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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

In Class 2, the teacher is Mrs Neave and she is supported by Miss McBurney and Miss Hughes. Please find below a brief outline of the topics to be covered this year and our daily/weekly routines which are explained in the Year 2 class booklet. We follow a two-year rolling programme in Key Stage 1 and we try to plan as much of our learning as possible around our current topics. This creates an immersive and exciting learning experience for the children. Here is an overview of the topics to be covered over the coming year in Class 2:

TermsTopics CoveredBrief Outline
Autumn 1George StephensonThis is a history-based topic which provides children with the opportunity to begin their historical learning right in the town that they live in. Children will look into the life of George Stephenson and contextualise the knowledge of George Stephenson’s Rocket and the development of the first public railway line right here in Stockton. They will investigate the ways George Stephenson and his son revolutionised rail travel to make it what it is today.
Autumn 2The House That Jack BuiltDuring this science-based topic the children will investigate a variety of everyday materials. They will learn to differentiate between the name of an object and the material it is made from. Children will then go on to investigate the suitability of different materials for different purposes. In English, children will explore a range of traditional tales and use role play and hot seating as a basis for their writing. During design technology lessons children will investigate different ways of joining materials to make their very own traditional tale hand puppet. 
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Noah’s ArkThis vast and exciting topic provides the children with the opportunity to learn about the religious beliefs of Christians through the story of Noah’s Ark. It also provides links to other curriculum areas such as science where children learn about a range of living things and their habitats and English where children begin to deepen their knowledge of nonfiction texts.
Summer 1Treasure IslandA Geography based topic which helps children to compare their own locality to the wider world. Children will look at the life and travels of pirates through map skills and compass points and identify key human and physical features of their surrounding area.  
Summer 2Florence Nightingale and Edith CavellDuring this topic children will research and learn about the lives of Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell. They will compare life in the past to their lives today and talk about the role of nurses and hospitals have changed over the years. They will look at the role of women in the past and how Florence and Edith have made significant contributions to enable us to live the way we live today.

Class Booklet:

Home Learning:
Home learning will be set on a Friday either on Seesaw or via a paper based task. Home learning should be completed by the following Thursday. Children should be able to attempt home learning independently, but may need some adult support to help them keep on task and to answer any questions if they get stuck. They may need some support with typing or annotating their work using the SeeSaw tools. Home learning tasks are normally English or maths based, but can take the form of topic or research based activities. 

The children will receive new spellings every Friday and will be tested on these words the following Thursday. The spellings children are given link to the spelling pattern we have been learning in class that week. Please use the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method in their yellow spelling books to help the children learn their spellings. I will note any mistakes in your child’s book for further revision at home. 

Reading :
Please encourage your child to read their reading books as often as possible at home. It is beneficial for your child to read daily. They don’t have to complete a book each night, but a couple of pages every day is extremely valuable to making good progress in reading. Your child has the opportunity to change their book as much as necessary. In Year Two we encourage children to take ownership of their reading and support them to ask to change their book once they have completed their current book. We will support with this as much as possible as we understand many children will need help with this. Please send your child’s reading packet to school every day. We ask you to support your child with their reading by reading with your child 3 times per week as minimum. Please sign and date your child’s reading record each time they have read with an adult.  

PE :
Our PE sessions in Year 2 are on Wednesdays and Thursdays this term. Mr Sheahan will be teaching PE on a Thursday, but this may be subject to change.  Parents will be notified of any changes via School Comms. Please make sure that all earrings are removed on PE days and that your child has the appropriate PE kit for outdoor PE in school on those days. 

Our current Year 2 cohort photo gallery

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