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Year 2

A very warm welcome to Year Two from Mrs Mellor, Miss Owen and Miss Knobbs.

Things to remember:

School day: 8:45am - 3:15pm

Monday:

  • Reading books and reading diaries - These will be checked and books changed once a week, due to current Covid guidance. 

Tuesday:

  • Homework books due in. 

  • Reading books sent home

Wednesday:

  • PE kits needed for PE (school t-shirt, blue/black shorts, pumps or trainers and school PE hoodie)

Thursday:

  • Homework sent home

Friday:

  • PE kits due in for Relax-kids session

 

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 Religious Education: 

 

We have been learning about our class Saint - St Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa).

 

Our first RE unit is: Old Testament Stories and Prayers

We will be sharing Old Testament stories including Noah, Jonah, David and Goliath. The children will gain some insight into the stories and characters, and important images of God found in the scriptures. 

 

Our next RE unit is: Sharing in the Life of Jesus

The children will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the life of Mary and Jesus and the call of the disciples. They will also learn about some saints who have responded to the call of Jesus.

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The vehicle driving our curriculum for Autumn Term is Fire! Fire!

Fire! Fire!

Science:

Plants - We will observe and describe plants in the environment local to school. We will plant seeds and bulbs to compare how they grow. We will carry out a 'fair test' to investigate what happens to plants without water/light/a suitable temperature.

 

Uses of everyday materials - We will explore different types of materials, including those which are needed to build a house, discussing why these are suitable for their purpose. We will compare building materials used nowadays with those used in Tudor/Stuart times. We will also explore materials used for household items nowadays and compare them to those used at the time of the Great Fire of London.

 

Geography:

We will use maps/atlases to locate the UK, its countries and their capital cities, and the surrounding seas. We will identify human and physical characteristics of the four countries and their capital cities, focussing on London.

We will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of school and its grounds and key human and physical features of the surrounding area.

 

History:

We will be developing our enquiry skills to learn about 'an event beyond living memory that is significant nationally' - The Great Fire of London, and some of the 'significant individuals' of the time - Samuel Pepys, Thomas Farrinor.

We will learn about what life was like at the time of the Great Fire and answer enquiry questions such as: 

When did the Great Fire of London start? Where did the fire start? How did the fire start?

How long did it last? How much damage was caused? How was it stopped?

How do we know about the Great Fire?

How did London change?

 

Art and Design:

In art and design we will be inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky.

We will be exploring the depths of colour wheels, looking at warm and cool colours and how we can mix primary colours to create secondary colours.

 

Design and Technology

We will be exploring how Tudor houses were constructed and how to create our own.

 

Music

In our music lessons, we will become composers! We will be listening to key pieces of music, such as The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens. Being inspired by past composers creativity, we too will become Composers and create music using various instruments to mimic and story-tell about the Wildlife kingdom and Nature.

 

 

 

Curriculum Plans for Reading, Writing, Mathematics and RE

Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum and Expectations

Below you will find the expectations for Year 1 and Year 2 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This year the year 2 will be following the government's End of Key Stage 1 interim curriculum. The government guidance can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. This document provides detail of the specific expectations for the end of year 2 statutory tests and expectations.

The document for year 1 which can be downloaded below identifies Year 1 expectations. In this document we have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parent’s evening during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

·         Your child is on track to deepen the end of year national expectations.

Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.

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