Year 2 Blog

Teacher - Miss Lilli Haris-Scott Lilli.harris-scott@turnerschools.com / Miss Sarah Judge sarah.judge@turnerschools.com

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Jordan Cottingham

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End of Year 2 Expectations

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End of Year Expectations - Year 2

TERM 4

English

Our learning in English this term will be centered around three fabulous books: ‘Traction Man’, ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ and ‘Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Book?’


We will be learning to orally retell a shorter narrative version of the adventure story Traction Man, performing it out loud together with actions (and recording it for you to view at home!). After we have written our own versions of the story we will then be making up our own adventure stories with different characters.


‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ will inspire us to write non-chronological reports about different animals, and we will then move on to writing newspaper reports as we study ‘Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Book?’


Alongside our core English learning we will be ensuring that we can write well constructed sentences using capital letters, full stops and question marks. We will also use commas in lists and apostrophes for contractions (e.g. it’s, he’s, can’t).


The spelling rules we will be focusing on this term include: the sound ‘u’ spelt with ‘o’ (e.g. other); the sound ‘ee’ spelt with ‘ey’ (e.g. monkey) ; the sound ‘zh’ spelt ‘s’ (e.g. in unusual) and the ‘er’ sound in words like work and watch.

Maths


In maths we will continue our ‘statistics learning’, representing information using tally charts, pictograms and block charts. We will complete reasoning and problem solving tasks where we need to analyse a range of charts and diagrams.

We will move onto our geometry topic where we will name 2D and 3D shapes, recognise their properties, including counting the number of edges and vertices, and explore symmetry. We will sort shapes according to their properties and make patterns which fulfil given criteria.

Our fractions learning will include recognising and finding a half/ halves, a quarter/quarters and a third/thirds. We will learn the difference between unit and non-unit fractions, know that ½ is equivalent to 2/4, find ¾ and count in fractions.

We will also keep practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables!

Science

We continue with our science topic of ‘Changing Materials’. We’ll be learning about the 3 states of matter (solid, liquid and gas), different properties of materials, physical and chemical changes and floating and sinking. In science lots of our learning is practical - we will be carrying out lots of experiments including finding out how much different materials can stretch, exploring weight, size and density, the effect of heat on different materials and transparency.

Geography and Art

This term’s focus is all about humans’ impact on the environment. By the end of the term we will have learnt about how humans can positively and negatively impact their environment. We will carry out fieldwork to observe humans’ impact in our local surroundings, recording our findings through photographs, drawing and writing. We will look at ways to reduce humans’ impact on the environment, planning and carrying out a social action project! As part of our learning we will carry out a local litter pick to make an immediate and positive difference to our environment.

Wider curriculum:

DT - structures, designing a playground

Music - ‘On this Island’ - British songs & sounds

Computing - we’ll be collecting data and finding out about the International Space Station. Our online safety key question is: Who should I talk to?

PSHE and RSE - Our learning will be focused around healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy relationships.

RE - our RE day this term will be focused around the question ‘How do we celebrate special and sacred times?’, linking to Easter and Pentecost.

TERM 3

English

Our learning in English will be centered around two fabulous books: Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival, and The Rascally Cake by Jeanne Willis.


We will be learning to orally retell a shorter narrative version of Ruby’s Worry, performing it out loud together with actions (and recording it for you to view at home!). After we have written our own versions of the story we will then be making up our own stories with a character who also solves a problem, like Ruby did in the original.


The Rascally Cake book lends itself very well to writing lists and recipes. We’ll follow recipes to make a finished product, and will learn how to write an instructional non-fiction text, inspired by the book.


Alongside our core English learning we will be ensuring that we can write well constructed sentences using capital letters, full stops and question marks.

Maths

We’ll be learning all about money at the start of this term, learning how to:

  • Recognise coins and notes

  • Count, select and compare money

  • Use different coins (and notes) to make the same amount

  • Find the total, difference and change

  • Solve two-step problems involving money



Next we will learn about multiplication and division, first recapping how to make, add and recognise equal groups, and how to represent groups of objects in arrays. We will learn and use the x symbol, make doubles, and learn our 2, 5 and 10 times-tables. After we have become confident with multiplication we will begin to divide - making equal groups by sharing and grouping. We’ll learn about odd and even numbers and will be dividing by 2, 5 and 10.


