Welcome to Year 2. My name is Miss Archer and I am the class teacher, we will be supported by Miss Hall. I have worked at Longtown since 2018. Before this I taught abroad in Qatar, Dubai and Spain. I love travelling and walking my dog in the beautiful countryside.
This term we will be launching our first topic, “Come fly with me.” We will be learning all about the history of flight. We will look at how transport has changed over time and some significant people such as The Wright Brothers and Ameila Earhart. We will develop our questioning skills by asking questions about the past and consider how the changes in the way we fly have changed the world today! We will also explore a range of maps and create our own too. Throughout our topic we will be linking our Art and DT, our building skills will be tested when we have to create our own plane! I wonder how far we can make them fly?
In Science we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will classify things that are living, non-living and things that have never lived. We are looking forward to exploring our school grounds to see what is living. We will also look at ways to encourage more living things to come to our area and gather data using observations.
We love to read in Year 2 and our “Strive for Five” system is a fantastic way to encourage and support reading at home. Each morning we will check to see who has read and every child should aim for 5 times each week. House points will be given too.
Year 2 will have phonics/spelling twice per day. New spelling words will be given on Tuesday to learn at home and they will have a spelling test on Monday.
Our PE days will be Tuesday and Friday and we will be doing gymnastics and dance. We will have one lesson with Mrs Beaumont and one with Miss Archer.
This term our topic is The Great Fire of London. In History we will be learning about this event beyond living memory and explore ways that we can find out about the past. We will sequence key events using a timeline to build our chronological awareness and retell the story using drama and props. We will explore historical sources and ask questions to find out more. In Geography we will develop our map making skills by creating a map with a key. We will use a range of vocabulary to explore making and following directions and routes on a map. We will also name and locate the characteristics of the United Kingdom including identifying capital cities, famous landmarks and traditional foods. We will experiment with different art and design techniques such as creating a fire collage and designing and making a Tudor house with a moving part.
In Maths we will begin by learning how to multiply. We will explore methods such as repeated addition and using arrays to present our calculations. We will solve both calculations and word problems and develop our mental recall of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will also focus on division and be introduced to this mathematical symbol. We will look at division by sharing and grouping and explore this in a practical way to bring our learning to life. We will also look at dividing using a number line to show the equal groups. We will explore how division is the inverse of multiplication and use this to solve missing number problems. We will revise our methods for addition and subtraction too.
In English we will begin by learning about the famous poet, Christina Rossetti. We will read, recite and explore the features of a chosen poem and create our own in the same style. We will then learn about diary writing and link this to our topic, The Great Fire of London. We will write a diary imagining we are Mr Samuel Pepys. We will learn about tense and explore verbs in the past, present and future tense. We will also learn how to use an apostrophe to show possession and for contracted words. Year 2 will continue to build their sentence writing skills and write different sentence types using the correct punctuation for statements, commands, exclamations and questions. Our class text will be Toby and the Great fire of London.
In Science we will begin by learning about Animals including humans. We will explore a range of life cycles including butterflies, frogs and humans too. We will explore the changes that animals and humans make during their life time and take part in some investigations. Year 2 will create their own investigations and identify how to conduct a test fair. We will also be learning about the properties of materials and investigate which materials are suitable for different purposes.
We love to read in Year 2 and our “Strive for Five” system is a fantastic way to encourage and support reading at home. Each morning we will check to see who has read and every child should aim for 5 times each week. House points will be given too!
Year 2 will have a spelling lesson each day and weekly spellings to learn. New words are given on a Monday and children will be tested the following Monday on these words. Children can access the spelling words via spelling shed at home and in school.
Our PE days will be Tuesday and Friday and we will be doing dance and movement. We will be linking this unit to our topic on The Great Fire of London.
How to help your child at home
This year Year 2 will have a phonics assessment in Autumn 2. Please practise your phonics at home using phonics play and the weekly spellings sent from your phonics group. It is important to read each day with your child too.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ – Phonics (Some games are free)
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ – lots of useful English & maths games (Aged 5-7 bracket)
https://kidsspell.com/ – Spelling games with pre made lists of spelling or lists can be made
http://www.ictgames.com – Maths and English games
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/ – Science activities & games