Year 2 2021 - 2022
STEM and RE Lead
Year 2 Teacher
Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome to our class page. Here you will find out all you need to know about Year 2 and be able to follow our exciting learning journey throughout the year. I am looking forward to getting back to 'normal' after a very tricky time over the last 18 months and we have lots of exciting learning planned for the future! The children have already settled so well into their new classroom and have been exploring the continuous provision we have to offer.
As mentioned in our back to school meeting, I will be with the class Monday - Thursday. Mrs Tomlinson will teach Year 2 on a Friday and will lead a 'curriculum day' for the children where they will be taught areas of the wider curriculum. This allows me to focus on the core subjects of Maths and English, as well as our enquiry theme. Mrs Mawrey will be covering my PPA on a Wednesday afternoon and will teach the children a rotation of RE, PSHE and Music.
The children's PE days are Tuesday and Friday. Please make sure that your child comes to school in the stipulated PE kit for those days. As the weather turns a little colder into the Autumn and Winter, please consider wearing long sleeved jumpers / fleeces and joggers / tracksuit bottoms. We also advise that children wear trainers rather than PE pumps for stability and support.
As always, I am contactable at all times! You are welcome to send a message on SEESAW or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, if it is anything urgent regarding day to day problems, please contact Mrs Carthy in the school office who will be happy to help.
Here's to a fantastic year ahead!
This half term we are learning about...
How did the Great Fire of London change our capital city?
Our key text this half term is The King who Banned the Dark. When a little boy grows up to be king, he decides to use his power to tackle his fear of the dark by banning it. His advisors persuade him that the best way to do this is by convincing the people that it was what they wanted anyway. They even plan a celebration of the dark ban with a grand fireworks display but maybe the people are not as susceptible as the king and his advisors believe. This is a thought provoking story about how dark is needed to enjoy the light and how to overcome our fears.I'm sure the children will love exploring the bold illustrations in the vehicle text with their limited use of colour. and will delight in writing their own set of rules for how to be a royal leader and write their own stories about a different mistake.
The premise for the range of books covered in whole class reading is that children will gain an understanding of the Great Fire of London, how it started, the reasons for its rapid spread and how the fire was fought. Children will also gain an understanding of what London was like in 1666 and how the city changed in the aftermath of the fire.
Children will learn about how and when the Great Fire started. They will be able to recognise and order the events of the Great Fire during the 5-day period in which it ravaged London by looking at Samuel Pepys’ recount of the time. The children will identify the methods and equipment used to try to stop the fire and the conditions which meant the fire spread quicker than necessary. Time will be spent looking at how London has changed since the fire. The children will understand the job of an architect and how Christopher Wren helped to rebuild the city under King Charles’ instructions. They will identify the new regulations put in place to keep the city safe in the future such as house materials and firefighting equipment. Children will also locate the relevant key parts of London such as Pudding Lane, St. Pauls’ Cathedral, River Thames etc to understand how the city has changed over time.
We will be looking closely at different media that can be used to create a textured collage of the Great Fire. We will experiment with creating collages linked to fire and the different colours witnessed throughout the stages of the Great Fire. We will learn how to manipulate materials such as tissue paper, cellophane, felt and other fabrics to see how these textures change when using PVA glue.
We will be learning all about materials! Children will identify and discuss the uses of different everyday materials so that they become familiar with how some materials are used for more than one thing (metal can be used for coins, cans, cars and table legs; wood can be used for matches, floors, and telegraph poles) or different materials are used for the same thing (spoons can be made from plastic, wood, metal, but not normally from glass). They will pay particular attention to the properties of materials that make them suitable or unsuitable for particular purposes and will be encouraged to think about unusual and creative uses for everyday materials.
We will directly link our knowledge of materials to the Great Fire and inve
stigate the development of waterproof fabric which was invented by Charles Macintosh. As the houses were made of wood during the fire, we will design and innovate our own brand new city using all of the knowledge we have learnt to create a fire resistant environment to keep the population safe! We will link this to our Sustainable Development Goal of Industry, Innovation and Infrastruture.
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