St Mary's Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Infant School

St Mary's C of E Infant School

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Year 2

Year 2

 

Welcome to Year 2

Our Teacher is Mrs Caulfield, our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Williams and Mrs Worthington.   

Year Two is a wonderful year for children. They grow in their independence and learning whilst preparing for their next big adventure – the move to Year Three and junior school! I am sure, with your support, it will be a very rewarding and exciting year for them and no doubt it will fly by.

Welcome to Year 2

The Curriculum

The emphasis of our teaching is to engage and enthuse the children in learning and allow them to gain the knowledge needed on which to hook future learning. We pride ourselves on our supportive and nurturing environment which allows the children to feel confident to learn, ask questions and challenge ideas.

The children in Year Two benefit, along with the rest of the school, from exciting school trips, visitors to the school who share their expertise and outdoor learning. Another highlight are our ‘Spectacular Days’ which celebrate the breadth and creativity in the curriculum. During our Spectacular Days the children will be mixed with other year group within the school and will have a chance to work with other teachers doing a range of activities both inside and outside the classroom.

In Year Two we have a new topic for each term. The main topic is known as a ‘Driver Topic’ and forms the foundations for the learning over the term.

Driver Projects

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Movers and Shakers

 

Movers and Shakers

This history lead project teaches children about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. They will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance.

Coastline

 

Coastline

This Geography lead project teaches children about the physical and human features of coastal regions across the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the coastal town of Whitby, in Yorkshire.

Magnificent Monarchs

 

Magnificent Monarchs

This history lead project teaches children about the English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits and other historical sources, they build up an understanding of the monarchs and then research six of the most significant sovereigns.

Underneath our driver topic sit 'companion projects' in our other subject areas. These projects link to the driver topic enabling the children to see clear connections in their learning.  

Autumn Term Companion Projects

Science Geography Art & Design

Human Survival

 

Human Survival

 

This project teaches children about the basic needs of humans for survival, including the importance of exercise, nutrition and good hygiene. They learn how human offspring grow and change over time into adulthood.

Let's Explore the world

 

Let's Explore the World

 

This essential skills and knowledge project teaches children about atlases, maps and cardinal compass points. They learn about the characteristics of the four countries of the United Kingdom and find out why there are hot, temperate and cold places around the world. They also compare England to Somalia. Children carry out fieldwork, collecting primary data in their locality to answer geographical questions.

Mix It!

 

Mix It (Y2)

 

This project teaches children about basic colour theory by studying the colour wheel and colour mixing. It includes an exploration of primary and secondary colours and how artists use colour in their artwork.

Science Design & Technology Art & Design

Habitats

 

Habitats

 

This project teaches children about habitats and what a habitat needs to provide. They explore local habitats to identify and name living things and begin to understand how they depend on one another for food and shelter.

Remarkable Recipes

 

Remarkable Recipes

 

This project teaches children about sources of food and tools used for food preparation. They also discover why some foods are cooked and learn to read a simple recipe. The children choose and make a new school meal that fulfils specific design criteria.

Still Life

 

Still Life

 

This project teaches children about the work of significant still life artists and still life techniques. They explore a wide variety of still lifes and learn about the use of colour and composition. They create still life arrangements and artwork.

Spring Term Companion Projects

Science Art & Design Science

Uses of materials

 

Uses of Materials

 

This project teaches children about the uses of everyday materials and how materials' properties make them suitable or unsuitable for specific purposes. They begin to explore how materials can be changed.

Flower Head 

 

Flower Head

 

This project is linked to the  Coastline driver project. It project teaches children about the visual elements of flowers, including shape, texture, colour, pattern and form. They also explore various artistic methods, including drawing, printmaking and 3-D forms, using paper and clay.

Plant survival

 

Plant Survival

 

This project teaches children about the growth of plants from seeds and bulbs. They observe the growth of plants firsthand, recording changes over time and identifying what plants need to grow and stay healthy.

Summer Term Companion Projects

Science Art & Design Design & Technology

Animal Survival

 

Animal Survival

 

This project teaches children about growth in animals by exploring the life cycles of some familiar animals. They build on learning about the survival of humans by identifying the basic needs of animals for survival, including food, water, air and shelter.

Portraits and Poses

 

Portraits and Poses

 

This project is linked to our Magnificent Monarchs project. 

It teaches children about portraiture. They analyse the portraits of Tudor monarchs and compare Tudor portraits and selfies today. They use photo editing software to create royal portraits.

Push and Pull

 

Push and Pull

 

This project is also linked to our Magnificent Monarchs project. It teaches children about three types of mechanism: sliders, levers and linkages. They make models of each mechanism before designing and making a greetings card with a moving part.

 

We use Kapow Primary for our Music lessons and Teach Computing. As a church school we follow the Diosese of Guildford for our RE syllabus. More information about these can be found under the subject pages.

HOMEWORK

Reading

We expect the children in Year 2 to read regularly at home. Reading Books are changed twice a week on a Monday and Thursday.

To support your child with their reading it would be helpful to take the Sounds Write parents course. 

The course will show you how to:

  • help your child take their first steps in reading and spelling
  • understand how to help your child build, write and read simple cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words
  • understand how to correct your child when they make a mistake in their reading or writing simple words
  • have a basic understanding of how phonics works

https://www.udemy.com/course/help-your-child-to-read-and-write/

Maths

We follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning. They provide free parent workbooks that you can use to support your child and are linked to what they are learning in class. 

Parent Workbooks
Year 2 Parent Workbook: Place value

Year 2 Parent Workbook: Addition and subtractionYear 2 Parent Workbook: Money

Year 2 Parent Workbook: Multiplication

Year 2 Parent Workbook: Division

Year 2 Parent Workbook: Length and height

Year 2 Parent Workbook: Measurement

Year 2 Parent Workbook: Fractions

Year 2 Parent Workbook: Properties of shape

Year 2 Parent Workbook: Position and direction

Year 2 Parent Workbook: Statistics

You can also use the KIRF documents to help support your child's maths at home. These have key facts, vocabulary and some ideas of quick, fun  activity's you can do at home.   

Year 2 KIRF Documents

Useful websites

 Maths

https://ictgames.com/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjxhfg8 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/twinkl-go/ks1-twinkl-go/maths-ks1-twinkl-go 

English

https://sounds-write.co.uk/free-resources/ 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/ks1-twinkl-go/english-ks1-twinkl-go/phonics-english-ks1-twinkl-go 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5 

https://www.spellingplay.co.uk/