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WELCOME TO YEAR 2

The Y2 team includes:

  • Miss Woodhams 
  • Mrs Cropper
  • Miss Whitehead
  • Miss Needham
  • Mrs Dizon

Long term overview

Books that we love

Autumn 1 - Land Ahoy!

This half term we will be historians finding out about explorers from the past and modern day. We will research famous explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Captain Cook, Dame Ellen MacArthur and find out what happened during the Golden Age of Piracy. 

 

In Literacy we will be reading; The Pirates next door by Jonny Duddle. This is a great story and will lead to the children writing their own pirate stories. We will research pirates and write about many facts, such as; how pirates lived, what food they ate and the pirate code. 

 

In science we will be investigating materials and their properties, carrying out experiments to find out which material is suitable to make a boat with. We will link this with our Design Technology work where we will be making boats with a moving part, before checking that they don’t sink in the great Y2 boat float at the end of term.

Autumn 2 - Curious Creatures

This half term we will be scientists finding out about animals and their habitats. We will find out about habitats that animals live in and discover how they adapt to their surroundings. We will learn about food chains and how animals survive. 

 

In Literacy we will be reading; The Snow Dragon by Vivan French. This is a great story and will lead to the children writing their own animal adventure stories. We will discuss the settings and characters and the habitats in the story. 

 

In Geography we will be learning about the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We will find out about the United Kingdom and name the capital cities. We will also be learning the names of the seas that surround the UK. 

Spring 1 Women Who Changed the World

This half term Y2 are finding out about famous women who have made changes to the way we live today. In History we will be learning about Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. 

We are looking forward to a visit from 'Florence Nightingale', when a local historian will bring historic artefacts and a range of activities to school and bring Florence's story to life. 

 

In literacy we are reading a fabulous story called 'The Dark'. It is written by the author Lemony Snicket. The children will be writing about their own experiences of the dark and Laszlo's feelings. 

Laszlo is the main character in the story. We will write our own fiction stories from a different viewpoint. Writing instructions about how to make nightlights and writing poetry about the dark. 

 

In science we will be finding out about how we can keep ourselves healthy, what humans need to be able to stay alive and discuss health, hygiene and germs are spread. We will be experimenting with germs in our bread experiment and looking at changes over time. 

Spring 2 - The Sheffield Flood

Victorian Sheffield was a hugely successful industrial town. Its factories and population required an ever-increasing amount of water to drive the burgeoning economy.

A new water reservoir was needed!

So it was built. But were corners cut? Were danger signs ignored?

On the stormy night of 11 March 1864 a crack appeared in the new reservoir’s dam wall and what followed caused 240 people to lose their lives and hundreds of homes and businesses to be destroyed. What were these people’s stories? How were people compensated?

Why did it happen? And whose fault was it?

 

  • The children become the people of Sheffield who lived and worked in the path of the torrent
  • They ‘forge’ cutlery and tools
  • They experience the home lives of local cottagers using lots of artefacts and activities
  • They test out water wheels to discover how they worked and why Sheffield needed them for its industry
  • They discover and re-enact the stories of the flood – of people who died and those who survived
  • They read replica newspapers of the day
  • They use dip pens to write newspaper reports of a dog’s great bravery
  • They discover the use of photography in reporting the dreadful event and use a replica camera of the time to pose for a photo
  • They become part of the Committee assessing Flood Claims to recompense losses and discover Victorian values
  • Then they pass judgement on who was to blame!

Summer 1 - Scented Garden

Tiptoe through the tulips as your senses discover the blooming foliage and enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs. Round and round the mulberry bush we go, planting bulbs and seeds, and then watch them grow beneath sunshine and showers. Explore the astounding world of the scented garden, but be careful, there are some wild and dangerous plants out there that do astonishing things. Don't touch them. Use the marvellous properties of plants, flowers and herbs to make an exceptional gift for somebody special. Everything is coming up roses. Why not grow your own?

Summer 2 - Wriggle and Crawl

Grab your coat and pooter – we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt. Sweep your nets in ponds and lift up logs to see who’s home. Then set up a minibeast laboratory and observe their every move. Add notes and labels and ask research questions, just like a real entomologist. Learn about bees and worms and butterflies too. Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Carry out investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches its prey. Then animate to show how your favourite bug transforms from one form to another, perhaps a caterpillar to a butterfly or a maggot to a fly. On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl.

Y2 Maths - Times Tables

In Y2 the children need to become confident with their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. 

Help your children to learn their tables by saying them in order. 

 

The children will have learnt how to count in steps of 2, 5 and 10 in Y1 and may be familiar with saying " 2,4,6,8....etc' This is great but we would also like the children to say their tables like this....

one times two equals two......two times two equals four....etc. 

 

When your child becomes really confident with their times tables, try asking them questions in a mixed up order e.g. 6 x 3 =........2 x 3 = ...........9 x 3 =. 

 

Don't forget to use your login for Times Tables Rock Stars. Your child can go onto the website and practice times table and division questions. If you have any trouble with your password or need another copy, please see your child's class teacher.  https://ttrockstars.com/

https://ttrockstars.com/

Other activities you could try at home:

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