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 our Year 2 page

Our Teachers are Mrs Caulfield and Mrs Parker, our Teaching Assistant is  Mrs Williams, Mrs Saunders and Ms Archer provide 1:1 SEN Support.   

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.

 

 

The Curriculum

Running through our curriculum are 10 ‘Big Ideas’. These ‘Big Ideas’ are found in every subject in our curriculum and serve to ‘thread’ the subjects together. This helps the children to connect their learning, leading to fully embedded knowledge.

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.

Long 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.

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.

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. Our Spectacular Days will focus on these Big Ideas. 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.