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Welcome to Year 2!

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 Miss Jones and Miss Adams, supported by the amazing Mrs. Woodward and Miss Nawaz. 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 – Movers & Shakers/Still Life 
  • Spring 1 - Street Detectives 
  • Spring 2 – Magnificent Monarchs/Portraits and Posers 
  • Summer 1 – Muck, Mess & Mixtures 
  • Summer 2 – Coastline/Beach Hut 

      

    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. 

      

In the second half of our Autumn term we will be looking at Movers and Shakers of the world! We will look into historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. They will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance. Some of the people we will explore include Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst, Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.

 

Through our Still Life project, we will learn about the work of significant still life artists and still life techniques. We will explore a wide variety of still life and learn about the use of colour and composition and create our own still life arrangements and artwork. 

  

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. 

  

Through our Magnificent Monarchs project in Spring 2, the children will step back in time and explore the English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits and other historical sources, they build up an understanding of the monarchs and then research six of the most significant sovereigns. This will go hand in hand with out Portraits and Poses subjects as the children will analyse the portraits of Tudor monarchs and compare Tudor portraits and selfies today and use photo editing software to create their very own royal portraits!  

 

 

Let’s get messy in Summer 1 for our Muck, Mess and Mixtures project! Muck and mess are good. In fact, they're marvellous. Dive in and get your hands and feet all sticky and covered in paint. Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods. Pour, mix, stir, splat. How does it feel to get your hands covered in goo? Make a wobbly jelly and draw with wibbly clay. Write recipes, instructions, riddles and poems – there are loads of scrummy words to describe messy mixtures. Work with paint and other squelchy stuff to create a new gallery space. What will you make? How will you arrange it? How will the gallery make you and your visitors feel? Don’t worry about the mess – it’ll always wash. 

 

Our Coastline topic in Summer 2 will certainly give us that holiday feeling. This project teaches children about the physical and human features of coastal regions across the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the coastal town of Whitby, in Yorkshire. Our secondary project this term is Beach Hut which teaches children about making and strengthening structures, including different ways of joining materials.  

 

  

If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to speak to us before or after school. 

  

 

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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.

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.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to speak to us before or after school.

 

 

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