Our Year 2 Team

Teachers

              

 

Beech

Dan Heaton

Holly

 

Teaching Assistants

              

Natalie Chadwick

TA2

Deb Windbush

TA2

 

2018 - 2019

Summer 2

ENGLISH

 

In English, the book, which we will be the focus of our learning, is ‘Halibut Jackson'.  During this half term, we will continue to apply our knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation through a variety of writing styles, these include: free verse poetry, character and setting descriptions, RSVP’s and finishing with a narrative. This book will certainly take the children on an emotional rollercoaster as we explore the character’s issues with shyness so severe he wants to blend into the background.

MATHS

In Maths, we will consolidate gaps in learning from previous terms and focus on telling the time to 5 minute intervals, interpreting statistics from a range of different charts, solve problems using coins of varying amounts and practise our 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables to ensure quick recall.

SCIENCE

Within Science we will be focussing on the question ‘How can we grow our own salad?’. Thro topic we will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. Furthermore, we will find out and describe how plants need water, light and suitable temperature to grow and  stay healthy. As ever, the children will learn through investigations both set up by adults and themselves.

TOPIC

Our topic for this half term is ‘What was it like when the Queen came to the throne?’. The children through various activities will learn that Queen Elizabeth ll was crowned in 1953 and rules the British Empire, know some of the countries in the British Empire and compare life in 1953 to life today.

Summer 1

 

ENGLISH

 

In English, the book, which we will continue working with the text ‘The Lonely Beast’. During this half term, we will continue to apply our knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation through a variety of writing styles, these include: dairy entries,  persuasive letters and a newspaper report. We will have a strong focus on our reading skills, which will include; retrieving information, understanding vocabulary and inferring characters feelings through thoughts and actions. 

MATHS

In Maths, we will be consolidating our knowledge of addition and subtraction and using this in 1 and 2 step problems. In fractions, we will be consolidating finding 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of amounts and shapes. We will continue to look at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and describing similarities and differences.

 

SCIENCE

Within Science this half term, we will be continuing to work scientifically by exploring the question ‘Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?’ Within this unit we will explore the lifecycles of plants and animals, look at the habitats of different  animals and we will classify animals into their groups. We will also research the diets of animals including carnivores, herbivores and omnivores as well as naming a range of dinosaurs.

TOPIC

Our topic for this half term is a continuation of ‘Why were Christopher Columbus, Tim Peake and Emmeline Pankhurst brave people?’ During this half term, we will focus our learning on these important people and research why they became famous using a range of sources - including the internet, books and by asking questions to people who are older than us. We will look at how these people have changed the world for the better and what the world may be like if they didn’t exist.

 

 

Year 2 PE days are: 

Holly- Wednesday & Friday

Beech - Tuesday & Friday

Please ensure that children have a white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable footwear.

Spring 2

ENGLISH

In English, the book, which we will be the focus of our learning, is ‘The Lonely Beast’ by  Chris Judge. During this half term, we will continue to apply our knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation through a variety of writing styles, these include: dairy entries,  persuasive letters and a newspaper report. We will  explore a range of poetry and create our own poems based on underwater creatures.  We will further develop our skills in story writing and create stories based on mythical creatures.  Throughout this half term, we will continue to look at structuring our writing correctly, including a range of adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions as well as  beginning to join our letters when writing.

Maths

In Maths, we will begin by consolidating our understanding of  measuring in centimetres and metres and then grams and kilograms. We will move on to looking at the clock and telling the time to 5 minutes and to quarter  to and quarter past the hour.  We will continue our work on addition, subtraction and fractions  and use our skills to solve a range of problems involving these areas of maths.  We will finish the half term by focusing on position and direction, in particular, looking at quarter, half and three quarter turns and continuing a repeating pattern. Alongside this, we will continue to build on the rapid recall of our 2,3,4,5 and 10 times tables.

 

SCIENCE

Within Science this half term, we will be continuing to work scientifically by exploring the question ‘Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?’ Within this unit we will explore the lifecycles of plants and animals, look at the habitats of different  animals and we will classify animals into their groups. We will also research the diets of animals including carnivores, herbivores and omnivores as well as naming a range of dinosaurs.

