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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:

It’s a new year but not a new start, as we are keen to continue our fantastic learning journey from Autumn 2 and develop even more knowledge on a range of new topics.
Miss White

The spring term

Over the next few months, we are going to be building upon lots of prior knowledge, topping up your breadth of vocabulary, finessing your arithmetic skills and understanding of mass, temperature and picture graphs! It is integral that we take responsibility for our own learning by reading, completing spellings and times tables at home each week to ensure we are continuous learners.

Across the whole term, children will look into the world of magnificent monarchs and learn about English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits and other historical sources, the children will build up an understanding of the monarchs and then research six of the most significant sovereigns. They will look at significant individuals like Henry VIII and Queen Victoria to develop knowledge ready for future learning in KS2 and even recap prior learning of Dawson’s model to assess their impact on their royal subjects!

The Portrait and Poses topic teaches children about portraiture, where they will analyse the portraits of Tudor monarchs and compare Tudor portraits and selfies today.

Let’s explore the world is a project which teaches the essential skills and knowledge needed for atlases, maps and cardinal compass points. They learn about the characteristics of the four countries of the United Kingdom and find out why there are hot, temperate and cold places around the world. They will also compare England to Somalia and carry out fieldwork, collecting primary data in their locality to answer geographical questions.

 

 

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)