Sacriston Academy classroom

Year 2

Our wonderful Year 2 topics are exciting and engaging as well as providing the pupils with the knowledge and skills to prepare them as they transition into Key Stage 2.

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:

As the last year of Key Stage 1, Year 2 is an exciting time where the children continue to develop crucial skills, independence and determination to prepare them to move on to the next Key Stage. I love seeing the children grow in confidence I am very lucky to be a part of their journey.
Miss Watson

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 as part of our topics 'Movers and Shakers' and 'Still Life'. 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.  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. We will then learn how significant people are commemorated and designing a memorial for a person they have studied. Following this, we will discover the work of significant still life artists and still life techniques. The children will explore a wide variety of still lifes and learn about the use of colour and composition. They will eventually create still life arrangements and artwork.

For our 'Muck, mess and mixtures' theme, we will have a messy morning this term to investigate mixtures, from paint and toothpaste to jelly and shaving foam. We’ll enjoy the story of George’s Marvellous Medicine and write recipes, leaflets, lists and stories of our own. We’ll use our science skills to explore everyday materials and understand why mixtures freeze and melt. We’ll taste a wide variety of foods, learn about healthy eating and follow recipes to make some yummy treats.  Our artwork will also rely on our mixing skills. We’ll use marbling inks to make unusual patterns, create food landscapes inspired by Carl Warner, paint with ice cubes, model clay into exciting shapes and use a variety of materials to make mixed media collages.

At the end of our project, we’ll turn our classroom into a gallery and invite you to view our exhibition. We’ll arrange images from the project into a PowerPoint presentation and demonstrate our messy science investigations. We’ll also design and create our very own mud kitchen to play in. Yuck! 

What the children say:

I am looking forward to seeing all of my friends again - we are all really friendly at Sacriston Academy. (George) The work in our class is really fun! (Ernie) I love coming to Sacriston Academy as I have lots of lovely friends who I play with. (Katie)