After that we will be learning how to represent data in tally charts, pictograms and block graphs in our ‘statistics’ unit of learning, before moving on to ‘properties of shapes’ and ‘fractions’.

Science

Our science topic this term is ‘Changing Materials’. We’ll be learning about the 3 states of matter (solid, liquid and gas), different properties of materials, physical and chemical changes and floating and sinking. In science lots of our learning is practical - we will be carrying out lots of experiments such as how to make our own snow and magic marbles!

History and Art

This term’s focus is Ancient Rome! By the end of the term we will have learnt about the origins of Ancient Rome, how the Romans invaded Britain, find out about their army and how it was so successful and what they liked to do in their spare time.

In art we’ll be creating our own mosaics in a similar way to how the Romans did, and developing our printmaking skills.

Wider curriculum:

Music - learning how to play tuned percussion instruments.

Computing - we’ll be programing our own interactive stories and games using Scratch Junior. We will learn to solve problems, design projects, and express ourselves creatively on the computer in the process. We’ll also keep a focus on how to stay safe online.

PSHE and RSE - We will explore how we can keep safe in different places, health and wellbeing, and living in the wider world.

RE - our RE day this term will be focused around the question ‘What can we learn from sacred books?’

TERM 2

English

In Year 2, we are reading Meerkat Mail this term. We will be researching meerkats, then writing non-chronological reports. Year 2 will also be writing postcards, just like Sunny (the main meerkat in our story) does while he is away on his adventures. We will be continuing to work hard at our handwriting, ensuring we are writing cursively, using finger spaces, capital letters and punctuation correctly. Year 2 are very excited to find out what Sunny gets up to on his adventures!

Maths

We are moving on to addition and subtraction in maths, this term. We will be recapping our number bonds to 20, before moving on to learn our bonds to 100 (starting with tens, then using tens and ones). Year 2 will be working at finding 10 more and 10 less than a given number. We will be learning how to add a two digit number and a one digit number, crossing ten and subtracting a two digit number from a two digit number, crossing ten.


Then we will be looking at measurement: money, with a particular focus on counting money, finding the total and the correct change. We will look at the importance of this skill in relation to everyday life.


Science

This term, we are continuing our physics topic of forces, using toys to help our understanding. We will be carrying out lots of exciting experiments, to explore different forces. Year 2 will understand that nothing moves or changes shape, without a force acting on it. We will be looking at how forces are a part of our everyday life, including how different forces apply to different forms of transport. We will be making our own balloon rockets and marble runs!

Geography

We are going to be learning about our local area in geography, this term. We will be looking at different types of maps and their uses. Year 2 will be learning the difference between human and physical features, and how to spot them on maps. We will be looking at our local area and the features of our town.


Design & Technology

In D&T, we are looking at textiles this term. We will be making a simple loom, to create a weave on; learning the name of each part of the loom. Year 2 are going to be making festive pom poms, which will require resilience with our fine motor skills to complete. Finally, we will be designing and creating our very own festive stocking. We will work through the process of creating an idea, planning and then making the final product.



TERM 1

Responsibility

This term, our school value is responsibility. We will be working hard to ensure we take responsibility for our learning and our actions in Year 2. To help us with this, we will be visiting the garden regularly to help maintain it, we will be making sure that our classroom is always clean and tidy and taking responsibility for our learning by always ensuring that we are proud of our work. To help with becoming more responsible at home, Year 2 are going to be making sure that we read every night at home and bring in our reading books into school everyday.


Maths

In Maths, we are developing our understanding of place value. We will be continuing to practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and will begin to learn to count in 3s. By representing values in numerals, words and pictures we will be working towards being able to order and compare up to 100. We will be using greater than (>), less than (<) and equal to (=) to compare numbers up to 100.

English

This term, as a class we are reading ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper, before moving onto ‘Ruby’s Worry’ by Tom Percival. Following the Talk for Writing framework, we are going to be looking at writing setting descriptions, instructions and narratives this term. We will be focusing on using the correct punctuation and including ambitious vocabulary in our writing. To help us learn our model texts, we will be using story maps and filming ourselves using actions to retell the text aloud. We are going to be focusing on developing our cursive handwriting style during our handwriting sessions and taking pride in the presentation of all of our work.

