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Year 2

In Year 2, there are two classes, 2M, taught by Mrs Monroe and 2BS, taught by Mrs Seaward and Mrs Butler.

We are Pathfinders.

Through our LEARNING MEANS THE WORLD curriculum lessons, we are teaching our children to be:-

  • Innovative
  • Decisive
  • Creative
  • Independent
Pathfinder

Spring Term 2 2024

We launched our LAND AHOY topic with a Pirate Day! Through drama, we practised climbing the rigging, looking through our telescopes for marauding pirates, scrubbing the decks, walking the planks and shouting MAN OVERBOARD!

We learned where Port, Starboard, Stern and Bow are on a pirate ship and practised running to each part.

During the day, we used compass points to find where different items were on a treasure map, we made our own pirate names and made name lanyards and ended the day making pirate hats.

During this topic we will be learning about floating and sinking. We used a ball of plasticine and predicted whether it would float or sink and then carried out an experiment to find out. We discovered that if we spread out the plasticine and pulled up the sides, we could make it float. We tried to find out how much cargo our boats would hold before they sank!!

As scientists, we will learn about sound – sources of sound and how sounds get fainter over time.

Our topic has lots of opportunities to teach music – singing pirate songs, drawing sound pictures, using instruments to accompany our music. We will also be building on our DT skills from last term.

In geography, we will be learning about compass points, remembering the names and location of the five oceans of the world and making treasure maps.

In literacy, we will be finding out about life as a pirate, reading pirate stories, describing characters and settings and writing diary extracts imagining we are pirates.

For more information, please see our WHISK sheet.

Spring Term 1 2024

Our first topic is “ZERO TO HERO”.

In the first half of the Spring term, the Year 2 children will be learning about heroes – sporting heroes, environmental heroes, and about ordinary people who have jobs that require determination, courage and resilience. 

In our Literacy lessons, we will be learning about the events of the Great Fire of London, how heroic people worked in a team to put out the fire and how lessons learned from the destruction of part of London, changed the way houses were built.  We will learn to write diary events and non chronological reports about the Great Fire.

In maths, we will be learning about multiplication and division and reinforcing and strengthening our quick recall of addition and subtraction bonds within 10. 

As scientists we will be exploring how electricity works by using batteries, wires, lamps and switches to make circuits.

For more information, please click on our Year 2 Knowledge Organiser (WHISK sheet).

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Autumn Term 2

The Year 2 children finished off the Autumn term by performing A Boogie Woogie Nativity for parents and the rest of the school community.      The story is told through the barn animals who are also a performing band with guitar playing horse and a drumming sheep!   Star dancers brought the star to Bethlehem and the angels performed a rather funky Boogie Woogie Angel dance complete with tinsel wigs!   Baby Jesus was welcomed to the stable with some beautiful singing from the animal band and the children finished their play rocking to the Shakin Stevens song Merry Christmas everybody.

 

Autumn Term 1

Our first topic is “INTER-NATION MEDIA STATION”

This unit is all about media and broadcasting. The children will learn about how people communicated in the past leading to the invention of television, the internet and radio. We will be working on our communication skills and learn to present information in role as broadcasters.

At the end of September we will be taking the children to visit Kennet Radio in Newbury where they will learn to make a broadcast and edit their work.

For more information, please click on our Year 2 Knowledge Organiser (WHISK sheet).

We had an amazing visit to Kennet Radio in Newbury. The children were very excited as they travelled to Newbury by train. At Kennet Radio, the children spent some time in the recording studio, watching as the presenter pressed buttons to play the jingles, played music and spoke to the audience. We learned that when the RED light is on, we had to be silent!!

We also practised recording soundbites. The radio presenter asked us some questions and recorded our answers. It was great fun listening back to our own soundbite. Some of the children also read the weather forecast which was broadcast out on Kennet Radio.

Our second short topic is Paddington’s Passport.

As Paddington Bear came from Peru, the children began to learn some key facts about the country and its geography.

They have learned to name the seven continents of the world and the five oceans.

The children then explored London, learning about some of the key tourist attractions; Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames and London Bridge, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace.

The children have learned to name the countries that make up the UK and to name their capital cities.

For more information, please click on the image below to see our WHISK sheet.

Paddington's Passport

Our next topic in the second part of Autumn term is called RECORD BREAKERS.

This topic has a history focus and tells the inspirational story of Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

The children will learn why he is famous and about his record breaking expeditions.

The pupils will learn about his life story, his achievements and what he hopes to accomplish in the future.

Please click on the image below to see the WHISK sheet for details about what the pupils need to learn.

 

Record Breakers
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