.
Maths: This week the children have been using their knowledge of number bonds within 10 to identify related facts for both addition and subtraction calculations. For example, if children know that 2 + 5 = 7, then they should be able to use this knowledge to state that 20 + 50 = 70. Unitising tens and ones within a calculation support children’s understanding and help them to avoid common misconceptions. If 2 ones plus 5 ones is equal to 7 ones, then 2 tens plus 5 tens must be equal to 7 tens. This should avoid errors such as 20 + 50 = 700, which stems from thinking that there must be two zeros in the answer. Concrete resources were used in class to support understanding of this.
Following on from their previous learning of number bonds to 10 and related facts, we will be finding bonds to 100. The focus is on multiples of 10 that have bonds to 100. By this stage, children should be more confident in automatically recalling their number bonds to 10, and if they know that 4 + 6 = 10, then they also know that 40 + 60 = 100 A Rekenrek and base 10 are useful concrete resources to support this learning. While base 10 supports the link between related facts, the Rekenrek ensures that children keep the 100 visible at all times. A hundred square can also be used. As with number bonds to 10, the more fluent children are in their bonds to 100 made from multiples of 10, the more efficient they will be in later steps.
R.E.: We have begun our new topic of mysteries. We have been discussing some of life’s great mysteries. The children have shared their own ideas about some mysteries to them.
Design and Technology: The children have created sock puppets based on a character from the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. They have been considering which materials to use to make these and how to manipulate these. They have also been evaluating their designs, thinking about what went well and what they would change next time.
Please see below for this week’s spellings. They follow the split digraph a-e spelling rule. Please help your child to learn these in preparation for our spelling assessment next week.
- Please refer to the email sent by your class teacher which includes resources that will support your child to meet the targets set for them.
- Nativity – song lyrics have been sent home, please encourage your child to learn them. IF your child has been given a speaking part, please help them to learn these off by heart.
- Nativity costumes – please refer to the costume letter that was bought home this week.