Welcome to Year 2
Miss Maxted, Mrs Morley and Mrs Winterbottom make up the team in Year 2
Summer Term 2021
Our focus for the first half term is on African folktales using the the key text 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' as a stimulus. Children will explore this beautiful folktale, which links well to our geography work on weather and climate, before writing their own African folktale.
Children will then be planning and writing their own weather report which they will record using the green screen to become real weather presenters!
For the second half term the focus is on reading and writing a Sci-Fi narrative. The stimiulus for this will be the key text 'Man on the Moon'. Children will be exploring the moon landings in history which links brilliantly with this text before writing their own narrative about a man who lives on the moon.
Children will also be planning and writing a recount of the moon landings.
In maths children will be covering units on measurement starting with a focus on length and height. They will then learn about position and direction.
Later in the term children will cover other units of measurement including time and mass, capacity and temperature.
In summer term 1 children will learn all about weather and climate. They will look at climate zones around the world before focussing on the weather and climate in Africa.
In summer term 2, the history topic is all about the moon lnadings. Children will use a range of historical sources to find out about the first moon landings. They will also find out about British astronauts - Tim Peake and Helen Sharman.
Children will be learning about materials in science for the first half term They will learn about the properties of materials, the suitablility of materials for a particular purpose and how materials can be changed.
Later in the term children will focus on forces. In this unit children will learn about the different forces - pushes, pulls and friction.
Spring Term 2021
In English we are focusing on the key Text - 'I see the sun in Nepal'. This links closely to the Geography theme where children will be making comparisons between Nepal and England. The children will explore the tenses, learning how to identify the tense that a story or poem is written in and how to change the simple present tense to the simple past tense. Children will also develop their descriptive writing skills with a focus on adjectives, adverbs and ambitious vocabulary. Children will write a narrative based on their own real life experiences - writing about what they see in their daily lives. Children will also learn how to write a travel guide in response to the geography enquiry question.
Later in the term the key text in English is 'Everest - the remarkable story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay' which links to our History theme on Edmund Hillary. The children will explore non-fiction texts and write a diary from the point of view of an explorer. They will then write a 'how to'...guide' for how to survive Everest!
Skills burst and grammar sessions will include learning about parts of speech, sentence types, conjunctions, adding a suffix and continuing to develop phonics skills within phase 5.
In reading sessions children will read a texts from different genres and answer questions around VIPERS. They will continue to practise reading aloud to develop fluency and talking about the texts to deepen their understanding of what they have read.
In maths children will focus on multiplication and division. This unit will cover - making and adding equal groups, arrays, the multiplication symbol, using pictures, 2x, 5x and 10x tables, doubles, grouping and sharing and divide by 2,5, and 10.
Later in the term we will move onto statistics, shape and fractions.
In Geography children are studying a non-European country - Nepal and making comparisons to England. We have chosen Nepal because Godley has a classroom connection with a school in Nepal which was created as part of the 'Connecting Classrooms Project' in 2019. After half term the focus will be on History where children will find out all about Edmund Hillary. They will learn about his achievements and think about the type of person he must have been to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Children will study plants thinking about what they need to grow through investigation and they will explore the different parts and functions of a plant.
Later children will learn about electrical equipment and safety.
Autumn Term 2020
We will be focusing on the book The Story Machine, which tells the tale of a boy who creates pictures and stories using a typewriter. We will then attempt to write our own adventure stories. We will be using capital letters, full stops, commas, exclamation marks and question marks effectively in our writing. We will also try to be as descriptive as possible adding expanded noun phrases and adverbs throughout our work. We are also going to encourage the students to use conjunctions such as; and, or, because and but in their work to increase the complexity of their sentences. Children will continue to try to join their handwriting.
We will continue to look at addition and subtraction for a few weeks and then use this knowledge and apply it to their understanding of money. We will also continue to work on our times tables, practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables daily. It would be greatly appreciated if you could encourage your child to look at their times tables at home, perhaps playing games such as hit the button and Times Tables Rock Stars.
In History, we will be looking at creating reports on Alan Turing. This will involve looking at different sources including; biographies, newspaper articles, and videos to better understand who Alan Turing was, why he was so important and what impact he has had on our lives. Children will apply their geographical knowledge from the previous term where we researched Salford.
In Science we will be studying animals and humans. This will involve: learning about offspring; classifying animals into different groups such as birds, mammals, amphibians, fish and reptiles; life cycles and growing and changing.