Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

In literacy the children will focus on a range of recounts and stories about the rainforest, beginning with ‘We’re Roaming Through the Rainforest’. They will produce their own recounts, and then edit, improve and redraft this text once it has been written. Also we will study a number of different information texts and articles.  They will their produce their own , using ICT to present their work.  Along with this We will explore a range of different poem types linked to our class trip and theme. Using these we will compose our own poems. Later this term we will also retell and write our own traditional tales! We will describe settings, create good and bad characters and use these within a tale that follows a traditional plot line.

For maths we will mostly focus on mathematical fluency and knowledge of place value. We will continue to undertake an extended maths investigation once a week, and also focus on shorter problems through the lesson starters.  Mental arithmetic skills will also be developed, along with use of operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Remember to practice times tables at home!

Plants is our science topic, which links well with our main topic. We will cement our learning from Year 1, labelling parts of a plant and investigating what they need to grow healthily. In The second part of the term, we will focus on Habitats. For this, we will look at and compare different habitats around the world as well as the use of animal adaptions, which make them suitable for these.

Rainforest is our main topic! We already can’t wait to visit Kew Gardens on Wednesday 28th September, but until then we will be using collage in art. We will explore and use different collage techniques  and come together to create a large class rainforest picture! We will also learn about tribes within the rainforest and how it grows and changes from the rainforest floor right up to the high canopy!

We will also focus on practicing e-safety throughout computing lessons. This term we are using the laptops and iPads to collect and present data in different ways.

The children will have PE as follows:

Diamond: Mondays and Tuesdays

Emerald: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Onyx:  Mondays and Wednesdays

Children will also get the opportunity to discuss the topic of new beginnings in PSHE lessons, as well as focusing on British Values around the school.