Welcome to Year 2
Maths: will focus on fractions, measurement involving length and height, time, mass, capacity and temperature and looking at position and direction. We will continue to use our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills to solve problems and investigations. Please make sure your child also practices their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
English: will be focusing on fiction and non-fiction texts, which include ‘This is how we do it’ and ‘Traction Man’. We will continue to build upon the children’s existing skills and help them to improve their punctuation, sentence structure and handwriting. Your child can also use spelling shed to practise their key words and sounds within Phonics. Please ensure your child is reading every night (see Collins eBooks and books that you may also have at home).
Science Plants: We will be observing and describing how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and finding out and describing how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. Habitats: We will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other; Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats; Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.
Foundation Subjects: During this term we will focus on ‘Journeys – food’ in Geography and ‘Holidays’ in History.
Geography: This unit links the everyday experience of buying and eating food within the UK with the children’s growing geographical understanding of the world. There is a strong element of local area study with a suggested local shop, market or farm as a recommended visit to begin to show the class the connections between what we buy, where it comes from locally and how it might be able to be sourced from the UK (and beyond).
The children will:
• Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human geography of their local shops, and physical geography through studying nearby food growing or production
• Use locational and directional language (e.g. near and far) to describe the location of features and routes on a map
• Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK, and its surrounding seas
• Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.
History: In this unit, the children will learn about holidays in the 1950s and 60s, particularly seaside holidays. They will continue to develop their use of sources with a particular focus on the use of oral history (from classroom visitors, friends and family) and images. They will begin to consider the use of story as a source of evidence.
The children will:
• Learn about changes within living memory
• Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, similarity and difference
• Ask historically valid questions
• Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods
• Ask and answer questions
• Understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past
• Identify different ways in which the past is represented
• Use a wide range of everyday historical terms
• Use parts of stories and other sources to show they know and understand key features of events
• Use sources to show they know and understand the past
• Suggest reasons why changes took place.
Art: will be looking at mixed media collage. We will be studying Henri Matisse’s artwork, sorting and arranging shapes, folding, crumpling and tearing materials and creating an image using different types of paper.
DT: will be focusing on the unit of work ‘Sliders and Levers’. We will be looking at how sliders and levers work, designing a scene with a moving character and creating a path for a character to move along.
Music We will be looking at ‘The friendship song’. In this unit, we will be learning a song, playing instrumental parts, improvising using instruments and our voices and composing and performing our final piece of music. In the second half of the term we will be looking at ‘Reflect, reload and rewind’ In this unit we will be listening and appraising Classical music, continuing to embed the foundations of the interrelated dimensions of music using voices and instruments, singing, playing instruments within the song, improvising using voices and instruments, composing, sharing and performing the learning that has taken place.
Computing: We will be looking at the units of work ‘We are researchers’ and ‘We are Detectives’. Within the unit ‘We are researchers’ the children will research a topic using a structured approach, mindmapping and will share their findings through a short multimedia presentation. Within the unit ‘We are detectives’ the children are challenged to solve a mystery by reading, sending and replying to emails, and by listening to a witness statement. They use a fact file sheet to create a table and identify the culprit.
RE In the first half to the term we are focusing on Christianity – Gospel: what is the Good news Christians believe Jesus brings. They will be understanding the importance of forgiveness, friendship and peace and exploring ways in which Christians try to bring Jesus’ good news to others. In the second half of the term, we will be looking at how we should care for the world and for others and why this matters.
PE Key Stage One will be using ‘ Real PE’ as part of their PE lessons. These sessions focus on key skills and coordination. Year 2 will also be focusing on net and ball skills and athletics. Swimming sessions will also be taking part during the summer term as and when the weather and pool temperature are suitable.
PSHE The children will continue to develop their social skills, learn how to build relationships, have respect for each other and responsibility. This term we will be focusing on Living in the Wider World, including rights and responsibilities, the environment and money.
Homework In Years 1 and 2, we ask you to continue to support your child’s learning by reading his/her book every night and would also recommend that you enjoy reading and discussing a longer, high-quality text to your child, especially if s/he is still developing reading fluency. Please continue to read the online Collins Bigcat books that we are using in school to support their phonics development. We aim to have learned the 2, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of Year 2 and will be asking children to practise these at home.
Mrs Prescott and Miss Saunders
This Year’s Curriculum
If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.
This Term’s Topics
Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term. If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mrs Prescott or Miss Saunders.