Welcome to Year 2
Class teacher: Mr Carey and Mrs McPherson
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Leverton, Mrs Averre
This half term our topic is "Our World". We will focus on local geography. We will explore the local area. We will explore and look at different maps in order to examine the physical (such as hills, valleys and rivers) and human (such as houses, school buildings, farms, shops and the church) features or our local area. Once we have considered some of the geographical features of our immediate area, we will expand our study to Cornwall and the U.K. We will also be learning about Easter and visiting Kea Church to learn more about how Christians celebrate Easter.
Literacy kicks off this term with a focus on stories about toys by familiar authors such as Shirley Hughes and Mick Inkpen. We will innovate on these stories to create our own lost toy stories. After this, we turn our writing to poetry - focussing on nature poetry, inspired by spring. Finally we will write a non-chronological report about our local area.
In maths, we will continue to work on identifying and using fractions and consolidating our knowledge of shapes. Following this, we will work on telling the time and time themed maths problems. Finally, we will revise the four operations and prepare for KS1 SATs.
Autumn 2 Festivals and Faiths
This half term we will be learning about Hindu and Christian festivals. We will have a visit from Daya, a Hindu expert and be immersed in Puja (home worship) and learn about the story of Rama and Sita. We will find out how Christians celebrate Christmas and how Divali and Christmas are similar and different. We will visit Kea Church on 2nd December and learn about special symbols found in the church. All of our learning about the Nativity story will culminate in a fantastic festive production on 11th and 12th December.
Autumn 1 Houses and Homes
We will compare the earliest houses, Victorian houses and modern day houses. By exploring how people used to cook, wash, sleep and relax in their homes, we will develop our understanding of how our home lives have changed, whilst our basic needs have remained the same. In Geography, we will consider how location and climate determine our basic needs and the materials we use in our houses and homes.
Watch this space for photos and examples of our learning!
We are visiting Lanhydrock House on Monday October 7th.
In our "letters and overviews" section we have added our welcome to year 2 Powerpoint from the parent briefing for those of you that couldn’t make it. We will continue to add curriculum overviews, letters and information to this part of the website.
St Piran’s and World Book Day 2020
On Thursday 5th March, we had a double celebration with World Book Day and St Piran’s Day. KS1 were vertically grouped and they took part in lots of lovey creative activities to promote our love of Cornwall and books!
With Mrs Harvey, the children made man engines and did some Cornish singing and dancing. With Mrs Olive, the children story mapped a Cornish story and made their own Cornish coat of arms. Finally, with Mrs McPherson, the children made Cornish scones and then had a cream tea and the story of St Piran.
Much fun was had by all and it was a super opportunity for the children in KS1 to all get to know each other better.
As part of our Christmas in Europe topic, we visited Kea Church. We had a brilliant time! We got the chance to test our speed and our shape skills by racing to build a tower of presents. We talked about what Christmas means to us and we learned about what Christmas means to Christians. We got dressed up for a mini advent production. We made Christmas decorations with Christmas messages on them. These decorations are displayed on the Kea Christmas tree for the whole Kea congregation to enjoy. Finally we lit advent candles to represent hope, peace, love, joy and Christmas.
For our remberance day celebrations we made clay poppies! We can’t wait to see them once they’re displayed outside our school!
In maths mastery we look at problems in lots of different ways. Today we practiced subtractions which crossed 10 using dienes and place value charts.
As part of our living things and their habitats topic, we went on a habitat hunt around our school. We looked for different habitats and discussed what animals might live there. We also thought about some of the advantages and disadvantages of each habitat.
Summer Term 2 2019
For our final topic in year 2, we will be learning about plants and animals. We’ll find out where the rainforests are in geography. In science we’ll explore the diverse species of rainforest plants and animals. Also, we will be celebrating different athletics skills in our annual Sports Day on Friday 21st June (weather permitting!) We look forward to cheering the children on as they show what they can do on this special day. At the end of the term we look forward to presenting our learning to the parents at our annual Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 parent presentation in the hall.
Summer Term 1 2019This half term we will be learning about ‘Toys from the past’. We will be comparing new and old toys, making toys and reading lots of toy themed stories. We are creating a toy museum in our classroom, so if anyone has any old toys that may be of interest to our topic, please let us know as we would be very interested in looking at them. We will be also be giving the children “Challenge Papers” (SATs tests) during this term. They take place in normal lesson time and are presented to the children in a fun way.