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Eldon Primary School

Aspiration, Determination, Success

Year 2

 

The Year 2 teachers are:

Ms Rawlinson – Assistant Head & KS1 Phase Leader

This year the class teachers are:

Miss Koumbas and Mrs Wells - Panther class

Miss Wright and Miss Azevedo - Lion class

Miss Cantrell -Leopard class

Miss Boateng - Jaguar class

 

We're very excited to welcome back all the new year 2 children after the summer holidays. 

Thank you to all the parents and carers who joined our year 2 curriculum meeting. We would like to remind you all that it is very important that you are reading with your children at home and signing their reading records. 

The year 2 teachers are always available to answer any questions should you have any.

We look forward to getting to know you all better throughout the school year. 

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Summer 1

 

This term, year 2 have worked extremely hard especially during our SATs tests. All the teachers were very impressed and proud of all the children’s learning journey since September.

In English, the children wrote informative reports all about woolly mammoths. This also linked to our work in History on the Stone Age.

Then, we wrote shape poems about leaves and then animals. We learnt about rhyme and what similes are. Can you spot them in the work?

 

In our maths lessons, we revisited time. We’ve practised telling the time in 15 minute and 5 minute intervals. We also learnt about different 2D and 3D shapes. We explored their properties and learnt how to identify and name them. We also learnt about different measures and reading scales.

During our science lessons, we completed our topic on plants and what they need to grow. We wrote up our conclusions on our investigations that we carried out before half term.

We also looked at keeping healthy including what hygiene is and what we need to eat to stay healthy. The children created posters to give people information on what they can do to keep clean.

 

We’ve loved learning about the Stone Age and how people in prehistoric Britain lived. We learnt some useful new vocabulary and used it in our written work about this interesting time in history. The children particularly enjoyed learning about how we can use cave paintings to find out about how people in this time lived. We even had a go at recreating our own cave pictures.

Our topic in DT this half term involved making moving cars in the style of wacky races. The children designed, made and tested their own cars and we think they looked great. Once the cars were made, the children raced them to see which designs were the most successful.

 

In RE we explored Islam and how Muslims celebrate Ramadan and Eid.


We’ve had a great half term and are looking forward to our final half term of year 2 after the break.

Spring 2

 

This half term in year 2, we have been reading the book Katie in London! We learnt the story and made up our own stories set in other places around the world. Some of us even set our stories in outer space! 

There was also an unexpected visit on the school field. We investigated to find out what had happened and then we wrote newspaper reports about the strange event.

In maths, we have been learning how to measure length and how to tell the time. The children have been excellent at telling the time this half term!

We’ve also revisited our plant topic in science and had a go at planting some seeds – we can’t wait to watch them grow over the next few week. We also set up an investigation to see what conditions are best for plants to grow.

In our history lessons, we have been learning about Queen Elizabeth I and comparing the two Queens: Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II. We looked at the types of clothes that Queen Elizabeth liked to wear and how she liked to be portrayed. We took inspiration from her clothes and learnt about Elizabethean embroidery. We designed our own patterns, learnt some different types of stitches and then we attempted to sew our designs onto fabric. Even though this was a tricky skill, the children worked hard and have produced some creative pieces of art work that we are very proud of.

Spring 1

 

We have had a great half term in year 2! The children have had lots of exciting learning opportunities and have completed some wonderful work. In English we read the story of The Black Hat. We retold the story using some wonderful descriptions.

We also designed and made our own healthy vegetables soups. We practised using a knife to chop, slice and dice and a grater to grate different types of vegetables before we made our different soups with the vegetables we chose. They were delicious! Then, we wrote out our recipes in our writing lessons.                                   

In maths, we have been learning about money. We have learnt to recognise coins, find different ways of making the same value and to add money.

 In geography, we learnt about the countries that make up the UK. We have also been learning about the seven continents of the world, countries that are in them and the surrounding seas.                         

In History, we have learnt about Queen Elizabeth II. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary to do with monarchs which we will use next half term when we learn about Queen Elizabeth I.

In RE, we learnt all about Hanukkah and how Jewish people celebrate this festival.

In science, we’ve learnt about materials and their properties. We’ve tested out different materials in our lessons to find out which ones are best to make an umbrella for teddy and which are best for their curtains so they can sleep at night.

We‘ve had a great half term in Year 2. The children have all worked very hard and we look forward to next half term.

Autumn Term 

In year 2 this half term we continued learning about The Great Fire of London. We read the story of Toby and The Great Fire of London and wrote about it in English and in Art, we created our own silhouette pictures. We learnt about colour mixing to create our backgrounds and then used our cutting skills to create our silhouettes. Have a look:

In maths, we learnt how to add, subtract and multiply. We’ve been learning to understand what multiplication is and used arrays to help us learn how multiplication works.

 In geography, we learnt about human and physical features and how to identify towns, villages, cities, farms, cliffs and ports. We’ve learnt lots of new vocabulary which we have been using in our geography lessons.

In History, we learnt about Gladys Aylward who was from Edmonton (just like us!). We learnt about her life and wrote our own fact files about all the amazing things she did with her life. Did you know that there’s a local school named after her?

In RE, we learnt all about Sikhism. We read the story of Guru Nanak, learnt why he is an important person to Sikhs and found out how Sikh people celebrate his birthday. We even painted our own pictures of him and learnt about why people respect him.

In science, we’ve learnt about living things and their habitats. We learnt how to create food chains and all about how animals are suited to their habitats.

 We’ve also learnt about what makes us the same and different in PSHE. We learnt that even if we are all different, we can still get along and respect each other!

We‘ve had a great half term in Year 2.

The children have all worked very hard and we would like to wish you all a very restful break.

Autumn 2

In year 2 this half term we have been learning all about The Great Fire of London.

In DT we made our own structures. We created dolls houses by learning how to join wood.

We practised using a saw and creating joins.

 

Maths

In maths, we have learnt all about place value and representing numbers in different ways. We then moved onto learning how to use bar models to add and subtract numbers.

Geography

In geography, we learnt the compass points and went on a walk around the local area to help us practise using them.

PHSE

We’ve also learnt about what good friends are in PSHE. We thought of qualities we look for in friends and then decided what we can do to be good friends to others.

 

Autumn 1

This half term we will be focussing on place value and addition and subtraction in maths. 

In English, we are retelling the story of the runaway train and writing letters to year 1. We will also be working hard on our phonics in preparation for the phonics screening in December as well as working on our handwriting. 

In science, we have started learning about plants and when they they need to be planted. We have even had a go at planting our own bulbs which we look forward to seeing in the Spring. 

‚ÄčIn history, we are learning all about The Great Fire of London.

In geography, we are learning about direction and then later we will be learning all about the importance of recycling. 

In DT, we are planning on designing and building our own doll's houses. 

In RE, we are learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali and why it is celebrated. 

We are also enjoying two PE lessons a week (dance and games) and we are continuing our PSHE work to help us become respectful members of society.

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