Year 2

Topic Overview Summer 2 Newsletter Term: Summer 2
Topic: All Aboard

Our topic in Year 2 for this half term is 'All Aboard'. Our roleplay has been transformed into a Pea Green Boat. Inside the boat the children have the chance to dress up like an owl or pussycat and take part in a number of different activities. We also have English, Maths and a range of other challenges for the children to complete. In English, we will be looking at different genres linked to our topic, including letter writing, dairy writing and narratives. We will be focussing on the story of The Owl and the Pussycat. In Maths, we will be looking at mental addition and subtraction, ratio and fractions as well as bar charts and tally charts. We will be looking at a range of different topics this half term including comparing and sorting materials in Science. The children will be planning to make a bridge out of their chosen material to test to see if the material is strong enough. This also links in with our Design and Technology aims. In music the children will be using their voices to create different tones in their singing.

Topic Overview Summer 1 Newsletter Term: Summer 1
Topic: Knights and Castles

Our topic in Year 2 for this half term is 'Knights and Castles'. Our roleplay has been transformed into a Medieval Castle. Inside the castle the children have the chance to dress up as their favourite Knight. We also have English, Maths and a range of other challenges for the children to complete. In English, we will be looking at different genres linked to our Knights and Castles topic including letter writing, non-chronological reports and stories in imaginary settings. We will be focussing on the story of George and the Dragon. In Science we will be learning all about the properties of different materials and comparing them. We will be studying different castles, kings and queens and designing our own coat of arms. We are looking forward to our visit to Stafford Castle.

Topic Overview Spring 2 Newsletter Term: Spring 2
Topic: Back to Nature

Our topic in Year 2 is Back to Nature. Our role play has become the deep dark woods where the children can pretend to be exploring and creeping through the trees. Inside the woods the children will have Science, Maths and English challenges related to our objectives. We will be looking at nocturnal animals, investigating the habitats that these animals live in and finding out why they only come out at night. We will also be investigating the animals we may find in our local area and finding out about food chains and lifecycles. In Mathematics we will be looking at number and place value, fractions and money. In English we will be looking at a variety of genres but will be focussing on the story 'Little Evie in the Wild Wood' by Jackie Morris. We will be writing our own narrative and writing a recount about our exciting visit to Stanley Head. We are looking forward to our overnight visit to Stanley Head where we will have lots of exciting adventures!

Topic Overview Spring 1 Newsletter Term: Spring 1
Topic: The Selfish Giant

Our topic this half term is 'The Selfish Giant'. Our role-play has been transformed into a 'Potting Shed' where the children can pretend to be getting their plants ready to make a beautiful garden. Inside the potting shed the children will have science, maths and English challenges related to our objectives. In English, we will be finding out about various things such as how to write a set of instructions; humorous poetry and narrative writing. In Maths we will be learning about money, statistics, time, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and measurement. In our Science lessons we will be finding out all about plants, what the different parts of a plant are called and what plants need to survive. We will also be designing and making castles and puppets of the selfish giant. In our music lessons we will be using instruments to add sound effects to a story which we will record using simple notation. We are looking forward to our educational visit to Emma Bridgewater as we will also be learning all about different famous people from our area.

Topic Overview Autumn 2 Newsletter Term: Autumn 2
Topic: Winter Babies

Our topic this half term is 'Winter Babies'. We will be reading the stories 'Little Polar Bear and the Big Balloon' and 'Solo' as well as reading and writing about polar bears in a non-chronological report. Our role-play has been transformed into an exciting, icy igloo where the children can pretend to be arctic animals or explorers. Inside the igloo the children will have English, Maths and creative challenges to complete. In Maths we will be learning about money, statistics, time, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and measurement.

In Science lessons we will be learning all about animals and what they need to survive, as well as matching adult animals to their babies. We will also be making pictures with moving parts such as moving polar bears and a moving balloon picture. In dance we will be pretending to be sleepy polar bears waking up and moving through their day. We are looking forward to our educational visit to 'Chill Factor'.

Topic Overview Autumn 1 Newsletter Term: Autumn 1
Topic: Superheroes

Our topic in Year 2 for the beginning of the Autumn term is 'Superheroes'. We will be looking at fictional Superheroes as well as real life heroes! Our role-play has been transformed into a Superhero den. Inside the role play the children will get the chance to undertake their own Superhero missions. We also have English, maths and creative challenges for the children to complete. In English, we will be looking at different genres linked to our Superhero topic including character descriptions, setting descriptions and Superhero story writing. In Maths we will be learning about number and place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be finding out about fractions, measurement, shapes and position and direction. We will be having lots of fun designing superhero masks, gadgets, capes, badges, shields and costumes. We will also be making superhero healthy snacks and listening to the exciting theme music from our favourite superhero movies.

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