HMS Humber – Year 2
Hi, my name is Miss Worthington, and I am the class teacher for year 2 on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I have been a teacher at Strand Primary Academy for the past 7 years but have recently had a bit of time off to have my baby. My favourite subject to teach at school is Maths.
I’m Mrs Wheeler and I am the Assistant Principal at Strand Primary Academy. I will be teaching in HMS Humber on a Thursday and a Friday. I love reading and when I am at home like nothing more than to put my feet up with a cup of tea and enjoy a good book. At school I particularly enjoy our Talk4Writing lessons where we get to fully immerse our selves in a story and then change it to create our own.
I’m Miss Wood, in my spare time I enjoy going for long walks on the beach with my puppy Delboy. Then I love to cosy up on a night-time with a hot chocolate and watch a good film. I enjoy eating lots of nice food and going out for a meal. My favourite books to read are autobiography by many different famous people.
During Autumn Term we will be reading the story ‘The Tunnel’ and completing comprehension tasks based around the book. We will be writing our own rang to riches stories, creating character descriptions and looking at poetry amongst other pieces of writing. We will be having daily phonics lessons following the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme and having weekly spelling tests. In Maths, the children in Year Two will be looking at place value and learning about the value of each digit in a number and how to break numbers down efficiently. They will also be learning addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division.
In Topic lessons this term we will be learning about London through our book-led curriculum under our topic, “What makes London special compared to other places in the UK?” Then after half-term we will be learning about The Great Fire of London through our book-led curriculum under our topic, ‘Out of the Ashes – What survived the Great Fire of London?’ We will be looking at the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom and at famous landmarks in London. As well as this we will be looking at the differences between globes and maps and how a compass works. As part of the topic, we will be learning about collage and the artists David Hockney and Jeannie Baker. They will study their techniques and replicate these using overlapping and overlaying of different materials. The children will also be learning about the architect, Christopher Wren and artists Frank Auerbach and William Kentridge. They will study their techniques and replicate these using pencil and charcoal. Children will also look at architecture and structures. They will create their own based on a real-life structure based in London.
This term in science we will be learning about, Using everyday materials. This will be taught through practical experiments, investigations, discussion and games. In RE we will be focusing on life journeys. We will be looking at belonging to a special group and community both religiously and in other aspects of life. We will also be discussing how birth is celebrated and learning about the British Values. Durning Autumn term we will be using computers to explore Digital Literacy. They will be learning how to use a computer properly and safely and will get the chance to explore different programmes.
During the spring term we will be reading the story ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of the Dark’ and completing comprehension tasks based around the book. In our talk for writing lessons, we will be looking at the story The Elves and the Shoemaker. We will be deepening our knowledge of the story by coming up with actions and drawing out the story with images. Once we are familiar with the story, we will be having a go at re-writing it with our own characters and ideas. All our written work will include grammar, punctuation and spellings expected in the National Curriculum for Year Two. We will be having daily phonics lessons following the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme and having weekly spelling tests. Children will read regularly as a whole class, small group, and individually.
In Maths, the children in Year Two will be looking at Money and learning the different values of coins and notes and adding and subtracting through use of money and how we count different amounts. We will also be looking at Multiplication and Division. We will use pictorial and numeral representations to help consolidate their knowledge. Children will also be learning about length and height and different measures through use of practical learning and different manipulatives. We will consolidate our learning of number bonds to 20 and use this knowledge to learn bonds within 100. Throughout the year the children will be learning the 2,3, 5- and 10-times table and how to work out other times tables using repeated addition. We will use pictorial and numeral representations to help consolidate their knowledge.
Through our Book-Led Curriculum, we will be learning about The Vikings, “What was it like to live as a Viking?”. They will ask questions and express their interests and lessons will then be directed towards their interests with the aim of answering their questions. They will be learning about where Vikings came from and where they invaded. We will learn how they lived and find out if they were more than ruthless invaders. We will find out how they travelled across the seas and oceans. We will also through our Book-led Curriculum be exploring Mexico by learning “What’s it like to visit Mexico?” children will learn about the culture, what type of food is eaten? and different parts of Mexico.
This term we will be learning about, Animals including humans. We will learn what animals need to keep us healthy and survive. We will also learn about different animals and their life cycles, as well as what different adult animals’ offspring looks like and whether they look different or similar. Our Artist this term is Sophie Roet. We will look at examples of her work and be able to share our favourite piece of her art and explain why. We will use the techniques she used to create our own artwork linking to our topic of Vikings. We will explore weaving and looms and how Vikings used weaving in their everyday life. We will learn how they dyed their clothing, and we will be having a try ourselves. We will look at how to join materials together to create a pattern. We will also be looking at the Artist Henri Matisse. We will look at examples of his work and be able to share our favourite piece of his art and explain why. We will use techniques he used to create our own printings.
In Year 2 we are so excited to start Summer Term!
Over the term we will be learning how to write postcards, warning stories, poems and much more. We will be developing our imagination and creativity using the Talk 4 Writing scheme which allows us to visualise our writing through actions. We will also be improving our SPaG skills, looking closely at commas in a list and using descriptive language to improve our writing.
In Maths we will be building on our ability to tell the time. We’ll use mini clocks to become more confident and support our learning. We will our knowledge about the 5 times table to make this even easier for us. In Summer 2 we are moving onto statistics and position. In addition to this, we will be continuing our weekly arithmetic lessons so we are super speedy mathematicians.
In Reading we will be exploring the story ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. We are confiden that the children will love the wackiness of this exciting story and will be enthusiastic when using their skills of prediction, inference, sequencing and developing their vocabulary. We can’t wait to start reading this with them!
In Topic we will be learning all about the life of a Victorian child. We will look chronological history and make links to other time periods. We will consider the living and working conditions of the time as well as experiencing a real Victorian classroom. We will use this knowledge to create artwork about life in the Victorian times. As well as this, we will investigate the Victorian seaside and think about travel, tourism and much more!
In Science we will be learning all about plants. We will find out about the name of each part of a plant, think about how they grow and conduct an investigation all about the best conditions for a plant to successfully grow and thrive. We will then move on to learning about habitats, micro-habitats and food chains.
We are looking forward to starting Summer Term and can’t wait to see what fun it will bring!
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