Welcome to Year 2 - Primrose Class!
Miss Lane Mrs Jefferies
(Class Teacher) (Teaching Assistant)
We are always happy to help, at the end of each day we are on the door and available for any questions or queries.
This term our Topic is Wriggle and Crawl.
We hope to have good weather so that we can get out and about in the school grounds discovering what creatures live all around us. In the grass, in the pond and under stones and logs. We will learn about where different creatures live, what they need to survive and how they change as they grow.
We will also be busy doing our very best in our SATs assessments in English and Maths.
Tiptoe through the tulips as your senses discover the blooming foliage and enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs. Round and round the mulberry bush we go, planting bulbs and seeds and then watching them grow beneath the sunshine and showers.
This term we will be reading ‘Lila and the secret of rain’ in English, comparing the landscape and plant life in Africa to England. In Science we will be learning about what plants need in order to grow and stay healthy as well as observing how plants change as they grow from a seed to a flower.
During the term we got messy! Muck and mess is good! In fact, it’s mega-marvellous!
Dive in and get your hands and feet all sticky and covered in paint. Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods. Pour, mix, stir, splat! How does it feel to get your hands covered in goo? Make a wobbly jelly and draw with wibbly clay.
We explored different artists and made wild and wonderful potions in Maths. In English we read the wonderful ‘George’s marvellous medicine’ and wrote recipes for our very own medicines.
During the term we explored the many features of castles through a variety of subjects. In Design Technology we designed and created our very own castles using recycled materials. What’s that sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll underneath…he likes to gobble up little girls and boys! Lets make sure we can build a bridge sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side. In Science we compared materials and conducted simple investigations to test which material helps create the strongest bridge. In History we explored and compared different castles, looking carefully at their features and the materials used to make them. And finally…we met the three little pigs who needed help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf!
No huffing and puffing will blow our fortress down!
Stomp, crash, RRRAGH! Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl!
They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth…Let’s explore the Dinosaur Planet! This term we imagined that we we’re palaeontologists and transformed our classroom into our own dinosaur museum with awesome dinosaur artefacts. We researched about famous fossil finders including Mary Anning and enjoyed learning a dinosaur dance to show to our parents. In English we wrote a character description, retold a story as well as writing fact files about different dinosaurs. In Maths we covered place value, addition and subtraction. In Art we created dinosaur eggs using a wide range of materials.
For more detailed information of how the curriculum has been distributed across the terms please refer to the ‘Yearly Overview’ further down the page.
Below are the links to the PowerPoint at the meeting.
In Year Two we have selected six topics that we hope will captivate the children’s interests. Through cross-curricular teaching we will cover different areas of the curriculum in an exciting and engaging way. We begin a topic with something to hook the children in, this is called the “engage” stage. The children then “develop” their learning before presenting what they have been learning. This provides the children a context to share their work and we refer to this as the “express” stage. At the end of a topic we would like to invite you into school so that we can showcase the children’s learning. This will also be an opportunity for you to see the children’s classroom and books.
Here is an overview of all the topics we will be covering throughout the year:
Here is an outline of what a week looks like in Year 2. As the year and the children evolve, our weekly timetable will change accordingly. Please click for current timetable below.
We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children. We always try to follow the “5 B’s” which are:
Be kind and gentle
Be the best you can be
Each week a child will be chosen to take our lovely class bear home for the weekend as well as a diary where they can record what they got up to.
During Term 3 we were learning about why churches are special and important places. We are very lucky to have a church just down the road from our classroom and so visited St Nicholas Church to find out more. We were kindly shown around by Mother Karen who taught us about the different parts of the church and what they are used for. We even went in the secret parts of the church that most people don’t get to see!
During Term 2 we visited Dover castle and explored the wonderful keep and grounds. In the morning we dressed up as knights, kings and queens, imagining we were alive in the medieval times. We then spent hours zooming around from room to room, discovering the kitchen, grand hall and even the King’s bedroom! As it was such a clear day we even looked across the sea and saw France!
During Term 1 we had some exciting visitors come into our class and some of them had four legs and some of them had none! We were really lucky to be able to see and touch some interesting creatures that looked similar to the dinosaurs. Sadly we couldn’t get any dinosaurs to visit our class but we enjoyed looking at the animals that may have been around at the time of dinosaurs. Have a look below to see what we got up to!
Each term the children will be given a topic based home learning project. Additional and on going home learning includes:
Maths challenges and activities will be set for the children to complete on My Maths. If you need a reminder about your child’s log in details please come and see us.
Please help your child to learn pairs of numbers that make 10 so that they can quickly be recalled. Then do the same for pairs of numbers to make 20. This work underpins much of our maths work in class. Consequently it is very important that this is constantly revisited and practised throughout the year.
Addition and subtraction of small numbers can be practised and reinforced by playing simple board games such as Snakes and Ladders using two or even three dice. Card games such as Pontoon or ‘Making 21’ also work well to support addition and counting on skills.
Also, please practise counting forward in jumps of 2, 5 and 10 to help learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Then try counting back in jumps of 2, 5 and 10. Then do the same for the 3 and 4 times tables.
In light of the new curriculum we have made changes to our reading system.
Please listen to your child read at home as much as possible and comment in their home reading records when you do so.
The children are trying hard to be our class Star Reader of the week. in order to be the Star Reader your child needs to have read more than anyone else in the class over the course of a week
Please continue to read and enjoy lots of additional stories with your child. Reading and listening to stories are both so important for literacy development and support not only your child’s reading development but also their writing development.