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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

During Summer 2 our Learning Journey has been ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ We have been learning about the geographical similarities and differences between Filey in the United Kingdom and Bondi Beach in Australia. We had an amazing visit to Filey on Thursday 11th July, where we had a delicious fish and chip lunch, visited the Coastguards, played in the arcades, and even enjoyed an ice cream whilst building sandcastles on the beach.
In maths we have been recapping how to tell the time to the nearest 15 minutes. We have also been furthering our knowledge of place value by learning about three digit numbers. In shape, space and measures we have recapped the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
In SPAG sessions we have focused on identifying different types of nouns; common nouns, proper nouns and pronouns. We have sorted nouns into the correct group and thought about when nouns need a capital letter.
We have been learning to locate and name the different continents and oceans and looking at climate in relation to the Equator. We have discussed the continent of Australia and looked at physical and manmade landmarks and compared the climate to Britain. As artists, the children looked at Aboriginal art and designed their own piece using different media inspired by various Aboriginal artists.
This half term we showcased our Science learning at our first Redscope Science Fair. Our experiment involved some very moldy bread to help us explain why it is important to wash your hands with soap and warm water. We enjoyed listening to the other classes explain different experiments that we could try at home.

Year 2 have all been working very hard throughout this term preparing for and completing their end of year SATs. We are very proud of how mature the children were. They displayed many of our Redscope words including independence, pride, resilience and had such positive attitudes. We can't wait for our visit to Filey next half term to celebrate all of our hard work.    


As Writers the children have looked at non-chronological reports. They have learnt about the features of non-fiction text and how to set a report out correctly using sub- headings and paragraphing. They have developed their skills as researchers by finding information and facts to include in their reports. As Readers the children have continued to develop their comprehension of the texts they read, focusing on the retrieval and inference of information.


As Mathematicians the children have continued to develop their understanding of the differences between the four operations and the meaning of the equals sign as ‘the same as.’

They have been revisiting lots of different mathematical topics using the application of their mathematical knowledge in different contexts.  


As Artists the children have used their observational skills to creat colourful artwork of nocturnal animals in pencil, paint and pastels. The children have also produced some amazing 3D artwork using clay to create owls. 


As Scientists we have learnt about the different woodland animals that live in our local area. We have researched these animals, describing their appearance, finding out where they live, what they eat and how they are especially adapted to living in their habitat and finding their food.

During Spring 2 Year 2 have enjoyed a hand on learning experience by Eggucation who came into school to talk to the children about life cycles. They brought some tame adult chickens for the children to meet and feed and also left us with seven very special eggs to take care of. The children have had the opportunity to observe chicks hatching and watch them grow and develop. We also really enjoyed our visit to Wentworth Garden Centre where the children observed and investigated plants in the Garden Centre and observed animals in their own environment at Wentworth Farm.
In maths we have been recapping lots of different topics ready for our SATs in May. We have learnt how to tell the time to the nearest 15 minutes.  In shape, space and measures we have investigate different 2D and 3D shapes, looking for lines of symmetry and right angles. We have also learnt how to read simple scales on a range of measuring equipment.

Our SPAG has focused on recapping the different word classes, using commas in a list and our spelling has focused on adding suffixes.


We have created some beautiful pictures of sunflowers inspired by Van Gough’s sunflowers. The children enjoyed researching about the life of this talented artist. We have used our observational skills to draw pictures of different breeds of chicken. We have used perseverance to add details to show the colours and textures of their feathers.


Our Science this half term has been around Life Cycles. The children have enjoyed observing firsthand the changes and development from freshly laid eggs into chicks. They have shown their curiosity through the range of interesting questions they asked Debs during our talk by Eggucation They have carried out an investigation into how factors affect plant growth using simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to each other. They have then shared this knowledge with their parents by growing a sunflower which they give to their Mums for Mother’s Day.

This half-term our Learning Journey is called ‘Fire, Fire’ and is based around the historic event The Great Fire of London. 


As part of our English work this half term, we have been writing instructions for how to make bread. We have had to use lots of imperative (bossy) verbs and adverbs to make our instructions clear and easy to follow. We have written an explanation to explain how and why the fire spread so quickly. We have also written descriptive poetry trying to include adjectives, similes and adjectives to describe the fire.  In spelling sessions we have focused on adding suffixes to root words. We have used the rhyme, “Is there a letter we need to drop? Is there a letter to double or swap?” You could help your child with their English skills by reading with them as often as possible and learning to read and spell the tricky words on pages 18 and 19 of your reading diary.

