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Year 2

Welcome to the Year 2 class page


Your Year 2ML staff are: Your Year 2MJ staff are:
Miss Lacey Mrs Jahangir
Mrs Waters Mrs Moore
Mrs Ali

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Spring 1

This half term our theme is ‘Explorers’. Our learning will focus on combing history, geography, science and DT objectives. 

At the start of the half term, the children will use their research skills to find out all about Captain Cook and his voyages. They will then use this information to produce a fact file and biography about him. 

In English we will be reading the book ‘The man on the moon’, which is all about a man who works on the moon and describes what his job involves on a daily basis. The children will use their inference skills to suggest impressions that the character gives them, justifying these with evidence. They will then complete the learning journey by going on to write a letter to NASA from the man on the moon, notifying them of suspicious activities happening on the moon. 

In maths we will be completing our addition and subtraction learning in the first two weeks; using the inverse operation to check answers. We will then move on to multiplication and division looking at both mental and formal written methods in order to solve problems involving money, shape and measures. 

Please see our overview to see what we will be covering over Spring 1. 

Where can I get help?

  • Remember to read every day for at least 30 minutes. You can download GetEpic reading app and choose from the 1000’s of books on there for free. 

https://www.getepic.com/?utm_channel=search&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrbzQ1_KE7gIVQYBQBh2%20y8wx2EAAYASAAEgK0wvD_BwE.

  • You can also use Mymaths, Education City, BBC Bitesize, National Oak Academy, Pobble and Prodigy. 
  • Keep active – go for a walk, a run, ride your bike, follow Joe Wicks on The Body Coach channel.
  • Be creative – draw, paint, build a model, learn a new skill (play an instrument) or even keep a diary of your time in lockdown. 

Autumn 2 Review

Last half term the children thoroughly enjoyed our theme ‘In the Dark’, as they were very enthusiastic and inquisitive in all areas of their learning. The children learnt lots of information and facts about nocturnal animals through the research part of the lessons. Therefore, as a result were able to identify animals that live in habitats and were able to distinguish between living and non-living things.

The children created a fact file about bats using their guided reading texts and also rewrote an alternative ending to the story ‘Orion and the dark’. The children also wrote a character description about Orion, describing his character using both their retrieval and inference skills.

In order to further engage the children in our theme, we had the owls come and visit from the owl sanctuary. This was one of the highlights of the half term as the children were full of excitement, when they got to hold the owls and take pictures. To demonstrate what they had learnt from the day, the children then produced double page spreads on facts about owls.

Autumn 2 - In the Dark

This half term, our theme is ‘In the Dark’. The children will be learning all about nocturnal animals, jobs and life in the dark. To begin with, the children will have the opportunity to learn about nocturnal animals and their habitats. They will then move on to learning about life without electricity and what people used in the past to do jobs such as washing, cleaning and cooking. The children will then develop their art skills, as they will use pencils to produce sketches of nocturnal animals.

In Maths, we will be learning about addition and subtraction. We will begin with looking at learning and revising our number bonds to 10, 20 and 100. We will then use these skills to add 2 digit and single digit numbers.

In English, our key text is ‘Orion and the Dark’. We will use this text to develop our reading fluency and comprehension skills. The children will write an alternative ending to the story using their creative writing skills.  

Last half term, Year 2 learned all about emotions and how to recognise and deal with these in positive ways. In DT, we made stress balls with rice/flour for a character named Duncan in our English book: ‘The Day the Crayons Quit,’ and in art we painted to express emotion through different patterns, shapes and colours.  In maths we counted in 2s, 5s, 3s and 10s times tables, place value of 2 digit numbers and compared numbers using our knowledge of place value. 

Please see our overview to see what we will be covering over Autumn 2.

Autumn 2 Overview - In the Dark 

Where can I get help?

  • Remember to read every day for at least 30 minutes. You can download GetEpic reading app and choose from the 1000’s of books on there for free. 

https://www.getepic.com/?utm_channel=search&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrbzQ1_KE7gIVQYBQBh2%20y8wx2EAAYASAAEgK0wvD_BwE.

  • You can also use Mymaths, Education City, BBC Bitesize, National Oak Academy, Pobble and Prodigy. 
  • Keep active – go for a walk, a run, ride your bike, follow Joe Wicks on The Body Coach channel.
  • Be creative – draw, paint, build a model, learn a new skill (play an instrument) or even keep a diary of your time in lockdown. 

