Heathrow Primary School, Harmondsworth Lane, Sipson, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 0JQ
Our Year 2 mathematicians started off Autumn term by building on their existing knowledge of counting backwards and forwards within a hundred. The children spent time working on place value to secure their understanding of tens and ones. They thoroughly enjoyed representing numbers to a hundred using a range of concrete objects such as Dienes and Numicon. The children were also introduced to the formal methods of addition and subtraction. They practised fluency and reasoning questions and were encouraged to used their knowledge to justify their responses. Number bonds and timetables are an important aspect of mathematics and our students have devoted a considerable time practising them in order to become fluent.
In Spring Term, our year 2 students were taught about the properties of shape and fractions.The children learnt how to recognise the names of 2D and 3D shapes. The children used their knowledge of shape properties to sort 2D and 3D shapes in different ways. The children also used geo-boards to make shapes with elastic bands and were able to identify the number of sides and vertices.
In the fraction topic, the children were taught how to recognise equal and unequal parts using both real life objects and pictorial representations. They also learnt that halving is splitting a whole into two equal parts. Year 2 extended their knowledge of whole and halves to recognise quarters of shapes, objects, and quantities. The children applied their knowledge of fractions to finding thirds and also learnt how to write fractions and were taught what each digit represented in the fractional notation.