Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome to our Year 2 page. Here you will find all the fabulous learning that our wonderful Year 2 pupils have been doing. We add our learning updates regularly so please do keep popping by to see what we have been learning about.
For further information about our curriculum, please see our curriculum overview for this academic year, alongside our "Welcome to Year 2" Letter and information to support your child with reading at home. You can also find further information about our schol curriculum in the curriculum section of the website.
We also have a list of 50 books we recommend the children read during their time in Year 2. Please mark them off as you share them. Who will be the first to read them all?
This half term we are answering the question...'Would you go down to the woods today?' We will be exploring our core text "Little Evie in the Wild Wood" and learning about the way wolves are portrayed in stories. We will be using the setting of the story as a starting point to learn more about the countryside and what it is like there. We will compare this to other places we have learnt about, thinking what is the same and what is different. In science we will explore different micro-habitats and what species live there. In art we will be using different resources to create our art work using the British countryside as our inspiration. We will then be able to give an expert opinion of whether we should go down to the woods!
We have been exploring different wolf stories. We use drama to help us deepen our understanding of the wolf in the traditional story of Red Riding Hood in order to compare him to the wolf in Little Evie in the Wild Wood.
We have woodland areas to read in and explore the characters that we meet in stories. Our small world provision has also been enhanced with animals that live in British woodlands (and some that don't that look very much like wolves!).
Our virtual farm visit
We had a virtual tour of a farm with Dani. She works at the farm where our chicks are going to live. She showed us around the farm and we looked at where the chicks will be living. It was fun meeting some other animals too like Ernie the emu and some lovely alpacas. We had the chance to ask Dani some questions, and found out lots of new knowledge about chickens. We found out that a chicken, that is cared for properly, can live for 15 years and that the red part underneath the chicken's neck is called a wattle. We also shared some of our super science knowledge with Dani. Ellie asked if chickens have two eye lids like the Goshawk. Dani said that chickens did have two eye lids, one to keep out the dust and another which closes when it sleeps.
An 'Eggucation' extravaganza!
We had a special delivery of some eggs which we have been observing closely. Seven chickens have hatched! We have watched them over the last 2 weeks and made notes about what we have found out. They have grown really quickly and have go nowt feathers! We have been learning about the life cycle of a chick and also how to look after and care for them.
As we start the new year, we discover how important animals are. We explore why people have pets and which types of animals are our most popular pets. We then begin to reason why this might be, considering the classification of animals. We explore what makes a good pet and then find out how to care for them. We will be meeting people whose job it is to take care of animals and learn about their jobs.
In art, we will be exploring how animals are represented in art. We will be exploring a range of ideas, styles and techniques and doing our own representations in a range of media including water colours and clay.
We will be reading a variety of texts, both fiction, non-fiction and poetry, to find out how animals are also represented in stories.
Here are a few of the key texts we will explore:
Welcome back to Autumn Term Year 2! This half term we have got lots of exciting learning planned linked to the Great Fire of London!! We will be answering the question: Does everyone in London live like the Queen?
As well as comparing London at the time of the Great Fire with modern day London.
We will use this knowledge to support our science learning about materials, their properties and uses.
We will also be carrying out lots of Maths learning related to addition and subtraction and money.
We have been listening and appraising the Christmas song 'Ho, Ho, Ho' by Joanna Mangona and Jane Sebba . We've had fun adding instruments to the song and we are going to add some sign language.
We have been finding out about different materials, including: plastic, metal, glass, fabric, wood and paper. We have sorted them into groups and discussed their properties, using words like: rigid, waterproof, absorbent, transparent and opaque.
October Half Term
Well done this half term everyone. Please find below the learning we have sent home with the children to help the practice the skills they have learnt this half term and consolidate their learning.
Phonic Screening Check
Please find below the letter about this year's phonic screening check which will take place in the Autumn Term.
What a fantastic start to Year 2 we've made!
We have explored the question; Why is Planet Earth our home?' To find out, in Science we explore what humans and plants needed to survive to see if we could live any where else. We explored the earth and its features and wrote reports about our findings in Geography.
In History we found out about the first moon landing and why it was significant. We thought about how we knew about the first moon landing and explored what an 'eye witness' was. In art, we have been consolidating our knowledge of colour mixing using water colours. We have also explore the printing techniques used by artist Carol Lander. Have a look at our art work. We think it looks great!
We have used our continuous provision well to deepen and consolidate our learning. Here are some of the ways...
Home Learning in Year 2
Please find the home learning pack in the dated files below.
Our previous home learning:
Spring Term Two
Should we really want the rain to go away?
We are exploring how water is necessary for life. We are investigating how the climate and its extremes can support or endanger life. We are finding out about where we live and comparing it to a place in Kenya through exploration of the text ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’. We will be finding similarities and differences and using geographical vocabulary to explain our findings. We will be finding out about the culture of Kenya by exploring African music, art and dance. We will explore the different animals that live in Africa and how they survive in the hot climate. We will find out what they eat, as we learn about food chains.
We will be exploring the work of the charity WaterAid. We will plan and organise a fundraising event to raise money to support the work of WaterAid in Africa.