year 2 curriculum

In Year Two we follow the National Curriculum on the areas of learning we need to cover in all subjects. However, as an academy we are afforded the flexibility to be creative in how we cover each subject.  Click here for a link to the Year 2 national curriculum.

Our curriculum is topic based and is constructed around the interests of the children. We still fully support having play as an instrumental part of the learning process. We introduce new concepts, especially in Maths, through a more interactive and hands-on approach before the children begin the process of recording in their books.  English is taught through using a range of books: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Geography, History, Science etc. all have elements of writing and reading and therefore are scaffolding the children’s learning of English.  English is presented in a number of different ways; for example it may be in the children’s English books, topic books, through presentation, hot seating or in our floor books or Learn Together books.  Floor books and Learn Together books are a wonderful way for parents and visitors to encapsulate at a glance what we do during our days at school.

 

Bristol giants stories

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We have learning about Oliver Rigby’s story ‘The Bristol Giants’ this term. The children have written new endings to the story explaining what happens next to Goram… They drew their own pictures and retold it using IMovie. Enjoy!

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westonbirt arboretum

In the last week of Term 5, Year 2 visited the national arboretum. We saw some incredible trees, new plants and learnt so much about ecosystems, biodiversity and how important trees are to our lives. The weather was fantastic for the day which meant we could spend the whole of it outdoors!

school litter pick!

Lydia from Bristol Waste came in to see us today. She told us where rubbish that is on the streets or in hedges ends up…in the ocean. She also told us how much rubbish Bristol Waste cleans up from the streets of Bristol… 20 tonnes every week! After that, we headed outside and did a litter pick around school to see how much we could find-a surprisingly large amount it turned out!

How do plants disperse their seeds?

Year 2 got up and close with plants this week. They learned about how plants spread their pollen in different ways: on insects, in the wind, by gravity, through animals such as birds and many more weird and wonderful ways!

DT- food tasting for our seasonal salads

As our topic this term is plants, we will making a healthy salad using fruits and vegetables. We taste-tested lots of different types today including kiwi, rocket and pineapple. Check back later in the term to see our finished salads!

Gardening in school

This week we have been out tidying the grounds in the playground and planting some herb seeds that will hopefully grow in the summer. Both classes have also been generously donated tomato plants which will go outside as soon as they are strong enough and the weather is warm enough!

Dandelions!

Year 2 got up close and personal last week with dandelion plants. We observed them very closely and then learnt about how they send out their seeds to hopefully make more dandelion plants. To help us better understand how each seed moves with the wind, we created our own version in the classroom and then dropped it to see what happens!

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stitching a y2 apillera

Taking our inspiration from South American apirellas (giant traditional quilts), Y2 have been busy designing and stitching their own version. Stitching was frustrating at times but Year 2 used a lot of perseverance and patience to make sure they ended up with a finished piece!

taking the school’s temperature!

In Maths this week we have been learning how to weigh, measure and read different scales. Mandy took children from Honeybees and Tigers today to investigate whether the temperature around school changes. Which room was coldest? Why were some rooms hotter than others do you think? We were even allowed access into Toru’s fridge!

Holi festival

As part of our topic, we have been learning about important religious ceremonies around the world. In India, Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Holi festival which is known in the west as ‘The Festival of Colour.’ The children are writing a story based around the festival but had some fun today making an explosion of colour today to inspire them!

science week

This week is Science Week in school. The theme this year is Inventions. Year 2 have been given the challenge of designing and building something that floats. On Monday we had Ian Dunne in who is himself an inventor. He brought in some of his own inventions including Jeff the robot!

On Tuesday, we started to build our inventions to go on the water. Some children went for boats and others went for cadets which can help people in the bath or when at the beach! They chose appropriate materials and thought carefully about what would float best in the water.

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water explorers

Today in Year 2, we learnt about how much water is needed to make clothing and it shocked us…2700 litres to grow enough cotton to make one! We also learnt about how precious water is as a resource and that we need to cut down on how much we use. So instead of buying new clothes all the time, why not upcycle ones you already have?

making cocktails in maths!

Traction Man set Year 2 a challenge in Maths today. He wanted to drink a tasty and healthy cocktail using five different fruit juices which would fit in his 1 litre flask. The children had to work together in teams to decide how many millilitres (ml) they would like of each juice, being careful not to go over the 1000ml (1l) mark.

Poetry

In the last week of Spring 1, we did three different types of poetry:

1) Chinese New Year riddles

2) Material riddles

3) My hand poems

The children wrote some beautiful poems and I wanted to share some with you.

gymnastics

Tiger Class are doing Gymnastics this term. We have been focusing on how we travel around the apparatus but today we concentrated on doing different balances. Check out our pictures to see what we came up with and look at our strength on the climbing frame!

appreciate a dragon day!

Today in Year 2 we made some Chinese dragon fans, translated dragonese into English and wrote some instructions to help people train and trap dragons!


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Persuading mr scrooge to change his cruel ways!

In Year 2, we read Charles Dickens famous tale: A Christmas carol and were shocked by Ebenezer Scrooge’s unkindness. We decided to set him straight and explain to him why Christmas is such an important time of year, whatever your faith or background, and that it is worth celebrating. Read some of our letters below to see what we said to him to hopefully help him change his mind!

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Tyntesfield Trip

In December, we visited Tyntesfield to learn more about the Victorians and how they lived. We learned about the lives of servants and how they celebrated Christmas. A massive thanks to all of the National Trust staff and volunteers as well as parent helpers who made sure we had a great day out!

Topic web- Autumn term 2

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Should wangari maathai stop planting trees or not?

Honey bee and Tiger class split into two teams and tried to persuade Wangari that their side was right! Watch our videos to see what they said.

Investigating mealworms and mealworm beetles

Year 2 got up close and personal this week with lots of mealworms, pupae and mealworm beetles. We learnt about the amazing life cycle from worm to beetle and then designed our own habitats for them which we built. Each group tested a different variable: either light, materials or food. We then observed which square most of the mini beasts went to and thought of scientific reasons to explain why.

Honey bee class make their own hive!

Everyone in Honey bee class made their own bee for the class hive today. Next time you come into class, take a look at the back of the class and you will see it hanging proudly!

Tiger Class’ letters to their future selves

What would you tell your future self to do in order to save the planet? After learning about how the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in Learn Together lessons, Tiger Class decided that they wanted to do something to keep Planet Earth healthy and safe to live on. They decided to write a letter to their future selves giving advice on what actions they need to take once they become grown ups.

beekeeper visit

Yesterday Dave from the Avon Beekeepers association came to visit us at school. Both classes are learning about why some animals on Planet Earth are endangered so Dave came to tell us all about why honeybees are so important and what we can do to help them!

He brought in all of his beekeeping kit from home and even let us try some of it on. We explored a beehive and learnt about how bees produce honey. Dave was fantastic and we would love to have him back at school again soon!

Cake sale raises £78.21

Thank you to all the parents that brought in a cake and helped out today. We raised a brilliant £78.21 which we will split between Tiger class and Honeybees class. It will be used to sponsor our class animal and help stop them from becoming extinct.

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Bird feeders to help local wildlife

In Tiger Class, we learnt about the type of habitat we live in in Redfield and what animals live there. After this we discussed how we could help the wildlife in our habitat. We decided to re-use old fruit juice and milk cartons to make bird feeders to support bird species in our local urban habitat such as robins, swifts, starlings and many more. We filled the base with bird seed and put a twig through each side to act as support for the hungry birds to allow them to reach inside. Look out for them around school!

Topic Web and Timetable - Autumn 1

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