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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2. Our teacher is Mrs Swan and our TA is Miss Mills and our LSAs are Mrs Trott and Mrs King.

We begin the school year ‘Being Me In My World’ (Time Detectives) with the Great Fire of London being our main topic for the first half of the Autumn term. This will be launched during our Great Fire of London Workshop taking place in school on 19th September.  Exploration of this topic will be included in History comparing the past and the present, creating timelines and looking at the famous diary of Samuel Pepys.  In english, we will initially look at structure and vocabulary to write Cinquain poems about fire then the structure and features of diary entries and newspaper reports. 

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 a story and alphabetically ordered poetry.

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.   We will practise mental addition and subtraction of one and two digit numbers, answering number and word problems.  We will also practise mental multiplication and division strategies.

Our values for the autumn term are ‘honesty’ and ‘appreciation’. As well as this theme being incorporated into our RE lessons, we will also be applying it in all areas of our school life.

As scientists, we will be exploring all living things, working scientifically to identify and classify living and non-living things. They will sort and compare animals, plants and non-living things, identifying the features of things that are alive, not alive and were once alive.  After half term, we will be exploring materials, their different properties and performing simple experiments to find the stretchiest material.   Weather permitting, we may extend our science explorations into the Woods.

In D&T we will be making Tudor houses to set alight to re-enact the Great Fire of London and in Art we will look at colour mixing and blending to create fire pictures. We will also be developing our culinary skills which will include cooking Christmas cakes after half term.  In computing we will be looking at how to use email and take, edit and enhance photographs.

In PE this term, Year 2 will be playing lots of different team games, developing their physical, tactical and communication skills. They will also continue to develop their gymnastics skills.   As part of dance they will be creating their own dance to reflect the Great Fire of London and learning routines for the Christmas play.

In music, the children will be exploring duration, pulse and rhythm as well as singing in preparation for the Christmas play.

In our PSHCE learning we will be following JIGSAW lessons. Our topic for the term will be ‘Being me in my world’ and ‘Celebrating Differences’. This will include looking at our rights and our responsibilities as a member of the class, how to work well together and as a member of a school community.