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Year 2 - Miss Deal and Mrs Reid

Welcome to Class 2!

The class teacher is Miss Deal and the Teaching Assistant is Mrs Reid.

TERMS 1 & 2

St Augustine’s uses the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ across the school, which enables teachers to deliver the New Curriculum in nine units over the academic year. Each unit will have a theme and through the units (approximately 4 weeks), the objectives for each curriculum subject area will be covered in an exciting and engaging way. Many of the subjects will interlink so children will be able to make connections with their learning across a wide range of contexts and subjects. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. Children will always have a Literacy and Numeracy lesson every day. Although there will be some links to Numeracy within the themed units, Numeracy will continue to be taught discretely to ensure children develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Some of the units may not cover a particular subject area, for example History or Science, however this will be fully covered within another unit. It is important to remember that by the end of the year your child will have been taught all the learning objectives required for their year group.

Throughout Year 2 we will be following the National Curriculum for English and Mathematics. We expect every child to read a minimum of four times per week at home and they will receive a gold card on Friday every time they manage it. Homework will be set on Friday and due in on the following Thursday. New spellings will also be given out on Fridays ready to be tested the following Friday. We are timetabled for P.E on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so please make sure P.E kits are in school on those days and that earrings are removed or covered. On Thursdays, the class will take part in music lessons with a specialist music teacher. They will be learning about rhythm, beat and basic notation using instruments and their voices.

We will be looking at the following three major topics throughout terms one and two.

‘What do I need to be me?’

This topic has a strong Science theme. We are very excited to be having a butterfly house in the classroom so we can observe the lifecycle of a butterfly first hand. Besides this, we will be looking at the lifecycles of other animals and considering how we, and animals, change as we get older. As part of this topic we will learn about what we need to stay healthy including diet, exercise and sleep!

In Art we are looking at animal markings and will design, make and use printing blocks. We will also learn how to mix colours.

Our work in ICT will support design skills in Art and we will also be recording the lifecycle of a butterfly using a variety of computer programmes.

‘Through the Keyhole’

This topic focuses on historical investigation. It begins with a daytrip to Godinton House in Ashford where we will take part in workshops and learn about life in a country house in the past.

The science element will focus on materials and their uses – looking particularly at the properties of different materials and why they are suitable for different for different jobs. We will be conducting simple experiments.

In Art we will learn to sew cross stitch embroidery using Victorian samplers as inspiration.

Flying High’

This is a very broad topic and covers lots of curriculum areas.

In History we will look at the history of flight and the story of the Wright brothers. In Geography we will create maps using aerial photographs and figure out directions for Santa to travel to our school / home!

In D.T we will learn how to build sliders and pivot levers to make moving Christmas cards, and in Art we will create chimeric flying creatures using collage. We will also make other Christmas decorations to jazz up the classroom and your living room for the holiday season!

All in all it’s going to be great fun and all I ask is that children try their best!

We will be adding new photos soon, thank you for your patience.

TERMS 3 & 4

St Augustine’s are continuing to use the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ across the school, which enables teachers to deliver the New Curriculum in nine units over the academic year. Each unit will have a theme and through the units (approximately 4 weeks) the objectives for each curriculum subject area will be covered in an exciting and engaging way. Many of the subjects will interlink so children will be able to make connections with their learning across a wide range of contexts and subjects. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. Children will always have a Literacy and Numeracy lesson every day. Although there will be some links to Numeracy within the themed units, Numeracy will continue to be taught discretely to ensure children develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Some of the units may not cover a particular subject area, for example History or Science, however this will be fully covered within another unit. It is important to remember that by the end of the year your child will have been taught all the learning objectives required for their year group.

Throughout Year 2 we will be following the National Curriculum for English and Mathematics. We expect every child to read a minimum of four times per week at home and they will receive a gold card on Friday every time they manage it. Homework will be set on Friday and due in on the following Thursday. New spellings will also be given out on Fridays ready to be tested the following Friday. We are timetabled for P.E on Tuesdays and Fridays, so please make sure P.E kits are in school on those days and that earrings are removed or covered.

Topic 1: Blown Away

Throughout this Unit, pupils will be exploring the world around them with a particular focus on weather and the different weather patterns. They will explore climates around the world, including the study of an equatorial area and an area close to the Arctic, through map work and role-play.

Pupils will also observe weather patterns in their own environment through the creation of weather measuring equipment that they design, e.g. a wind measurement devise could be a stick with a ribbon on.

Pupils will study weather poetry as well as a traditional Akan story ‘The Wind and the Sun,’ developing their vocabulary and understanding of story structure.

