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Year 2 - Curriculum Overview 2017/18
Class Teachers: Miss Ackerley, Miss McCombe and Miss Nicholson
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Ellis
PE day: Tuesday
Home Learning: Your child’s home learning tasks will be set weekly on a Tuesday and will be due in by the following Monday. These will consist of an English and Maths activity.
Reading at home: It is expected that your child reads for 10 – 15 minutes every day. This must be recorded in their Reading Record books and initialed by an adult. It is an expectation that Reading Records are brought in to the academy each day so that teachers can monitor the reading happening at home.
Spelling Focus: Revise the spellings on the Year 1 spelling lists and practise the Year 2 spelling list words. In the Spring term, the Children should also be learning the personal spellings sent home each week in their Spelling Log.
Arithmetic Focus: Children should be practising their times tables (2x, 3x, 5x and 10x), as well as revising telling the time on an analogue clock to the nearest 5 minutes.
This half term, the children will be learning about and writing in the style of both fiction and non-fiction texts. The children will have the opportunity to write instructions, recounts (diary entries) non-chronological information texts and poems. Grammar and spelling will be a focus throughout all lessons. Each week a new sound will be focused upon daily through Read Write Inc. and the children will have the opportunity to investigate this sound throughout the week. Guided Reading will be taught to develop prediction and inference skills. Children will be given the opportunity to practise supporting their predictions and inferences with evidence from the text.
This half term, the children will learn about place value, addition, subtraction, length, problem-solving and shape. Additionally, arithmetic skills including number bonds, times tables and rounding will be covered and the children will have the opportunity to apply these skills within a context.
This half term, the children will learning about materials. During this topic, the children will identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard. They will be encouraged to ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways. We will observe closely, using simple equipment. Our practical lessons will investigate why the houses burnt down so quickly during the Great Fire of London, what houses are made out of today, which materials will burn/ not burn and which materials are most suitable to create a house on a small scale. To develop their scientific enquiry, the children will report on findings from enquiries, using both oral and written explanations.
This half term, the children will be following instructions to make bread and creating their own functional, appealing packaging using a range of materials. We will be reviewing current products and evaluating our own against a design criteria. They will have opportunities to draw, paint, sculpt and share their ideas. Across ART/DT, they will develop a wide range of techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
Humanities this half term will have a History focus with The Great Fire of London but the children will also be exposed to the Geography of London when we make comparisons between London then and now. We will focus on the lives of significant people who have contributed to national and international achievements (e.g. Samuel Pepys/ Sir Christopher Wren). The children will identify when and why the Great Fire of London started, sequence the Great Fire of London using a time line and use diary extracts to gather information.
Throughout the term, the children will be learning about online safety and how they can keep safe online. They will be taught to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of a simple program, follow and give instructions using directional language and mark a position on a grid.
This half term in French, the children will begin by learning how to greet each other and introduce themselves. Following this the children will learn to name and identify numbers to 12 as well as giving and answering classroom instructions.
This half term in music, the children will be using their voices to speak expressively. They will create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music through playing tuned and untuned instruments musically, whilst describing sound in words and matching different sounds with instruments.
PE lessons this half term have a games focus. During these lessons, the children will be developing flexibility, strength, technique, and control when throwing and catching. They will apply these skills in game situations when we learn how to stop opponents and score points.
This half term, the children will be learning about rules and routines, the importance of collaboration, how to take care of others and fire safety. During PSHE lessons, the children will recognise what to do if there is a fire, know who to call and discuss how to prevent a fire.
This half term, we will focus on the religion of Hinduism. The children will be learning and exploring Hindu’s beliefs, how and where Hindus worship and learning about some Hindu celebrations and stories.