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Year 2 - Seacole Class and Kahlo Class

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Seacole Class

Class teachers: Mrs Gill (Monday & Tuesday) and Mrs Ashforth-Smith (Wednesday-Friday)

Associate teacher: Miss Birchall

Learning Assistants: Miss Spencer

Kahlo Class

Class teacher: Miss Williams

Learning Assistants: Miss Magee

 

This term:

In Year 2, we deliver the National Curriculum as well as following the whole school STEAM curriculum.

This term our STEAM focus is Technology and we will be answering the question is ‘Can I design and build a structure using my knowledge and understanding of historical periods?’

The children will become design technologists and have the opportunity to make model houses out of wood – either historical structures based on designs from London in 1666 or modern-day structures based on London now.

Curriculum 

STEAM  

This term our STEAM focus is Technology and we will be answering the question is ‘Can I design and build a structure using my knowledge and understanding of historical periods?’ The children will start this project by learning about the Great Fire of London in 1666. Using chronology, they will have the chance to order the events of the Great Fire and consider, using primary and secondary sources, what happened during the fire. Additionally, Year 2 will explore how fires were fought during this time and the equipment people would use (e.g. leather buckets, metal hooks and water squirts). The Great Fire of London lasted just under five days, but one third of London was destroyed and about 100,000 people were made homeless. The children will have the opportunity to explore how houses were rebuilt and the materials selected as a result of the fire; focusing on Sir Christopher Wren, a key designer, of the ‘new’ London.  

Then, the children will become design technologists and have the opportunity to make model houses out of wood – either historical structures based on designs from London in 1666 or modern-day structures based on London now. Within this project, the children will become historians and consider the comparisons between modern-day London and London in 1666. Additionally, they will be exploring firefighters and how they have changed over time.

Maths 

Within our Maths, we will be exploring subtraction and learning how to compare the number of objects in one set with the number of objects in another, carefully considering the difference between these. We will also be investigating the pattern of consecutive whole numbers and how they have a difference of one and consecutive odd/even numbers have a difference of two. Once we developed our knowledge in this area, we will be applying this to finding the difference in data and graphs.  

Excitingly, we will then move onto addition and subtracting two digits and single digit numbers using our knowledge of the number line. The children will be using their known facts within ten to help them subtract and add two-digit numbers. To finish this unit, Year 2 will have the opportunity to use known strategies for addition and subtraction where they bridge ten. 

Writing 

This term we are going to be learning about recounts and formal invitations within our English. To start, we are going to be exploring recounts from a personal experience. Year 2 will be learning how to recount events in chronological order using time conjunctions; investigate the past tense and use this within their writing; learn how to use commas within a list and record exclamation statements. By the end of the unit, Year 2 will be recording their own recount of the Great Fire of London which links to our STEAM focus.  

After this, we will be investigating formal invitations and developing our knowledge of how key information is presented in order to make it easy to understand. The children will learn how to use a formal tone and record statements and commands using imperative verbs.  

Computing 

This term, we are exploring digital media with a focus on photography. Throughout the unit, we will be recognising that different devices can be used to capture photographs and will gain experience in capturing, editing and improving photos. They will also be able to use this knowledge to recognise whether images they see may or may not be real. Year 2 will be learning the process of taking a good photo; the difference between landscape and portrait and top tips on how to improve a photograph. By the end of the unit, they will be exploring how light has an effect on a photo and have the opportunity to explore different light sources.  

HRE 

Within our HRE, the children will have the opportunity to explore the topic of ‘Ourselves, Growing and Changing’. They will spend time learning the names of different parts of the body, both internal and external and how people change as they age (growing and changing from young to old). In addition to this, time will be spent supporting the children in strategies and techniques to safeguard themselves; for example, the basic rules to keep safe online, including what is meant by personal information and what should be kept private. Year 2 will also learn the importance of telling a trusted adult if they come across something that scares them. To finish the term, the children will explore different ways to keep safe in familiar and unfamiliar environments and how to safely cross the road, before considering what to do if there is an accident or if someone is hurt.  

Music 

Our Music this term will be linked to our Christmas Nativity and Production. We can’t wait to share this with the children. Please keep checking Class Dojo for further information! 

PE 

This term, our PE will be covering OAA (Outdoor Adventure Activities) and Dance.   

RE 

During our RE this term, we will be exploring the big question: “Who experiences true freedom?” As part of this, Year 2 are going to be focusing on events and celebrations within the Christian and Hindu religions. To start, Kahlo and Seacole will identify the key features of the Hindu celebration of Diwali before explaining the importance of Diwali. Then, Year 2 will be exploring and explaining the importance of Christmas for Christians – recapping the Christmas Story and developing their understanding of symbolism for key people within the Christmas Story (e.g. shepherds, Kings and Mary).