Year 2

Welcome

Welcome to Year 2. We have 2 classes of 30 children - the Terrific Tigers and the Brave Bears. Our ethos is simple: we dream, we believe and we achieve! We aim to provide children with many engaging experiences to support their learning and enable them to be their very best.

Who’s Who?

Mrs Freeman (Key Stage Leader)

Terrific Tigers: Mrs Tomordy (Teacher)

Brave Bears: Mrs Nicholson (Teacher)

Mrs Johal (HLTA)

Mrs Yasin (Teaching Assistant)

Autumn 1: What are the differences between urban and rural environments?

Our topic is ‘Street Detectives'. We will be learning about our local community, looking at houses (old and new) and finding out about how our streets have changed from the olden days. We will be going on a walk around our local community and will look at all the different features of this type of environment with an emphasis on new vocabulary. To help us compare the different places we will use both maps and aerial photos as well as understanding what a symbol is on a map by using one. In Art we will be creating pictures of natural objects. We will be comparing our local urban and rural environments by visiting Carsington Reservoir. Through History we will look at how Rolls Royce is an important part of the local history in our area. In Art we will be creating pictures using natural objects that we have collected.

Autumn 2: What happened during the Great Fire of London?

Our topic is ‘The Great Fire of London’. We will be learning all about the fire and how this was a significant event in time. We will be looking at Samuel Pepys’ diary to help us understand who he was and to find out lots of information about the time he lived in. During this topic we will also be baking cakes as the Fire of London started in a bakery. In Science we will be learning all about different materials and their different properties such as whether you can bend or squash them. In Art we will be taking part in printing to create our own snowflakes. During our computer time we will learn the very important message about keeping ourselves safe on line and start to look at programming.

Spring 1: What is a castle?

Our topic is ‘Baddies, Towers and Tunnels'. In this fascinating topic we will learn about how castles have changed and adapted and learn about the different features of a castle. We will be visiting Warwick Castle so that children can walk along the walls and imagine what it was like to have lived there. We will be meeting fairy tale characters (good and bad) and in particular Sleeping Beauty and adapting this story so we can write our own fairy story to entertain others. Science involves animals their habitats and the food chains that show who eats who.

Spring 2: What is it like at the seaside?

Our topic is ‘Land Ahoy’.  As part of this topic we will be comparing the Caribbean with the UK. We will be learning about different seaside towns throughout England and we will be visiting Rhyl. We will be learning about floating and sinking, push and pull and properties of different materials. We will also be learning about Christopher Columbus and how he travelled across the globe to try and find a different way to China but instead found the Caribbean. Then we will compare his life with that of another great explorer Neil Armstrong. To enable us to do this we will learn the continents and oceans of the world as well as where the two poles and Equator are on a map or globe. In our design lessons we will be creating our own working lighthouses that will have a simple circuit on to create the light at the top to help Christopher Columbus find his way and not get wrecked on the rocks.

Summer 1: What is the life cycle of a plant?

Our topic is ‘Scented Garden’. We will be learning about growing plants, especially herbs and vegetables. During this time we will grow some potatoes as a class and learn about what they need to be looked after and be healthy. During History we will learn about a famous gardener who created very large and famous gardens for rich people called Capability Brown. Also children will get a chance to design their own garden and create symbols for different things after lots of discussion on what you need or would like in a garden. Then to end this topic we will be creating hotels for the bugs and thinking about how they are helpful to our gardens.

We will also be sitting our Year 2 SATs during the Summer 1 term.

Summer 2

We will be continuing on with our Scented Garden topic which will include harvesting our potatoes and eating them. We will also be looking at how tools in gardens have changed and guess what some of the older ones were used for. During Science we will be looking at the life cycles of some creatures and comparing this to those of plants we learned about earlier in the year. In music we will be listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to see if we can imagine what he wanted us to be thinking about whilst we listened to this music and how it changes in each season. During this half term there will also be a sports day and transition days to our new classes.

English and Maths

We will be developing our English and Maths skills alongside all of our themes. To help children learn a test so that it becomes familiar to them we use text maps where drawings of what is happening are used instead of words. Children will have lots of opportunities to write, read and perform. Some of the text types that we will be learning about are traditional stories, stories from around the world, poetry, letters, diaries and information texts. Children will be developing their reading and spelling skills in their daily Phonics sessions.

For our maths we will be continuing to improve our ‘maths in our head’ and our ‘maths on paper’ skills. We will be learning about number, fractions, shape, measures and data handling through Singapore Maths.

How to help with Learning at Home

We value and encourage parents working alongside their children. We will have many dates throughout the year where parents will be invited into class to work alongside their child. These workshops will be based on all areas of the curriculum. One of the most important ways a parent can help a child is to listen to them read as often as possible as well as read to them as this means they hear new words and new ways to put sentences together as well as hearing new ideas to create their own amazing stories.

We will also hold celebratory ‘show and tells’ where parents can come into class to see their child’s work at the end of a theme.

We encourage parents to support their children’s learning at home through talk, homework and reading.