Welcome to Year 2
Meet the teachers
Below you will find short profiles of the grown-ups in our Year 2 classes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Term 1 Topic Plan for Parents September 2020
Year 2 have had an exciting and busy first term. In science we have been exploring the school grounds to find examples of things which are living, dead or have never been alive. We looked at different habitats and micro-habitats and identified the animals and plants living there. We wanted the children to reflect on their year 1 learning by recalling what they learnt about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We then built on this knowledge and understanding by introducing them to the idea of food chains. The children were able to make connections to their learning on habitats by identifying that the sources of food within a food chain would have to be present within a particular animal’s habitat or micro-habitat.
Who would have believed that Shrek would feature in our English lessons? Well he did and we loved the engaging writing topic! We also had a yummy time in English when we looked at the story of The Gingerbread Man and the Runaway Pancake.
Puppets have been around for many, many years and we all love them. In history we wanted the children to learn about puppets in the past and why they are still so popular today. In design and technology we wanted the children to learn some basic sewing techniques and other simple ways of joining materials. We all enjoyed making a range of different puppets including sewing and decorating a felt hand puppet and making a puppet with a lever.
We had a fantastic treat when we were visited by Wishworks who performed the live puppet show ‘Goldifox’. This inspired us to use the puppets we had designed and made to create our own puppet shows.
Term 2 Topic Plan for Parents November 2020
In term 2 we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. We wanted the children to understand how we find out about the past, particularly when events happened hundreds of years ago. The children took on the role of history detectives and analysed and evaluated different sources of information to find out about the events of the Great Fire. We learnt so much that we were able to become young Samuel Pepys’ and wrote our own diaries, detailing the events of the Fire and trying to empathise with how people must have felt who were actually there in 1666. We also wrote our own adventure story about the Great Fire using the Oxford Reading Tree Magic Key books as our inspiration. We spent a whole day on a design and technology project where we made Tudor houses. We planned our designs carefully before making them and then evaluated our houses.
In art we analysed and evaluated an image depicting the Great Fire and identified the different techniques used. We then explored different drawing techniques in using pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space to create our own interpretation of the Fire. We also looked at the work of Sir Christopher Wren and how he designed the ‘new’ St Paul’s Cathedral after the Fire. We analysed different features of the cathedral and learnt how to shade in order to show different levels in darkness. The end of our topic came to a brilliant conclusion when we took part in a fantastic drama workshop all about the Great Fire of London.
In science we have been identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses. We went out and about to see how materials were used in and around our school. We were brilliant scientists and carried out some tests on different materials to see which ones were waterproof. We used some homemade ‘goo’ to learn how the shape of some materials can be changed by twisting, stretching, bending and squashing.
In RE we have been learning about special and sacred times. We identified some ways in which Christians celebrate Christmas and how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah. We made connections between these two festivals including how they both emphasise light and take place during the darkest days of winter.
Term 4 Topic Plan for Parents March 2021
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