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.
Term 6 - The Victorians
Timetable and Topic Web Summer 2
It's important to encourage and support a love for reading. As the year has progressed, we have developed our ability to read independently for enjoyment. We have loved our library trips (both to St George and our school library) and love to share our thoughts about the book we have read.
Laura - Farm Firghts - "it's by Bob Wilson and it's about Miss Bell and her students. Everybody is scared of something there and even the teacher is scared! Other people aren't being nice because they feel scared. I think Miss Bell may try and help with the things is she is not scared of and maybe the others will help with things they are not scared of."
Olivia J - Mirror Magic - "it has lots of stories in it. I likee that there are four different stories and it is a bit like a comic."
Dylan B - Creature Teacher Science Shocker - "I like this book because I like the characters and the creatures because they are all quite funny. It's about a teacher that turns into a creature when it get a strong emotion."
Tom - Earth's Amazing Environment - "Did you know that the oceans cover over half the world's surface? Some deserts have animals in that are dying because of global warming. I like it because it is all about the environment and I want to look after the environment!'
For free maths this week, we decided to practise and consolidate our subtraction and addition skills using online games.
Here is the link to some of the games we were using: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/addition-and-subtraction
Term 5 - The Rainforest
What do we want to learn?
Before the start of any topic we ask the children to tell us what they want to find out.
Here are some pieces of work we have completed in our own time; either at home or during Free Write.
Layers of the rainforest
This week we have been learning about the different layers of the rainforest. Here we are making our own small world rainforest in plastic bottles. We we worked in small groups and used soil, twigs and foliage we found on the school grounds to create it. We had to be careful to make sure the four layers were distinct.
Once we had become experts about the layer of the rainforest, we wrote about it in English.
In English we have been reading The Great Kapok Tree. At the end of the book a local Ax Man has to decide on whether or not to cut down the Great Kapok tree. This lead to a discussion about deforestation and the reasons for and against this. This work linked in with the Ethics and the Environment strand of our Learn Together curriculum. We wrote some discussion tests about the reasons for and again deforestation.
In Geography we have been learning about the oceans and the continents of our planet.
In English we have written Haiku poems about the rainforest, This is a type of poem that has just three lines and a syllable count of 5,7,5. Haiku poems are usually about nature.
Term 4 - The Human Body
In science, we have been learning about the heart. We have learnt that the heart is a very important part of our circulatory system. The heart works with the lungs to deliver oxygen around our body via blood cells. These blood cells also collect Carbon Dioxide and transport them back to the lungs so that it can be expelled.
Below are some pictures and videos of us acting out the journey of the blood cells in our bodies and of the heart jars that we made. The jars represented the chambers of the heart. The water acted as the blood and the straws acted as the valves. To recreate the pumping of the heart, we pushed down on the balloon. The water couldn't go back through the closed valve, but could leave through the open valve.
We also, went outside and counted our heartbeat. We compared our heartbeat when resting to after exercise. We tried to find our pulse on our write and also listened to our hearth through stethoscopes.
We have been learning about the respiratory system this week. We learned a song all about the lungs and how the diaphragm moves in conjunction with the lung movements.
Using a bottle, some balloons and straws we made a model of the lungs and diaphragm. This helped to show us how the diaphragm and lungs work.
The digestive system
Next on to the Digestive System. We learned about the various parts of the digestive system and then worked in groups to recreate the journey food takes from when it enters the body to when it exits the body.
Term 3 - Materials
Here is some useful vocabulary relating to materials that you could use to support your discussions about materials.
Experiments with materials -
Traction Man's suit
This term we are working towards designing and making a suit for Traction Man.
We want the suit to be durable and suitable for as many conditions as possible as Traction Man never knows what mission is lurking behind the corner.
As a class we decided that the suit needed to be waterproof, stretchy (we thought this would mean it would last longer), and different parts of the suit would need different transparency levels e.g. he would need to be able to see through his helmet, but his clothes would need to be opaque.
Below are pictures of us completing different experiments to test the properties of the materials: cling film, tin foil, cloth, plastic bags, paper and tissue paper.
is it waterproof?
Our first experiment tested how waterproof different materials were. We had a small toy figure and placed them into a cup or jar. We then placed each piece of material over the top of a cup or jar and poured water over it. For the material to be waterproof the little figure inside needed to stay dry.
As we watched we realised some didn't let water through straight away, but that didn't mean it was waterproof just water was absorbed to a certain point.
Is it stretchy?
Using the same materials as last week, we tested how stretchy they are. We measured each piece of material first and then attached an increasing weight by filling a yogurt pot with marbles. We counted how many marbles it took to break the material, or if we could fill the yogurt pot with marbles we re-measured the material to see how much it had stretched.
