Welcome to Year 2’s homepage. Year 2 is going to be a jam-packed year of exciting learning, trips and performances. In Year 2 we build upon our love of learning and grow to become more independent – ready for the Juniors! We will follow our varied interests and develop our many talents. On our class blog, you will find photos of all our trips, fun workshops and learning as well as exciting events.

Year 2 Team

Class Teacher: Mrs Evans and Ms Hale

Teaching Assistant: Ms Bergin

Spring 2

Welcome back to all parents/ carers of Year 2!

Our writing this term will focus on fairy tales with a twist! We will be looking at various stories of ‘Golidilocks and the three bears’ which will be thought provoking and help the children to see the story from different perspectives. In Maths, we will be focusing on money and counting money (addition and subtraction) as well as length and height.

In History, we are learning about the first flight and finally in PSHE, we will be using amazing books to understand what feelings and emotions are and come up with strategies to be able to express them ourselves.

In Art, the children will research different types of simply engineered flying constructions, such as paper aeroplanes, parachutes and kites. They will begin by constructing from templates, then follow up by adapting these to develop their own designs. Children learn to select appropriate materials and use simple joining techniques. They will then test their products to evaluate the effectiveness, making adaptations as necessary. In RE we will be focusing on the Easter story and in science, we will explore animals including human.

A jam packed term again!

Spring 1

This half term we will be guided by our Big Question in geography: What are the wonders of the world?

In reading and writing, we will explore the stories of The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge and The Pet Potato by Josh Lacey. These texts will inspire story retellings in which will work be working on developing our descriptive writing as well as technical aspects of our writing such as our use of past tense, different sentence types for effect, conjunctions to extend ideas and speech. We will be publishing our stories so that we can share them with our friends. These texts will also inspire diary entries and poetry.

In maths we will be consolidating our addition and subtraction skills and then moving on to a unit on multiplication and division. We are continuing to practise our use of the column addition and subtraction method, as well as our mathematical fluency in key number facts such as doubles and halves, near doubles and bonds to numbers up to 20.  We will then begin to explore the concept of multiplication and division; starting with an exploration of equal groups, the x symbol and arrays. We will learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and apply this knowledge to dividing numbers.

In our science learning this half term, we will be exploring the topic of living things and their habitats. We will look at different types of habitats in the UK and wider world, find microhabitats in our local area and draw food chains to understand the interdependence of living things within habitats.

In R.E. we will be thinking about what it means to belong to groups, including the church. We will think about why Christians make promises before God in baptism, marriage and in prayer.

In art we will be inspired by our geography learning and will be using collograph printing to portray oceans.

We looking forward to sharing our learning with you.

Key Dates

Wednesday 25th January 2023
Computing school trip to Camden Learning Centre – We need two more parents!

13th-19th February 2023
Half Term

Thursday 2nd March 2023
World Book Day

Friday 3rd March 2023
Year 2’s class assembly

Autumn 2

We are moving on from our History focus and diving straight into Geography. Geography is a wonderful subject that can help children not only understand our physical environment but also the study of humans and their communities and cultures.

Our topic will focus on the weather and seasons and will explore our driving question of ‘Why does the weather change?’. In science, we will be focusing on materials. In RE we will be exploring the story of Noah and later the Christmas story. In maths, we will continue to plug away at our addition and subtraction topic. In writing, we will delve into narrative by exploring these two books: Where the Wild Things Are and Tadpole’s Promise.

We will finish our term with the Nativity!

Key Dates

Friday 18th November
Mitzvah Day

Friday 25th November
Show and Tell

Thursday 8th December
Nativity (2pm)

Friday 9th December
Nativity (10am)

Monday 12th December
Little Angel Theatre trip

Autumn 1

This half term, Year 2’s topic is ‘History of Camden Canals’. We will look at photos and paintings of the canals from the past and present and make comparisons between them, talking about their original purpose and how that may have changed over time. In English, we will focus on the traditional tales and in particular ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and then we will move onto ‘Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain’ for our Black History book.

In Maths, we will explore place value and different ways of representing 2-digit numbers. We will also begin exploring different methods for addition and subtraction.

In Science, our focus will be ‘Plants’. In RE, we will be looking at all the different festivals in Judaisum. In Computing we will concentrate on online safety, as well as some basic coding skills. The children will be able to explain their beliefs as well as learn about the ideas of others.

And in Art, we will be exploring starting the term working on our drawing skills.

Key Dates

13th and 14th September – Meet the Teacher

14th October – Year 2 Class Assembly

15th December – Whole school Advent concert (parents welcome)