They will also focus their attention on the formation of clouds and how these change with different weather patterns, through the exploration of clouds both in their local environment, in photographs from the internet and in art through John Constable’s cloud studies.

Topic 2: Town Mouse and Country Mouse

This focuses on the similarities and differences between two contrasting localities – countryside and city. In the classroom pupils will build two miniature worlds representing each locality, considering the similarities and differences.

The story of the Town Mouse and Country Mouse will take pupils into the context of places being different and appreciating what they have as well as identifying with others who have a different environment.

Communicating through letters, emails, internet and photos will show the pupils how we can use modern technology to get to know new places and people.

Alongside this, there will be discussion about using technology safely.

The study of habitats in science also helps pupils to learn about different environments by identifying which habitats suit different living things.

Topic 3: Sowing and Growing

This Unit introduces the pupils to sowing and growing their own food from seeds. In science, they will grow cress and beans and will find out about the conditions these seeds need to grow. To learn to think more scientifically they will observe their seed carefully and record the changes they see. 

In English, the pupils will be studying the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They will write letters and create their own versions of the story by changing the character or setting.

In Art, we will be undertaking careful observational drawing and looking at the work of Beatrix Potter.

In ICT we will be making PowerPoint presentations.

Welcome to Terms 5 and 6!

The class teacher is Miss Deal and the Teaching Assistant is Mrs Reid. This term our student teacher, Mr Clarke, will be completing his training with our class. We are very lucky to have him because he is an excellent teacher and the children have already built up a good relationship with him. Mr Clarke will be with us until June.

We are continuing to use the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ across the school. We cover nine topics throughout the year and many of the subjects interlink so children can make connections with their learning across a wide range of contexts and areas. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. Children will always have a Literacy and Numeracy lesson every day. Although there will be some links to Numeracy within the themed units, Numeracy will continue to be taught discretely to ensure children develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Some of the units may not cover a particular subject area, for example History or Science, however this will be fully covered within another unit. It is important to remember that by the end of the year your child will have been taught all the learning objectives required for their year group.

Throughout Year 2 we will be following the National Curriculum for English and Mathematics. We expect every child to read a minimum of four times per week at home and they will receive a gold card on Friday every time they manage it. Homework will be set on Friday and due in on the following Thursday. New spellings will also be given out on Fridays ready to be tested the following Friday. We are timetabled for P.E on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so please make sure P.E kits are in school on those days and that earrings are removed or covered.

At the beginning of term 5, we will be continuing our topic from the previous term (Sowing and Growing) where we will learn about the parts of a plant and investigate the best condition for growing seeds. We will also be using ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ as inspiration for our writing, and looking at the art work of Beatrix Potter. When that’s finished, we’ll move on to the new topics for this term.

Topic 1: National Celebration

In this Unit pupils will look at the life of Elizabeth II.

Pupils will find out about important traditions associated with the monarchy such as coronations, weddings and the Trooping of the Colour. They will look at the different countries that the queen rules over and how these have changed over the years.

In English they will be studying the fairy tale Cinderella and thinking about the classic features of this genre.

In art they will look at famous portraits of the queen and then create their own portrait of Queen Elizabeth using collage.

Topic 2 – Trading Places – Britain or Brazil?

In this exciting Unit pupils learn about the vibrant South American country of Brazil which played host to the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.

The Unit introduces pupils to the colour, drama and excitement of many different aspects of Brazilian life including language and customs, along with the Brazilian passion for carnival, football and Formula 1.

In geography pupils will learn where Brazil is located and how big it is. They will discover that it is a country of great contrasts: old and new; rich and poor. In music pupils learn about the samba rhythms that provide the exhilarating soundtrack to Rio’s carnival. In design and technology pupils design flags that they could wave to support their country during the Olympic Games, and moving carnival floats.

Please note that this Unit does not go into great detail about the Amazon rainforest as there is a Unit dedicated to this important topic in Year 5.

Topic 3 – Home and Away

Through this Unit, pupils will consider the attractions of holiday destinations and explore and compare contrasting holiday destinations in the UK and abroad. They will use geographical vocabulary to describe the location, features and landmarks of these places.

The Unit begins with pupils examining photos of holiday destinations, deciding what makes them attractive and then identifying places that they have visited on trips or holidays, or seen on TV or in pictures, or would like to visit. They are asked to think about the attractions in their own area, even if they have never visited them, and the activities they could undertake locally during school holidays before venturing further afield one day. 

Miss Deal