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Autumn 1

This half term, our theme is ‘Rainbow of emotions’. We will be learning all about recognising different emotions and how to deal with them in a positive way. The children will begin the half term with PSHCE during our theme lessons, thinking about:

  • How many different types of feelings there are?
  • How you deal with a feeling in a positive way?
  • Who do you go to if you are worried about yours or somebody else’s mental health?

The children will then move on to Art and DT week, in which they will be creating presentations to evaluate art work they have produced. They will then devise a plan and select appropriate materials to construct a product such as a stress ball, in order to provide relief to someone experiencing a feeling such as stress or anxiety.

In English we will be reading the book ‘The day the crayons quit’, which will further support the children in recognising emotions, as it is all about the crayons expressing their feelings to Duncan (their owner). Throughout the learning journey the children will make predictions, use their inference skills and answer questions using the text. The skills achieved will then support them to write a letter to Duncan, suggesting what he should do to help the crayons.

In Maths we will be focusing on Place Value, in which we will develop our skills of counting in our 2, 5 and 3 times tables. We will also look at recognising the place value of a 2 digit number, moving on to comparing numbers using our knowledge of place value.

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How can I learn at home?

  • The children should remember to read for at least 30 minutes every day. You can download GetEpic reading app and choose from the 1000’s of books on there for free. 
  • Practice your 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables.
  • Use Phonics play to review and apply your phonics skills and knowledge.

You can also use Mymaths, Education City, BBC Bitesize, National Oak Academy.

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Autumn Overview Planning - Rainbow of emotions’

Summer 2

Our Theme this half term is:  Food Glorious Food

English

In English we will explore the story of The Enormous Turnip.  We will use this text to develop our reading fluency and story-telling skills.  We will explore non-fiction texts about different types of food and we will read and learn a selection of poems.  We will be enjoying some of the Revolting Rhymes written by Roald Dahl.  We will then write our own poems which we can’t wait to share.

Maths

In Maths we will be learning to recognise and write fractions.  We will explore fractions of shapes and sets of objects and numbers. Our maths work will also cover statistics and we will learn to interpret and construct tables of data, tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams.  We will answer questions about data represented in these forms. We will also explore Geometry.  We will learn to identify patterns and sequences.  We will explore position, direction and movement.  As part of this work we will learn about right angles, quarter, half and three-quarter turns and the directions clockwise and anti-clockwise.  We will also explore symmetry in shapes.

Theme – Geography, Art, DT and Science

As part of our Geography week, we will explore where our food comes from, looking at where it originates.  We will learn about some food which grows in other countries with much hotter climates than the U.K.  In our DT lessons, we will be identifying and tasting a variety of fruits.  We will use a selection of these to create our own drinks and fruit kebabs. We will be evaluating our food products and work as food critics. In our Art lessons, we will use fruit and vegetables to print pieces of art work and we will explore different textures in our art work. In our Science lessons we will be learning about the growth of plants, from a seed in a packet to a fully grown plant.  We will plant and care for our own seeds and beans, and we will keep a plant diary of our observations.

Summer 2- Overview Planning- Food glorious food

Summer 1  Review and Reflection

Our theme for Summer 1 was Time Travel.  In our History lessons, we travelled back in time, back to 1666, where we learnt about a significant event which happened in London.  We compared life in the past to the present day.  We discovered facts about the Great Fire of London and produced some amazing non-chronological reports.

During our Art focus week we created Art work using charcoal, pencil and paint.

As part of our design technology week we designed and made 17th century houses replicating Pudding Lane and we created a magnificent 3D display for our Art Gallery.

 

As part of our English lessons, we made predictions about the key events, using the text and illustrations. We read the texts Toby and the Great Fire of London and Vlad and the Great Fire of London. We found out what life was like at the time and wrote a diary entry in role as the main characters.

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In Maths we developed our arithmetic skills and used written methods to solve basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions. We have learnt a range of strategies to help us solve these questions We solved missing number problems and used our number facts to solve a range of practical problems. This half term we worked on explaining our reasoning and solved a variety of open-ended tasks to show that we have a deep understanding of concepts.

 

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