TOPIC

Our topic for this half term is ‘Why were Christopher Columbus, Tim Peake and Emmeline Pankhurst brave people?’ During this half term, we will focus our learning on these important people and research why they became famous using a range of sources - including the internet, books and by asking questions to people who are older than us. We will find out about why these people became famous and how they helped the world we live in today. In Art and Design, we will  use a range of media and techniques to create  artwork based on space and the planets.  We will end our  topic by designing, creating and evaluating our own mode of transport for a voyage we may undertake.

 

Spring 1

ENGLISH

In English, we are reading the text ‘The Storm Whale’ by Benji Davies. Within this unit, we will be exploring the character development, emotional response and friendships. This will give us the opportunity to further our reading skills by       participating in discussions about books, building on our own and others' ideas and challenging views. The children will have lots of opportunities to write in different styles, for example: poetry, lists, instructions, setting descriptions, letters and short stories to build on the skills that we developed during the last term.

MATHS

In Maths, we will continue to secure our knowledge of calculation using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by           recapping each of the methods. We will also begin to develop our knowledge of geometry by learning the different properties of 2d and 3d shapes. We will also be looking at capacity and volume and using different mathematical symbols.

SCIENCE

Within Science, we will be continuing to explore the question ‘How can you be the next Jessica Ennis?’ Throughout this unit, we will continue to learn about the human body. We will explore further the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the negative impact of an unhealthy lifestyle. We will work scientifically to plan and carry out different investigations to further our skills in science.

TOPIC

In Topic, we will be looking at “Why do we love to be beside the seaside?” Within this unit we will be learning about geographical features of seaside    resorts and how this differs to Heywood. We will also lean about the role of the RNLI and lighthouses. We will look at how the seaside has changed overtime and why people like to go on holiday by the sea.

Autumn 2

 

ENGLISH

In English this half term, we will be focussing our reading and writing on the text ’Lila and the Secret of Rain’ by David Conway and Jude Daly. The aims are to explore the themes within the book and the country of Africa. The children will do this through creative writing, and explore this with confidence through writing for a real purpose and audience. We will be looking at using speech bubbles and direct speech in our writing. Through looking at Africa, we will be creating fact files and non-chronological reports and writing poems and narratives. We will try to incorporate as much description into our writing as possible.

MATHS

In Maths, we will be focussing on statistics, both drawing and interpreting data. In fractions, we will be learning how to find simple fractions of shapes and numbers. We will be learning about money and how to recognise coins and solve problems involving money. We will build on our knowledge of time and how to tell the time on digital and analogue clocks, any help that the children have at home with practicing time will greatly help their progress in this subject area.

SCIENCE

Our science focus this half term is “How could we be the next Jessica Ennis-Hill or Harry Kane?”. Through this we will learn how our body works and how to keep healthy; we will look at the different parts of the skeleton and why the skeleton is important for us. We will also be looking at the different food groups and how these are important for a healthy balanced diet.

TOPIC

Our topic enquiry is “Where would you prefer to live: England or Africa?” Through this topic we will further explore the continents and oceans of our planet. We will discuss how the weather is different around the world and some of the factors that effect the different climates. We will look at the      similarities and differences between our culture and that of Kenya in Africa. One of our exciting tasks will be to create a clay pot similar to those used in African culture.

 

Autumn 1

LITERACY

In Literacy we are learning to read and write in the role of a character; create poems; write letters and create instructions. We will learn to use expanded noun phrases by using adjectives to describe nouns e.g. the bright yellow sun. We will continue working on our cursive handwriting, in particular letter formation and also making sure we use capital letters, commas and full stops correctly. We will focusing on one book for the half term, which is called Beegu.

MATHS

In maths we are focusing on multiplying 2, 3, 5 and 10s. Measuring using cm/m and g/Kg. We will start to look at using the column method for addition and subtraction.  We will be learning how to spell and write words to 100 both written and in numerals. Finally we will be identifying and describing the properties of 2d shapes, where we can find them in the world and finding lines of symmetry.

SCIENCE

Within Science this half-term we are looking at the key question: Which materials are used to build the Trafford Centre? We will be comparing the uses of everyday materials in and around the Trafford Centre and school with materials found in other places (at home, on the journey to school, on visits, and in stories, rhymes and songs); observing closely, identifying and classifying the uses of different materials, and recording their observations.

