Message from class teacher
Welcome to our Year Two class. Mrs Hill is the Year Two teacher, with support from Mrs Dunn. In Year Two, we aim to work hard and make learning a fun and enjoyable experience!
Facts about the teacher
- Doctor Who
- Diet Coke
- Running up hills
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Our new Curriculum, in 2014, promises to be both interesting and exciting! We begin with travelling back in time to Prehistoric times, to the land of the Dinosaurs, where we will be creating our own dinosaur sculptures, by studying various pieces of prehistoric art and exploring archaeological bone findings and finally trying to answer the question of ‘why did dinosaurs become extinct?’ Our topic will then lead us to look at how we have evolved as human beings and interesting facts than have affected this. Our topic will conclude by looking at dangerous animals in our modern world, and the children will create their own dance piece inspired by their work! Our Spring term topic is Explorers. We will blast off into Space during the first half term,making moon buggies, composing space – themed music and looking at how Space exploration has changed over recent years. In the second half of the Spring term we will set sail on the high seas with Christopher Columbus. We will find out about the famous explorer’s life, what it was like to be a brave explorer and write our own message in a bottle.In our final term we will be exploring the topic of The Seaside. We will be finding out about what it was like to visit the seaside in the past, use maps and atlases to locate some popular U.K. seaside destinations and finding out which is our favourite flavour of ice cream. We will research, plan and make a picnic sandwich as well as investigating why our ice lollies melt. We will also be spending some time in Year 3, becoming more familiar with our new learning environment in preparation for September.
In our Numeracy lessons this term we will be learning about:
- Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line
- compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; <, > and = signs
- read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words
- use place value and number facts to solve problems
Addition and Subtraction
- solve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods
- recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently and derive and use related facts up to 100
- add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including two two-digit numbers
- add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including adding three one-digit numbers
- show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot
Multiplication and Division
- Practice the 3 times table here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzfQUXqiYY
- recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
- calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using x, ÷ and = signs
- show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order and division of one number by another cannot
- solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in context.
- Recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
- write simple fractions for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2
- choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (c); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels
- compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using <, > and =
- recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value
- find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money
- solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change
- compare and sequence intervals of time
- interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables
- ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data
In our Literacy lessons this term we will be concentrating on the following::
Traditional tales from other cultures
The children will be reading the and comparing the stories of Hansel and Gretel and Baba Yaga, using drama and story maps. They will write their own witch stories, using traditional story language and endings.
The children are introduced to The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and other well-known dragon stories, George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell, and The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. They create a dragon and write similes to describe it. They then write dragon stories with a focus on using conjunctions to write longer sentences.
We will use Instructions by Neil Gaiman to introduce children to writing instructions. Exploring features of instructions including bossy verbs, Identifying exciting tricky words and discussing how to decode them.
Based on two lovely stories entitled Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and The Owl and the moon, children use conjunctions to expand sentences before writing their own recounts in a diary form about an English animal.
Explore the senses through poetry, The Works chosen by Paul Cookson, and Raps, Riddles and Concrete by Pie Corbett. Read a range of different poems and learn some by heart. Go on a poetry walk to the playground or nature area to collect some wonderful describing words. Write simple poems using adjectives and adjectival phrases.
based around the wonderful poem, Aliens Stole My Underpants by Brian Moses (Cat Message by Roger Stevens). Children will memorise and perform this poem, describe objects to aliens using adjectives before finally writing their own alien poems.
Our Topic work:
- using atlases to map the journeys of each explorer
- finding out about the first moon landing and what happened as a result
- learning about Apollo 11
- investigating the principles of surviving in space
- designing and making their own Space shuttle
- write a piece of music representing a journey to Space
- researching and writing inspirational quotes
- designing and making a Darwin inspired treehouse
- investigating the principles of a hot air balloon
- inventing their own hot air balloon
- Sketching the Endeavour ship
- learn and perform a range of sea shanty’s
- creating a Charles Darwin inspired £10 note
- creating a piece of outdoor art, using the natural surroundings
- flower pressing, different species of plants
- A thinking walk around the local area
- classifying animals and plants
- create a picture of the Northern Lights, using the dragging string technique
- Investigating the Arctic Circle
Our topic for this term will focus on ‘World Explorers’ from the past and present. They will be finding out about explorations made by Captain Cook, Neil Armstrong, Montgolfier Brothers, Charles Darwin and Ranulph Fiennes. Some of the exciting things that the children will be doing include:
In our Science lessons this term we will be learning about:
Trips and Events
- 19th January – Destination Judo introduction
- 9th-13th February – book based themed week
- 13th February – Y2 Multi Sports event at Greenfield School
- 13th February – break up for half term
- 27th March – break up for Easter holidays
- Daily – Reading Book and Records
- Wednesday – WOW writing discussion
- Thursday – Spellings & numeracy / literacy consolidation activity from the weeks work (to be returned by the following Tuesday)
Things to remember
- PE: Full kit Thursdays and Fridays (hair tied back and no earrings to be worn). Our Friday PE lesson will be an outdoor and adventure unit so children will need to bring warm outdoor clothing and footwear.
- Reading books: Brought to school daily please, even if you did not manage to hear your child read the night before. Two books given on a Thursday, for the weekend.