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Year 2

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?

Here is our Year 2 curriculum for the year. There's lots of exciting learning to be done!

Autumn Term- Why is Planet Earth our home?

At the start of a new year, we learn about our Earth and whether it is the only (and best) place to live. To encourage aspiration, we learn about famous people who weren’t satisfied with staying where they were.  We explore our world and the world beyond, inspired by the explorers who discovered it, both real and fictional. We learn the characteristics that all these explorers have. We investigate how great explored travelled and see if we could emulate them.

We explore whether we have to live on Earth or whether we could live on the moon, investigating conditions for life. We then learn about our place in the world, developing a wider knowledge of it; and how important it is to look after it responsibly if we can’t live on any other planets.

Our Learning this half term

Supporting your child with Maths- Multiplication and Division

We really enjoyed making salads. We followed a recipe. We hope Mr Grinling enjoys them as much as we did!!

Summer Term

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.

Our core text this term is...

We have been learning that maps are an aerial view of an area. We used the blocks to create a town or village that we used the iPads to take a photograph of. We then drew our own maps using a key.

Spring 2

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!

Our Core Text this half term is Little Evie in the Wild Wood

We have used our collage skills to create a woodland scene and then added a lever and slider mechanism as part of our DT learning

We used tools to make patterns and add texture to create a clay wolf eye which we then painted using our knowledge of colour mixing.

Welcome back

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We are very excited to be having all of the children back in school on Monday. This is a video of a few of the items that are in our classroom and some ideas about what we are going to be learning about. We are very excited and hope you are too!!

Here is our poetry booklet for this half term all about the woodland

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.  

Spring 1

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:

 

We love reading!

Here is some of our Year 2 blended learning. We are very proud of all of your learning!!

Autumn 2

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.

Autumn 2- Does everyone in London live like the Queen?

DT Project

Music

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.

The Great Fire of London (Audio)

Materials

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.

Autumn 1

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...

Our Classrooms

Our Space Learning Journey

Our core text for Autumn 1 is The Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. It is one of our Year 2 Recommended Reads too! We are also exploring other books written by Simon Bartram.

Here we are!

Presentation Rainbow Final.mp4

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Home Learning in Year 2

Summer Term

Please find the home learning pack in the dated files below.

Our previous home learning:

 

Draw the hands on a clock to show the time and write the time in words

Pack of home learning that has been sent home to support the children with learning over the next two weeks.

Below is a document that includes words that children should be able to spell by the end of year 2 to practice and use in sentences.

Art activities for home learning

Please find below some ideas for ways to keep active while at home. 

Let's get moving with Joe Wicks every Monday to Friday at 9:00 a.m.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME&feature=youtu.be

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.

We had a very exciting visit from a vet and her pet tortoise.

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