Year 2

 

The Year Two team is made up of:

Attenborough Class: 

  • Miss Charlton, Class Teacher (Year 2 Lead and Science Lead)

    email: acharlton@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Miss Cook, Attenborough Class Teaching Assistant

  • Key Workers - Mrs Steer, Mrs Lodder, Mrs Ward-Lewis 

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 classroom.

Edison Class: 

  • Mrs Boulton, Class Teacher (Assistant Head) / Mrs Latter (Thursday)

      email: sboulton@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Mrs Catt, Edison Class Teaching Assistant

  • Key Worker - Mrs Gibb

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 classroom. 

 

Bell Class: 

  • Miss Roe, Class Teacher (KS1 Science Leader)

    email: eroe@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Miss Howard, Bell Class Teaching Assistant

  • Key Worker - Miss Lee

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 classroom.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via email or speak to us at the end of the day.

 

Our topics for the year are as follows:


Term 1 - Where in the world are we?

English

Key text: Journey, Aaron Becker 

Composition We will be using the beautiful, wordless text, 'Journey' as inspiration for our writing about feelings, the children will write postcards and diary entries. 

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

  • Geography - Locating the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas. 

  • History - Ordering the events of a story.

  • Music - How does music help us make friends?

  • Art - Making tints using white. Create paintings inspired by 'Journey'.

  • Computing - Locating letter keys and understand how to use the shift key. Confidently accessing an ipad and saving and printing on an online platform.

  • PSHE - 'Making friends, feeling lonely and getting help.' / 'Managing secrets; resisting pressure and getting help.'

  • RE - Understanding Islam.  

  • PE - Outdoor sport - football / Indoor activity - Gymnastics. 

Term 2 - How can we look after our planet?

English

Key texts: Tidy, Emily Gravett. Dear Greenpeace, Simon James. Michael Recycle, Ellie Bethel. 

Composition In Term 2, we will be asking ourselves what we can do to look after the environment. We will use a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to inspire fact file and letter writing. We will be challenging ourselves to extend and add more interest to our sentences.  

Vocabulary, Punctuation, Grammar

  • Use commas to separate items in a list
  • Use co-ordinating conjunctions (or, and, but)

Mathematics 

Measurement - Money

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

Multiplication 

  • Recognise and make and add equal groups (multiplication)
  • Use arrays
  • Use and apply the 2, 5, 10 times tables

Science

Everyday materials and their uses

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

Foundation Subjects

  • Geography - Studying the human and physical features of the school's surroundings and Kings Hill.

  • History - Recount changes in our own lives over time. 

  • Music - To be confirmed.

  • Computing - Blubots - Understanding and creating an algorithm. Debugging simple programmes. Predicting the behaviours of simple programmes. Understanding and navigating a simple website and sending messages electronically. 

  • PSHE - 'Recognising things in common and differences.'

  • RE - Understanding Christianity and the Christian Christmas story. Retelling Bible stories and stories from other faiths about caring for others and the World. 

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

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

Term 3 - Who was Samuel Pepys?

Key Texts: Vlad and the Great Fire of London, Kate Cunningham. The Great Fire of London, Emma Adams. 

Composition In Term 3, we will be using the story of Vlad, a flea living on a rat in 1666, to inspire diary entries and newspaper articles. We will be introducing the skill of editing by making simple additions, revisions and corrections. 

Vocabulary, Punctuation, Grammar

  • 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 

Division 

  • Use and apply the 2, 5, 10 times tables
  • Make equal groups by grouping and sharing 
  • Divide by 2, 5, 10

Statistics 

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

Science

Materials and their properties

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

Foundation Subjects

  • History - Understanding the events of The Great Fire of London. Using information to describe differences between then and now. Recounting main events from a key historical event.

  • Music - How does music teach us about the past?

  • Art - Experimenting with tools and surfaces. Darken colours using black. 

  • Computing - Recognising common uses of technology outside of school. Making choices about using software and using a range of hardware independently.

  • PSHE - 'Belonging to a group; roles and responsibilities; being the same and different in the community.' 

  • RE - Discussing ways in which stories, objects, symbols and actions show what people believe.

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

  • D & T - Using levers and pulleys to make a fire-fighting machine. 

Terms 4 - Why are places different?

English

Key texts: Where the Forest Meets the Sea, Jeannie Baker.

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.   

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

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

  • Geography - Understanding similarities and differences of a small area of the UK and of a small non-European country. Identifying weather patterns in the UK and hot and cold areas of the world.

  • History - Learning about the life of a local hero (Dame Kelly Holmes). 

  • Music - To be confirmed.

  • Computing - Producing work on ipads using features of programs and tools. Beginning to understand how to create presentations. 

  • PSHE - 'Looking after money.'

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

  • RE - Learning about the Easter Story.  

 Term 5 - What makes a hero?

English

Key texts: Florence Nightingale, Demi. Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell, Nick Hunter.

Composition To be confirmed. 

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 

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 two historical figures, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell. 

  • Music - To be confirmed.

  • D & T - Making a healthy salad or wrap. 

  • PSHE - 'Keeping healthy; why sleep is important; managing feelings and asking for help.'

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

  • RE - Discussing some of the ways in which music is used in worship and how the different music makes us feel. 

Term 6 - Mini-beasts

English

Key text Mad about mini-beasts, Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz. Superworm, Julia Donaldson. The Very Busy Spider, Eric Carle.  

Composition We will be using 'Mad about mini-beasts' to inspire riddle writing. Eric Carle's 'The Very Busy Spider'  will 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 - Lego Wedo - Understanding and creating an algorithm. Debugging simple programmes. Predicting the behaviours of simple programmes.

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

  • Music - To be confirmed.

  • Art - Collecting, sorting and matching colours to create a collage. Exploring sculpture.

  • PSHE - 'Growing older; naming body parts.' / 'Moving class or year group.'

  • RE - Using creative ways to express ideas about the creation story and what it says about what God is like. 

  • PE - Outdoor sport - Tri-Golf. Outdoor sport - Sports Day Practice.

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

Our PE days in Year 2 are a Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in the PE kit on these days.

Please remember to bring in the following items labelled with your child's name:

                  - 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 practice 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.