Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Year 2

Mrs S Mole
Class Teacher

Mrs S Parr
Class Teacher
Miss M Baptiste
Teaching Assistant

Year 2 is a very exciting year where we cover the topics ‘The Great Fire of London’, ‘Marvellous Maps’ and ‘The Victorians’. We make sure we have lots of fun while we learn and undertake lots of practical work in groups and pairs but we are also starting to begin more independent and structured learning.

Reading is hugely important and we are developing fluency, understanding and most importantly, we are learning to love books! In writing, we are beginning to write a little more. We love to get really stuck into a good book and then we use this to give us exciting ideas for our own stories, instructions, recounts and poems. Phonics is still very important and we use the sounds we have learnt to help us with spelling. In maths we are continuing to develop our mental arithmetic skills and we also learn how to write down some other methods. Maths is very hands on and we use lots of resources to help us. We enjoy practical work in all of our other subjects and we try to link these with other areas of the curriculum.

Year 2 is the last year of Key Stage One and we take this responsibility very seriously as we know we are role models for younger pupils. We are also excited to be getting ready for Key Stage Two!

Year 2 Curriculum Overview
Summer Term 2021

English
Power of Reading Texts: The Storm Whale, The Snail and the Whale, Anna Hibiscus  (Please do not read these stories before they are read in class) This term we will be ensuring all children are learning and using the key objectives for Year 2.  They will plan and edit writing to write coherently and will learn how to correctly punctuate what they have written.  Children will continue to write a range of genres. Much of our writing will centre on our topic and various information books. For Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SpaG) children will learn how to identify different sentence types. They will learn how to use the past and present tense and how to form verbs and adjectives using different suffixes. There will be continued practise of different handwriting joins.

Maths
Multiplication and Division: we will continue to learnt  the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will begin to understand the concept of division through sharing. We will revise odd and even numbers. Statistics: Children will be interpreting and constructing simple pictograms, tally charts block diagrams and simple tables. Fractions: Children will be learning how to recognise, find and name fractions 1/3, ¼, 2/4 and ¾ of a length, shape, objects or quantity. Measurement: we will revisit addition and subtraction through measuring height and length. Time: we will practice telling the time daily. Please help at home by asking your child to read the time to o’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to.

Science
Living things and their Habitats: children will learn about a variety of habitats, and the plants and animals that live there. They will to tell the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. They will research a range of global habitats and how the living things there are suited to their environments.

RE
The Good News: through this topic the children will hear stories from the Bible including Jairus’ Daughter, the Ten Lepers and the Feeding of the 5000. We will discuss the occasions when Jesus brought the good news of God’s love and forgiveness to people.  The Mass: we will learn about the different parts of the Mass. We will understand their meaning and significance and learn some of the responses. We will begin to prepare for Easter and will write our versions of the Easter story.  

Humanities
Our focus this term is Geography. The children will learn about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and will learn the continents and oceans of the world. We will make our own maps and look at countries that we know and have visited. We will also think about how to look after our planet.

Computing
In Computing children will use the Purple Mash scheme of work to learn about online safety. This will include the importance of keeping personal information private and where to go for help and support when they have concerns about using the internet. Children will also use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. 

PE
Games: the children will continue to practice running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will play team games, including attacking and defending.
Dance:  Pupils will perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Art/DT
In Art children will develop a wide range of art techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. They will have the opportunity to explore and use drawing, painting to share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
In DT children will learn about a healthy and varied diet, and use these basic principles to prepare dishes.

Music
The children will work in pairs and groups to invent their own pieces to music – choosing their own instruments.  They will use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Our lovely children have all recorded a class video of Christmas songs to help to bring some Christmas cheer to you, as you are not able to experience it with us in School this year. Please do have a look at this heart warming video. Thank you to Mrs Ley for her musical talents and encouragement and to Mr Foster for filming each class and producing the videos.

Useful links:

For speech and language resources and advice and tips for parents working at home with children who have SLCN visit:

https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

BBC Bitesize and Purple Mash are excellent resources for you to use. Click on the icon, have a look and see what you can learn!