TOPIC

Within topic this half –term we are looking at the question: What would an alien from outer-space like about our city? During this topic we will be using maps to look at our local area and places within the U.K. We will also be looking at the physical features and important building within the local area. We will be thinking about what we could do to improve our town.

 

 

 

 

2018-2019

Summer 2

Entry Point 12.6.19

For our entry point for our new topic we learnt how to accurately draw portraits of Queen Elizabeth ll. We learnt how to draw lines on the face to make sure that the proportions were accurate. We also watched a clip of the Queen's coronation and discussed what we could see and learnt lots of fantastic new vocabulary. 

 

Summer 1

Freddie Fit 3.5.19

The children loved to have Freddie Fit back in school. They were all put through their paces with a full cardio warm up and then a hoola hooping competition was initiated. The children were absolutely fantastic and put all of the adults to shame. 

Spring 2

 

British Science Week

During British Science Week, Year y studied two scientists, Sally Ride. We researched about why they were so influential in the world of science and found out about their contribution to the work of NASA. Following this, we built our own models parachutes to replicate Sally's return to Earth. We tested our parachutes by dropping them off the balcony in school. In our baskets were eggs, we determined our parachute to be succesful if the egg did not break. Luckily, we only had a few that broke.

 

Topic entry point - A Pirate Visitor

During topic today, were lucky enough to be visited by a real life pirate. Captain Blackbeard told us all about his life as pirate. He told us that he had once been an explorer, just like is great great great grandfather but he became fed up of being nice and became a pirate. We were able to ask him lots of questions to help our understanding of what it was like to be on board a ship all day.  Luckily, he didn't make any of us walk the plank!

Spring 1

M6 theatre company - A Little Gift

We were lucky enough to be visited by the M6 theatre company who put on a performance for us. The production was called 'A Little Gift'. It was about a character called Ted, who lived alone and wanted to make some friends. We really enjoyed the show and even had the chance to ask the actors some questions.

 
Freddy Fit

In January, we all took part in a circuit training session with Freddy Fit. Within this we participated in a range of exercises such as: crunches, burpees, press ups and squats. We had to work as part of a team to motivate and support each other in order to carry out each exercise safely. It was lots of fun!

 

ENTRY POINT – Why do we love to live beside the seaside?

To begin our topic, we worked in independently to create our own Heywood Rocks. We created these express our selves in an artistic way. We designed them to represent the colours of our own personality. Once we have finished them will will hide them around the local area for people to find.

 

Christmas Craft with parents

To begin our Christmas festivities at Woodland, we took part in Christmas workshops with our parents and carers. Within these we created our own gingerbread houses and also challenged our parents and carers to Christmas challenges and quizzes. We also listened to our favourite Christmas songs.

 

Cricket

This half term, Year 2 will be continuing their coaching with Lancashire Cricket coaches. We will be learning lots of different skills used within cricket and applying these within games. We are all very excited to build on the skills that we developed in Autumn 1!

Window to the world - India

Our first Window to the World was focussed on India. We located India on a World map, learnt about Indian food and some of the traditional Indian celebrations. We then spent the rest of the day designing our own Rangoli patterns. We enjoyed our Indian dancing workshop, where we got to wear Indian clothes and learn a traditional Indian dance.

 

Science Entry Point

To introduce our new science enquiry question ''How can I be the next Jess Ennis-Hill or Harry Kane?''.  We went out into the playground and collected lots of different materials that we then used to build a skeleton. We learnt all of the different names for bones put them together in the correct order.

 

Autumn 1

 

Science

We have been exploring which materials the Trafford Centre is made from. In our science lessons, we have described the properties of bircks, metal and glass. As a design project, we collected lots of different items such as: plastic, cardboard, egg boxes and straws. We then designed our own building and built it using these materials.

 

Topic Exit Point

Our special adults came in to school to see the wonderful work we have been doing about Beegu. We worked with our grown-ups to design and make our own 'Guide to Earth'.

 

Topic Entry Point

Something has crashed into the pnd area! Year 2 went to investigate the strange ship that crashed into the pond area to see if we can decide what it is. We came to the conclusion that an alien spaceship had landed on the plaground and there must be an alien roaming around the school. Let's see if we can help!

Christmas Craft with parents