Year 2 2019 - 2020
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. The children have come back to school with lots of enthusiasm and are ready to continue with their learning journey.
Much of our curriculum for the first half term is ‘FIRE FIRE’ where we will be learning all about the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys. We will be investigating different landmarks and focusing on London in the past and present. During Art we will be drawing some of the famous landmarks and our final piece will be the London skyline. We will be using the chrome books to find some facts about London whilst addressing how to search online in a safe manner. Our Geography topic this half term is looking at a small area of a contrasting non-European country.
In the second half term, our topic is ‘The Farm Shop’ where we will be reading stories with a farmyard theme and creating persuasion texts on places to visit for a good day out.
Guiding reading will take place in small groups every morning. The children will be reading a wide range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They will be answering questions verbally as well as through comprehensions, making predictions and completing other short literacy tasks.
In addition children will continue to read regularly in school, class reading sessions and individually at other times.
In Science we will be focusing on animals and their habitats. We will be looking at living things and things that have never been alive.
In maths we will continue learning about money and the different coins that we can use to pay for goods. We will also be learning about multiplication, division, shape and measurement. The children will be learning different ways of showing their workings out, solving problems and developing their reasoning skills. MyMaths will be used in class as a teaching tool as well as hit the button and times tables rock stars.
P.E will take place on Tuesday mornings through a special Health and Well-being session and Wednesday morning for the first half term.
The submission date for creative homework; for this half term, is Monday 10th February although reading is encouraged daily and spellings are weekly; with a test every Tuesday.
Our topics this term is “The Place we live”. We will be reading, un-picking and studying: ‘Katie Morag’s Island Adventures” which has two fantastic stories “Katie Morag delivers the mail” and “Katie Morag and the two Grandmothers”. We will be celebrating Roald Dahl and during our guided reading will read “The Twits” – which the children are thoroughly enjoying!
So far, we have made predictions about the stories, sequenced the main events, made beards and over the coming weeks we will be writing our own stories.
We are also enjoying different poems from “A first Poetry book” and “Please, Mrs Butler”.
All children will be read with during the week so please ensure that they bring their reading diaries with them every day. We also encourage you to enjoy their books with them so please could you allow them to read with you at least three times a week and then sign their diary.
In our maths classes we have been focusing on Place Value and some of our ‘Mathletics’ lessons have even taken place in the Hall. We have been creating human number lines and have had team competitions to solve tricky maths problems. Watch out for Twitter as you often see the children in action.
The children have been working on counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 through ‘YouTube’ videos and dances in class. I would really encourage you to help them learn these as they form the foundations to so many aspects of maths. We are recapping them all and offering greater depth questioning to those children who are excelling at them.
Spanish is taught on Monday mornings by the fantastic Mrs Culshaw and the children have been enjoying singing lots of songs and participating in the many games that she does.
PE takes place every Monday and Wednesday so please ensure all kits are in school ready for the lessons. We continue to benefit from working alongside the School Sports Partnerships and actively encourage this very important aspect of the curriculum.
We are continuing with the ‘Creative homework’ so please check their folders as they can choose from a selection of tasks. There will be a celebration event and details will be sent out nearer the time. Spellings tests are every Tuesday, so please continue to encourage your child to practice regularly; during the week, at home.
Thanks so much for you continued support in your child’s learning journey we really do appreciate all your help.
If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact me.
During the first half term the children will read the famous book by Kenneth Grahame. They will be writing letters and studying a variety of classic poems.
We will be looking at different habitats in Science and in Geography we will study compass directions and the weather.
Our R.E topic is ‘Pentacost and Ascension’. In Computing, the children will learn how to code and keep safe online.
In the second half term the children will experience a variety of texts relating to seaside and holidays. They will find out what holidaying was like in Victorian times and how a seaside resort such as Southport varies from Hesketh Bank. We will be visiting All Saints church and exploring the features that a church has. We will also go on our end of year trip which will incorporate our seaside topic!
Spring Term 2019
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. The children have come back to school with lots of enthusiasm and are ready to continue with their learning journey.
Our topic for the first half term is ‘Fire, Fire” where we will be learning about the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys. In the second half term, our topic is ‘The Farm Shop’ where we will be reading stories with a farmyard theme and creating persuasion texts on places to visit for a good day out.
Our Geography topic this half term is looking at a small area of a contrasting non-European country. Please can you send in any Australian books or artifacts that we could look at in school.
