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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Our teachers are Mrs Rees (Monday) and Mrs Swan (Tuesday to Friday). Our TAs are Mrs Turner (Monday), Mrs Swallow (Tuesday to Friday), Mrs Bennett (Monday to Friday).

Autumn Term 2020

Our whole school theme is ‘Being Me In My World.’ In light of Covid-19, as part of PSHE and wellbeing, we will look at ways to continue to build trust and relationships, recognising and celebrating our differences, how to socially interact with each other to maintain a positive school community, how to manage our emotions and learn effectively using the film ‘Inside Out’  and the book ‘Where We Are’ as our basis.   We will also be Historical Time Detectives with our main topic for the first half of the Autumn term being the Great Fire of London with a fantastic Great Fire of London Workshop taking place in September. 

Exploration of this topic will include in History, comparing the past and the present using our research skills, creating timelines and looking at the famous historical figure Samuel Pepys.  In English, we will look at the structure and features of diary entries and newspapers reports based on the Great Fire of London.   In Geography, we will look at features, landmarks, key and symbols on maps to compare and contrast London today and during the Great Fire of London. To reflect our Responsibility Value we will also be researching Remembrance Day and World War 1 including local war heroes.

After the Autumn half term, our topic will be Celebrating Difference (Bringing Stories To Life). Year 2 will be studying traditional tales looking at character descriptions and writing their own version of the story and alphabetically ordered poetry.  In History/English we will be researching Rosa Parks to also reflect our Respect Value. Our Values will be incorporated into our RE lessons as well as applied in all areas of our school life. During Autumn 1, we will be exploring religious signs and symbols and in Autumn 2, Christmas as part of RE.

During our Maths sessions, topics we will cover include continuing to learn about number and place value, counting on and back in ones and tens from any number, securing number fluency to 20 and quantities of measures using different scales.   They will practice mental addition and subtraction of numbers using one and two digit numbers, answering number and word problems.

In D&T we will be making Tudor houses for our role play Bakery. After Half Term we will be cooking Christmas Cakes (yum!). In Art we will look at colour mixing and blending to create fire pictures.  In Computing, our Autumn 1 topic is ‘We are communicators’, looking at how we can use email to collect clues from historical characters linked to the Great Fire of London and Rosa Parks.  After Half Term we will become Coders, exploring how computer games work including having a go at coding our own Nativity scene.

In Science we will investigate materials, their properties and changing shape, linking this to different materials used in London buildings today and during the Great Fire of London era.

In PE this term we are very fortunate to have Watford FC run games skills sessions with the children on Thursdays where they will also enhance their team and communication skills.  Weather permitting; they will also practice their tennis skills with Mrs Rees on Mondays. As part of dance they will be creating their own dance to reflect the Great Fire of London.

The children will expand their artistic skills and knowledge, creating natural collage and observational drawings of fruit, vegetables, birds and 3D shapes.

In our PSHE learning we will be following JIGSAW lessons with the focus for the term being ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’.  This includes looking at how to stay motivated when find something challenging and keeping a positive attitude.   ‘Healthy Me’ incorporates how we can make healthy food (D&T) and how healthy food can help our bodies.