In Maths we have been learning to recall facts from the two, five, and ten times tables, including the corresponding division facts. The children have learnt that multiplication is commutative but that division is not. The children have found out about coins and notes and have also learnt to exchange coins. In our bakery we have been paying for items and giving the correct change. 


Creative Curriculum                         

We have found out all about The Great Fire of London and showcased our learning through the Arts. Particularly through the medium of Dance and Drama. As part of our Design and Technology learning the children have had to design purposeful, functional, and appealing products based on their design criteria. They have made fire engines using a range of tools and equipment to develop their skills such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing. They have critiqued, evaluated and tested their own and others finished products. They have also enjoyed baking bread as part of our learning journey. They thought about the importance of hygiene when cooking and used our math’s skills to measure and weigh ingredients carefully. 

Please find below a copy of the information which was shared and explained during the KS1 Assessment meetings. 

This half-term our Learning Journey is called ‘Marvelous Medicine’ and is based around nurses from history Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell. 


As part of our English work this half term we have been writing letters in the role of a historical character. We have had to use lots of adjectives to describe how hospitals would have looked in the past. We have written instructions to explain how to make poppies linked to our work on Remembrance Day. In spelling sessions we have focused on silent letters such as; w in wren, b in lamb, k in knight. You could help your child with their English skills by reading with them as often as possible and learning to read and spell the tricky words on pages 18 and 19 of your reading diary.

In maths we have been learning to add and subtract numbers. We have learnt how to add three numbers using a variety of strategies; finding bonds to 10, finding doubles or near doubles. We have thought about the best strategy to use when adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers; metal strategies, written methods and drawing pictures.  We are becoming more confident at our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. You could support your child further by chanting these at home e.g. 1 x 5 = 5, 2 x 5 = 10… 


We have been learning how to keep ourselves healthy. We enjoyed finding out about healthy meals and we have thought about how much food, water, rest and exercise a human needs to survive. We now know the different food groups and can use this to design our own healthy meal. 


Creative Curriculum                                                                                         

We have done lots of learning about Remembrance Day and enjoyed listening to the poem in Flanders Fields by John McCrae. We used the poem as inspiration to produce our own poppy pictures using a range of media. 





This half-term our Learning Journey is called ‘Happily Ever After’ and is based around the popular book ‘The Jolly Postman', by Janet and Alan Ahlberg.

We have used this story to help us write formal and chatty letters and have written our own traditional tales. As part of our grammar sessions we have looked at nouns and adjectives. We have tried to include these in our stories.
You could help your child with their English skills by reading with them as often as possible and learning to read and spell the tricky words on pages 18 and 19 of your reading diary.

Creative Curriculum
We have had lots of fun designing and making our own fairytale puppets with our families. We have been on a walk around our local area and thought about what makes Kimberworth Park a fantastic place to live in. We identified human and physical features.
In maths we have been building on the skills learned in Year 1. We can
Read and write numbers to 100 and now recognise the place value of each digit in a two digit number. We have identified and represented numbers using different representations. We have learnt to use <, > and = signs to compare numbers. Use place value and number facts to solve problems. We have started learning how to use column addition to add 2 digit numbers.
You could help your child by continuing to practicing counting in steps of 2, 3 and 5
from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward. It is also really important that your child can quickly recall number facts to 10 and 20. You have been sent some home learning linked to this.

Miss Dobbin and Mrs McClare are really excited to join their new classes as they head into Year 2.

In Class 5, Miss Dobbin is the class Teacher and Miss Mitchell is the Teaching Assistant. Mrs McClare is the class Teacher in Class 6 and Mrs Sigsworth is the Teaching Assistant.

During our transition we spent time getting to know each other and used the book Sharing a Shell to provide lots of inspiration for our work. The story taught the children about the importance of sharing and working together as a group. 

This half-term our Learning Journey is called ‘Happily Ever After’ and is based around the popular book ‘The Jolly Postman', by Janet and Alan Ahlberg.