Welcome to Year 2
Year Two 2020-21
Class Teacher- Mrs G Butler
Teaching Assistant- Mrs Stanley
Welcome to Year Two’s class page. Year Two have settled brilliantly back into school life, with all its ‘new normal’ regimes of sitting in rows of two and hand sanitising every hour or less! Both myself and Mrs Stanley are incredibly proud of how they have adapted and take all things in their stride.
Below is an overview of this half term’s learning;
R.E. – In R.E. we will explore the school mission statement and how we can live out the message of love, peace and justice. For our first unit in Year Two, we are learning about stories from the Old Testament including Noah’s Ark, Abraham and Isaac and Jonah and the Whale alongside the season of Harvest time. We are exploring the stories, the Old Testament timeframe , writing thanksgiving prayers, learn about our class saint, St. Nicolas and think about how we can actively take care of our world.
English – Our core text in English is The Owl Who is Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. We be using our senses to explore nature and how it would have felt for Plop, the frightened little nocturnal owlet, and describe how he and the other characters felt. We will be writing recounts, reports, letters and a diary entry from various viewpoints . We will also be exploring other texts e.g. Stickman, Peace at Last. Our focus for Autumn 1 is to ensure that the children have the opportunity to develop their confidence with both reading and writing a little more extended, descriptive sentences whilst regaining handwriting skills and extending punctuation knowledge and understanding: commas in lists, exclamation marks and question marks. We will also have a focus on spellings which were missed from last year and the Year 2 common exception words.
Maths – This half term we will be securing our understanding of place value. We will be using our knowledge of the numbers to find one more than and one less than a given number up to 100. We will be developing our counting both forwards and backwards in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s in preparation for learning our timestables off by heart. We will be solving missing number problems and developing our understanding of number bonds to 50 and 100.
PSHE – The big focus this term and beyond is feelings, Anti-Bullying, and being a kind and respectful friend. We will explore our emotions and develop strategies that we can use if we need to : eg worries, friendships, safety. Mindfulness is also an important part PSHE in keeping our selves calm and focused, happy and enthusiastic for life’s journey.
Art – This half term our focus is on colour, line and shape using the amazing work of artist Paul Klee for stimulus and celebration of artistic style. We will be exploring primary and secondary colours. We will also explore tinting and shading. The art curriculum in Year Two is very exciting as we explore and recreate art work created by some of the world’s best artists.
Music – In music, we will be listening to and responding to a variety of orchestral music starting with ‘Peter and the Wolf’. We will also be exploring the four families within an orchestra – Strings, Brass, Percussion and Woodwind, as well as making our own instruments and how the music makes us feel.