Welcome to Year 2
Staff in Year 2 are: Mrs Dykes, Mrs Finkle, Mrs Stanley and Mrs Ellison
2018 / 2019
Maths – We are going to be working on addition and subtraction calculations. We are going to count in twos, fives and tens from 0 and use this to solve problems. We are going to name some common 2-D and 3-D shapes from a group of shapes or from pictures of the shapes, and describe their properties (e.g. triangles, rectangles, squares, circles, cuboids, cubes, pyramids and spheres). This week we have been reading scales in divisions of ones, twos, fives and tens. We are going to place thermometers around the school.
English – We are going to be looking at a fiction book called Scallywag and the Golden Underpants. We will be making predictions about the text, generating some adjectives to describe the characters, make our own freeze frames, use drama to act the story out. We will then make our own viewpoint graph and where will plot our emotions at six different events, we will discuss that our emotions can change at different points in the story. We will explore our own likes, dislikes, thoughts and puzzles. We are going to finish the unit by writing our own story, this will include a setting, plot and ending. We are going to share our stories with children from different year groups.
RE – We will be learning all about the story of St. Cuthbert. We will be exploring how his Christian faith affected his life and how his Christian life had an impact now and then. We are looking forward to learn about a local saint. We have planned a school trip where we will go to Durham Cathedral. We will be learning lots of facts about Cuthbert; he was born in Melrose. As a young boy he became a shepherd. When he was around 16 years old he had an experience, one night while he was tending his sheep he saw a great light in the sky. Then he saw angels carrying the soul of a man to heaven. Cuthbert left home and became a monk, he spent much of time praying and reading the Bible. He was passionate about God and he travelled around the area preaching. Next half term we will be looking at how Christians celebrate Easter. We will explore the events of Good Friday and Easter Day; how Christians remember Easter events in church (singing hymns, making palm crosses, Easter gardens, using the colours of purple, white and gold).
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) – Our topic this half term is Relationships. We are going to explore different types of teasing and bullying, that these are wrong and unacceptable. How to resist teasing or bullying, if we experience or witness it, whom we could go to and how to get help. We will be looking at people’s bodies and how our feelings can be hurt. By the end of the unit we will be able to judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable, comfortable, unacceptable and uncomfortable and how to respond. We are going to make someone else feel good by giving them a compliment.
Music – We will be using our voices to creatively sing songs and speak in chants and rhymes. We are going to play tuned and untuned instruments musically. We are going to look I Wanna Play in a Band and Zoo Time music. I Wanna Play in Band is a rock song for children. We will be composing our own rock song using this music.
History – We will be looking at the life of Florence Nightingale; she is a significant individual in the past who has contributed to national achievements. We are going to use common phrases relating to the passing of time. We are going to look at Florence Nightingale’s life and events and where they fit within a chronological framework. We are going to ask and answer our own questions and explore some of the ways in which we can find out about the past. We are going to compare modern and Victorian hospitals
Computing – We will be looking at Word Processing, Spell Checker and how to retrieve our saved work. We are going to learn how to open a word document. It is Online Safety Day this half term so we are going to look at how we can stay safe online. This involves using technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identifying where and whom we could go for help and support if we had concerns.
PE – We will be mastering basic movements which include running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. We are going to understand why it is important to warm up and what it does to our bodies. We are going to participate in team games, this term it is going to be Kick Rounders. We are going to play the game with one kicker, one feeder and three fielders, so team work is essential. After this we are going to get the opportunity to perform dance using simple movement patterns. Our dance will include rhythm, expressive and dynamic qualities to show our different moods, ideas and feelings.
Design and Technology – We are going to explore where our food comes from. We will be looking at videos, powerpoints, books and pictures to consolidate our understanding that food comes from either a plant or an animal. The children will be discussing their favourite meals and categorising their food to help them further understand the origins of their food.
Art and Design – We are going to use drawing and painting and share our ideas, experiences and imagination. We are going to focus on colour mixing, warm and cold colours and colour washes. We are going to observe different colours, shades and tones that can be seen in natural objects. We are going to create a colour wheel showing primary and secondary colours. We then are going to use hot and cold colours to create an Andy Warhol pattern. When we focus on portraits by Paul Klee we are going to use a wide range of art techniques using colour and pattern to create a background.
Geography – This term we are going to look at maps and aerial photographs of old and new Shildon discussing the differences between the maps and how the area has developed. We will use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features. We are then going to devise a simple map and construct basic symbols in a key. We then are going to look at directions using the cardinal directions N, S, E and W and the ordinal directions of NE, SE, SW and NW. They will use locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
Science – We are going to look at Living Things and their Habitats. We are going to explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. We will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. We will identify a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats. We will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different food sources.