Year 2

Click here for our Year 2 Curriculum 

 

The Year Two team are made up of:

Attenborough Class: 

  • Miss Charlton, Class Teacher (Year 2 Leader)

    email: acharlton@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Mrs Palmer, Attenborough Teaching Assistant.

Attenborough class is located at the back of the school near the rear entrance to the school office.  In the morning, children can come in through the main gate by the bike racks.  They will need to travel round the back of Hubble and Archimedes classrooms and then it is the fourth classroom along. At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the same gate at the designated pick up zone A.

Edison Class: 

  • Mrs Lawson, Class teacher (Monday - Wednesday) - KS1 Geography Leader

  • Mrs Chapman, Class Teacher (Thursday - Friday) - Outside Learning Leader and Eco-School Co-ordinator

      email: llawson@discovery.kent.sch.uk 

                kchapman@discovery.kent.sch.uk

      Please copy both Class Teachers into any email correspondence

  • Mrs Catt, Edison Class Teaching Assistant.

Edison class is located at the front of the school.  In the morning, children can come in through the black gate by the Reception classrooms and turn immediately left.  At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the same gate at the designated pick up zone H.

 

Bell Class: 

  • Miss Roe, Class Teacher (KS1 Science Leader)

    email: eroe@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Ms Cook, Bell Class Teaching Assistant

Bell class is located at the back of the school near the rear entrance to the school office.  In the morning, children can come in through the main gate by the bike racks.  They will need to travel round the back of Hubble and Archimedes classrooms and then it is the third classroom along. At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the same gate at the designated pick up zone B.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of us.

 

Our topics for the year are as follows:


Term 1 - Marvellous Me

English

Key text: Paddington Bear

Composition We will be using the classic tale of Paddington Bear to write our own stories. We will also be using it as inspiration for factfiles and sets of instructions. 

Vocabulary, Punctuation Grammar 

  • Use Capital letters correctly
  • Use a range of familiar and new punctuation (. ? !) correctly
  • Join words and clauses with 'and'

Mathematics

Place Value 

  • Place value of 2-digit numbers
  • Count in 2s, 5s 10s and 3s
  • Represent numbers 0-100

Addition and Subtraction 

  • Add and Subtract within 20
  • Add and subtract 1 and 2-digit numbers
  • Add and subtract 2-digit numbers
  • Bonds to 100

Science

Animals including humans 

  • notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
  • find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)
  • describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene

Foundation Subjects

  • History - Studying a significant local person and looking at changes during the children's lifetimes  

  • Geography - Studying the local area and developing map reading skills

  • Music - Making different sounds using our bodies  

  • Art - Looking at work the of Alberto Giacometti and creating line drawing and sculptures inspired by his work

  • Computing - Typing and using technology of different purposes including sending secure and appropriate emails

  • PSHCE - Learning about the importance of a Growth Mindset and how this can impact upon a child's learning as well as exploring the range of human emotions

  • RE - Islam and the beliefs of Muslims 

  • PE - Outdoor sport - football / Indoor activity - dance

  • D&T - The importance of a healthy diet as well as how to safely grate, peel and chop food

 

Term 2 & 3 - Time Travel

English

Key texts: Vlad and the Great Fire of London, Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine.

Composition In Term 2, we will be using the story of Vlad, a flea living on a rat in 1666, to inspire diary entries and newspaper articles. In Term 3, we will be travelling to the Victorian era with Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine to write character descriptions and stories. We will be introducing the skill of editing by making simple additions, revisions and corrections. 

Vocabulary, Punctuation, Grammar

  • Use commas to separate items in a list
  • Use co-ordinating conjunctions (or, and, but)
  • Use sub-ordinating conjunction (when, if, that because)
  • Use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify for example, 'the blue butterfly', 'the man in the moon'.
  • Use a range of sentence types (questions, commands)

Mathematics 

Measurement - Money

  • Recognise coins and notes
  • Make amounts
  • Compare money
  • Find change

Multiplication and division 

  • Recognise and make and add equal groups (multiplication)
  • Use arrays
  • Use and apply the 2, 5, 10 times tables
  • Make equal groups by grouping and sharing (division)
  • Divide by 2, 5, 10

Statistics 

  • Make tally charts
  • Draw and interpret pictograms
  • Use block diagrams

Science

T2 and 3 Everyday materials and their uses

Term 2

  • Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.

