Welcome to Year 2
In Year 2 we will be following on from the learning in Foundation 2 and Year 1 ensuring that we still follow children’s interests embedded into the New National Curriculum. In class, children will complete lessons on all the core subjects in the morning followed by foundation subjects in the afternoons. Year 2 pupils will also have the opportunity to complete challenges following their interests and the new National Curriculum in our different areas of provision. Please keep coming to look at our class page so you can see what we are learning in class and celebrate with us!
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Y2 Class Worship
Year 2 Curriculum Newsletters
Find out what we are learning about each half term by reading the newsletters:
Welcome back to all the children in Year 2! I hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday.
When the Poet came
This week a local poet came into class to read some of his poems to us. The children had a great time listening and getting involved with some of the actions. After, the children were asked to rhyme different words that the poet gave to them. It was a really fun experience and I hope the children are feeling inspired to write their own poetry!
CAFOD came to visit us in class to talk about what they do to help others who are less fortunate than us. The children were asked to complete a backpack activity where they could only pack 6 items to take with them. The children had to really think about and discuss what was essential to take and it showed the children just how difficult it must be for other children around the world who need to leave their homes. The children showed empathy and thought for people less fortunate than them and it really helped them to appreciate what they have.
Take a look at our class collective worship table. Each week we have a new theme which we reflect upon during our whole school and class collective worships.
Our topic this half term is Chosen People. To begin this topic, the children were discussing what made them special. We were exploring the fact that we are all special because we are all gifts from God. The children came up with some lovely ideas for what made them special. After this, we looked at the similarities and differences between us. This was to show the children that we are all unique and special, but we all share common values e.g. we are all in Gods Family.
The children have been looking at how they can help others in God’s world. The children were given the task of suggesting 5 ways to help the people that we love in our lives. The children were able to identify lots of different ways to help people in our world e.g. being kind, doing the dishes and playing with someone who is on their own. We were able to discuss how to help people who were less fortunate than us and link this to the backpacks we sent last year to help the charity CAFOD.
We have been looking at Abraham’s story in RE and the trust he placed in God to make the journey to a new land. The children were re-telling the story in their own words and reflecting on how Abraham would have felt being asked to make this journey, leaving everything behind, to a new land. We were able to reflect on the word trust and what this means. As well as this, we were able to talk about people in our lives that we trust and love.
We have been learning about Daniel and the Lion’s Den in RE. The children were fantastic at retelling the story through drama and working together as a team. After that, the children were exploring Daniel’s feelings and considering how he would have felt when he was made to stop praying to God and how he would have felt when he was thrown into the lion’s den.
Take a look at some of our Collective Worship time in the classroom. It is a time for the children to come together, sharing an opportunity to listen to the word of the Lord. During the school day, we always ensure we give the children an opportunity to progress on their faith journey.
Take a look at our RE/Collective worship display in the classroom:
Here is our new collective worship resources box. In here we keep all of the resources needed for our collective worship. Our prayer leader for the week will look in the box daily to find suitable resources for the daily worship.
This month it is the month of the Rosary and the children have been using the prayer table and our time in collective worship to write prayers and reflect on Mary’s importance and say thanks to her for her gifts and ask for her guidance.
We have been straight back into the swing of things in English this week. We started the week with writing recounts of our favourite activities in the holidays. It sounds like the children went on lots of different adventures and they were excited to share these with myself and with each other.
After this, we began looking at contracted forms of words. We began by matching the contractions to the correct words, before applying these into some sentences. It was brilliant to see that the children were beginning to apply this skill into other subjects such as Geography and RE.
We received a letter this week from an explorer! The children were really excited to hear what the letter said and it was from someone who has been exploring America for the past 10 years. She was really looking forward to reading the children’s responses to her letter and to hopefully answer some of their questions. To write a brilliant letter, we began learning about how to structure a formal letter and what’s best to include. Once we had the skills, we were ready to write to the explorer and now we eagerly await her reply!
