Welcome to Class 5 (Year 2)
Welcome to Class 5.
As your child moves through Year 2, you’ll no doubt hear the word SATs mentioned. These exams won’t happen until later in the year, but it’s important to balance KS1 SATs preparation and practice with the daily lessons in Year 2 maths, English and science. Here’s a quick look at what they’ll be learning, so you know what to expect and can support them with their learning.
Year 2 Maths
Children in Year 2 will become more familiar with numbers to 100 and of place value (Tens and Units), learn to add and subtract with two-digit and one-digit numbers. They will learn multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. Children will need to find 1/3, 1/4 1/2 and 3/4 of a shape or a quantity of objects. They will learn about measures, including weight, capacity, length and time (learning to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes). They will learn to name and describe the properties of common 2D and 3D shapes. Year 2 children carry out activities where they interpret and construct pictograms, tally charts, block graphs and tables.
Year 2 English
Children will build on their phonics work from Year 1 until they are reading words automatically, without having to sound out. They will continue to read a range of different stories to improve their reading fluency and also be introduced to non-fiction books. They will learn spelling rules which will inform their spelling lists and be able to apply the spelling rules they have learnt. They will also learn some common exception words which don’t follow normal spelling patterns. They will become more confident in their formation of letters and will learn how to start joining their handwriting. They will have plenty of practice writing stories and will also write some poetry. They will be taught to use capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks correctly. They will also be encouraged to use sentences with two parts, joined by conjunctions such as when, if, that and because.
Year 2 Science
We will learn about:
- Uses of everyday materials, comparing the use of everyday materials and looking how these can be changed by exerting force
- Living things and their habitats, including dependence within habitats and micro-habitats
- Plants, observing how seeds and bulbs grow into plants and what plants need to stay healthy
- Animals including humans, focusing on reproduction, nutrition and exercise.
While science isn’t part of the SATs exams, it’s still important to make sure they understand what they’re being taught, so they’re ready to progress to the more detailed science lessons in Year 3.
Your child will be provided with a reading book and a reading record to allow you to make any notes you think necessary at home and for teachers and teaching assistants to write comments in. Reading books are sent home so they can practise with an adult at home. Book bags should be brought to school daily in order for books to be changed regularly and to allows teachers to read with them.
It really helps us to progress when we learn at home so as to prepare us for Key Stage 2, we will have homework some weeks for maths and English. Homework is handed out on a Monday to be returned on a Friday.
PE will take place every Tuesday afternoon this term. PE kit consists of a plain white t-shirt, black or bottle green shorts and trainers/plimsolls. P.E. kits should be left on your child’s peg and will be returned home half termly to be washed. Please put your child’s name/initials inside ALL school clothing with a biro pen.
Could you please ensure all your child’s clothing is clearly labelled with their name otherwise we cannot ensure children’s clothing which goes missing can be found or returned to them.
Children in Class 5 will be taking part in DT (Cookery) lessons this half term. Children are not required to bring in equipment or ingredients for these lessons and will be provided with everything they need by school.
The Topic map provides a more detailed breakdown of all subjects for the coming term.
If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at school. I look forward to working with you and thank you for your support.
Mrs Guy – Class Teacher
Mrs Davies – Teaching Assistant
- Class 5 Autumn Term Topic Map
- Class 5 Topic Map Spring Term
- Curriculum Overview Year 2
- Parents Guide ‘Must Do’ by the End of Year 2 – Maths
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