History

This term, we will be exploring the Ancient Greeks. We will begin by looking at a timeline and plotting the period we are learning about two and a half thousand years ago. Throughout the term, we will learn that many of the inventions created by the Ancient Greeks are still in use to day.

Science

This term, in science, we are looking at forces in physics. We will be carrying out lots of exciting experiments to test out how forces are seen in everyday life, with a particular focus on how toys require different forces for motion. We will be learning how to record data collected from our experiments, in graphs and tables.

ART

In art, we are looking at the elements: shape, colour and texture. We will be exploring mixing colours, using shapes to create patterns and using real life objects to create texture. Over the term, we will have the chance to practice using a variety of media, including paint, watercolour and pencil. We will be introducing a range of artists and will begin to be able to discuss how the three elements we are learning about have been included in their artwork using different techniques.

Maths

In Maths, we are exploring lots of mathematical areas, starting with measurement of length and height. We are then going to be looking at position and direction learning vocabulary such as left, right, clockwise, anticlockwise and full, half and quarter turns. We will be using this vocabulary to help direct us to the harbour for a walk. Following on from this, we will be learning how to tell the time in 5 minute intervals and how to write the time. We will finally be learning how to measure volume and capacity using ml and litres.

History

This term, we will be exploring the Anglo Saxons, how they fought for power from the Romans and how they changed the way of living. We will also be doing a case study of the huge Anglo Saxon boat that was discovered at Sutton Hoo, looking at Anglo Saxon villages and learning about how the Gods influenced them and still have an impact on us today - Did you know the names for the days of the week come from the Saxon Gods?

English

This term we are reading ‘Pirate School: Just a bit of wind’ by Jeremy Strong and then ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. To hook us into ‘Pirate School: Just a bit of wind’, we will be going on a walk to the harbour to look at the boats to give us some real life experience to help us with our setting descriptions. We will then be combining our skills of similes, description and word choice (specifically feeling words) to write diary entries. For Guided reading we will be focusing on each of the above books and using them to expand our vocabulary, practice line by line reading and comprehension.

Science

This term we are continuing our topic on Plants and Trees. This half of the topic will see us investigating the effects of light and photosynthesis on plants, the difference between seeds and bulbs and exploring trees. To end this topic we will be adventuring down to the Warren to explore the trees and wildlife that depends on them.

Catch Up Sessions

In our Maths catch up session, we will be focusing on times tables, particularly the 2s, 5s, 10s, and when we’ve mastered those we will start the 3s. We will also be practicing our number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.

In our English catch up sessions, we will be focusing on our Term 3 spellings words and handwriting of those spellings words. In addition, we will cover expanded noun phrases, adverbs and apostrophes. We will also have a word of the week challenge, where the children will need to use our word of the week, as many times as they can. This could be in conversations or in their writing.

RE

In Year 2 we will learn that Buddhism is a tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development through meditation and focuses on enlightenment about the truth of life. We will also discover that Buddha is not a god, he was just the first person to investigate the use of meditation and to find enlightenment.

Computing

We will be exploring Hector’s World to find out about internet safety and making posters to help us remember what we need to do to stay safe online. We will then be using this learning to use filters on search engines so that we know we are only going to find things that are safe for us to look at.

Geography

In Geography we are learning about Northern Europe with a focus on Sweden and the Gothenburg landslide. As part of our learning journey we will be learning to use an atlas and creating our own mini landslides in a tray.

PSHE

In PSHE we will be learning about what keeps us healthy and exploring food groups, daily exercise and how we can protect ourselves from germs. This will include some self-reflection on what we can do independently to improve our health, for example we could ask for fruit instead of sugary snacks, or do a home work out instead of screen time. We will also learn who is around us who can look after us.

Music

In Year 2, we will be exploring tone, pitch and composing using ‘Charanga’ to experience a range of styles of music and composition.

Art

This term we are starting by exploring the use of water colours by drawing and painting pandas and then the boats we see at the harbour. This will link into our Aquarium whole Trust theme where we will be exploring the vibrant wonders that hide beneath the waves.