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Year 2

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Hello everyone! We hope that you had a fantastic Summer rest and are ready to come back to do some fantastic learning!

Meet the Year Two Team

Picture 1 Miss O'Sullivan and Mrs Dell (Red Class)
Picture 2 Miss Koabo and Mrs Hustwitt (Raudonas Class)
Picture 3 Mr Qureshi and Mrs Rose (Rouge Class)
Picture 4 Mr Pegrum and Mrs Fisher (Lal Class)
Picture 5 Miss Aleksandrowicz and Mrs Keen (Vermelho Class)
Picture 6 Mrs Hussein and Mrs Aliu (HLTA)
Picture 7 Miss Creasey and Mrs Oke (Red Class)

Summer 1

 

English

This half term we will be starting a new book called The Man on the Moon. With this new book we will be writing a recount. We will be consolidating and improving our use of inferring information from a book and then summarising what we have read. We will then use descriptive language to add to our retelling where we will be adding more detail to reflect what we have learnt in Year Two.

During this half term we will be completing our SATs assessments where we will be completing two reading papers  as well as a spelling, punctuation and grammar paper.

 

Maths

In Maths we will be learning about:

Fractions

We will learn how to recognise, find, name and write simple fractions. These fractions will include 1/3 1/4 2/4 and 3/4. They will learn to do this in the context of length, shape, sets of objects and quantities. We will also learn to find equivalent fractions of 2/4 and 1/2.

Time

When learning about time, we will be understanding the five minute intervals of the clock which will link to counting in 5s. We will also learn about how many minutes there are in an hour and how many hours in a day. We will find the duration of time and compare them.

Money

We will also be recapping our knowledge of money so that we have a good understanding of adding amounts and values of coins. We will also be adding amounts to find a total and subtracting to find change.

 

SATS assessments will also be completed this half term. We will be completing two papers, mental arithmetic and reasoning and problem solving.

 

 

Creative Curriculum

Our Topic this Term will be “How does your garden grow? This topic is a geography based topic in which children will need to understand geographical similarities and differences of a small area in the  United Kingdom looking at the human and physical geography of that area. We will then use what we have learnt to compare it with small area in a contrasting non-European country. In particular we will be looking at the landscape, weather, jobs in each area and the food that is produced there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Subject

 

SEAL

During PSHE children will be learning about a range of different things that affect each class directly. Classes will learn about positive contact and understanding this as well as using appropriate forms of communication between one another. We will also be learning about a large range of issues that could possibly effect the world that we live in and this will give us an understanding of the choices we can make.

 

Modern Foreign Language

This half term we will be earning the days of the week lundi (Monday), mardi (Tuesday), mercredi (Wednesday), jeudi (Thursday), vendredi (Friday), samedi (Saturday) and dimanche (Sunday). We will then be learning  about traditional French games and how they are played.

 

RE

The RE topic taught this half term is called “What are stories for? In this topic we will be taught to identify the features of stories and reflect on their experiences of stories and story telling. We will then look at suggesting the meanings of a story and lastly we will learn that some stories were read by Jesus and are used as a way of teaching people about God and how people should behave.

 

Science

Our Science topic this half term is Living things and their habitats, in particular looking at gardens and allotments. We will be observing the school allotment and the insects and animals that live or find food there. We will be looking at micro-habitats within the allotment and think about the food chains that could potentially arise as well as the transfer of energy within that habitat.

 

 

Spring 2

English

This half term in English, we will be continue our learning from the story “The Dark” by Lemony Snickett. The learning in this book will cover first and third person, contractions which will lead us to writing in role as a character.

After this, we will then begin to look at information writing building upon our Creative Curriculum topic “Women In History.” In particular we will be learning about the Victorian Period and how the changes and discoveries they made impacted us today. We will look at the key features of this type of writing and then create our own information texts to be displayed.

 

Maths

In Maths we will be learning about:

Properties of shapes

When learning about shape we will learn to identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes. We will compare and sort 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects. We will identify and describe properties as well of finding lines of symmetry.

