Year 2

Welcome to the Year 2 Class Page

 
Miss Campbell is the class teacher.
Mrs Robertson is the Learning Support Assistant in the class.

This page will keep you well informed of what Year 2 are learning each term as well as important pieces of information.

What have we been learning?
 

Spring

This term, our topic is 'The Gruffalo's Tea Party'.  The outcome of this topic will be inviting parents to our own healthy living tea party!

 

English

My English group are learning about how to write a non-chronological report. They have become dragon experts, exploring artefacts and examining photographs, and are currently doing an in-depth study of the elusive Colchester Frost Dragon!  Eventually they will be writing their own informative report about a dragon of their choice.  

In other areas of the curriculum, we have used 'The Gruffalo' book and the animation to explore language and have learned how to describe things for a reader using expanded noun phrases.  GPS, comprehension and handwriting activities are also completed on a weekly basis.

 

Maths

This term, we will be mastering our multiplication and division skills, and linking this to finding fractions of quantities.

 

Science

We will be very busy this term studying life cycles, minibeasts and microhabitats and healthy living.  We are extremely excited about our educational visit to Highwoods Country Park later this month, where we will be hunting for minibeasts, den building and pond dipping! 

 

DT

We began our Design Technology unit of work by exploring moving picture books and have learned how to create moving mechanisms such as sliders, levers and wheels, which can be added into storybooks to make them more exciting and interactive. The children are now in the process of designing a moving picture of a scene from The Gruffalo, incorporating one or two of these mechanisms, which they will make and share with some children in Early Years.  They have already made frog life cycle wheels, which are on display in the school!

 

Homework

Children are encouraged to read at least 3 times a week.  They also receive weekly spellings to learn and 'Mathletics' homework is also set on a weekly basis.  In addition to this, children also receive optional enrichment activities which support current learning in the classroom.

 

Autumn

This half term our focus has been on vehicles and travelling. We have read books about Mrs Armitage and her crazy adventures and have also watched some episodes of Wacky Races to get inspiration for our own vehicles! We are using our Design Technology lessons to learn all about how vehicles are put together so that eventually we can design and make our own Wacky Racer! 
English
We have used Talk for Writing to learn a poem about Mrs bicycle, which we then changed to create their own. We used similes and lots of super adjectives and verbs in our poems! 
History
We have learned about Henry Ford, the maker of the first car and the inventor of the assembly line. We even had our own assembly line where we created paper racing cars!  In connection with our science topic, we have also learned about Charles Macintosh - the inventor of waterproof fabric.
Science
We have been investigating materials in science, thinking about their properties and what they could be used for. More recently, we have focused on waterproof materials and have thought about how to keep Mrs Armitage dry on her travels. We are in the process of planning an investigation to find out which material would be best for making an umbrella for her.
Art
We are learning about different artists this term - so far we have focused on Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko. Understanding colours has been our main focus - we have learned what the primary colours are and how we can create secondary and tertiary colours from them. We have created a collage in the style of Mondrian and made a 'colour field' painting in the style of Rothko. Our display in school looks magnificent!
 
 
 

Homework

10 – 15 minutes each day

Daily reading

Spelling Practice – spellings are given out every 4 weeks. A weekly spelling test will take place every Friday. At the end of each month a Mega Spell test of all spellings takes place

PE Days

Wednesday & Thursday

Red shorts or Jogging bottoms in cold weather, White T-Shirt with St Michael's badge, Plimsolls/Trainers .
All Uniform can be purchased from Brigade online store.
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