Hello and welcome to Year 2.
Your class teachers are Ms Pimenta and Mr Kidd
Year 2 English lessons will primarily come through the daily RWI Phonics. The children will be learning sounds at the pace that is appropriate to their reading level in a smaller group setting. Through these lessons we will also have the opportunity to explore writing for different purposes and using our phonics strategies to support our writing. We love reading and we always make time in class for children to share their favourite stories. We encourage parents to read for just ten minutes daily with their children and sign their reading record books so that children can earn house points in class.
We will also be introducing Creative Writing lessons which will be using ‘Flat Stanley’ by Jeff Brown as a starting point. Children will explore the novel and use it to write instructions, poetry and letters. They will have the opportunity to further develop their skills, including using expanded noun phrases and adverbs in their writing, using a range of punctuation and conjunctions.
In the autumn term we have been focussing on children’s place value knowledge; using manipulatives (Base 10, ten-frames, Cuisenaire rods and numicon) to support their understanding. We are moving on to addition and subtraction and applying our understanding to reasoning questions and problem solving. Later in the term we will also be completing a measurement unit on Money, including recognising coins and notes, counting and comparing money and finding the difference.
We will also be reinforcing children’s understanding of basic skills throughout the year focussing on:
In Religious Education, the topic(s): for this half-term will be:
Beginnings: Children will be exploring new beginnings in their own lives and how they can be opportunities for new learning and experiences. We will also be looking at how God created the world and all the wonderful things in it.
Baptism: Children will explore the signs and symbols prevalent around us and how they help us. We will look at what happens during a baptism and the important signs and symbols used. Children will be able to identify and describe the meaning behind the different signs and symbols present during a baptism.
Science – Materials – This half-term, children will be exploring the uses of different materials and which materials can be manipulated by squashing, pulling, twisting etc. We will investigate what materials are present on our school grounds, what materials are best to make a waterproof coat and look at what materials would be most suitable for different purposes. Our Scientist this half-term is John McAdams, a Scottish engineer who invented tarmac.
Geography – Can I remember the seasons? – We will be identifying features of our local area as well as describing the different seasons in the year. We will be investigating the weather in our local area and comparing it to another part of the country. We will be looking at the four points of a compass and learning how to read weather charts and be predicting the weather. This will culminate in the children creating a video weather report showing what they’ve learned.
Design and Technology – Pizza – Year 2 will investigate a range of pizzas and their ingredients. They will be looking at food groups and what we can do to make a pizza healthier. They will then have a go at creating a recipe and making their own healthy and tasty pizza.
Computing – Audiobook – Children will create their own audiobook. This will include writing their book, creating digital illustrations and recording themselves reading their story. They will use online sketchbooks and related apps to develop their digital illustrations and type out their stories. Year 2 will also learn how to publish their stories to share with a wider audience. secure and how to create a password that is difficult to guess.
RSHE – This half-term we will be looking at what makes a good friend and how to treat our friends. We will also be looking at how to identify feelings of loneliness within ourselves and others as well as how to solve arguments in a constructive manner. As part of our Journey in Love, we will be looking at belonging to a community, which communities we belong to and how we show that we belong.
PE – Athletics – Children will learn different ways of travelling and practice different jumps and throwing techniques.
Year 2K PE day is Tuesday
Year 2P PE day is Wednesday
Music – Hands, Feet, Heart - Learning the song “Hands Feet Heart” by Joanna Mangona focusing on pulse, rhythm and keeping in time.