We have had a fantastic time in English recently. We have been putting ourselves in the position of an explorer and writing diary entries for our expeditions! It has truly been some of the children’s best work to date and they have really started to take to the standard of work in Year 2. I am continually made proud of the children and thank God daily for having them as a class.
Our learning in maths has been super busy this week! Our topic this term is number. To begin, we recapped our numbers from 0-100 before moving on to counting in 2s, 5s, 3s and 10s. The children took part in an exciting, practical game which required speed and team work. They had to work together to order the numbers in the correct sequence by finding them in the hall and bringing them back to their team. First team to complete the sequence in the correct order was the winner.
After this, we looked at number bonds to 100. The children had to match the numbers together to add to 100.
Place value has been our theme in maths this week! We have been focusing all week on numbers in the number system. The children have been looking at the value of different numbers up to 100 and identify the tens and units in these numbers. They had to build numbers using multi-link and numicon and finally had to use symbols to represent if a number was greater than or less than each other.
The children have been learning all about estimating. We have been estimating steps to places, how many sweets in a jar and where a number will go on a number line. The children have then been applying this knowledge to objects in the classroom, such as estimating how many books are in the book corner, or how many pencils are in the pot.
Our topic in Science is materials. The children have been exploring the physical properties of different materials. They were asked to predict what they thought they material might feel like before finding out the answer and seeing if their predictions were correct.
We have been investigating this week if we can change the shape of solid materials. The children were given a variety of solid materials to explore and see if they could squash, twist, bend or stretch the materials. Some of the objects included a metal spoon, an elastic band and a rubber. After the investigation, the children had to write up their findings.
In topic this week, we have been learning some new skills in Geography. The children were using atlases to find where Amelia Earhart was from. We also looked at the maps to find where the UK was in the world and where the capital cities were in the UK. The children were using the contents page in order to find the information they needed.
After this, the children used the iPads to research Earhart and find some facts about her.
The children have been looking at the 7 continents during Geography. This has equipped the children with the knowledge we need to fly around and explore the world with Amelia Earhart!
We have started our journey of flying with Earhart! The children could identify the UK on a world map and a non-European country (Kenya). They were then able to join the 2 countries together to show the distance Earhart would have to travel to reach Kenya. Afterwards, the children researched Kenya and found out some interesting facts e.g. Kenya is known for its excellence in sports.
We have been looking at physical and human geography and what the differences are. The children worked in groups to separate the different types and then wrote definitions for the terminology.
We have been looking at the aeroplane Amelia Earhart made when she was exploring. To help the children to understand how difficult it must have been for Earhart to make her own transport, the children were given the opportunity to cut their own wood using a saw. The children were fantastic at using the tools safely and following instructions.
We have been recapping our knowledge of coding and scratch from Year 1 in ICT. The children were able to give the characters instructions and get it to move independently.
The children were able to clap rhythms and copy Miss Mac. Afterwards, the children were asked to identify the beat of popular songs by clapping along. The children noticed that the tempo of the beat changes in different songs and can also change in the same songs.
The children love PE. This week they have been taking part in some team games. They have enjoyed working with their friends and refreshing some skills such as catching, co-ordination and team work.
In PE with Miss Mac, we will be looking at Athletics. This week we have been looking at sprinting techniques and setting our baseline times so that we can check if they have improved at the end of our topic. The children were really keen to race me at the end and to their disappointment, they are not quite fast enough yet! I’m sure with a little more practice, they will be speeding past me!
This week we have had a focus on long distance running. We began by watching Mo Farah complete the 5000m in the London 2012 Olympics. From watching this, we were able to learn the techniques needed to complete the run and all about pace.
In PE with Mr Cooper, we have been looking at movement skills. The children have been looking at moving in different ways such as hopping, skipping and running. The children demonstrated excellent listening and movement skills.