Welcome to year 2
The year 2 team for 2021/22 consists of Miss Cox (2E) and Mrs Rowstron (2F), along with our teaching assistants Miss Pallett (2E) and Mrs McGrevey (2F).
Year 2 PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please familiarise yourself with our uniform policy in relation to PE, including health and safety requirements linked to jewellery.
Please ensure that your child brings in a water bottle and their reading book/record, as well as their link book, every day.
Homework is set on a Friday, and is due in by the following Thursday. Children should be reading to an adult at least three times per week for at least 15/20 minutes each time. Reading can take place with either the book sent home from school or an allocated book on your child's Bug Club. Each book must be recorded in your child's reading record, including any ebooks.
Please ensure that any belongings are labelled - it makes it easier to return when left around school!
Spring - London's Burning
Since returning to school this half term we have been learning about The Great Fire of London. So far they have used adjectives and expanded noun phrases to write a character description for Toby as well as a setting description. The children have also been researchers which has then led to them writing their own non-chronological reports.
Autumn - Fairy Tales
The children have thoroughly enjoyed our first book this year, The Elves and the Shoemaker. Our English learning journey began with a pair of leather shoes, tiny clothes and sewing equipment. The children discussed and shared their predictions about our first text.
Year 2 have compared a traditional tale and a twisted tale. Using adjectives, nouns and verbs the children wrote a character description for the big, bad pig. They have particularly enjoyed being journalists and becoming familiar with the features of a newspaper report. Writing a report for The Tales Times, about the havoc that the big, bad wolf wreaked was a definite highlight in English this half term.
During autumn 2 we have studied Once Upon a Wild Wood. The children wrote a character description for the main character Green, as well as writing a story retell after completing a 'five finger plan'.
Maths is taught through a scheme called White Rose Maths which focuses on making maths fun for children and helping them to find enjoyment in number problems. When children are engaged in learning and enjoying maths, that’s when lessons really sink in and deep learning happens.
As well as our daily Maths lessons we have also been working very hard to become times tables rockstars! You will find the log in for TTRockstars in your child's link book. In year 2 we focus on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Click the link to access TTRockstars. https://ttrockstars.com/
During this term we continue with our fluency lessons where core maths skills are revisited each lesson. The children have also been playing 'Hit the Button' in class. They can also play this at home on any device and does not require any log in details. Click the link to access Hit the Button.
Autumn 1 - Animals Including Humans
Children will begin by looking at animal young and comparing them to their adults. They will look at how animals change as they grow up and be introduced to the life cycles of several varied common animals, including humans. They look in detail at how humans change as they grow older, drawing on their own observations. Children are introduced to the three basic needs of animals for survival (water, food and air). They will apply this knowledge, alongside research from secondary sources, to suggest ways to look after pets. The unit ends with children looking at healthy lifestyles, including the importance of exercise, healthy eating and hygiene. These healthy living lessons develop ‘working scientifically’ skills through investigating the impact of exercise on our bodies and how handwashing is essential for good hygiene.
Autumn 2 - Monster Materials
The children will be investigating materials found around the home and at school and will be identifying their properties. There will be lots of practical opportunities for the children to engage with, which will enable them to identify the uses and suitability of these materials for different purposes.
Spring 1 - Squashing, bending, twisting and stretching
In science, the children will be continuing to observe and investigate materials and their properties. This half term, the children will be focusing on and investigating the way the shape of solid objects can be changed by squashing, twisting, bending and stretching. They will have lots of opportunity to manipulate objects and test their ideas. Some children in Year 2 will also have the chance to join in with a Science club where they will be exploring all things physics!