Class Teacher -Mrs H. Rogers

Teaching Assistant - Mrs N. Redhead

Welcome to Year 2

In English, we are going to be reading A River by Marc Martin and investigate circular narratives. During this topic, we will be looking at noun phrases with emphasis on varying our adjectives as well as using a wide range of conjunctions. Eventually, we will be writing our own circular narrative (start and end in the same setting). We will be planning our story as well as editing and improving. After we have written our circular narrative, we will be writing our own letters.

Letters in the Mail

We will be teaching phonics this term in preparation for the phonics screening in December. We have also started using a new scheme Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. This will also mean changes to the way we teach reading. More information to follow shortly.

Our first topic in maths is place value. We will be ordering and comparing numbers as well as counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. We will then move onto addition and subtraction – adding and subtracting 1 digit to 2 digits, finding 10 more and 10 less, using number facts to check. Problem solving will also play a crucial part of this topic. After that, we are going to be investigating everything money related – comparing money amounts, notes and coins, finding change and more problem solving. We end the term with multiplication and division.

Our first topic this year in science is living things and their habitats. We will be learning about the different types of habitats around the World as well as investigating microhabitats closer to home. We will be getting dirty outside trying to find them.  Food chains and prey/predators will also be looked at during this topic.

In history, we will be investigating everything about the Great Fire of London and the impact it had on London. The children will be delving into the reasons for the fire and why it spread so quickly. We will be investigating different source material as well as investigating London of the day. The children will be making their own London houses and thinking about the materials that they were made out of and why these may have had an effect on the fire.

In geography this term, we will be investigating physical and human features within our local are. This will mean, we will be going out and about to find these features and learn all about them. 

In art, we will be looking at formal elements of art as well as art and design skills. We will be creating printed patterns using everyday objects, taking rubbings using different media and creating 3D drawings. We will also be replicating the recognizable crockery of Clarice Cliff, exploring tone through shading, developing weaving skills, working with clay and experimenting with brush strokes.

During our design and technology sessions, we will be investigating different structures and mechanisms. Firstly, within our structures topic we will explore stability and methods to strengthen structures, to understand weaknesses and develop an improved solution. We will finish the year off by creating a functional Ferris wheels, learning how different components fit together so that the wheel rotates and the structures stands freely.

We will be teaching music weekly and we will be working through our Charanga topics. These will involve singing, instruments and developing our appraising and composing skills.

In our computing unit, we will explore exactly what a computer is by identifying and learning how inputs and outputs work, how computers are used in the wider world and designing our own computerised invention.