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.
HOME LEARNING TERM 1 WEEK 7
Week Beginning: 16.10.2017
Next week we will be learning to tell the time. In year 2 we learn o’clock, quarter past and quarter to and time to the nearest 5 minutes (e.g. 5 past 2). It is really helpful to expose the children to any time telling devices and get them to try and tell the time as much as possible. If they have watches with the numbers on, encourage them to wear them as much as possible.
This is a great game to play with the children.
We will be writing our own versions of the story Toby and the Great Fire of London. This story is available to read on our website.
We have been focusing on writing and punctuating sentences. This game will help to consolidate the children’s learning:
Alien Punctuation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/using_punctuation/play/
Dropping in: http://www.sentenceplay.co.uk/DroppingIn.html Make up some sentences for the characters in this game. Don’t forget to use capital letters and full stops!
It is Harvest Day on Tuesday, so we will be completing some work about this celebration. We will also continue to think about respect and will be using stories to help guide our discussions around what respect looks like in different situations.
Have a great weekend, Hannah and James.
Sequencing the events of the Great Fire of London from the 2nd September 1666 - 5th September 1666
Needs and Wants
During our Learn Together lesson we discussed our 'needs' and 'wants'. In groups we arranged a selection of picture cards (e.g. an education, fast food, clean water etc) into three groups: Really important, quite important, least important. Then, we selected just nine of the picture cards and arranged them into a Diamond Nine Diagram. We compared our Diamonds with the other groups in our class. Many of us placed education, clean water and family towards the top of the diamond. What we placed toward the bottom varied quite considerably. This was not an easy task and we had to work hard on listening to other's views and opinions, whilst also trying to articulate our own.
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!
This week we learned about Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur, also known as the day of atonement, is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar. This year Yom Kippur is on 29th September. For Yom Kippur many Jewish people with fast for 25 hours, pray at the synagogue and ask God for forgiveness for any sins of the past year. It is also time to think about how you would like the next year to be different and how to move on from any bad choices made in the year just past.
In year 2 we set some time aside to think about a bad choice we may have made over this last year. By admitting that we ma have made some mistakes, we were able to then move forward from them. Some of us wrote these memories down, others quietly reflected. It is tradition for many Jewish people to throw bread into water to symbolise the letting go of their sins and cleansing of the soul. We each threw a small piece of bread into water as we thought about how we could try and make more positive choices in our day-to-day lives.
We also thought about the reasons for fasting and made links to other regions that fast. Some Jewish people will end their fast with a drink of mint tea and honey. We brewed this drink up to try for ourselves. Many of us found it refreshing, whilst others were a little insure.
Toby and the great fire of london
This is the book we are currently reading in English