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.