Welcome to Year 2!
In the words of Kid President, “It’s time to get our learn on, and we’ve got a lot to learn too”. We don’t know it all, but we will go on a learning adventure together because no matter who you are, somebody is learning from you. Everybody is a teacher and everybody is a student.
Steering the ship on our learning adventure are Mrs. Chadwick and Miss Adams, supported by the amazing Mrs. Woodward, Mrs. Wilbraham and Mrs. Watson. We see the person that you could become someday, someone who could change the world, but if you want to change the world, you’ve got to know about the world.
During our learning adventure we cover a variety of topics to enthuse and engage the children. Our Topics include:
- Autumn 1 - Superheroes
- Autumn 2 - Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
- Spring 1 - Street Detectives
- Spring 2 - Land Ahoy!
- Summer 1 & 2 - The Scented Garden
Our topics are designed to teach a range of skills and knowledge, covering all aspects of the curriculum. Together we will ensure the Year 2 children reach their full potential. We will aim high together with the children and endeavour to do our very best this year!
Let’s put on our capes and discover our superpowers as we search for an answer to the question, ‘What is a superhero?’ For the first half term, we’ll describe our favourite superheroes, create fact files, read a range of comic books and write our own. Learning about real-life heroes from organisations such as the RNLI or Mountain Rescue and from the past, including Florence Nightingale, will allow us to appreciate human bravery. As part of this project, we’ll explore our senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight and investigate different foods. We’ll also test our superpowers by climbing, running, jumping and moving to music. There’ll be opportunities for us to create superhero works of art and to compose superhero soundtracks on digital instruments.
Climbing the battlements or tunnelling in the ground, there’s a whole world of adventure and fun to be found! For the second half of the first term, we will visit a real castle to explore the towers, battlements and maybe a secret tunnel or two! We’ll learn all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. Using a wide range of materials, we’ll build models of castles and test the strength of our structures. We’ll learn the stories of Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and create models inspired by them. Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and the longest tunnels in the world. We’ll find out about the amazing Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and improve our PE skills by playing attacking and defending games.
Grab a magnifying glass, put on your deerstalker and change your name to Sherlock because we’re going to become street detectives! During the first half of the spring term, we’ll follow a route around our local streets and take pictures of the buildings, businesses and plants we can see. Talking to residents about the area will help us understand how the local community could be improved. We’ll learn nursery rhymes, write poetry and create persuasive adverts. Looking at photographs will help us to spot any similarities and differences between the houses and shops of today and the past. We’ll find out about the history of our school and talk to former pupils about their experiences. We’ll also study and draw maps, create a model of a local building, draw portraits of the people we have met and look at the work of urban artists.
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Get ready to take to the high seas and set sail in search of treasure! For the final part of the Spring term, we’ll visit a boat yard, river or harbour to find out about boats and ships of all shapes and sizes. We’ll write about our visit, read information books, investigate amazing sea rescues and write postcards and poetry influenced by the sea. We’ll study paintings of boats and draw detailed pictures of our own. Our map reading skills will help us to identify different seas and oceans, and we’ll learn about famous sea explorers. Stories of pirates will inspire us to make pirate flags, treasure maps and fact files. We’ll even find out how to talk and sing like a pirate!
Let’s tiptoe through the tulips together and discover the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. For the final term, we’ll find out how to look after plants, ask the experts questions and appreciate the flowers. We’ll write an information book about plants, follow instructions, enjoy the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and write stories of our own. Discovering our green fingers will be fun when we plant and tend a pizza garden of herbs. We’ll also learn about the different parts of a plant and create our own ‘planting and growing’ action rhyme. Our senses will help us describe and sort a range of smells and we’ll make beautifully scented products. We’ll look closely at a wide variety of plants, create detailed, observational drawings and press real flowers to use in collages.
If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to speak to us before or after school.
We welcome communication between home and school. Staff are often available at the start or end of each school day or appointments can be made by contacting the school office.
We have 3 Parents’ Evenings during the year; one in each term. Each meeting is an opportunity to discuss your child’s learning and celebrate their achievements and progress.
The summer term meeting is an opportunity to meet your child’s new teacher for the following year and find out all about their new class and year group ahead of the summer holidays. This helps our parents and children to prepare for these changes and come back in September feeling settled and ready to learn.