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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

In Year 2, we strive to create a positive and stimulating learning environment for our children. We endeavour to challenge children to reach their full potential and enjoy feeling accomplished. In Year 2, independence is key! We motivate children to lead their own learning, building confidence along the way.

Autumn Term

In this term we will be reading a wide variety of stories and information texts.  We will be authors of diaries, stories and information texts.  We will study the Lighthouse Keeper stories written by Ronda Armitage and listen to Fantastic Mr Fox as our class novel. We will design and sew our own bookmark too.

We will journey back in time to explore events such as the first moon landing and the gunpowder plot.  We will use a range of sources to learn about significant people like Roald Dahl, Grace Darling, Guy Fawkes and Neil Armstrong. We will get on board the Titanic and learn about what the disaster must have been like for the children. 

We will use maps and the internet to explore the continents and oceans of the world.

In art and DT we will create a sculpture of a lighthouse and investigate how we can light it up.  We will learn how to colour mix and study the amazing drawings of Quentin Blake.  We will design our own boats and investigate which is the best material for them in science.

In RE, we will begin to learn about Islam and what Muslims believe.  We will explore the sacred texts of the Bible and the Qu’ran.

We will use our IPADs learn how to code and be safe on the internet.  We will also use them to research and to support different areas of the curriculum.

We will stay fit and healthy by developing our ball skills in PE and learn the effects of exercise on our bodies.

In music, we will learn new songs and how to play the recorder and other musical instruments.

As well as all of this exciting learning, we will be learning how to add and subtract numbers using a standard written method.  We will begin to learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and learn how to make amounts of money in different ways.

Spring Term

In this term, we will become historians and study the life of Captain James Cook.  We will use maps to chart his expeditions and use sources to find out what life was like at sea.  We will also learn about other significant individuals and events such as King Henry VIII and what happen to his six wives.  We will find out about his daughter Queen Elizabeth I and how her and Sir Francis drake defeated the Spanish Armada.

We will also use maps and historical sources to find out about our local area, Middlesbrough.  We will visit landmarks in the town and learn about structures such as The Transporter Bridge and Newport Bridge. We will use the work of Mackenzie Thorpe to inspire our own art work of the Transporter Bridge and other Middlesbrough structures. In addition, we will design and make our own sculptures and structures.

We will study the physical and human features of places in the United Kingdom and make comparisons of these. 

In science, we will be working scientifically and testing different mixtures and making observations about what happens.  This will link to our study of another book by Roald Dahl, George’s Marvellous Medicine.  We will also learn about human and animal life cycles and how to keep ourselves healthy by eating a balanced diet.

In mathematics, we will learn how to tell the time and understand fractions.

We will continue to learn new songs, new rhythms and how to play our musical instruments and in RE we will focus on special and sacred times in both Christianity and Islam.

Throughout the term, we will continue learning new skills on the IPADs and how to keep safe on the internet.

Summer Term

In our final term, we will become explorers again to places like Australia, Antarctica and the Amazon Rainforest.  We will use our mapping and research skills to learn about the physical and human features of these places and become real weather reporters.  We will visit famous landmarks using Google Earth and study the work of artists from around the world, like Henri Rousseau and Claude Monet. 

We will read and perform a range of poetry based in these extreme climates and write a variety of stories and information texts.

We will also learn about significant people and events like William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings and Captain James Scott and his race to the South Pole.  We will study what these events must have been like for the individuals involved.

In RE, we will think about how we care for others in the world and why it matters.

In science, we will learn about living things and their habitats and how creatures are suitable for the environment they live in.

We continue with learning our musical instruments and keeping healthy in PE lessons.

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