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Class Page: Year 2

Year 2 Topic Overview
In Autumn term, we have covered Africa and The Arctic throughout the Irresistible Learning Curriculum. In the creative element, we looked at Tinga Tinga art and looked at building structures through researching and building our igloo. We explored both places and made comparisons between the weather, the environment and how they live. We learnt about Nelson Mandela and his significant contribution in history.
In Spring term, we have covered Into The Woods throughout the Irresistible Learning Curriculum.  We enjoyed a day at Cannock Chase, exploring forest habitats, plants and trees. Children learnt about the mythical character, Robin Hood, and the historical elements of the story, including King Richard. We created woodland creatures through clay modelling, where we learned to use relevant tools and simple techniques.
In Summer term, we are covering At The Seaside throughout the Irresistible Learning Curriculum. We will be using maps to find out about the seaside, so that we can make comparisons to where we live. We will also explore the story of Grace Darling and her heroic rescue. We are learning to sketch the seaside, so we will use Lowry and the landscape as our inspiration. We hope to see you all at Weston, as this will be our Fabulous Finish.
The Key Stage 1 topics work on a rolling programme, so check back for next year’s topics!

 

Lots of parents ask about how to help at home, if you would like to work with your child at home, you could try:
  • Lots of reading stories together through bedtime stories and reading for pleasure. You could share books through a local library, sparing any expense to you as it is free to join and take out books.
  • Phonicsplay.co.uk  – Lots of fun and free games to play that link with our phonics phases in school.
  • Creative development – using any recyclable materials to make animals/homes/scenes that might link to our current topic. This can improve fine and gross motor skills through cutting, measuring, folding and sticking.
  • High Frequency word practise –  all of the words that they need to know are on the Letters and Sounds website and can be printed in large print in pictures or colour to make them more appealing.
  • Making up stories together – whether these are written down or through oral storytelling and role-play we encourage the children to use their imaginations to improve their speaking, listening and writing skills.
  • Playing games on the way to and from school to encourage counting, letter/phoneme recognition and talking to them about their learning in the day.
  • Recognising numbers on houses in the street – this can help with odd and even recognition, as well as counting in 2s and writing their numbers effectively.
  • Use TTRockstars to practise times table facts, using the log-in details given out to each child.
We hope you enjoy exploring the topic with us!

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