WELCOME TO YEAR TWO

A warm welcome to our Year Two page. We hope you will enjoy visiting our web page.  Here you will find information relating to curriculum coverage and events.  You will also extra receive information throughout each term via newsletters and parent’s consultation evenings.  If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to pop in and see us anytime.

Many thanks, Mrs Fox and Mrs Harris.

Our teaching assistants are Mrs Stevenson and Miss Davies.

Important Dates – Advance notice

Parent Open Evenings – Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th February

Easter Liturgy – 7th April @ 9.00am

Y2 SATS evening for parents – Wednesday 11th March

AUTUMN TERM

Physical Education

Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on a Monday and is taken home on a Friday night. PE takes place on a Tuesday for both classes. These sessions will be indoor sessions covering Gymnastics.  Our second PE lesson this half term will take place on a Thursday covered by Mr McTiernan. (Indoor Athletics)

Please make sure your child has a full PE kit: navy shorts, a white t- shirt and plimsolls. Now that we are entering into the winter months, an outdoor PE kit is required. Navy jogging bottoms, navy jumper/jacket and trainers. Please make sure all items of clothing are labelled to avoid any confusion!

English

During Autumn term  2 we will be linking English to Remembrance Day and the theme of World War One.  Work will include looking at animations in order to develop inference skills.  We will read “Where the poppies now grow” as well as Remembrance Day poetry. Another focus this term will be performance poetry linked to Autumn using Andy Goldsworthy a stimulus.

The children loved creating their own art work based on the instillations of Andy Goldsworthy.  They worked hard to create their masterpieces and record vocabulary linked to Autumn.

Maths

We will be covering the following topics:

Geometry:

  • To identify and describe the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line.
  • To identify 2-D shapes on the surface of 3-D shapes compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects.

Multiplication and Division:

  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables
  • Calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs
  • Show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot
  • To solve problems involving multiplication and division including problems in contexts.

Please practise times tables with your child as often as possible. They need to know x2, x5 and x10 fluently from Y1 and Year 2 will introduce x3 and x4 for children to learn fluently and use in calculations.

Science

Animals including humans

We will discuss how animals have offspring that grow into adults and think about how the children changed since they were babies. The children will look at various life cycles and find out what animals need to survive. We will study balanced diets and exercise and the children will learn that both of these are important for a healthy lifestyle.

Everyday materials

The children will identify and compare the suitability of some everyday materials for particular uses. Plastic and fabrics are looked at in detail. We will find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed and think about new uses for materials.

History and Geography

This term will be based around the History theme ‘Black History’. Children will be developing skills to find out about how life and attitudes have changed over time. As part of our History work we will be researching influential figures and discussing the effect of their actions on the world. We will also study Middlesbrough 100 years ago looking at changes over time in our local area.

The children will develop their Geography skills through the use of basic symbols from ordinance survey maps. Through researching the local area, the children will build on fieldwork and observational skills to study their immediate environment which we are sure the children will find fascinating!

Homework will be sent home for your child every Friday and should be returned to school the following Thursday. If you have any issues or queries please do not hesitate to ask!

Religious Education

Our Autumn term Come and See Topics are:

Beginnings, Signs and Symbols and Preparing.

Autumn Newsletter Y2

Year Two Overview 2019 – 2020

September

Both classes visited Beamish on 24th September.  It was a rainy day but this didn’t dampen our spirits!  We donned our wellies and waterproofs to find out what life was like in the past.  We had the chance to a Victorian dentist, Victorian houses and shops.  We decided we wouldn’t like to visit the dentist again!  We loved visiting the old school room and found the talk given by the Victorian teacher very interesting.

October

Our whole school mission this month was to donate food to the Middlesbrough Food Bank. This was very well received and we thank you for your generous donations.  Year Two’s class Mission was to think of ten ways they could help people who were less fortunate than themselves.  Thank you to all of those who donated their 10 pence pieces to ten ways to help.

Our theme for Black History month was “Voices that refused to be silenced.” During Black History Month Year Two focused on the life of Rosa Parks.  We researched her life story and discovered what made her famous and how she was inspirational.  We held class debates discussing Rosa’s actions and their responses to segregation during Rosa’s lifetime.

November

On 11th November we took part in a whole school collective worship linked to Remembrance. In class we reflected on the importance of remembering those who had died in conflict as well as those who are still living in war torn countries.  We created our own remembrance prayers.

Children in Need Day

Y2 Two held a cake stall and raised £40 for Children in Need!  Thank you girls for your kindness and organising this so brilliantly!  We are so proud of you!  Thank you to all the children who bought a cake today.  We heard that the Pudsey Bear cookies and chocolate brownies were delicious!

Newsletter Spring 2020 Year 2 page 1

Newsletter Spring 2020 Year 2 page 2

SPRING TERM

We want our children to become confident learners and so we aim to make English fun. Reading, writing and oracy are all skills which will be developed through the following units:

Narrative Writing

Roald Dahl – The Magic Finger
Francesca Simon Stories: We will use the Horrid Henry books as a stimulus for writing with a focus on chapter books and short novels. We will compare stories by the same author.
The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton: The children will focus on descriptive writing to set the scene and create characters.

Non Narrative Writing

Persuasive Writing: We will use “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” as a stimulus for this. We will also be making links to our science topic – materials.

Information Texts: ‘The children will learn how to organise and find information using a glossary, index and contents page.

Phonics, spelling and handwriting as well as speaking and listening skills will continue to be embedded throughout the English curriculum.

Maths

During the first half of this term, we focus on the topic of Time.  Objectives will involve comparing and sequencing different intervals of time. The children will be expected to tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour.  Activities will include drawing the hands on a clock face to show these times. The children will also need to know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.

 

Science: Uses of everyday materials

The children will identify and compare the suitability of some everyday materials for particular uses. Plastic and fabrics are looked at in detail. We will find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed and think about new uses for materials.

 

Religious Education

This term we will be studying the three themes of Local Church (Community), Lent (Easter) and Eucharist (Relating).


We will approach the themes through the topics:

Books, Thanksgiving and Opportunities.

 

 

Geography in Spring term is all about Mexico. We will learn all about this South American country, its physical geography (landscape, weather & climate) and its human geography (people, beliefs and culture).