Welcome to Year 2!
Meet the team!
Mrs Paige 2P Miss Bryssau 2B (class teachers)
Mr Wotton and Mrs Lumsden (teaching assistants)
Mrs Mitchell & Mr Cuzner (PPA/cover teachers)
All children require a book bag in which to store and transport reading books, spelling books, home-school liaison books and letters.
A clear, medium-sized water bottle with a sports-flip lid
(in order to avoid spillage,please do not carry water bottles inside book bags)
Fruit & Snack:
ALL children in Year 2 continue to be provided with one piece of fruit per day.
However, children are invited to bring a healthy snack (clearly named) for their morning playtime snack.
Indoor PE : Fridays
Outdoor Games: Mondays
PE Kit : Black shorts & white T-shirt, trainers or plimsolls
No need for a tracksuit as we still get outside in Winter with coats on.
Children can come to school in PE kit on the days that they have PE.
Please make sure ALL PE kit and Uniform is clearly NAMED
Dates for diaries:
Behind the Stable Door Christmas productions:
Tuesday 6th December at 9.30am
Wednesday 7th December at 2pm
Topics Covered Throughout the Year
Autumn Term : Sailing the Seven seas!
Spring Term : Near, Far, Wherever you are.
Summer Term : Here, There and Everywhere!
Our Topic this term is: Looking Back!
English- We will be looking at poetry and making up poems for Bonfire night using our senses and then acrostic poems about Remembrance day. We will look at the Plague and write information texts and then write diaries about the Great Fire of London.
Maths- We will continue looking at formal methods for addition and subtraction using the column method before looking at money – different coins, finding totals and giving change. We will start our unit on Multiplication before Christmas, looking at arrays and equal groups.
Science – We will observe changes across the four seasons and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We look at ditterent types of trees and identify them by their leaves and look at seed dispersal.
ICT – We will learn to recognise that different devices can be used to capture photographs and will gain experience capturing, editing, and improving photos. Finally, we will use this knowledge to recognise that images they we may not be real.
Art – We will make paper poppies for our Remembrance display and collage/ pastels to create Fire of London images.
DT – We will make ‘Pomanders’ using oranges with cloves linked to our History topic about the Plague.
PE – In dance, we will create and perform individually and in pairs and groups about the Great Fire of London. We will use changes in speed, level, direction and space in the dance and include the following three sections
Section 1 - The beginning of the fire. Circling, shapes, large, small, whole body actions, individual body parts, slow, continuous and controlled, on the spot, travelling, different directions e.g. side by side, facing each other.
Section 2 - The fire spreads. Jumping, travelling, quick and sudden,
explode and fade, speeding up, slowing down, body shape. Moving in opposite directions, unison, canon, meeting and parting
Section 3 -The Great Fire ends. Fade and slowing down. Moving in opposite directions, unison, canon, meeting and parting
Geography – We will locate London on a map and link to Guy Fawkes and the houses of parliament and will look at changes to London over time. We will look at maps showing the places affected by the Great Fire of London and look at pictures of London in 1666 and present day, finding information about the two eras using secondary sources.
History - We will look at much history during this term including investigating reasons behind the Gunpowder plot, we will focus also on the reasons we celebrate Remembrance day. We look further back into History and investigate the Plague in London and why it happened, what was done to help and how the Great Fire of London stopped the Plague.
PSHE – Using the whole school PSHE programme JIGSAW we will be looking at Celebrating difference and start to understand that sometimes people make assumptions about boys and girls (stereotypes). This will be linked to our weekly assemblies.
Please see the attached files below which outline the WRITING and READING objectives that we will be covering in Year 2.
Children in Year 2 will read with and adult at least once every week and will be given a 'reading day'. However, all children will also be involved in 'guided or group' reading activities throught each week.
Our main focus in Year 2 reading is on COMPREHENSION. Children will be required to use their skills of prediction, deduction and inference to discuss the text. Lots of practice at home will really help with this.
Please find time to read and discuss your books at least 4 or 5 times each week.
Children in Year 2 are expected to do a little more writing than they were used to in Year 1. They will be learning to join their letters together so any chance they get to practise their writing at home is of great benefit. We will be (hopefully) enriching our writing with lots of describing words and phrases, which again, can be practised orally at home.
Children will be getting used to editing and improving their own writing with 'purple-polishing pens'!
There will be considerable emphasis on GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION & SPELLING so be prepared for some new terminology!!
In Year 2 most children have 10 individual spelling to learn each week. These will be assessed in the first 2 weeks of term and then given out on a Thursday and tested the following Thursday.
These will include the First 100 High Frequency Words
As well as learning their spellings in list form, children are expected to correctly use their newly-learnt spellings in their writing.
Please find time to practise your spellings at least 4 or five times each week.
Please see the attached document below which outlines the National Curriculum Year 2 maths objectives.
The children will be learning in a variety of ways with lots of mental/oral work, group/collaborative work, partner work and of course some important written recording. They will begin to look for ways to correct their own work and extend their learning with next steps.
Here in Year 2 we will continue to build on the skills and knowledge that they acquired in Year 1. Initially, we will be working hard on place value (hundreds, tens and units,) and number bonds to 20
eg. 11 +9 =20 9 + 11 = 20 8 + 7 = 15 7 + 8 = 15
This will include knowing these facts by heart as well as being able to swap the sum over and apply these facts to practical problem solving.
We will also begin to learn our 2X, 5X and 10X tables and relate this to sharing/dividing too.
Lots of practical and fun measuring activities have been planned too so watch this space!
Whilst it is important for the children to regularly practise their reading and spelling, it is equally important to boost confidence in maths. Short, daily practice with addition/subtraction facts and times tables is therefore also recommended.
At Manadon Vale, RE is taught to give every child the opportunity to explore the big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to their lives. Pupils gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief and to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the Plymouth Agreed Syllabus for RE. The principal religions and non-religious worldviews represented in the UK are covered taught through 'Key Questions'. These key questions are explored through the study of sacred texts, through creative arts, with visiting speakers and visits to places of worship and with lively discussion and debate.
In Year 2 the key questions are:
What do Christians believe God is like?
Who is a Muslim and how do they live?
Why does Christmas matter to Christians (Incarnation.)
What is the ‘good news’ Christians believe Jesus brings?
Why does Easter matter to Christians?
Useful websites to support your learning
(To practise those times tables!)