Keller Class - Mrs Barber Thunberg Class - Mrs Yendell
Welcome to the Year 2 Class page. Here you will find information about what the children will be taught during this year as well as other useful links.
Keller Classroom - Mrs Barber Year 2
Termly Information for Parents
Welcome to a new school year! It has been an unusual time for all but we are all really looking forward to getting back into school life and providing the children with lots of exciting learning opportunities.
This letter outlines the curriculum coverage for the Autumn Term 2020 and also clarifies routines which take place during each school week. Some of these routines may have changed from last year so please feel free to ask any questions if you are unsure of anything.
English and Maths
In both English and Maths we will be working from the National Curriculum. Our English schemes of work will still be closely linked to our topics, to enable as many opportunities for cross-curricular writing and problem solving as possible. Our Maths lessons will follow the White Rose scheme of work which will give your children a thorough foundation in mathematical knowledge and will also enable them to apply what they have learnt into many different situations.
Autumn Term: Our Amazing World
The children will learn about the location of countries, continents and oceans of the world in relation to the position of the United Kingdom and children’s own locality. Children will develop global awareness by looking in detail at the position of the seven continents and five oceans of the world, understanding that the world is spherical and creating their own journeys across the world.
Children will learn about significant explorers, such as; Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. The children will learn about their discoveries and the impact this had on the world.
Art and Design and Technology
Children will learn that indigenous people, such as the Native Americans and the aborigines in Australia, painted on rocks. They painted images to communicate stories and record events. Children will explore ways of painting on rocks.
Children will look at modern sculpture artists such as; Patrick Dougherty, Andy Goldsworthy and Jaakko Pernu. They will use natural materials to make their own sculptures.
Children will learn about the origins of dream catchers and will use natural materials to create their own dream catchers.
1st Half Term: The Environment
This Science Year 2 unit will teach your children about The Environment, helping KS1 students to create quality scientific work that shows progression in skills. Children will have the opportunity to explore and learn more about the world around them.
2nd Half Term: Materials
The main objectives in this Science topic will be to identify, describe and compare the properties of different materials whilst looking at practical uses for them.
1st Half Term: Searching the internet
Skilful searches are essential for 21st -century learning and information literacy. With abundant information at our fingertips, it is important to teach and reinforce good searching. Pupils will look at the Internet, the web, browsers and search engines. After becoming acquainted with the basics of the Internet and how it works, students will be ready to dive into searching with Google.
2nd Half Term: Programming on screen
Children will use a simple coding programme to develop ideas and make things happen. They will be reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as they progress through the unit.
Children will be exploring world faiths particularly focussing on Christianity and Judaism.
1st Half Term: Who should you follow?
Children will find out about religious leaders and how and why they are followed. They will learn some stories about religious leaders and their significance for believers.
2nd Half Term: Do religious symbols mean the same to everyone?
Children will explore the variety of ways people can express beliefs by what they wear. They will explore the different meanings behind symbols.
1st Half Term: VIPs
This unit teaches children about KS1 Friendship and Relationships; encourages them to recognise the special people in families and friendships, and how to care and be kind to them.
2nd Half Term: One World
This unit introduces KS1 Global Citizenship, teaching about similarities and differences with other cultures and caring for the environment.
Through different types of music children will learn to recognise echoing phrases by ear, communicate the meaning of songs with good diction, maintain a body percussion pattern accurately and recognise the structure of verse and chorus.
PE: Attack, Defend, Shoot
Please ensure all children come to school dressed in full and labelled PE kit on the days they have PE.
Children will stay in this throughout the day and do not need school uniform to change back in to.
We will try and do PE outside as much as we can, therefore it is important the children have suitable colder weather clothing to wear such as a tracksuit bottoms, a jumper and trainers.
Thundberg Class (Mrs Yendell) will have PE day on a Tuesday
and Keller Class (Mrs Barber) will have their PE day on a Friday
Children with long hair must have their hair tied back.
Pupils wearing earrings should either remove them or cover them with micropore tape during PE.
Please see separate letter, which will come home next week, outlining homework expectations for this term.
Contact books are for correspondence from home to school or vice versa. There will be a lidded box for each class in which contact books can be put in the event that there is a message in them. They do not have to be handed in if there is no message.
The home reading records are to be used solely for home reading. Every time you hear your child read, a short note should be entered in the book. If there is nothing particular to note then simply the page numbers read will signal that your child has been heard. These books should be handed in by your child daily to be checked and then sent home again. If your child has read they will receive a sticker.
The children will now receive 5 books to take home on a Wednesday. They will have 3 books from their allocated band and two library books. These will then need to be kept at home until the following Wednesday when they are brought back and swapped for 5 new books.
Spellings and Cracking Maths
Children will be learning spellings and taking their weekly spelling test at school.
Cracking maths will be tested in school weekly but they will be sent home for the children to practice at home. A separate letter will also come home with details of this before they commence.
We look forward to a busy and productive term.
https://pehubportal.co.uk/ - a focus point for parents in bringing activity into the home. The site currently has two activity strands, Fitness and Games, with Problem Solving to come soon. New content will be added weekly, so there are fresh ideas for you and your child.
https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/ - This is a great website for science activities. You will need to sign up, but all the activities are free. Try activities such as; odd one out, or zoom in zoom out, both are really good fun!
www.discoveryeducation.co.uk - Every week we watch ‘Newsbites’. The children really enjoy watching the news and taking part in the quiz afterwards. Please see ‘science’ activity guidance for log in details.
www.sumdog.com – This is a great website for maths activities. You will need to sign up, but all the activities are free.