Year 2 Recent News
Upcoming Dates & Events for Year 2
Welcome to Year 2
In the event of school closure or children having to self-isolate we will be using online platforms to deliver home learning. Guidance documents can be downloaded here:
Spring Term 2022
This term we will be travelling into the rainforests to find out what they are, where they can be found, and what lives amongst the hot and humid layers.
We will be considering the question:
Why should we act now to save the rainforests?
We will be learning how to use maps and atlases to locate the rainforests, and finding out how the tropical rainforests got their name.
We will begin our topic by exploring what happens during a day in the rainforests, joining a young spider monkey on its daily adventures in ‘One Day on our Blue Planet… in the Rainforest,’ by Ella Bailey. This story will help us to learn about the plants that form the layers of the rainforests, and the animals that live there.
Our focus this term will be on using our oracy skills to clearly present the facts that we have found out. We will be challenged to use new vocabulary and the names of some of the animals and plants that live in the rainforests.
In English we will reading a range of stories and poems with a rainforest theme, and we will write our own exciting rainforest story. After learning about different animals, we will be writing our own riddles based on ‘Monkey Puzzle’, by Julia Donaldson.
I am a brightly coloured bird,
With a big curved beak.
I use my beak to collect fruit and berries to eat.
I can’t fly very well,
Because my bill is so heavy.
What am I?
In DT we will be making explorer’s bags and bird shaped bread (adding some rainforest flavours!)
In Art we will be launching our new project, Take This Planet (more details to follow).
For Mental and Physical Well Being we will continue with our TIME to TALK sessions, Daily Mile, and learning the importance of staying safe online.
How many times did we use the word ‘rainforest
Write calculations using this total.
Spring Term 2022
Welcome to your Antarctic Adventure!
To help us to understand the continent we will join a range of explorers on their journey and find out the challenges that they faced. We will be asking questions such as…
- Why is Antarctica such an important continent?
- Why did people want to go to Antarctica?
- How do we know?
- How did people travel to Antarctica?
- Where do the explorers come from?
- Are the explorers representing the diversity of the communities that they came from?
- Do the skills that the explorers needed to survive match the skills that we need as learners?
- What learning did the explorers gain on their journeys?
Do you have any penguins, seals, model ships, rabbits, huskies or killer whales you could lend to your class?
Check out http://www.coolantarctica.com and see what you can find out from the ‘schools’ drop-down menu. Try one of the quizzes to test your knowledge!
We will be starting the term with an artistic bang as we explore the works of Alma Thomas. Find out more about her in Beneath The Holly Tree – a comic about how her “exuberant, colorful paintings explore the natural world around us, from garden to galaxy.”
In DT we’ll be making our very own Protective Penguin Egg Transporter! We’ll have to work out which materials will best insulate and protect it, then design and make our own with certain criteria, such as a lid that fastens.
This will link to our Science where we will be learning about insulating materials, waterproof materials and materials that can protect the penguin eggs from the elements.
In maths we will be moving on to the exciting realm of multiplication & division and tackling measurement problems involving money!
Remember you can always have fun with maths at this site:
Check out the Kilmorie website for even more ideas:
Autumn Term 1 2021
Follow us, follow us Into The Woods…
…where we will be developing our science skills, exploring the world and finding out about woodland animals!
What is in the woods?
We will begin our journey by thinking about what is a ‘wood’. What will you find in there? How did it get there? What can you see? What can’t you see? And can you tell someone, what is a tree?
Have a look at these amazing trees… tremendous trees
If you go down to the woods today, why not…
- see how many indigenous trees you can name and identify by looking at their leaves, bark patterns, seeds or flowers.
- talk about the sorts of animals that make woods and forests their habitats and why they live there.
- look for signs of Autumn and make a collection of natural objects.
There are some great alternative stories out there about wolves – you could read…
Try this link for a story time treat.
Number and Place Value
Addition and Subtraction
Remember you can always have fun with maths at this site: ict games
Check out the Kilmorie website for even more ideas here
Please note Year 2 PE days are as follows and the children need to wear a PE kit to school that day (appropriate for indoor and outdoor PE):
Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.
This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.
Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.
If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held at the school Reception desk.BUG CLUB