Welcome to year 2
During the year the children are taught through these topics in a cross-curricular way.
Our 6 topics for the year are:
Children will find out about the life of Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus and make a comparison.
They will learn about the weather: Comparing weather patterns in the UK to hot and cold areas and the North and South Poles of the world in relation to the equator.
They will learn to name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans
They will compare locations - understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country
The children will learn about this time period and Queen Victoria.
In Art the children will study Picasso and consider form, drawing, colour making, shapes. They will create a collage using different materials and draw portraits. They will also be taught how to make clay pot linked to the festival of Diwali.
Significant Event- History of cars
The children will be taught about the development of the motor car and the changes within living memory.
In D.T. the children will learn about wheels, axels and cogs. They will build structures exploring how they can be made stronger. They will explore and use mechanisms. They will learn about inventors linked to vehicles.
In science, the children will identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses. They will find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch- This theme is linked to the story book by David Armitage
In Geography, the children will learn compass directions and location and directional language. They will devise a map of their school with routes and a basic key .
In science, children will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. They will Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. They will identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro habitats. They will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food. They will visit Coombe Abbey linked to this.
The children will build upon the basic skills learned in Reception and Year 1. They learn how to solve questions involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, using a variety of methods. Work is also carried out in relation to fractions, space, shape, measures and data handling. The children also take part in problem solving activities where they can demonstrate their understanding of maths skills.
P.E. (Physical Education)
The children have two sessions of PE a week. This year the children will have their lessons on a Thursday and Friday. The school uses "Real P.E." which develops : personal, social, cognitive, creative, applying physical and health and fitness elements.
Please ensure that your child has a named PE bag on their peg containing a PE kit consisting of a white t-shirt, dark coloured shorts and pumps. We often complete PE sessions outside and the children can bring in a jumper, jogging bottoms and trainers to wear in these sessions if they wish to do so. Please ensure that earrings are either removed or covered up on PE days.
R.E. (Religious Education)
R.E. is taught by Mrs. Maguire. The units taught in year 2 are: How should we care for others in the world?, How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?(Harvest Festival and Christmas), Who is Hindu an how do they live?, Who is Jewish and what do they believe?, Who is Sikh and how do they live?, Who is Muslim and what do they believe?, What can we learn from the life of Buddha?
Music is taught by Sarah Morgan
P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social, Health Education)
We use the scheme "Jigsaw" to deliver P.S.H.E. lessons. The units covered are: Being me in my World, Celebrating Differences, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.
Children take their S.A.T.S. in the Summer Term of Year 2. These are statutory and must be taken by every child. The children really enjoy the S.A.T.S. and they are presented to them as a special task.
For the children transitioning to Dunchurch Junior School we begin the process in the Summer Term. All children visit the school and carry out fun and exciting activities with their new Year 3 teachers.
Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Our doors are always open!