Mrs J. Williams
Topic Web Spring 1 2019
Topic Web Autumn 2 2018
About the class...
Year 2 - Mrs R King
Learning Assistants - Mrs Bassett, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Williams
Year 2 is a warm and welcoming classroom where lots of exciting learning takes place. We believe that children learn best when they are having lots of fun!
Therefore all of the lessons are interactive, exciting and engaging.
Throughout Year 2, the children continue to develop their own independence.
They are given lots of responsibilities and they challenge themselves to achieve their full potential! With support from teachers and family at home, the children work hard on their goals.
Each child enters Year 2 at a different stage. Therefore we treat every child as an idividual and plan to cater for their individual needs.
We understand that every child learns in a different way and has different interests and it is our aim to adapt our teaching to suit the children.
We encourage their independence throughout, allowing them to take ownership of their learning and achievements and to understand how to solve problems on their own.
What do we learn?
We have daily maths and English/SPAG lessons. Our English work links to a whole class text such as 'The dinosaur diary' and 'Who was Rosa Parks?' We produce some fabulous writing linked to our text. We have reading lessons to help us work on year group reading objectives. We love finding evidence in reading to prove our points! We have daily opportunities to read across the curriculum. Staff will make comments in our reading records and support us with changing our books. We use My BookBlog to write blogs and reviews about the books we are reading. We learn to read then read to learn!
We teach most areas of the curriculum through the challenge curriculum where the different areas of the curriculum are linked through a common theme for example ‘Who was Rosa Parks?' (History), or ‘What do plants need to grow and survive?'?’ (Science).
Important things to remember: -
- We have PE every Thursday and Friday– please ensure that your full PE kits are in school for these sessions.
- Homework is set on a Friday and is due back on the following Tuesday – please ensure you bring it back on time.
- Reading books are changed as soon as the children have finished a book - we don't wait! - Please ensure your child brings their reading book every day as they start each day with quiet reading. If there are any issues please don't hesitate to ask.
- Spellings are provided every Monday and tested the following Friday - please ensure your child learns these spellings at home. We recommend little and often.
A dinosaur visit to Ashurst
As part of our enrichment at Ashurst, we invited Sophie, a life-size animatronic Tryannosaurus to visit our school. Sophie, a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex, is just seven years old and approaching KS2! She came onto our playground where she let us touch her skin and study her features. Year Two also enjoyed a ‘Long Ago workshop’ which brought prehistoric life into school, taking us back millions of years to discover the wonders of dinosaurs.
Using maths through science
In science, we used our maths skills to measure in metres how long the dinosaurs were. The longest dinosaur was 40 metres and went across the length of our playground, and more! We worked in teams to move the metre stick and draw lines to represent the length of their bodies.
Using reading to enhance our learning in history
In our history lesson, we learned about the life of Mary Anning. We used a number of sources including film, the internet and books. We read a non-fiction text about her life and then collected facts to place on a sider web. We worked with our 'Kagan' partner to gather this information. We then gave our sheet to other 'kagan' partners to see if they could add further information which we may have missed. Using this information, we then wrote recounts of Mary Anning's life.
The story of Moses
As part of our learning about Judaism, we learned about the story of 'Moses'. We read the story and then use drama to re-create some of the scenes. We made simple costumes to bring the story to life and took on our roles with great gusto! We produced extended pieces of writing and created beautiful illustrations of the story.
Learning about countries and continents
As part of topic learning, we used our geography skills to locate continents on a world map. A song called 'The seven continents song' helped us recall all seven continents, saying them in order from largest to smallest. We now understand that a 'continent' is not the same as a 'country'. Once we could locate the continents, we found at least four countries for each, drawing the flag alongside which we found in the Atlas. We used 'Google Earth' to support our learning. Super learning!
Our value this half term is 'Hope'
Our value this half term has supported our Remembrance activities. We have talked about respect and honour to those who lost their lives serving their country. We made 30 poppies to go in the wreath. Every one of the poppies has one of our names on, together with a personal message of respect, and hope for the future.
Our love of reading!
In reading lessons, we answered 'find and copy' questions on our whole class text 'The dinosaur diary'. We searched the text and found the answers with our highlighter pens. Mrs King challenged us to make up our own 'find and copy' questions. We are totally absorbed in this text and are loving the adventures of Hypsy and her babies!
Year Two became chefs for the day at Pizza Express Hope Street, Liverpool. We made tasty margherita pizzas and tried some different toppings including: olives, basil, peppers and onions. We took our pizzas home in a pizza box and had them for tea!