Year 2 Class Teacher
Welcome to Year 2!
Over the next two terms our topic will be ‘Fire and Ice.’ As part of this we will be looking at hot and cold countries around the world, comparing beaches in Plymouth to those abroad in hotter climates and looking after our planet .
However, our main focus this term is on the ice and cold places around the globe. We will be reading a mix of fiction and non-fiction books and looking at weather patterns and seasons in the UK. We are starting by reading the story of 'The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud and writing our own version of this story. Then we will be studying life cycles of polar bears and other artic animals, finding out how they have adapted to live in the cold and sharing what we learn by writing a non-fiction information book.
In maths we will be recording temperature and rain fall and comparing these to other countries. We will also be covering lots of other real life maths such as finding three quarters, problem solving with money and estimating.
For our art we will be making collages of cold places and imitating the work of Christine Montague who paints Polar bears focusing on the use of light and dark. Then we will read a story all about a penguin who needs rescuing from the snow and we will be designing and making a catapult to help him escape.
This term our topic is ‘Marvellous Medics’. We will start by reading a book called Dr Dog by Babette Cole, all about a dog who is a doctor that helps his family with their various ailments. This book is both funny and educational at the same time. Then we will be investigating some of the illnesses doctor dog helps to cure. We will also be reading lots of poetry and writing some of our own poems based around a book called ‘Jack and the Flum Flum Tree’.
In addition we will be reading some non-fiction books to help us learn about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. After we will be writing a newspaper report about their daily struggles during the Crimean War. Then we will be painting portraits.
Our maths will be linked to real life problem solving and will include multiplication and division, telling the time and shapes in the environment.
The science we investigate will be linked to germs and keeping healthy.
Don’t forget our assembly Friday 16th March, where you will invited in for a short time after to see some of the learning we are doing in class.
Reminder PE will be back on Friday's.
Year 2 Term 3 In to the woods
Happy New Year.
This term the children have said they want to learn lots about traditional tales. Therefore, we will be reading lots of different stories, describing settings and innovating well known stories to write our own unique versions.
We will be doing lots of real life maths including measuring trees, branches and things you find in the woods. Weighing ingredients to make gingerbread men to sell at our pea pod. Linked with this we will be writing algorithms for recipes.
In Science, we will be looking at animal habitats and discovering what animals live where in the woods.
For our DT we will be reading the ‘Elves and the Shoe Maker’, discussing uses of different footwear and making and evaluating our own slipper.
In Computing, we will be creating wanted posters of the Big Bad Wolf using copying and pasting, drawing text boxes and inserting images from clip art.
Weather permitting; we will visit Devonport Park to make art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.
This term PE will be on a Thursday morning, as we will be working with Mr Hammond from Stoke Damerel secondary school. So please send children in PE kits Thursdays not Fridays.
Welcome to Year 2
As we have a busy calendar of events coming up, the children decided they would like to learn about celebrations in this country and around the world. Subsequently, they will be learning about November the 5th and Guy Fawkes, Remembrance Day and Christmas around the world.
The children will start by writing fireworks poems and information booklets about celebrations. They will then begin their social enterprise project, which includes putting on the school play and inviting businesses and the local community members in to school to watch.
For maths this term we will be measuring, making set amounts with money, giving change and we will begin telling the time to quarter past and quarter to the hour; although by the end of the year we aim to tell the time to the nearest five minutes.
In our computing we will be using art packages and learning how pictures are made up of lots of tiny squares (pixels) we will combine this with our maths and art and make lots of pictures using squares and other shapes.
In music we will be creating our own celebration song and making Chinese sounding music that could be used at a Chinese festival.
PE will remain on Friday. Finally, don’t forget to put Wednesday 13th December in your diary for our Christmas production and Christmas Fair after school.
Ms N Copp
This term our topic is ‘Building’. We will be using our collaboration muscle and resilience learning muscle a lot to help us become better learners and start our ‘New Beginnings’ in Year 2, as we build our own new team. We will begin with the stories Building Boy, Rosie Revere Engineer and Iggy Peck Architect, so we can learn about how and why things are planned and built. We will investigate the local area and look at the houses around us, designing and making our own maps. Then we will interview an architect and meet the team from Kier Group Construction, who will teach us about how to stay safe when we are building. We will build, photograph and paint our own cityscapes. We will then read the Light House Keepers Lunch and design our own healthy lunches, demonstrating making these to parents and encouraging them to buy some of our wares as part of our social enterprise. Finally, we will be investigating how sounds and music can build effects and add another element to films and stories.