2MS Mrs Maxfield – Teacher Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Mrs Stacey – Teacher Thursday and Friday
Miss Craddy – Teaching Assistant
2M Mrs Mawson – Teacher
Mrs Bottomley – Teaching Assistant
Literacy and Numeracy
In literacy and numeracy children are following the national strategies. A greater emphasis is now placed on spelling and grammar in Literacy and on mental calculation, problem solving and reasoning skills in maths, including knowing the two, three, five and ten times tables by heart.
Topic 1 – Australia and me
Children will begin to develop an understanding of the context of the United Kingdom and the wider world using world maps, globes and atlases. They will explore and research similarities and difference comparing our own city of Leeds with Canberra in Australia focusing on the human and physical Geography of both cities. Children will study the city of Leeds to gain an understanding of their own heritage.
In Science children will learn about the life cycle of plants and animals and in ICT children will work on staying safe on the internet.
Topic 2 – London’s Burning
Children will learn about the Great Fire of London as an event beyond living memory that is significant nationally. They will also consider ways in which we find out about the past using a variety of sources for example Samuel Pepys diary and contemporary art. They will be introduced to thinking about the reliability of sources.
In Science children will explore the uses of different materials and will investigate how materials can be changed by heating and cooling.
In ICT children will work on programming a floor turtle, learning to give accurate commands to create routes, patterns and shapes.
Topic 1 – Inspirational people
Children will learn about the lives of significant people in History comparing the life and work of Florence Nightingale and that of Mary Seacole. Children will also deepen their knowledge by learning about the importance of Florence Nightingale’s work and the continued impact of her legacy today.
In Science children will deepen their knowledge about animas including humans and will learn about basic needs of animals to survive and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
In ICT children will begin to record and edit videos.
Topic 2 – On land and under the sea.
Children will further their knowledge in Science about living things and their habitats. They will explore a variety of different habitats and will consider how different habitats provide for the needs of different animals and plants. They will learn about how animals and plants depend on each other to survive.
In Geography children will revisit work on the UK and Australia building upon their existing knowledge of each country. They will study aspects of the Great Barrier Reef for example animals, plant life and climate, contrasting this with the coastal areas of the UK. In ICT children will deepen their knowledge of programming skills.
Topic 1 – Transport now and then
Children will study transport to learn about aspects of change in national life. They will learn about the changes in popular transport linked to the changes in power.
In Geography children will investigate transport links including roads, rivers railways and canals. They will use simple compass directions and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and to describe routes.
In ICT children will start to use devices to record and use sound.
Topic 2 The world garden
Children will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. They will have opportunities to plant a variety of different plants and will carry out investigations related to plant needs. They will compare Australian plants and plants from around the world with common UK plants studying the differing conditions they need to thrive and grow. Children will also look at plants native to the UK and to learn more about plant habitats.
In ICT children will learn how people communicate using different devices on the internet and what devices use the internet.
Parents are made aware of current learning in Year 2 via termly newsletters, homework books and reading diaries.
Children are set weekly home learning tasks in Literacy, Maths and in topic as appropriate. Parental support with this is both valued and appreciated.