Year 2

Welcome to our class page!

The adults working in Year Two this year are - Miss Monaghan, Miss Mattinson and Mrs Towler (Thurs AM)

Below is our curriculum map for the year. It outlines what we will be learning each half term.

Autumn 1 - Brainwave

Our first topic for the beginning of the year is our whole school topic on Brainwave!

Below are the objectives that we will be covering for this topic over the coming weeks.

In this unit, we’ll be finding out:

  • How the brain works
  • About the personal goals that help us to become better learners
  • How to find out facts to prepare for a special challenge
  • How to learn and practise skills for a special challenge
  • How to record how well we are learning
  • How to use what we have learned to create our own special challenge
  • How to wake up our brain
  • How to look after our brain
  • How to design a classroom for learning 

ENTRY POINT

For our entry point we made our own play dough so that we could create sculptures of our brains. We watched a video that told us about the section of our brain which holds our memories. Once we had made our play dough brains we added some of our favourite memories to them. 

We have been learning about how important it is to have a 'Growth Mindset' - we have read a few different stories about never giving up and always having another go. We have also learnt this song in class to help remind us of all these things if we feel like giving up!

We read the story 'Our Fantastic Elastic Brain' which taught us about how important it is to stretch our brains so that we can get better at different things. We all used our own elastic bands to help us think about things we find hard and understand how important it is to stretch our brains. We then wrote about what we had thought about.

The next story we listened to was called 'The Dot'. The little girl thought that she couldn't draw as well as her friends could, she could only make a dot. Throughout the story she began to change her dots into other things and finally learnt that she was able to draw just as good as everyone else. The motto of the story was 'Make a mark and see where it takes you!'

We all made our own mark and then let it take us wherever it wanted to - we created some wonderful pictures!

Autumn 1 - The Earth Our Home

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the plants and animals living in forests
  • About different types of trees
  • About plants and animals that live in other habitats
  • How to sort living things into different groups
  • What a micro-habitat is and what creatures live there
  • How animals are adapted to their environment
  • How living things depend on each other

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make a habitat and nesting box for bees

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the loss of the world’s forest habitats
  • About Earth Day and how we can help our planet

Entry Point

Our Entry Point was to transform our classroom into a rainforest! We used google expeditions to take a virtual tour around a real rain forest in Borneo to help us with our planning and ideas. We then selected our own materials and got to work!

We read the story 'Dear Green Peace' which helped us to learn about the habitats that animals need to survive and also helped us to understand what charities are doing work to help stop the destruction of some habitats. We used our new knowledge from a SPAG lesson to write questions to the whale with the correct punctuation. 

In Science, we carried out an investigation to help us see the effects that climate change is having on the world. We made our own Lego cities and then placed these on top of ice. In our groups we then decided what type of environment we would place our cities in some chose warm and some chose freezing! Over time periods of 30 minutes we observed what was happening to the ice. The next day we discussed as a class the results of our investigation and what this helped us to know about Climate Change. 

International Task - We designed our own climate change posters! We looked at examples used in marches around the world and talked about the type of pictures and slogans that we thought were good. We then made our own!

In Science we have also learnt about the different groups that animals can be sorted into. We looked at the various ways in which we classify different animals and then worked as a group to sort them into our own groups. We thought of some interesting criteria!

Autumn 2 - The Stories People Tell 

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About myths and legends from different times in the past
  • How to create our own legend about someone we know
  • About the gods that people used to worship in the past

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How people in the past have represented stories and characters
  • How we can use art to tell a creation story
  • How to create our own Greek masks
  • How to design and make our own dream catcher

In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

  • About fables and the lessons that they teach us
  • How we can use dance and movement to tell a story

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • About songs and music that tell a story
  • How we can make our own music to tell a story

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About stories from different countries and cultures
  • How we can remember an important journey
  • How we can make a map of our own imaginary land

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

  • About fairytales and the lessons that they teach us
  • How we can make a modern version of a fairytale
  • About who we think of as ‘heroes’ today

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About legendary and mythological characters from our different home countries

 

We brought our favourite books from home to share with our friends. We talked about different features such as characters and plots and gave our own opinions as to why we think people should read them. 

Spring 1 - How Are You?

 

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About eating the right foods
  • About getting enough exercise
  • Why our bodies need sleep
  • What happens when we are ill
  • How germs get inside our bodies
  • How to protect our bodies
  • About our senses

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the doctors who discovered medicines
  • About diseases from the past

In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

  • How exercise keeps our body healthy
  • What activities we can do to stay fit

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • Why some people don’t have drinking water
  • What hospitals are like

Entry Point - Fitness Session!

On Monday 6th January we completed our Entry Point for our new topic How Are You?

We all warmed our bodies up by following an energetic warm up video which involved doing repetitions of exercises such as the frog squat and heel taps. We then moved onto our fitness circuit. We had to complete six different exercises during the circuit and took part in each one for one minute. By the end of it all of our faces were quite red and we could feel that our hearts were beating much faster than they were at the beginning. We each thought of 3 adjectives to describe how our bodies felt at the end of the sessions - some of these included; tired, weak, hot, exhausted and PROUD!

ART TASK - We used natural materials to create our own skeleton bodies outside. We used different materials for various parts and used our mathematical knowledge of sixe and shape to to select appropriate bits for different parts. 

ART TASK - We looked at the work of Guiseppe Archimboldo who lived over 500 years ago! He used fruits and vegetables to create portraits of people. We then created our own!