Year 2 Long Term Plan 2018-2019
Year 2 Assessment Information
We recently held an information session for our Year 2 parents explaining school arrangements for key stage one national curriculum tests. Please click the link below to view the presentation.
Term 1 Topic Plan For Parents
Year 2 have had an exciting and busy first term. In science we have been exploring the school grounds to find examples of things which are living, dead or have never been alive. We looked at different habitats and micro-habitats and identified the animals and plants living there.
In music we listened to the story of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. We explored different rhythm patterns using body sounds and then instruments.
Who would have believed that Shrek would feature in our English lessons? Well he did and we loved the engaging writing topic! We also had a yummy time in English when we looked at the story of The Gingerbread Man and decorated one of the little fellows in class.
It was great to see lots of parents at the puppet making workshop. We all enjoyed sewing and decorating our felt hand puppets. Will any of you use them to create your own puppet show at home?
Term 2 Topic Plan For Parents
In term 2 we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. We had a super time taking part in a drama workshop all about the Great Fire of London. We spent a whole day on a design and technology project where we made Tudor houses. We planned our designs carefully before making them and then evaluated our houses.
In science we have been identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses. We went out and about to see how materials were used in and around our school. We were brilliant scientists and carried out some tests on different materials. We learnt how the shape of some materials can be changed by twisting, stretching, bending and squashing.
What crazy costumes we all wore on our Wacky Clothes Day! The day ended with a fantastic Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. We all helped to make the party food and used our knowledge of fractions to cut the sandwiches and cakes equally. There was even a visit from the Mad Hatter himself!
We looked at the work of the American artist Jackson Pollock. We explored creating our own piece of artwork based on his famous drip paintings. It was rather a messy lesson but we loved it!
In RE we have been learning about special and sacred times. We identified some ways in which Christians celebrate Christmas and how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah.
Term 3 Topic Plan For Parents
Our exciting topic for term 3 is ‘We Could Be Heroes’. We loved seeing so many different characters come to school on our ‘Hero Dressing Up Day’. In our English lesson we wrote a riddle describing the hero we were dressed as.
We were sent a very important and top secret mission to look after the Queen’s jewels. Unfortunately, during one weekend, the jewels were taken by a criminal mastermind! We all became members of the SSS (Secret Superheroes Society) and worked together to solve some clues which revealed where the jewels had been hidden. Luckily, we found them all!
In art we looked at the work of Andy Warhol and designed our own Superhero logo in Warhol’s pop art style. We also designed and made our own Superhero costumes as part of our design and technology lessons.
We have been looking at the lives of real life heroes such as Florence Nightingale and local charity workers. We were visited by Maggie Thomas from the RSPCA Garden Cattery in Ashford. She told us all about the amazing work of the charity in rehoming cats and kittens. Some of us even got the chance to visit the cattery and loved spending some time with our new fluffy friends!
In PE, we have been developing skills such as coordination, balance and flexibility during our yoga lessons.
Term 4 Topic Plan For Parents
Roll Up, Roll Up! Hear how exciting our topic has been this term!
We have been using the Mantle of the Expert education approach as an introduction to this term’s topic called Roll Up, Roll Up! This uses an imaginary context where the children take on the responsibilities of an expert team. As the team, they are commissioned by a client to work on an assignment, which has been planned to generate tasks and activities that will involve them in studying and developing wide areas of the curriculum. We have been cast as a team of writing experts who are helping a new school in Australia to plan an exciting topic on the theme of the circus. We have been exploring the history of the circus and comparing circuses in the past and present. We have been designing and making our own circus props, costumes and decorations. In PE we have created and performed our own dances based on the theme of clowns and tight-rope walkers.
We had a brilliant day when we were visited by the Circus Allstars! The day started with an assembly by the expert circus instructor, Rob. He performed difficult circus tricks and demonstrated the circus skills we would be learning during the day. We learnt how to tight-wire, juggle, spin plates, balance feathers, control a diabolo and walk on stilts. It was amazing!
At the end of the term, we planned our own circus fair. We created our own games, stalls and activities; wrote instructions for our games and made posters to advertise our fair . After all this hard work, we invited another class to come and enjoy our fair, whilst we played hosts. We had a super time learning how to play each other’s games and certainly enjoyed ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR!
We had a super week during Book Week when we were visited by the author Matt Oldfield. He spoke about his love of football and how this inspired him to write books about the sport. It was fantastic to see so many different characters on our dressing up day for World Book Day.
In science we have been learning about the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene. We worked in a small group to investigate which exercise made us puff the most. It was like a science lesson and PE lesson all in one! Would you believe that we used glitter to explore how germs could be transferred from one person to another? Well, we did and it was great fun!
Term 5 Topic Plan For Parents
We have been learning all about space in our topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond!’ this term. In English we have been researching facts about space, the planets and famous astronauts. We have watched some different animated short films about space and then used these to write our own space adventure stories. We built our own rocket from Lego and then wrote some detailed instructions, using command sentences, to explain how we constructed it. We had great fun when our teachers set up a balloon rocket experiment for us to watch - we loved it! Before the balloon was ‘launched’, we wrote down what we thought was going to happen. We then wrote a recount of the events of the experiment.
In history we have been finding out about the life of the American astronaut Neil Armstrong. We watched a clip of him landing on the moon in 1969. We then had a space themed ‘Let’s Explore’ session where we could: design and make models of lunar space crafts, make sketches of the moon, paint a planet, work out an exercise programme for an astronaut on board a space craft or write a postcard about an imaginary trip to space. It was brilliant!
We have been huffing and puffing during our ‘Fun Fit’ PE lessons this term. We have been improving our fitness levels and co-ordination, and noticing the changes that happen to our bodies when we exercise. We even became mini fitness instructors when we devised our own simple routine for others to follow.
In science we have been learning more about living things and their habitats. We planned and set up an investigation to see which living conditions woodlice prefer to live in.