Autumn 2 - Atlas of adventures
This Term we will be using the book Atlas of Adventures to help guide our learning. We have chosen different places to focus on:
The Great Barrier Reef, The Zambezi River and Finland. When looking at The Great Barrier Reef and The Zambezi River, we will be focusing on endangered animals. This will be our focus for both English and Learn Together. When learning about Finland, we will also be reading the book The Polar Express. Using both these books we will write an innovated version of The Polar Express.
As part of our topic Atlas of Adventures, we have been learning about Coral Reefs. Their beauty and the diverse eco-systems that reside there have blown us away. The Blue Planet series on the BBC has also helped capture our interest and passion for the coral reefs in our waters. However, we have learned that many coral reefs are dying and suffering from something called Coral Bleaching. This shocked and concerned us. We wanted to try and do something to help raise awareness. In English we have written reports about coral reefs. These have been photocopied and put around the school and our local area. They have also been tweeted to various Coral Reef charities. Furthermore, we used these reports to film our own reports that we have shared with other classes in our school.
Bristol Waste Visit
We have been learning about coral reefs. We have been saddened to learn that many coral reefs around the world are dying. There are various reasons fro this; one being increased amount of rubbish that is being found in our seas and oceans. Rubbish ends uo in these waters when it has not been recycled properly. To help deepen our understanding about the importance of recycling, we invited Lydia and Jo from Bristol Waste to come and talk with us.
They discussed the importance of recycling and explained how we can help. Even though we don’t live by the coral reefs, our actions can make a positive difference. We discussed the importance of using the correct bins for different materials and Bristol Waste showed us how we can get creative with recycled materials!
Our next stop in the Atlas of Adventures book was Africa. To help us develop a sense of the African culture we had two African workshops: African mask-making and African dance. We had lots of fun making the masks and loved using them to help bring our African dancing to life. Some of parents came to watch our dancing at the end of the day. Here are some snaps of our African day!
On Friday 17th November, as well as helping fundraise for Children in Need, we also had some very special visitors. Thanks to Penny and her musical team, we were selected to have an orchestral experience from Chineke. Chineke is a foundation that provides musical careers opportunities to young people. Their moto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. We were in awe of their talent and many of us were very inspired. Some of us even got to meet them and play music with them!
Science - Life cycle of the mealworm beetle
In year 2, we have a very interesting pet - the mealworm beetle. These little creatures have been with us for some time now. This week, we started to study them more closely. We learned about their lifecycle and then using magnifying glasses we drew the meal worm at each stage of its lifecycle. We then labelled our diagrams.
In Coral Class we have started having Free Maths time some days after lunch. This is a time where we can use any maths resources we want to practise any areas of maths we wish. How we show this, present this or how we use the resources is completely up to us. Some of us make posters, some of us play with the equipment and some of us make Maths Stories. We are really enjoying this time to get creative with maths!
Introduction to our new book
We came in from playtime to find a selection of objects in the small-world tray. They all relate to the book we will be reading over the next couple of weeks. There were slippers, a train, a train ticket, a Santa hat, hot chocolate and a silver bell. Can you guess which book these have all come from?
AUTUMN 1 - The great fire of london
In English we will be reading the story Toby and The Great Fire of Learning. Using this text we will be writing diaries, letters, and newspapers. We will also be writing an innovated version of Toby and the Great Fire. We will be learning all about the history of the Great Fire and comparing the fire services we have today to what existed back then. We will also look at how London as a city has changed and learn about the other capital cities of the United Kingdom.
Sequencing the events of the Great Fire of London from the 2nd September 1666 - 5th September 1666
As part of our Great Fire of London topic we have been learning about the circumstances that caused the infamous fire to break out. One big contributing factor was the materials used to build the houses and the proximity in which they were built. Following on from these discussions, we have been learning to identify, describe and compare the properties of different building materials. Using our knowledge of materials we have been designing our own dream buildings, thinking carefully about which materials we would use and why. We will be bringing our building designs to life using 'junk modelling' later this week!
This week, having learned about the properties of different building materials, we designed our own dream buildings. We imagined using these designs to rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666. We used 'junk modelling' to bring our building designs to life. The finished results would surely have helped to make the renovated London an extremely exciting and unique place to live all those years ago!
17th century baking!
We followed a cake recipe written by the famous diarist Samuel Pepys. It was a mad dash at the end of Friday afternoon, as the actual baking took a little longer than 15 minutes, but Yasmin saved the day when she ran into Year 2 with a plate full of hot cakes just before we left school for the weekend! Phew! The cakes were delicious and so simple to make. Unfortunately, the cakes were eaten before we could get any pictures of the finished product!
Toby and the great fire of london
This is the book we are currently reading in English