Year 2

We are excited to be learning about lots of fabulous topics which cross over all areas of the Curriculum.  Our topics this year are; Sensational Safari, The Great Fire of London, Expedition and Explorers, Florence Nightingale, Tropical Rainforests and Innovative Inventors.  We feel sure that the children will love travelling the globe and going back in time to find about these areas of learning.

In English we enjoy reading and discussing rich and exciting texts to inspire us.  We want to instil a love for both reading and writing so carefully choose stories, poems and non-fiction texts to enhance our topics and get our imaginations soaring.  For example at the beginning of the year we will be reading The Enormous Crocodile focusing on amazing adjectives, fun similes and speech between that mean crocodile and the animals he meets! 

In Maths we build upon the work the children have done in Year 1.  We know that practical activities, investigations and linking Maths to real life are key in developing Mathematical thinkers.  We use lots of visual and kinaesthetic tools to engage the children in their Maths; making areas such as Place Value, addition and subtraction and fractions come to life and meet the needs of all our different learning styles.  We have some brilliant times tables dances too – we look forward to sharing these with both children and parents!

Science, where possible, also links in with our topics.  We have created Science lessons which cover areas such as practical investigation, observations, data handling as well as sorting and classifying. We make the most of being outside in our wonderful woodland area as well as using our pond.  We promote investigative thinkers and the children have the opportunity to plan and carry out their own investigations throughout the year.

We enjoy developing our art and DT skills through painting, printing, drawing, sculpting as well as creating our very own invention!

We have integrated ICT across the curriculum and use the iPads for research, coding activities and recording.

We are lucky to go on some wonderful trips in Year 2. We return to Forest Schools to enhance our Science topic – Living Things in Their Habitat. As well as visiting Claydon House and The Botanical Gardens in Oxford.  We also love having visitors to our class and hope to have a return visit from a real-life explorer!

We look forward to sharing the Year 2 experience with you and your children.