Year 2

Staff

  • Alice Corlett – Class Teacher / Deputy Head with responsibility for KS1
  • Jennifer Donnelly – Class Teacher
  • Caroline Webb – Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Curriculum overview – Spring 2

Topic
Our whole school topic this half term is Our World. In Year 2, we will be learning about Australia. We will learn about the hemispheres on our planet and the equator. We will investigate natural and manmade landmarks in Australia and compare Manchester to a city in Tasmania. See the Topic intended knowledge map for further details.

English
We will continue to complete our work in English through different texts. This half term, we will read the classic text ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl. Using this story, we will read a chapter every day and then complete short writing activities, comprehension, grammar activities. The children will also have the opportunity to complete a longer piece of writing using a plan, write, edit sequence of lessons. We will also be completing a study of the poem ‘Heard it in the Playground’ by Allan Ahlberg. Guided Reading, handwriting and phonics will continue throughout.

Maths
This half term we will be continuing our work on multiplication, division and fractions. We will also be looking at solving different types of problems. In other lessons, children will be exploring the use of measurement, and continuing to work on measurement, including telling the time to the nearest 15 minutes.

Science
Year 2 will be finishing the Science unit Animals including Humans at the start of this half term by investigating food groups and a healthy diet. Following this we will start our work on Living Things and their habitats, including looking at different environments and food chains.

Other Curriculum Areas
RE – How and Why should we celebrate special and sacred times?
DT – A Balanced Diet
Music – Charanga unit: Friendship Song
PE – Games (Monday), Gymnastics/Dance (Tuesday), Games (Friday)
PSHCE– Why is it important to keep active? What communities and groups am I part of? What is my responsibility for keeping myself and others safe?
Computing – Digital Photography

Important Dates
Monday 26th February – School opens
Thursday 7th March – World Book Day
Monday 11th March – Science Week
Friday 15th March – Pupil Progress Reports sent via email
Wednesday 20th and 27th March – Pupil Progress Meetings
Thursday 28th March – School finishes for Easter holidays (2pm finish)
Other dates will be communicated as they are confirmed

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Empowering learning skills

Self manager

  • Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
  • Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
  • Anticipate, take and manage risks
  • Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement
  • Respond positively to change 

Effective participator

  • Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
  • Play a full part in the life of the school
  • Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
  • Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
  • Present a persuasive case for action
  • Propose practical ways forward
  • Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful thinker

  • Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
  • Find links and see relationships
  • Explore & experiment with resources and materials
  • Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
  • Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
  • Try different ways to tackle a problem
  • Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective learner

  • Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
  • Review their work and act on outcomes
  • Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
  • Monitor their own performance and progress
  • Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
  • Make changes to improve their learning
  • Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent enquirer

  • Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
  • Plan what to do and how to go about it
  • Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
  • Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes
  • Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team worker

  • Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
  • Listen and take account of others’ views
  • Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
  • Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations
  • Show fairness and consideration towards others