In Maths this term, we will be learning about number and place value, measurement (length, mass and capacity), addition, subtraction, 2d and 3d shapes, multiplication, statistics, fractions, money and time. The children will be learning different ways of showing their workings out, solving problems and developing their reasoning skills through ‘talk for maths’. MyMaths will be used in class as a teaching tool.
Children will continue to read regularly in school in English lessons, class reading sessions and individually at other times.
Phonics will take place every day in Year 2. The children learn spelling patterns from Monday to Thursday then receive a spelling list to learn on Friday. The test will then take place the following Friday.
P.E will take place on Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning for the first half term.
Homework will be given out on a Friday and needs to be handed in by the Wednesday of the next week although it can be given in earlier.
Autumn Term 2018
Our topic for the first half term is ‘The place where we live” where we will be looking at the human and physical features of Hesketh Bank. In the second half term, our topic is ‘Fighting fit’ where we will study the life and work of Florence Nightingale. As part of our ‘Homes’ topic, the children will take a walk around Hesketh Bank looking at different style of houses and the features that they have.
Year 2 will be showcasing their artistic talents by holding an Art Gallery on Thursday 4th October at 2pm. The children will present their art based on the local artist, Keith Melling. Parents will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their artistic talent so come along and have a go!
We hope you had a lovely Easter break. The children will have a fun packed Summer term where alongside the normal curriculum areas they will also experience trips to the allotment and All Saints church. SATS will take place throughout May.
This final half term’s topic is ‘Buckets and Spades’. The children will experience a variety of texts relating to seaside and holidays. They will find out what holidaying was like in Victorian times and how a seaside resort such as Southport varies from Hesketh Bank.
Year 2 Spring term
First half term
Our topic for the first half term is 'Fire, fire!' We will look at the Great fire of London and Samuel Pepys (History). We will study the seven continents and the five oceans of the World (Geography) and compare a small area of a non-European country (Sydney, Australia) to Hesketh Bank (Geography). The children will continue to develop their mapwork skills. They will look at the Growth and Survival of animals including humans in Science. In Computing, the children will learn to create a binary tree to answer yes/no questions. We will continue to develop techniques in art looking at paintings of the Great fire of London and portraits of Samuel Pepys and King Charles ll. In R.E, the children will look at how Jesus was friends to everyone. The children will be learning about pitch and performing changes in pitch using various instruments in Music.
Second half term
Our topic for the second half term is 'The Farm Shop'. We will investigate Plants including food produced locally (Science). In Computing, the children will look at spreadsheets and use them to solve mathematical puzzles. The children will take part in a DT week where they will design, make and evaluate a puppet based on a farmyard animal using different joining techniques including sewing. Our R.E topic this term is 'Easter signs and symbols' where the children will learn about the Easter story and what signs and symbols represent Easter. The children will develop their musical skills under the topic 'Storytime' where they will study sounds.
Autumn Term 2017
The children have made an excellent start to Year 2, settling in well and adapting to a new classroom. We have started our topic 'The place where we live' by reading a selection of Katie Morag stories. The children will also explore non-fiction and poetry all related to our topic. Non-fiction work will include explanations on houses and where we live and instructions. In poetry, the children will read a variety of poems about homes and other familiar settings then write their own based on the models studied. We will look at the Living things in our local area (Science) and the human and physical features of Hesketh Bank including lots of map work (Geography). In Computing, the children will learn to create pictures and use the internet safely. We will study the work of a local artist and use our surroundings to develop techniques in line, shape, colour, texture, form and pattern. In R.E, the children will look at the Bible and the books and stories within it. Our music topic is 'I wanna play in a band'. The children will follow an integrated approach to music where games, elements of music, singing and playing instruments are all linked.
Second half term
Our topic for the second half term is 'Fighting fit'. We will investigate the importance of good health and nutrition for animals including humans (Science). The children will study the life of Florence Nightingale and how her work changed nursing and hospitals across the world (History). In English, we will read a selection of traditional tales and traditional tales with a twist. We will also learn to write instructions. In Computing, the children will learn how to present ideas such as a fact file or an e-book. The children will take part in a DT week where they will design, make and evaluate a model. Our R.E topic this term is 'Angels' where the children will learn about good news and news bringers. The children will develop their musical skills under the topic 'Little angel gets her wings'. The children will all take part in our fantastic nativity play.