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Class 2

Welcome to Year 2...

 

Class Teacher-Miss Whitehall

Support staff-Mrs Pemberton (AM)

Mrs Beeston (PE)

Miss Grocott (Music)

 

Summer Term

 

English

Stories by the same author

In our first unit, we will be reading a book by the significant author, Dick-King Smith. We will be summarising, predicting and analysing events in the story considering the ways that the author engages the reader. We will then write our own story using compound sentences, subordination, in third person and writing in the past tense. 

 

Non-chronological reports

 

We will immerse ourselves in this unit by comparing paper and ICT-based non-chronological reports on the same theme. We will explore the purpose of contents and index and how to answer specific questions using the text. We will identify common features and evaluate the effectiveness of the text layout in supporting readers to find information.

 

Silly poems

 

We will explore and read silly poems and other humorous texts that play with language, for example riddles, language puzzles, jokes and nonsense sentences. We will respond to these through drama and discuss what we think about the way the writer has chosen and used words to achieve the humour and capture language ideas that we can use and apply in our own poems.

 

Maths

 

Problem-solving and efficient methods

 

In this unit, we will recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems. We will also solve problems involving multiplication and division, using arrays, repeated addition, mental methods and multiplication and division facts, including problems in context.

 

Time

 

In this unit, we will tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. As well as this, we will compare and sequence intervals of time with our knowledge of the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.

 

Weight, volume and temperature
 

In this unit, we will compare and order lengths, mass, volume/ capacity and record the results. We will choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels.

 

Religious Education

 

Easter

In this unit, we will understand some of the stories of Easter from the New Testament and some of the symbols that the Church use to celebrate the Season.

 

Pentecost

In this unit, we will know the story of Pentecost and of the activity and presence of the Holy Spirit. The unit also focuses on the way Pentecost is celebrated in the Church and Confirmation being the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit.

 

Our Church

In this unit, we will consider what it means to belong to God’s Family. We will focus on the role of the parish and people with special responsibilities.

 

The Mass

In this unit, we will develop our understanding of the structure of the Mass, what is taking place and focus on seeing Christ present when we gather, in the Word and in the Eucharist.

 

Science

 

Plants

This term, we will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We will also find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

 

Living Things and Their Habitats

We will also continue our learning of living things and their habitats by considering micro-habitats in an area of the school grounds and considering how plants will be useful to the living things in our environment.

 

Geography

 

This term, we will be looking at a small area in UK compared to small area of a Non-European country, Zambia in South Africa. We will learn about the physical features such as River Zambezi and Victoria Falls and the human aspects such as schooling, jobs and housing of the areas and compare the two.

 

History

 

This term, we will be learning all about The Great Fire of London, a significant event beyond our living memory. We will be learning about why and how the fire spread, how we know about the fire, the role of key people in the management of the fire and the changes that have happened as a result of this.

 

Art

 

In Art this term, we will be learning all about the famous sculptor and photographer, Andy Goldsworthy. Throughout this unit, we will be using our observational skills to draw, sculpt and photograph using nature around us as inspiration. We will also study at the work of Nancy Holt, a land artist and sculpture, and compare the artists’ styles.

 

Design Technology

 

In DT this term, we are going to be using construction kits when designing, making and evaluating wheeled vehicles. We will understand how they move by exploring wheels, fixed and free axles and chassis and use samples of materials to assemble these with our user in mind.

 

PE

 

This term, we will be working on a range of skills such as sending and receiving balls, reacting and responding as well as ball chasing and concentrating on floor work. We will be performing and repeating longer sequences with clear shapes and controlled movement and selecting and applying a range of skills with

good control and consistency.  We will also describe how and why my body feels during and after exercise, explain why we need to warm up and cool down and say how my body feels before, during and after exercise when learning about the impact of exercise on our health.

 

Computing

 

In this term, we will be introduced to making music digitally and explore, edit and combine sounds by adding instruments, changing volume and speed of our tunes to improve them.

After this, we will be exploring how to present digital content in a range of forms such as fact files made on publisher, and quizzes and photographs and information displayed in tables. We will have the opportunity to present stories, quizzes, fact files and other presentations.

 

Music

 

In music, we will be learning a pop, marching band and gospel song. The marching band song will be learnt in two different groups with a call and response theme. We will understand that the pulse keeps time and rhythms divide up that time in many possible ways. We often feel like dancing when music makes us feel happy so we will be considering what music makes us happy by exploring a range of different music.

 

RHE

 

This term’s topic ‘Created to Live in Community’ explores our relationship with the wider world in particular our relationship nature, loving others in the wider community through service, through dialogue and through working for the Common Good. Children will hear the story of The Good Samaritan and will be introduced to the concept of the Trinity – God as a three in one community of love – and think about what the Trinity means for them.

The second unit during the summer term ‘Living in the Wider World’ helps children to learn about the different local and global communities that they are part of, and what rights and responsibilities come with belonging to these communities.

 

 

 

There are some important spellings rules that children are required to learn in Year 2. You can find these below if you wish to support your child with these at home. 

Miss Whitehall

Our Summer Vehicle

Peacocks

This term, our vehicle is based on our local friends, peacocks! We regularly have visits from these wonderful birds and are going to spend this term researching these creatures that are often found on our school grounds. 

 

 

Recommended Reading Challenge!

 

 Your challenge is to finish reading all of these books by the end of Year 2! We will work together and find as many books to share with each other to try to get everyone to read them!

 

For each book you read, write three sentences about the book in the back of your homework diary so that we know you have read it! There will be a prize for the people who read them all! Good luck and have fun!

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