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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Our teachers are Mrs Rees (Monday,Tuesday) and Mrs Swan (Wednesday to Friday). Our TAs are Mrs Turner, Mrs Pittelli (mornings) and Mrs Weller (afternoons).

Our ‘Being Me In My World’ (Time Detectives) main topic for the first half of the Autumn term is the Great Fire of London with a fantastic Great Fire of London Workshop taking place on 18th September.  Exploration of this topic will include in History, comparing the past and the present, 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 newspaper reports based on the Great Fire of London.   To reflect our Justice Value we will be researching Rosa Parks. 

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 in recognition of our Thankfulness Value we will also be reviewing Remembrance Day including local war heroes.

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 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 cooking Christmas cakes after half term.  In computing we will be looking at how to use email and taking, editing and enhancing photographs.  In Art we will be using mixed media and transient art techniques as well as blending colours.

In Science we will begin with looking at living and non-living things and what defines a living thing. We will then be using our scientific skills to investigate materials.

Our values for the Autumn term are ‘Thankfulness’ and ‘Justice’ which will be incorporated into our RE lessons as well as applied in all areas of our school life.

In PE this term we are very fortunate to have Watford FC run games skills sessions with the children where they will also enhance their team and communication 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 PSHE learning we will be following JIGSAW lessons. Our topic will start with Being Me in My World, looking at how we can be a good class member and within the school community and how we want to learn.