SPRING TERM 2022
We are back in full swing after the Christmas break and eager to learn lots of exciting, new things this term!
Our English work begins with non-chronological reports. We will start by looking at the features of non-chronological reports and practising our writing skills before eventually writing our own factual report. We will also read a well-known story by Jill Tomlinson called ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’. We will learn about Plop the owl and write a new chapter for the book. After half term, we will be reading a range of stories by the popular author, Anthony Browne.
We will be looking at special books in our RE lessons, books that are used during Mass. The main focus will, of course, be the Bible – the most special of books. We will learn about how the Bible is organised and listen to stories from both the Old and the New Testaments. Following this, our next RE topic will be ‘The Eucharist’. We will learn that the word Eucharist is another name for the Mass and that it actually means ‘Thanksgiving’. It is a time when the parish family gathers to give thanks to God, most of all for the gift of Jesus, his Son. This will prepare us for Easter, one of the most important events on the Christian calendar.
The focus of our Science work will be animals. We’ll start by understanding why animals choose a particular habitat and how these habitats provide for the basic needs of different animals. We will also look at what animals, including humans, depend upon for survival and the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene. Healthy eating will lead us into our next Design and Technology unit when we will be creating a healthy snack.
In our History work we will be learning about significant explorers, both male and female, from the distant past and the more recent past. It will be interesting to see how the different times affected their exploits! In Geography, we will begin to understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.
We’re doing really well with our continued focus on being safe on the internet. We are all aware that online-safety is very important. Our computing work for the first half term will be using 2Calculate, a simple to use spreadsheet. We will be copying and pasting totalling tools, using spreadsheets to add amounts and create a table and block graph.
For our PSHE work we will be studying the theme of Living in the Wider World. This will involve focusing on money, what money is, looking after money and the difference between our needs and wants. Later in the term we will focus on belonging to a group and how this looks in our own communities.
It’s going to be a busy term. We will be working hard, but we’ll have lots of fun too!
Year 2 text overview
Recommended Reading Books
We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books. These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries. These lists are chosen because they:
- link with our curriculum for each year group
- represent different cultures
- introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors
- ensure progression
- match topics of interests for our children
- tackle current themes
OUR BEHAVIOUR CHARTER
At the beginning of the Autumn Term we had to become familiar with our school's new behaviour charter. We read books about Webster the Spider and we know that we will be safe online if we follow his advice. We have shared super ideas as to how we can be good learners. We can distinguish between kind/ unkind actions and between respectful/ disrespectful behaviour.
We've all agreed that we will do our very best to abide by the charter throughout the year.
Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall to see what goes on in class once we've been dropped off at school? Here's your opportunity to take a glimpse into what we get up to!
SPRING TERM 2022
Our art lessons this term focuses on the work of the French artist, Paul Cezanne. We will look carefully at his masterpieces and try to emulate his still life paintings. Our work started by using pencils to sketch and add shading to our drawings.
We are looking at special books in our RE lessons, books that are used during Mass. The main focus is, of course, on the Bible - the most special of books. We are learning about how the Bible is organised and listening to stories from both the Old and the New Testament.
We have written our own non-chronological reports about bats - we're now quite the experts on these little (and not so little) mammals! Before writing our reports we had to develop new skills. Can you spot some of these skills in our final reports?
Working on balance!
AUTUMN TERM 2021
Using nature and our local environment as our inspiration, we are developing our drawing, printing and painting skills. We then used our new skills to create our very own masterpiece of Our Lady & St. Gerard's church.
We are exploring the properties of different materials in our Science work. Here we're testing materials in terms of how absorbent they are. Super learners - working together and sharing ideas!
Having tested a range of materials for absorbency, we decided to test a brick to see if it can absorb water. We needed a full bottle of water, a brick and a bowl to carry out this investigation. We had to wait a few days to come to a conclusion and many of us were surprised with the result! Take note that after a few days the bottle of water is no longer full. Where has the water gone?
One of the highlights of this term's learning has been finding out about The Gunpowder Plot. Now, when we celebrate Bonfire Night in November, we'll know the story behind it.
We've learnt about the seven continents and the five oceans that make up our world. We were surprised to learn that 70% of the earth is water and only 30% is land!
Y2H think Maths is Magic! Here we are exploring number bonds and place value.
There are so many different ways to add numbers together!
‘You can find magic wherever you look.
Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!'
AUTUMN TERM CLASS NOVELS
There is no better way to end the school day than by sharing a good story!
During Advent, we decided to bring in some of our favourite festive books from home to share at story-time. Here are some of the books we enjoyed.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
The focus for our first DT unit was Textiles and we made our own festive hand puppets. Do you recognise them?
In October, we participated in a Triathlon coaching session, organised by TriKidz. We had the opportunity to run, cycle and ‘swim’. As well as having lots of fun, we learnt about the importance of having active, healthy bodies along with healthy minds. We all tried incredibly hard and the coaches were very impressed with our determination, perseverance and resilience.
We supported our PTA by participating in a sponsored welly walk. A little bit of drizzle didn't spoil our fun!
We made poppies for Remembrance Day. Then, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month we held a beautiful collective worship in class using out hand-made poppies. We thought about and reflected on the sacrifices of all those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.
CHRISTMAS HOMEWORK PROJECT
Having learnt about different materials and their properties during the Autumn term we were tasked with making a Christmas decoration using recycled materials. Y2H - what a creative and imaginative class!