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 3 - Spring 1

topic web spring 1

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    Term 3 Timetable Year 2

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Term 3 Week 2 

Week Beginning 8.1.2018

This week in year 2:

Maths: We are continuing to develop and consolidate our Place Value knowledge and understanding. 
We refer to the digits in numbers as Tens and Ones e.g. 42 = 4 Tens and 2 ones. 
Place Value Basket Ball: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/place-value-basketball
We will be drawing upon our Place Value knowledge when practising addition and subtraction. We will upload some pictures/videos soon to show you how we teach this at school. 
 

English: Our book for this term has finally been revealed... Traction Man! The story will be uploaded shortly so that you can read this at home with your child. We will link this book to our Materials Topic.
This week we are writing a Traction Man comic strip, which will explain how Traction Man managed to escape the terrifying jaws of the Scissor Shark!

Science: In science we will be investigating the properties of everyday materials. This week we will be testing how waterproof materials are. All the information we gather about the different properties of different materials over the next couple weeks will be used to help us design a new suit for Traction Man!
To support your child's learning, why not set up your own investigation about materials? This website has some ideas: http://www.science-sparks.com/2016/01/08/materials-ks1/ 

Or, simply discuss the different properties of materials found around the house.

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Here is some useful vocabulary relating to materials that you could use to support your discussions about materials. 


Term 2 - Autumn 2

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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. 

Coral Reefs

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! 

Atlas of Adventures

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!

Chineke

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. 

Free Maths

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 cam 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?

OUTRIGht 2017

To help us develop a greater understanding of the the terms migrant and refugee and to help us empathise with the situations refugees may experience, we have been looking at the story of Paddington. We have looked at why Paddington may have to leave his home country; how this could have made Paddington feel; how he would feel arriving into a new, unfamiliar country; the reactions of Paddington's arrival; and how we would feel if we were in Paddington's shoes. 
As well, we have been discussing the Rights of refugees and comparing them to those of our own. To do this we have used the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (see picture below).

Below are pictures of Paddington's suitcase. For one of our Outright sessions, we discussed what we would take with us and why.  

Term 1 - AUTUMN 1

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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


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. 


Building Materials

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! 


Rebuilding London 

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!  


Yom kippur

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