Fractions

We will learn how to recognise, find, name and write simple fractions. These fractions will include 1/3 1/4 2/4 and 3/4. They will learn to do this in the context of length, shape, sets of objects and quantities. We will also learn to find equivalent fractions of 2/4 and 1/2.

Time

When learning about time, we will be understanding the five minute intervals of the clock which will link to counting in 5s. We will also learn about how many minutes there are in an hour and how many hours in a day. We will find the duration of time and compare them.

 

 

 

 

Creative Curriculum

Our Topic this Term will be “Women in History.” Over the course of Spring 1 and Spring 2 we will be learning about the lives and achievements of Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. We will be comparing both of them and how their work impacted the lives of others. We will be ordering important events chronologically on a time line and looking at similarities and differences between nurses today and in the past. We will then be discussing how these two significant women improved nursing and how this has impacted medicine today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEAL

During PSHE children will be learning about a range of different things that affect each class directly. Classes will learn about positive contact and understanding this as well as using appropriate forms of communication between one another. We will also be learning about a large range of issues that could possibly effect the world that we live in and this will give us an understanding of the choices we can make.

 

Modern Foreign Language

In MFL, we will be will be exploring traditional dance - Irish dance, Flamenco, the ghatak (Indian dance) and chinese dance.

 

RE

In RE this half term, we will be studying the topic “Special Places.” We will learn about the religions in our local area. We will then explore what makes a place special for individuals, groups or communities. We will improve our understanding of ways in which individuals and communities express their religious identiy and begin to make comparisons between different religions.

 

Science

Our Science topic this half term is Materials. We will be looking at a range of different materials and their properties. We will discuss and compare what the uses are of these materials and what makes them suitable for specific jobs. We will be carrying out a large amount of experiments to investigate our ideas from the elasticity of a material to how they can be changed by twisting, bending and stretching.

 

Spring 1

 

English

 

This half term in English, we will be reading the book “The Robot and the Blue Bird.” The Robot and the Blue Bird was written by David Lucas and follows the life of a robot who is broken hearted living on a scrap heap. In this unit of work we will look at writing letters and the correct demarcation for opening and closing a letter. We will learn to summarise a story and build character profiles to support our writing.

After this, we will then begin to look at information writing focusing upon of Creative Curriculum topic “Florence Nightingale.” We will look at the key features and how it is important to ensure that the writing is factual.

 

Maths

 

In Maths we will be learning about:

Multiplication and Division

Coming back from the holidays we will conclude our learning of division. Discussing equal groups and creating number sentences to match these. Children will learn to solve problems in context using arrays, metal methods and their multiplication facts.

Properties of shapes

When learning about shape we will learn to identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shaes. We will compare and sort 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects. We will identify and describe properties as well of finding lines of symmetry.

Fractions

We will learn how to recognise, find, name and write simple fractions. These fractions will include 1/3 1/4 2/4 and 3/4. they will learn to do this in the context of length, shape, sets of objects and quanities. We will also learn to find equivalent fractions of 2/4 and 1/2.

 

 

 

 

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Creative Curriculum

Our Topic this Term will be “Women in History.” Over the course of this topic we will be learning about the lives and achievements of Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. We will be comparing both of them and how their work impacted the lives of others. We will be order important events chronologically on a time line and looking at similarities and differences between nurses today and in the past. We will then be discussing how these two significant women improved nursing and how this has impacted medicine today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science

Our Science topic this half term is Plants. Children have already learnt about the essential needs of living things now we will e moving onto plants—what they need to grow and how their growth begins. We will be looking and observing seeds and bulbs by growing our own in different ways. We will look at different types of seed dispersal, germination and the hydroponics.

 

Autumn 2

YEAR TWO NEED SHOEBOXES. If you have any shoe boxes lying around at home we would greatly appreciate you bringing these into school for our creative projects. Thank you!

To support our learning in English, Science and Creative Curriculum, we visited Colchester Zoo. We discussed the types of animals that we would find in different habitats, the temperatures and the weather.

