Welcome to our Year 2 page. On this page you will find lots of information about our exciting projects this year and photographs of our achievements.
The Year 2 Team
Year 2 Curriculum
In year 2, children are required to complete their SAT’s in May. In order to prepare pupils for these we work hard in class at encouraging children to become independent thinkers and to build up their stamina to read and write longer pieces of work.
Please ensure all children bring their book bags into class every day, regardless of whether they have read the night before. Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. We ask children to re-read books to develop fluency. In year 2 we also encourage the children to write and draw about their favourite books they are reading at home using their reading record. There is a prize each Friday for the child who has tried their best with this activity. We also encourage adults at home to ask children questions about this reading books not just listen to them read. This help with their comprehension skills.
Every Friday children will receive a list of year 2 words, these are either common exception words or words that contain ‘sounds’ we are learning that week in class. These need to be practised at home each evening in readiness for testing on Friday.
Handwriting is very important in year 2 and we are going to be focussing on improving our cursive writing over the next half term. We will send out handwriting homework each Friday along with spellings. We are asking that parents/carers take some time to sit with their child and encourage them to correctly form each letter using the given examples.
Autumn Term Topics
Art and DT: Andy Warhol and Moving Pictures
RE: Ourselves, family and friends
Science: Living things and their habitats
Geography: Our Wonderful world.
As Christmas is only around the corner, we have delved into Tom Fletcher’s ‘The Christmasaurus’. We will be writing character descriptions, using question marks to ask questions to each character and of course – writing letters to Santa!
As one of the main themes running through the story is accepting people’s differences and friendship, we will also be reflecting on what makes a good friend and how our everyday acts of kindness are so important.
We will also be doing daily guided reading sessions, where we will focus on a different text each week. We will be looking at a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts, as well as using our inference skills to investigate illustrations. Our guided read sessions help us build on our fluency, understanding of what we are reading in addition to being able to make predictions, sequence and retrieve information from the text.
We are continuing looking at addition and subtraction this half term and investigating the different methods that can help us with a range of calculations. We will be using number lines, blank number lines, 100 squares and then will move onto the column method.
We will also be keeping up our practice of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Our science topic this half term is ‘Living things and their habitats’. We will be looking at the features of what makes something a living thing and sorting objects into the categories; alive, not alive, never been alive. We will then move onto exploring different habitats and find out about the animals that would be found living in them.
We have had a fun- filled art week exploring the colourful world of the famous 1960’s pop artist, Andy Warhol.
The children created their own self portraits by carefully tracing around their photographs, painting the sections with bright colours and then adding the bold, black lines with felt tip pens. We then put them all together to create a large scale piece of art work. We are so proud of the end result!
We also looked at Warhol’s ‘Campbell Soup Cans’ image and created our own repeating patterns. We really had to concentrate to make sure we used the correct colours to keep up the pattern.
Finally, we used black paint and folded our paper to create our own images in the style of Warhol’s ‘Rorschach’ paintings. We spent time looking at the images to see what objects and patterns we could see in our creations!
Children in Need
Year 2 had a fabulous day for this year’s Children in Need. We followed the journey of the cyclists on the ‘Children in Need Rickshaw challenge’ on a live interactive map of the United Kingdom. We used our map skills to plot their route on our own map. We couldn’t believe how far they cycled!
We have been exploring the continents and oceans of our world.
We have spent time looking at Google Earth’s aerial photographs of each continent and where each one is located on a world map. We have used our knowledge to locate and label each continent on our map.
We have loved using atlases and are getting so confident in naming the continents and oceans.
Year 2 had an AMAZING time at the climbing wall. Everyone had a go at the different interactive games and it was so much fun! Some of us were even brave enough to go to the very top!