Term 3

  • Find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching 

Foundation Subjects

  • History - Studying the events of The Plague as well as The Great Fire of London

  • Geography - Looking at how London has changed over time and the influence that The Great Fire had on the rebuilding of London

  • Music - Exploring how we can write notes in different ways and then record compositions using a range of technology

  • Art - Using a range of skills for different purposes, including exploring tones, using colour on a large scale, cut & shape fabric using scissors and manipulating malleable materials

  • Science - Exploring materials and their properties

  • Computing - Recording video and sound for a purpose, developing research and searching skills as well as creating and exploring presentations in PowerPoint

  • PSHCE - Looking at how we can keep ourselves safe at home, school and in the local environment as well as learning the importance of safe searching online

  • RE - Looking Christian and Jewish beliefs and traditions as well as the Christian Christmas story. Topic question - What can we learn from Sacred books?

  • PE - Term 2 Outdoor sport - tennis. Indoor activity - dance

  • PE - Term 3 Outdoor sport - tag rugby. Indoor activity term 3 - infant agility

  • D&T - Exploring different types of stitch and how to join materials as well as designing a bag to suit a purpose

Terms 4 and 5 - Intrepid Explorers

English

Key texts: 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea' by Jeannie Baker, 'Journey' by Aaron Becker.  

Composition We will use the fascinating picture book, 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea' to encourage the children to consider the impact humans have on the environment. We will be using this text as writing stimulus for setting descriptions and explanation texts. We will also be using the beautiful wordless story, 'Journey' as inspiration for our own story writing and letter writing.  

Vocabulary, Punctuation, Grammar

  • Use the suffix -ly to turn adjectives into adverbs
  • Use apostrophes to mark where letters are missing in spelling and for possession
  • Use a range of sentence types (exclamations, statements)
  • Use past and present tenses consistenly, including progressive, for example walking, thinking
  • Use suffixes -ness, -er, -ful

Mathematics 

2D and 3D shapes

  • Recognise, make and draw 2D and 3D shapes
  • Make patterns with 2D and 3D shapes
  • Count sides and vertices on 2D shapes
  • Recognise lines of symmetry
  • Count edges, faces, vertices on 3D shapes

Fractions

  • Recognise and find a half, a quarter and a third
  • Count in fractions
  • Solve problems with fractions

Measurement

  • Measure, compare and order lengths
  • Use the four operations with lengths
  • Solve problems with lengths

Position and direction

  • Describe position, movement and turns
  • Making patterns with shape

Science 

Plants

  • observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
  • find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy

Foundation Subjects

  • History - Comparing the lives of modern explorers with those from many years ago

  • Geography - Looking at how the local area compares to a country outside of Europe as well as learning the continents and oceans of the world

  • Music - Children will be devising their own musical sequences, taking into account elements, such as speed, volume and beat

  • Art - Investigating how colour tones can be used on a large scale.  Creating multi-media images as well as exploring different ways of creating textures

  • Computing - Developing effective questions for internet searches as well as further developing the children's use of control technology through the use of algorithms.

  • PSHCE - Looking at how we can look after our home and the wider environment

  •  PE - Term 4 Outdoor sport  - Kwik cricket. Indoor activity term 4 - multi-skills

  • PE Term 5 Outdoor sport term 5 - Kwik cricket. Indoor activity term 5 - athletics

  • RE - Comparing places of worship and identifying the special objects and symbols within them as well as studying the Easter story. Topic question - What makes some places sacred?

 

 

Term 6 - Mini-beasts

English

Key text Mad about mini-beats, Superworm and The Very Busy Spider

Composition We will be using a text called 'Mad about mini-beats' to inspire riddle writing.The children will also be studying the text 'The Very Busy Spider' which will also inspire short narratives as well as writing about personal experiences.