Thank you to all the adults that supported on the trip and to all of you parents for helping us to make it possible! We had such a fantastic day!

English

 

To start the half term we have been learning about non-chronological texts. We have learnt that they are non-fiction books with a large amount of facts which tell us about a topic. We have been learning about elephants so far and will be writing our own non-chronological text to share our knowledge with our friends! We have learnt about the different features of non-chronological texts. These include a title, sub-title, facts, images, captions, diagrams. We know that they are written in the third person and include a rang of different sentence types such as questions, statements and exclamations. 

 

The second book that we will be reading is Lila and the Secret of Rain. This text will help to support our understanding of images and help us to comprehend what messages there are in the text. We will use our inference skills to discuss pictures and the change in the characters emotions throughout the book. This will lead us to writing narratives, poetry and non fiction texts about Kenya!

Maths

 

This half term we have been learning about money. We have learnt about the different denominations of coins and have been using them to make different amounts. We have used our knowledge of place value to link the two together. We now know that 1 diene is worth the same as 1p or 1 penny. To ensure that we are able to use money we have been finding different ways of making amounts using a variety of coins. To help your child at home please practise making different amounts using a range of different coins.

For example:

 

20p = 10p + 10p

 

Another way of doing this is:

 

20p = 10p + 5p + 5p or 5p + 5p + 5p + 5p

 

Try this at home for these amounts:

43p    50p    25p    39p    12p    19p    63p

 

How many ways can you do it?

Number: Multiplication and Division—we will begin to learn about equal and unequal groups. We will then move onto the concept of repeated addition and repeated subtraction for multiplication and division. We will then move onto using the correct symbols and to interpret “maths stories” and create our own. We will use concrete resources and pictorial representations to help support our understanding.

 

Science

This half term we will be learning about Living Things and their habitats which links to our creative curriculum and English learning. To begin the topic we begun with investigating outside to think about objects that are alive, dead and never alive. Red Class found a range of different objects in the playground and we discussed these as a class. 

Alive? Dead? Never alive?

Alive? Dead? Never alive? 1 A leaf is dead because it's not on the tree. Olivi
Alive? Dead? Never alive? 2 Leaves are dead! - Rojda & Harrison
Alive? Dead? Never alive? 3 The fence wasn't ever alive. - Jaydon
Alive? Dead? Never alive? 4 The plant is alive. - Kaelan James
Alive? Dead? Never alive? 5 The tower was never alive - Charlie
Alive? Dead? Never alive? 6 It's dead now! - Teagan-Mia
Alive? Dead? Never alive? 7 You're alive Miss! - Fletcher
Alive? Dead? Never alive? 8 The pebbles were never alive - Fletcher
Alive? Dead? Never alive? 9 The bin was never alive! - Iosif
Alive? Dead? Never alive? 10 The leaf was alive but now its dead - Fletcher
Alive? Dead? Never alive? 11 The leaf is dead - Iosif

Creative Curriculum

Our Topic this half term links to both our English learning and our Science topic. The title of this is Animal Kingdom. Children will be learning about different places around the world and how the weather effects them. We will be identifying hot and cold countries and where they are. We will also learn about different weather patterns in the UK and how it effects our daily lives. We will also be learning about the dangers of weather in different places around the world and how it affects those that live there.

 

Learning at home!

For home learning, we would love for the children to investigate the animals that may live in different habitats. As part of our creative task we will be making our own habitats. We would like to research the habitat and the animals that they might find there. They can then use this to add to their creative project.

 

 

PSHE

During PSHE children will be learning about their wellbeing as well as a range of topics that may have an impact to their lives. Children will be given the time to discuss and give their own opinion on what they learn. For example, an area that we have looked at is Extinction and the impact that this may have upon our planet.

Modern Foreign Language

Within this topic we are learning about schools. We are learning some of key vocabulary for the subjects that children learn and some of the activities that they may take part in.

RE

Our RE theme this half term is Light and Dark. We will be looking at pictures and stories featuring light and darkness and responding to them. We will think about our own feelings and experiences as well as learning that light is an important symbol in many religions. Lastly, we will explore the stories and celebrations of some religious festivals.

