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Click here to read the Year 2 Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to Year 2

This is an overview of the main areas of learning for this year. In addition to what is written here, the children will also be continually learning English, Maths, Science, Phonics, ICT, Music, Art, DT, PE, PSCHE and RE. The children will be having external coaches in to teach them sports such as football, dance, netball and tennis as part of our PE curriculum and will have the opportunity to learn to play the ocarina as part of their music studies.

Autumn 2017 – Would You Like To Live In A Castle? Why?

We begin our Learning Journey in Year 2 with our BIG Question, Would you like to live in a castle? Why? Our studies have a strong Historical and Geographical element, alongside our key learning in English, Maths and Science. We started by looking at our immediate local area, creating maps and then we took a walk to see the local amenities and down to the beach to use our geographical vocabulary and gain a greater sense of where we live.

                 

In October we will go further afield, finding out about the history of castles and visiting Arundel Castle. Our castle knowledge will support us in creating our own castle leaflets and we found out about the locations of other castles in the UK.

After half term we will find out about the Battle of Hastings and take part in drama activities to understand what happened. We also look at the life of Queen Elizabeth II and make comparisons to the life of William The Conqueror as part of our History studies on famous people. There will be a half term homework task to find out about Queen Elizabeth II and some examples of last year's homework are shown below.

       

 

Spring Term 2018 – Winter Beach / Explorers

We begin the term with a mini topic on the Winter Beach where we visit the local beach and use our senses and ICT skills to record feelings and emotions that it evokes, in still and motion pictures, using cameras and Ipads.                  

This will be followed up in class with some expressive poetry in English. In Art we look at the work of artists such as J.M.W Turner and Richard Shilling, and evaluate their work as well as develop our own painting and sculpture skills.  

We then move onto our main topic of ‘Explorers’ which we begin with our Arctic Expedition! The children attend an 'Explorers Convention', followed by a range of drama activities to cross the terrain before arriving at the 'North pole' for hot chocolate!

The children continued the topic by finding out about famous explorers like Robert Shackleton and Tim Peake and their achievements as part of their historical studies.

Our Science work this term focuses on Materials, looking at uses and suitability of materials as well as conducting an insulating experiment.

In Art we will develop our sewing skills to create collaborative pieces of work and some beautiful sewn Easter cards!

Summer Term 2018 – The Rainforest

Our final term of the year begins with our topic of ‘The Rainforest’. One of our key areas of learning will be Geography, where we will be looking closely at maps and other sources to help us to understand more about the rainforest environment. We will also be making a comparison to our previous learning on the Polar Regions and our locality studies from the autumn term.

Plants and Animals including Humans are the areas we will be covering in Science, looking at life cycles and basic needs for survival. Sculpture and the work of Henri Rousseau will be the inspiration for our Art studies this term.

Spelling

Spelling is a major part of the expectations of the new English curriculum. Click here to see the words that your child should be able to spell by the end of Year 2. There is also a list of words that your child should already be able to spell now that they have left Year 1, click here to see it.

 

Year 2 SAT’s

In addition to all the exciting learning we have planned for the children over the year, they will be doing their SAT tests during the first half of the summer term as they near the end of Key Stage One. These are national tests and we are required to administer them to all Year 2 pupils. They will take the form of reading comprehension tests, maths papers and tests on spelling, punctuation and grammar.  The government have reviewed and changed the SAT tests for Year 2 in line with the requirements of the new National Curriculum. Many of you attended the SAT's meeting in the hall just before the Easter holiday and every parent should have received a copy of an information booklet. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask the class teacher or Mrs Halley.