Vocabulary, Punctuation, Grammar

  • Use suffixes -er and -est in adjectives
  • Use compund words, for example super + man = superman

Mathematics

Measurement - Time

  • Tell time to O'clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and 5 minute intervals
  • Find duration of time
  • Compare durations of time

Mass, Capacity and Temperature

  • Measure mass in g and kg
  • Measure capacity in ml and l
  • Compare volume using ml and l
  • Four operations with mass and volume
  • Measure temperature

Science 

Living things and their habitats

  • explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food

Foundation Subjects

  • Computing - Creating and amending bar graphs.  Creating branching databases and identifying things by using specific questions.

  • D&T - Investigating, designing and evaluating catapults powered by levers.

  • Music - Exploring patterns and repetition in music.

  • Art - Drawing lines from observations and investigate tone by shading different objects.  Experimenting with joining recycled, man-made and natural materials.  Experiment with arranging, folding, repeating, overlapping and patterns.  Explore the work of different artists and designers

  • PSHCE - Discussing how children change over time and what we can learn about from the past as we move forward.  Looking at disabilities and how people completing in the Paralympics have overcome challenges.  To know that other families might be similar or different to mine.

  • RE - Comparing places of worship and identifying the special objects and symbols within them as well as studying the Easter story. Topic Question - How should we care for others and for the world and why does it matter?

  • PE - Outdoor sport - Tri-Golf. Outdoor sport - Rounders

If you would like to find out any more about the curriculum for any year group, please contact Miss Baker (Curriculum Leader and Deputy Headteacher) on jbaker@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Key Dates 

Reading and Phonics

Throughout Key Stage 1, the children will be asked to read every night for their homework.  The school has a book scheme that is grouped into different stages.  These books are from a number of different publishers and school book schemes to enable the children to develop a love of reading a wide range of texts.  The children are encouraged to read every night for their homework.  Once they complete the book scheme, they will become a 'Free Reader' and will be able to select books from the classroom to read at home, under the guidance of the class teacher or teaching assistant. This year we are introducing a reading challenge which will encourage the children to read for at least 10 minutes every night.

For the first two terms this academic year there will be a focus on practising the phonic sounds (following Letters and Sounds) in preparation for the delayed Year 1 phonics screen in December.  After that in Year 2, the children will continue to develop their use of phonics for spelling.  The children will look at a variety of spelling rules for different phonemes as well as working on spelling the common exception words for Year 2. 

Provision Map

Please click here to access the whole school provision map outlining all the interventions taking place in the school.  If you have questions about any of the provision that is taking place for your child, please ask your child's class teacher.

A Friendly Reminder

In Year Two, please remember to bring in the following items labelled with your child's name:

    • PE Kit: Discovery School T-Shirt, plimsolls/trainers, navy shorts or tracksuit. Please also pack a spare pair of socks and a hair band if your child wears tights or wears their hair loose.

    • Wellington boots in wet weather (please also pack shoes for the classroom if wellingtons are worn to school).

    • A spare set of clothes in a separate bag (for toilet accidents and falls in the playground).

    • In the colder weather, hats, gloves and a scarf are needed and in the warmer weather sun hats and sun cream will be required.

Homework

In Year Two, we will endeavour to look at the children's school reading books every day, therefore, please ensure your child brings in their reading book and record. As far as possible, books will be changed every day but please be aware that there will be times when this is not possible.  We are aware that sometimes only a page or chapter is read.  This is absolutely fine but please still bring in the reading record as we like to look at what reading has taken place.

We will continue to give maths homework in the form of Big Maths. We will hand out practise sheets as and when the children request them, we do not need the practise sheets to be handed back to us. Each week the children will be timed to see how many questions they can complete, their achievements will be celebrated and their sheet sent home so you can see their progress.

On this page there is a link to a list of the Year 2 Common Exception Words. These are the words the children are expected to be able to read and spell correctly by the end of Year 2. Please spend time practising these words, reading and spelling them. We won't be testing the children on them but we will expect to see them being spelt correctly in their learning.