Science

Our Science topic this half term is Habitats. This topic links closely to Creative Curriculum and English. We will be investigating the different habitats that animals live in and why it is important for those habitats to be maintained. We will be learning about the habitats in our local area as well as the microhabitats that we can find.

 

Autumn 1

 

English

 

In Year Two this half term we will be focusing our learning around the book “Beegu” and “Traction Man.”

 

Beegu By Alexis Deacon

 

The entry to the book will include an alien crash in the Key Stage One Playground where we will then hunt for clues to find out who the owner of the spaceship is.

We will then begin our learning by focusing on descriptive writing and recounts. In descriptive writing we will practise using adjectives and using these to write noun phrases using conjunctions to add more detail. When learning about recounts, we will learn why the features are important in everyday life such as speech and language. We will then order events and use time connectives in our writing to explain the order in which something has happened. We will be writing in the first person using our own experiences.

 

The search for Beegu!

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We made Spaceships to help send Beegu home!

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BEEGU

Animation based on the book 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon created for my second year modelmaking degree Animation and Production by Paul Coley, Music by Sam White, Narration by Hayley Nice

Traction Man

 

Our new picture book that we are reading is Traction Man by Mini Grey. It is the story of an Action Figure who has been given as a present to a child for Christmas. Traction Man goes on many adventures throughout the home. In this Unit of work we will be writing letters and then planning and writing our own story. To engage children with the book further we have used role play and speech to consider what Traction Man may have been feeling throughout his adventures.

Using role play to empathise with a character!

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Traction Man is Here! - Books Alive!

Books Alive present a reading of Mini Grey's Traction Man is Here! Your everyday hero in your everyday home fighting everyday bad guys and saving everyday things. Hilarious story of a boy's action man and where his imagination takes them both...and the trusty scrubbing brush sidekick!

Maths

In Maths we will be learning about:

· Number and place value—this will include understanding the value of each number. Identifying the tens and ones in a number. As well as the ways in which we are able to partition them. We will also look at greater than and less than to support us in comparing numbers.

· Addition and subtraction—this will include using family facts, comparing number sentences and knowing our number bonds to 100 in tens. We will then continue to add and subtract tens and ones , then further our knowledge to subtract a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number crossing over the tens values.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Subject

 

PSHE

Our PSHE topic for this half term is ‘Tolerance and Accepting People. In this topic we will learn how to be respectful of others and how to control ourselves and our behaviour in different situations.

Modern Foreign Language

Children will be consolidating their learning from the previous year as well as learning to name nouns that we are familiar with. We will also learn to count to 20.

 

RE

Our RE topic is called ‘Who wants to be famous?” In this topic children will learn to identify some famous people and the characteristics of what makes them famous. We will learn why leaders of faith are important to believers and begin to know some key stories told by them.

 

Science

Our Science topic this half term is Animals including humans. We will be learning about the different offspring from different species. And that they grow into adults. We will learn that all humans and animals have basic needs such as eating and drinking. Lastly we will learn about the importance of exercise and how it effects the human body.

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Pizza Making

 

To help us with our learning about humans and the five food groups we made Pizza! Firstly, we discussed which food group we felt that pizza fit into. We then discussed the toppings and how they would help us to achieve a (semi) balanced diet!

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Creative Curriculum

Our Topic this half term is toys. In this topic we will learn about toys from the past and compare them to the toys of today. We will look at the favourite toys of different family members and how they are different to the toys of the children in class and use sources to answer questions that we may have.. We will look at Early 20th Century toys and study the chronology of the toys in this time period. As well as looking at the life of children. We will then learn about Victorian toys and identify similarities and differences of the toys in this period, the early 20th century and the toys of children today.

Our creative project that we will be working on is finger puppets. We will be designing, planning, making and then evaluating our own using a variety of different skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Puppets!

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In Year Two, we have been making puppets. With the help and advice of Miss Kuabo, we have researched, planned and made our own. We can wait to show you the end result!

Completing our puppets!

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