Welcome to our Year 2 Class Page
We have a very exciting year of learning ahead of us. We hope that the following information about our curriculum and routines will help you and your child settle into Willow Class.
Year 2 Teaching Team
Mrs Noone – Class Teacher
Miss Roberts – Teaching Assistant
Physical Education Reminders
P.E kits are required on a Monday (Dance) and Wednesday (P.E.)
On a Tuesday the children will be given homework and spellings, the Homework and spellings book should be returned to school by Friday. Children should aim to read and learn spellings on a daily basis. The children will have a weekly spelling test on a Monday.
Children will be sent home with two or three reading books on a Monday and they need to be returned to school on a Friday.
This year at Kings Meadow, in a change to our curriculum, we have developed new themes and learning sequences to inspire our children that ‘LEARNING MEANS THE WORLD’! Information about our new ‘Dimensions’ Curriculum can be found in the Curriculum section of this website. The following information is specific to Year 2.
In Year 2 we are ‘PATHFINDERS’. Through our teaching, and the experiences we offer, this year our children will learn how to become:
INNOVATIVE- I can generate new ideas.
DECISIVE- I can choose the best way to express my thoughts and feelings.
CREATIVE- I can share my ideas and experiences with others, as part of a group.
INDEPENDENT- I am not afraid to ‘have a go’
Current Curriculum Theme
Our current theme is ‘Inter-nation Media Station’. It is part of our whole school focus on COMMUNICATION.
“Inter-Nation Media Station” is a thematic unit all about media and broadcasting. There is a key subject focus on history, through which pupils will learn about early methods of communication, leading to the invention of both the television and radio. Pupils will develop confidence in oracy, through opportunities to work on their own broadcasts.
The other subjects included in this thematic unit are art, design technology, drama, ICT / computing, literacy, maths, music and PSHE. Breadth comes, not only from the range of subjects offered, but also from their careful integration, leading to more connected thinking. Global Dimensions help pupils develop a wider perspective and understand the links between their own lives and those of people around the globe, as well as understanding their own place in the worldwide community.
Learning Means the World puts great emphasis on curriculum depth. We focus on common attributes that ensure provision of a deep curriculum and use them to underpin our thematic units. We consider these to be:- meaning and relevance; cohesion; opportunities for inquiry; development of critical, creative and high order thinking skills; integration of subjects; provision of access to information from a range of sources and viewpoints; authenticity of end products. Through elements such as Catalyst Questions, Pupil-Led Activities and Essential Learning Experiences (ELEs), we can thus ensure a greater depth of learning.
In this theme we will cover the following Learning Objectives:
Hi7 To ask and answer questions about the past.
Hi10 Identify differences between past and present and show how ways of life at different times were different to my own.
Learn about how news was shared in the past.
Know about the ways in which news is shared today, compared with in the past.
Understand the meaning of the terms ‘media’ and ‘broadcasting’.
Recognise some of the advantages and disadvantages of present day media coverage.
Art Drawing and Painting
To experiment with the visual elements of line, shape, pattern and colour and with a variety of tools and techniques, including mixing a range of secondary colours, shades and tones.
Prepare and learn a few lines in my plays.
Add simple effects such as a sound or prop to enhance my performance.
Use role play to explore, engage and empathise with characters, situations and events from known stories and stories I create with others.
To identify and discuss why I like a performance and suggest improvements to my own and others’ work.
Select and order sounds within simple structures and sounds in response to given starting points.
To represent sounds with symbols.
Identify the beat and join in getting faster and slower together.
Recognise and explore how sounds can be organised.
Begin to sing in tune with expression and control.
Use a variety of ICT tools to create, develop and refine presentations and performances, integrating effects to enhance outcomes.
Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
Organise and adjust communication according to the needs of the audience and the technology, including taking account of the quality and content of the communication.
Knowledge Organisers / Curriculum Letter to Parents / Carers
Please download the files below to see our current Knowledge Organiser (WHISK Sheet) and our Curriculum Letter to Parents / Carers. These will provide you with a clear overview of all the subjects and learning that will take place in your child’s current theme.
Our current class novel is ‘The Way Home for Wolf’ by Rachael Bright.
Please keep checking this page for more information, links to useful websites and lots of photographs of our learning.