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Year 2

Year 2

It’s the last year in Key Stage 1 and no doubt our most thrilling and important year as children prepare for a new chapter in Key Stage 2. Year 2 brings about deeper knowledge, more responsibility and a ton of valuable and memorable learning experiences that will make school life enjoyable and meaningful. Get ready to learn new times tables, apply fantastical and mind-boggling vocabulary to stories and explore all things horticultural in our school garden!

The engaging topics we study over the year enable the children to develop key knowledge and skills in all subjects through a cross-curricular, imaginative learning approach. 

In mathematics, we use the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme which builds children’s mathematical skills alongside their thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. There are many parts to the lesson, allowing time for children to discuss and develop a range of methods to solve questions and achieve a greater depth of mathematical understanding.

A range of stimulating and topic-based texts are used to teach English. Reading and studying various genres, including poetry and non-fiction books, provide a basis for children to develop their writing skills and imagination alongside improving their spelling, grammar and vocabulary. When used together our Year 2 prove themselves to be talented and passionate writers.

Reading is taught through a systematic approach to phonics using the Read Write Inc. scheme where the children will participate in daily lessons during which their phonic knowledge is developed and applied enabling children to read with fluency and expression. Books are carefully matched to the reading ability of the children to allow them to build their fluency as well as their understanding of the texts they have read.

 

What the teacher says:

I can’t wait for this year to start; a brand new classroom for us all, with ample amounts of possibilities, fun and learning experiences to be had by both myself and our wonderful class. Let’s make this our best year yet and do everything we can to thrive in our final year of KS1
Miss White

The autumn term

This half term, we will travel back in time and learn about some of history’s most significant individuals from around the world in our topic 'Movers and Shakers'. Learning the five statements from Dawson's model will help us to identify people who are historically significant and we will use the words year, decade and century to describe dates and times. First, we will study the life and impact of a significant person in the locality; Sir John Robson Gregg, the founder of Greggs! We will then complete in-depth studies of significant explorers Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, and significant activists Emmeline Pankhurst and Rosa Parks and think carefully about the impact of their actions. Following this, the children will also carry out an independent study of a significant person from the past and learn about people who are significant today. 

After the half term break, we’ll taste a wide variety of foods, learn about healthy eating and follow recipes to make some smoothies in the fun and exciting 'Muck, Mess and Mixtures' topic. What an experience we’ll have, creating food landscapes inspired by Carl Warner, model clay into exciting shapes and use a variety of materials to make mixed media collages. We will then create different effects and experiment by colour mixing to paint still life images of fruit from around the world. 

 

 

Download our Year 2 topic knowledge organisers and curriculum overviews

What the children say:

I can't wait to start and I think I'm really going to love school this year. (Josh)I have thought loads about school over the summer and I couldn't wait to get back to my teacher and my friends.(Winnie)