In Year 2 our learning is based around six different topics. Our topics are:
- Land Ahoy!
- Beat, Band, Boogie!
- Muck, Mess and Mixtures
- Once upon a time
- The Scented Garden
- Our learning in Literacy is based on our topics, but we also cover all other areas of learning, e.g. Science, DT, Art and music through our topics.
Here are some ways to support your child with their learning in Maths and Literacy in Year 2
At English Martyrs we follow the new mathematics curriculum. In addition to knowing and applying basic mathematics skills, pupils are required to reason, think independently, solve problems using different strategies, and effectively communicate their methods. Parents’ help at home is essential in helping children develop and strengthen these skills.
Here are some suggestions for parents helping at home:
- Let your child know you believe they can be successful in maths.
- Encourage your child and celebrate perseverance.
- Encourage your child to solve problems with you.
- Help them identify different methods or strategies to use in finding solutions and resist the temptation to provide the answer or method. There is usually more than one way to solve a problem, and simpler strategies are often effective.
- Provide opportunities for your child to explain and justify their thinking.
- Connect mathematics to real life experiences. Emphasising the mathematics around us helps to make mathematics education relevant. Get your child to help with measuring, weighing, counting money etc.
- Play lots of games- board games, card games, games when you are out and about. Children will enjoy these opportunities to apply their Maths skills.
- Encourage children to estimate answers before working out the answer.
Good questions can help children make sense of mathematics, build their confidence, and encourage mathematical thinking and communication. A good question opens up a problem and supports different ways of thinking about it. Some questions to try while helping a child might include:
- What do you already know about this?
- What do you need to find out?
- How might you begin?
- How can you organise your information?
- Can you draw a picture to explain your thinking?
- Are there other possibilities?
- What would happen if …?
- What do you need to do next?