Welcome to Year Two!
This is an overview of your child’s Curriculum throughout this term:
This is an overview of your child’s Curriculum throughout this term:
Children will be continue to explore, interpret and respond to a book variety of fiction and non-fictions books. Children will continue to read and engage with different texts which are laid in a range of styles.
Children will be studying different Traditional Tales and they will become able to retell a wider range of stories, recognising recurring literary language. Children will learn about the features of Traditional Tales, to compare different versions of the same tale and be able to explain their preferences giving reasons for their choices. They will develop their ability to compare and contrast iconic characters, describing them using expanded noun phrases. Children will be writing narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional) and writing about real events, for example by writing recounts. They will be learning to evaluate their work and begin to make additions and revisions independently.
Children will be exploring high quality Adventure Stories. They will explore different themes and issues and develop and sustain their ideas through discussion, thus enabling them to make connections with their own lives. Children will develop creative responses to the texts through play, drama, music and movement, storytelling and artwork. They will compose free verse poetry, research information for non-fiction writing and develop their use of imperative verbs and command sentences when creating instructions. Children will write in role in order to explore and develop empathy for a character and they will learn to write with confidence for real purposes and audiences.
Children will be learning to identify and use a range of sentence types (statements, commands, questions and exclamations), how to use apostrophes for possession and for the contracted forms of words, improving sentence structure through the use of coordination (or, and, but) and subordination (when, if, that, because) and developing their understanding of writing in the present and past tense including the progressive form.
Children will have handwriting lessons each week to practise their cursive handwriting.
Children will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of different mathematical concepts.
As we approach the SAT’s tests we will be revising the areas and concepts children have learnt so far in year two to allow them to confidently tackle the arithmetic and reasoning questions which they are due to face. Some of the key areas we will be revising include money, addition, subtraction, multiplication (2, 5, 10), division, fractions, place value, word problems and shape.
After the SAT’s tests we will analyse any concerns or gaps which are still present in the children’s learning and aim to close these. Additionally, we will continue to further the children’s learning across the curriculum whilst developing their knowledge and understanding in a range of areas.
Towards the end of the year we will begin to carry out some investigations linked to the different areas of learning in order to broaden and deepen the children’s understanding of different topics.
Spread the word:
Throughout this topic children will be able to talk about their own experience and feelings of both passing and receiving messages. They will be able to say what they wonder about the importance and responsibility of passing on messages in daily life. Children will be able to ask and respond to questions about their own and others experiences and feelings of both passing and receiving messages.
In this topic children will be able to talk about their own experience and feelings about rules in their life. They will be able to say what they wonder about the importance of keeping rules for themselves and for others. Children will be able to ask and respond to questions about their own and others’ experiences and feelings of the importance of rules.
Children will be able to talk about their own experience and feelings about the treasures they see or have. Children will be able to say what they wonder about the treasures they see or have. They will be able to ask and respond to questions about their own and others’ experiences of and feelings about what we treasure. Children will be able to ask questions about what they and others wonder about the treasures of our world and realise that some of these questions are difficult to answer.
Healthy eating and healthy lifestyle:
Across this topic children will develop their understanding and knowledge gained from year 1. They will learn to give examples of healthy and less healthy food. Children will be able to talk about the importance of keeping themselves clean and how to do this in a suitable way. Children will begin to analyse their diet by thinking about what is healthy and what is not. They will begin to learn about the impact and importance of exercise.
Scientist and inventors:
The children will learn about famous scientists from history. This topic will link to areas of the curriculum which they have already studied as well as introducing a range of new ideas and concepts. They will look how scientist have changed the way we look at the world. There will be a particular focus on germs, plants and energy.
Children will begin to use different scientific equipment used for investigating and researching. Children will continue to learn how to set up a test to answer their scientific questions.
Great historical figures:
Throughout this history topic we will be focusing on famous explorers and famous nurses. Children will look at the experiences of these significant people and how they differ from today. They will think about how these people have changed and impacted history. Children will also begin to debate what makes a person historically significant. Some people who we will be looking at include; Florence Nightingale, Edith Cavell, Mary Seacole, Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus and Robert Falcon Scott.
Children will be learning all about the country of India. They will look at the different cities and begin to compare them familiar places to them (Dagenham and London). Children will develop their ability to ask a range of geographical questions. They will look at the cultural and economic differences in India. Also they will explore their art, music, dress, food and entertainment including dance.
Fielding and striking:
Children will continue to develop the use of different parts of their body whilst using a range of equipment. Children will continue to develop their key skills such as ball skills, changing directions and speed. They will be exposed to different equipment and think about how they can adapt their skills for different game situations.
Children will explore basic techniques and skills linked to athletics. They will explore different ways to run, jump and throw in a competitive and non-competitive environment. They will think about how they can use their body in the most effective way in order to make the most impact in their activity. Children will also link their learning to their science work and think about how warm-ups and exercise affect them.
Things to remember:
All school uniform and PE kits should be clearly labeled. No jewelry is to be worn on PE days due to health and safety.
As the weather gets warmer, please ensure your child has shorts, white t-shirt and black plimsoles so that they are able to participate in outdoor PE activities.
Dips and dippers:
This topic will be linked to the science topic on healthy eating. Through this topic children will explore a range of existing products. They will also be designing and evaluating their own product. Children will also be able to think about advertising and think about how to make a product appealing to others.
This topic will allow children to explore textiles and needle work. Children will continue to draw on the ability to analyse a product against a specific criteria including suggesting criticisms and improvements which could be made. They will be given the opportunity to explore different graphs and how to apply them to a material. Children will be required to use precision to cut carefully and different stitches to create a pattern.
E-safety week and digital literacy:
Children will be looking at the different ways they can represent themselves online in order to stay safe.
Children will explore a range of programming techniques and strategies. They will begin to learn about the purpose of programming. They will begin to explore commands on the ipads and computers. Children will also learn to use algorithms and begin to correct their mistakes.
Book bags should be brought to school every day and your child’s book will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays. It is very helpful to read, discuss (and re-read) the books sent home. Please comment and sign your child’s Reading Record Book to inform us of your child’s Reading progress.
Homework is given out every Friday and is due back in on the following Wednesday. Homework is acknowledged by an adult. Spellings will be tested every Wednesday.
We will be beginning our Sex and Relationship education. This will be a continuation from what children learnt in year 1. Children will develop a secure knowledge about different parts of the body…… following the well edstablish, Christopher Winter project.
Living in the wider world:
Children will be developing their life skills including; how to deal with difficult and challenging situations, how to stay safe on the road, how to stay safe on holiday and how to look after money.
If you need any further information or assistance with regards to your child’s learning please feel free to contact us after school. Miss Freeman, Miss Chamberlin, Miss Ferrol and Mrs Curtis.