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Angela Hudson
Year Two Teacher & Computing Subject Leader
Naomi Robinson
Year Two Teacher and Humanities Subject Leader

Useful things to know and reminders from the team

Swimming is on a Wednesday.

PE is on Thursday.

Children need their recorders in school on Thursdays.

Reading books are changed twice a week.

Children have access to Numbots at home.

Explore what we're learning this term below...

Reading:

  • Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  • Wild by Emily Hughes
  • Poetry Pie by Roger McGough
  • Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Writing:

  • Grammar and spelling: Parts of speech
  • Segmenting spoken words into phonemes and representing these by graphemes, spelling many correctly
  • Learning new ways of spelling phonemes for which one or more spellings are already known, and learn some words with each spelling, including a few common homophones
  • Learning to spell common exception words
  • Distinguishing between homophones and near-homophones
  • Learning the possessive apostrophe (singular)
  • Learning to spell more words with contracted forms
  • Adding suffixes to spell longer words
  • Composition: Creating characters and settings, poetry
  • Genres: Writing a persuasive letter, performing poetry

Reading:

  • The Minpins by Roald Dahl
  • Wanted: The Perfect Pet by Fiona Roberton
  • Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin
  • Leon and the Place Between by Grahame Baker-Smith

Writing:

Grammar and Spelling:

  • Learning how to use both familiar and new punctuation correctly, including apostrophes for contracted forms and the possessive (singular).
  • Using suffixes to form new words.
  • Expanded noun phrases.
  • Writing sentences with different forms: statement, question, exclamation, command.
  • Using subordinate and coordinate conjunctions.

Genres and Composition:

  • Adventure narratives.
  • Diary entries.
  • Poetry.
  • Creating characters and settings.
  • Non-chronological report.
  • Recount.

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  • Number and Place Value: Numbers to 100, using < and >, place value in 2 and 3 digit numbers, counting in 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, odd and even numbers
  • Calculations: Adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers, using partitioning, word problems
  • Calculations - Multiplication and Division: Grouping in 2s, 5s, and 10s
  • Measure: Length comparing cms and m, comparing in kg and g

  • Number and Place Value:
  • Writing and counting money.
  • Naming and counting fractions.
  • Finding a fraction of a quantity.
  • Telling the time.
  • Manipulating an analogue clock.
  • Finding and comparing the duration of time.
  • Calculations - Multiplication and Division:
  • Grouping in 2s, 5s, and 10s.
  • Word problems.
  • Measure:
  • Length comparing cm and m.
  • Comparing in kg and g.
  • Comparing in m and ml.
  • Reading and estimating temperature.
  • Graphs:
  • Reading and interpreting graphs.

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  • Recorder
  • Unit Aim: To develop children’s ability to make a smooth sound on the recorder, and to learn to play songs using B A and G.

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  • Artists: Leonardo Da Vinci, Frank Bowling, Alma Thomas
  • Sketching: Experiment with tools and surfaces, shading, sketching to make quick records
  • Painting - Seasonal paintings: Large scale, collaborative
  • DT Mechanisms- Wheels and Axles: Explore and use sliders and levers. Understand that different mechanisms produce different types of movement. Use tools and equipment to cut and join materials.

  • Art Skills:
  • Texture and weaving.
  • Form and sculpture.
  • Artists:
  • Annie Albers.
  • Alexander Calder.
  • DT:
  • Food and Nutrition.

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  • Being Me in My World: Hopes and fears for the year ahead, feeling worried and asking for help, rights and responsibilities – making my classroom a safe and fair space. How to work collaboratively, how to listen to each other, choices and consequences
  • Celebrating Difference: Gender stereotypes, boys and girls can have differences and similarities, and that is OK. Bullying. Why it might happen, being supportive, feelings, speaking out, and getting help. Friends have differences, and that is OK; you can still be friends.

Dreams and Goals:

  • Goals to success.
  • My learning strengths.
  • Learning with others.
  • Working on and reflecting on working in a group.
  • Celebrating our achievements.

Healthy Me:

  • Being healthy.
  • Being relaxed.
  • Medicine safety.
  • Healthy eating.

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Islam – the Qu’ran:

  • What is a holy book?
  • What language is the Qu’ran in?
  • How did the Qu’ran get written?
  • What kind of rules are in the Qu’ran?
  • What does the Qur’an say about what Muslims can eat?
  • How do Muslims treat the Qur’an specially?
  • Who was the Prophet Muhammad?
  • Muhammad and the Camel
  • Muhammad and the Angel Jibril
  • Muhammad and the Night Journey
  • Muhammad and the Hungry Stranger

  • Islam - The Qu’ran.
  • Christianity - Christmas and Easter.

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  • Everyday materials: Identify and compare the suitability of materials like wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper, and cardboard for particular uses. Understand how the shapes of solid objects could be changed by squashing, bending, twisting, and stretching.
  • Animals including humans: Animals, including humans, have offspring that grow into adults. Understand the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food, and air). Recognize the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.

  • Living Things and Their Habitats:
  • Exploring and comparing the differences between living, dead, and things that have never been alive.
  • Learning how to identify and name a variety of animals and plants in their habitats, including microhabitats.
  • Describing how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain.
  • Identifying and naming different sources of food.
  • Animals Including Humans - Life Cycles:
  • Looking at the stages of a human life cycle.
  • Life cycles of a chicken, frog, and butterfly.

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  • Geography topic: Mapping skills
  • Use aerial photos to recognize landscape and basic human and physical features.
  • Use simple compass directions (N, S, E, W) to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
  • Use locational language such as near, far, left, and right to describe features on a map.
  • Devise a simple map and construct basic symbols in a key.

  • History topic: History of Inventions
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
  • Observe and use pictures, photographs, and artifacts to find out about the past.
  • Use evidence to find answers to simple questions about the past based on simple observations.
  • Sequence pictures from different periods.
  • Show an understanding of historical terms to show the passing of time, e.g., here, now, then, x years ago, a long time ago.

History

  • Transport - How transport, including cars and trains, has changed over time.
  • The Golden Age of Aviation - Leonardo Da Vinci, The Wright Brothers, Bessie Coleman, Hilda Hewlett.

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  • Information technology around us: How do we use computers, other technology around us, and what it is used for? How devices work together, how to stay safe while using technology, how technology helps us.
  • Digital Photography: Use a digital device to take a photograph, make choices about the type of photograph I want to take, composition of a good photo, how to change an image that has been taken and what effect this has

  • Creating Media - Making Music:
  • How music makes us feel.
  • Rhythms and patterns.
  • How music can be used.
  • Notes and tempo.
  • Creating digital music.
  • Reviewing and editing music.
  • Data and Information - Pictograms:
  • Counting and comparing.
  • Entering data.
  • Creating pictograms.
  • Presenting information.

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  • Football: Attack, defend, shoot
  • Gymnastics: Performing and be able to link different elements in a simple movement pattern, perform jumps with power and control, perform basic gymnastic actions showing various levels, be able to travel at different speeds with control
  • Send and Return: Use a variety of movements to track balls in different ways. Chase, stop, and control balls and objects. Attempt to accurately send a ball which can be returned by others. Track movement of a ball to be able to return over the bench or net. Identify tactics to outwit an opponent. Work as part of a team to score points.

Swimming and Team Games

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Say, read, write, and understand:

  • Tilly Weather and the Seasons: Learn and apply vocabulary for seasons and the weather
  • Mr Logan’s Grand Tour: Learn and apply vocabulary for different parts of a town

Spanish:

  • Modes of transport.
  • Days of the week and verbs.

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Explore what we're learning this term below...

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