Year 2 2020/21
Welcome to Year 2
Our classes are:
2CB - Miss Brown (Teacher), Mrs Kitson (TA) Miss McAlistar (TA)
2LW - Miss Woodford (Teacher), Miss Dawson (TA) Miss Field (TA) Miss Taylor (TA)
2VP - Miss Pettipher (Teacher), Mrs Croft (TA)
In Year 2 we cover lots of different skills and new learning linked into a theme each half term. In Autumn Term we start with This Is Me which is a topic based on getting to know and looking after ourselves and where we come from. We look at the geography of Bedworth and how it has changed over time. After October half term, we do a history based topic called Little People, Big Dreams where we study significant people and events in history. Some of these include: Guy Fawkes, World War 1, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, George Eliot and more.
After Christmas, we return to our Winter Wonderland geography topic where we go on a journey to Antarctica with the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton. Along the way we describe The Snow Queen and learn about a cheeky penguin in the book Lost and Found. The second half term is focused on plants where we look at how they grow, what they need to survive and naming and describing a variety of plants. Can you name any?
During the summer term we learn about mini beasts in our Wriggle and Crawl topic where the children love to go on mini beast hunts at school, at home and an exciting trip to Coombe Abbey. The children will make mini beast houses to encourage mini beasts to visit our environment. The summer term will end with a Seaside based topic where we read a book called Flotsam and The Storm Whale. We learn lots about animals in the sea and on the beach. We also learn about everyday materials and design and make a waterproof boat which can float.
We really love reading in Year 2 and we do an author study on Roald Dahl, Hans Christian Anderson and Julia Donaldson. The children learn to use expression when they read and answer questions to show they understand what they are reading too. In writing, we focus on different sentence types, using punctuation correctly and spelling and handwriting. In maths, we learn number facts and different ways to add, subtract, divide and multiply. If they mention ‘Castle Column method’ then don’t panic! It is known as expanded column and really isn’t as tricky as it looks. Look out for examples of what we do in their homework as it always links to what they have taught.
In May the children will take their national SATs tests but don’t worry about this. It is our job to teach them everything they need to know and to do this as painlessly as possible in school. Trust that we know your child well enough to help them to achieve their very best. Results from the tests help us to make our final teacher judgements at the end of the year and give you chance to see where your child is compared to other children in the country. Watch the newsletter for our Year 2 SATs meeting later in the year where we will discuss them in more detail.
Children make huge amounts of progress in Year 2 so you will see a big difference in them from start to finish. We encourage the children to be as independent and as resilient as possible as this creates super learners and individuals. In Year 2 we learn lots and have fun at the same time too. Please support as much as you can at home and contact us if you have any concerns, questions or worries.
Miss Brown, Miss Woodford & Miss Pettipher