Year 2

Autumn 1 - Coast to Coast

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Join us for a trip around the globe as we learn about the world’s oceans.  We will be reading about Barry, the fish with fingers, and writing wonderful creative stories about life under the sea and poems about the oceans.  We will draw pictures of our favourite summer holiday, identify the key features of a beach, make 3D fish and discover the countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom. 

We will also use the seaside theme to help the children improve their ability to write sentences with capital letters, full stops and adjectives. The children will also be able to get their dancing shoes on as we perform seaside dances in PE. In Science we will be investigating different materials and making a materials monster. 

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Information texts

 

 

  • Revision of vowel phonemes
  • Capital letters and full stops
  • Conjunctions
  • Nouns
  • Adjectives

 

Mathematics Skills -

read and write numbers to at least 100 - recognise the place value of each digit in a 2-digit number – compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs – count in steps of 2, 3, 5 from 0, and tens from any number, forwards and backwards – recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts to 100 – solve problems with addition and subtraction 

 

Autumn 2 - Fire Fire

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Watch out! There is a fire in Pudding Lane as we journey back in time to September 1666 to rediscover the Great Fire of London.  We will join Thomas Farriner and Samuel Pepys to find out how the fire started and look at why it spread so quickly. We will discover what life was like in 1666 by using historical sources and writing a report on the Great Fire.  The children will pretend to be eyewitnesses, like Samuel Pepys, and write a diary entry for the events of Monday 3rd September 1666. A trip to Aston Hall will further immerse the children into this exciting topic.

We will learn about the sequence of events of the Gunpowder Plot and understand why we remember, remember the 5th of November. The children will write exciting fireworks poems and then perform them to their class friends.  We will also make brilliant 3D pretend fireworks to light up the classroom and in Science we will be learning about living and non-living things.

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Non-chronological reports
  • Diary writing
  • Instructions
  • Explanation texts

 

  • Revision of vowel phonemes
  • Question marks
  • Exclamation marks
  • Commas for lists
  • Verbs

 

Mathematics Chest 
- recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value – solve simple money problems including giving change – recall and use multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including recognising odd and even numbers – show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order – solve problems involving multiplication 

 

Spring 1 - Feeling Fit and Fabulous

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It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions as we get ‘Feeling Fit and Fabulous’ in Year 2! So join us in exercising our way into the New Year with gymnastics in PE. We will write instructions for making a nutritious sandwich and look at the importance of food hygiene before making our own healthy sandwich in class.

We will learn the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and investigate healthy food choices in Science.

We will write fantastic fruit and vegetable riddles and ask you to guess what is being described from the clues. In Art we will be sketching fruit and vegetables and in DT we will be making pretend plates of food. 

Join Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole as we discover the changes they brought to nursing life. We will also find out about Louis Braille and learn about the invention of Braille. So let’s get ready to feel fit and fabulous!

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Recounts
  • Riddles
  • Instructions

 

  • Contractions
  • Suffixes
  • Apostrophes for contractions
  • Adverbs

 

Mathematics Skills 
- recall and use division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including recognising odd and even numbers – solve problems involving division – interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables – identify and describe the properties of 2D shapes, including the number of sides 

 

 

Spring 2 - An Island Adventure

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Let’s all go on an island adventure and join Katie Morag and her family on the Isle of Struay. We will be researching the author Mairi Hedderwick and enjoy reading her stories about Katie Morag’s life on Struay together.

We will become an author like Mairi and write our own Katie Morag adventure story; focusing on descriptive writing and story structures. We will also identify the human and physical features of the Isle of Coll and compare island life on Coll with where we live.  In Science we will be exploring the fascinating world of plants. 

We will discover how to grow healthy plants and create our own flower and vegetable patches to look after together.  So let’s get ready for an adventure!  

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Character descriptions
  • Setting descriptions
  • Book reviews
  • Persuasive text

 

 

  • Suffixes
  • Apostrophes for possession
  • Present and past tense verbs

 

 

Mathematics Skills

- identify and describe the properties of 3D shapes, including the number or edges, vertices and faces – identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes – compare and sort 3D shapes into everyday objects – recognise, find, name and write fractions ½, , ¼,  , ¾ of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity – measure, compare and order lengths using centimetres and metres

 

Summer 1 - Sun, Salsa and Sombreros

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It’s time to enjoy the sun, salsa and sombreros of Mexico!  We will be learning all about this exciting country and start by looking at where it is in the world, its capital city and language. We will delve deeper into the country to the village of Tocuaro and compare life in this small village with our city of Birmingham. 

It will be time for the children to show off their creative skills as they will design, paint and decorate their own Mexican mask. Also, the children will be making posters with their friends about Mexico and writing their own information leaflets. As well as this, we will be learning basic Spanish, such as numbers, colours and days of the week. Plus, to bring it to a finale, we will have a Mexico Day where the children will be able to come to school dressed in their Mexican clothes, listen to some Mexican music and enjoy tasting some Mexican foods.

In Science we will be investigating animals and their habitats and we will go on a super trip to the RSPB to explore different habitats.

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Narrative
  • Information texts
  • Formal and informal letters

 

  • Common exception words
  • Irregular spelling patterns
  • Consolidation

 

 

Mathematics Skills
- use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three- quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise) – tell and write the time to five minutes including quarter past/ to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times – know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day

 

Summer 2 - Raise the Drawbridge!

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It’s time to raise the drawbridge as we journey back in time to discover all about fascinating castles. The children will become researchers as they find out about the key features of a castle and interesting information about castle life.  We will go on a wonderful trip to Tamworth Castle and discover more about this Norman Castle and how it is one of the best preserved Norman motte-and-bailey castles in England.

Subsequently, the children will create their own coat of arms to go on a shield that they will make and learn all about castle attack and defence strategies.

In Science we will be continuing to learn about animals and their habitats plus carrying out some exciting scientific investigations to bring our time in Year Two to a thrilling end.  

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Narrative  
  • Information texts
  • Character descriptions
  • Setting descriptions

 

  • Silent letters
  • Consolidation 

 

Mathematics Chest 
- choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure mass, temperature and capacity to the nearest appropriate unit, using scales, thermometers and measuring vessels – compare and order mass, volume/ capacity and record the results using <, > and = - mathematical investigations

 

 

Please note that Parent Information Leaflets are sent out each half term with further details.