Year 2 Miss Hudson

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Welcome to our Year 2 Class Page

In Year 2, our Class Teacher is Miss Hudson, our Teaching Assistant is Miss Morley and our 1:1 Teaching Assistant is Miss Thomas.  On this page, you can find out about the learning that takes place in the classroom. Our learning links to specific topics that are designed to be taught across a whole term. You can use this page to find out more about the topics we focus on. The page also contains a summary of what we will learn about in each topic. We hope you enjoy having a look at our page! 

This term our topic is ‘City or Seaside? 

All aboard! All aboard the Manor Farm Express! The children in Year 2 will first be invited to board the Manor Farm Express, taking their ticket and designated seat to time warp back to 1850, the Victorian Era, to experience a seaside holiday. 

 It is here that they will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a thrilling range of learning experiences that will inspire and excite their historical, geographical and literal minds. The children will enjoy conducting historical enquiry, studying maps, photos, drawings and census data, to develop their understanding of Victorian seaside holidays and the impact railway developments had on tourism in coastal towns, particularly those in our locality. They will be able to confidently talk about when they would prefer to holiday, whether it be 1850, 1900s or during the present day. Through this topic, the children will be encouraged to use accurate historical terms and will talk about the developments of seaside holidays pre/post the Covid-19 pandemic; the Covid-19 pandemic has played a huge role in decline of international holidays and ‘staycations’ becoming more fashionable. During Termlet 6 the children will take part in a Victorian seaside workshop where they will develop and apply their historical knowledge to perform in drama session and be an audience to their very own ‘Punch and Judy’ style panto called ‘The big dippers!’. It is during this Termlet that the children will develop their questioning skills and have the opportunity to ask the cast questions about their time in the Victorian era.  Additionally, children will use their geographical enquiry to compare the city with a coastal town enabling the children to form their own opinion about where they would like to go on holiday, city or seaside? 

Phonics/Literacy 

Read, Write Inc phonics is an engaging programme that raises standards in children’s reading and writing. It combines word reading, comprehension (understanding the book), writing, grammar and spelling. Phonics is split into 8 levels, progressing through them being crucial to a child’s development. In phonics the children hold sentences in their head to embed the use of capital letters/full stops, proof read sentences to improve their accuracy in spelling and choose the correct graphemes (letters to make the sound, I.e ai, ay, a-e ) and are supported to write independently through verbal rehearsal of their sentences (saying it out loud to later write down). Throughout the levels in phonics, the difficulty increases as do the writing skills required. Phonics prepares the children for creative writing by introducing more independence in their writing and encouraging them to use correct spelling, correct sentence structure and a greater understanding of grammar. At Manor Farm Academy, we ensure high expectations are woven into phonics to ensure the children become the best writers that they can be by teaching synonyms, adverbs, noun phrases, adjectives, a range of punctuation and more. In literacy the children recap adverbs, verbs, adjectives, nouns, expanded noun phrases, prepositions and more complex sentence structures like subordinate clauses and main clauses. In literacy this term the children will learn about Information texts, explanation texts, poetry and narratives written by the same author – Ronda and David Armitage. 

Maths 

In maths this term, the children will be learning about height, weight and time. We will also be spending some time recapping and developing previous knowledge about place value, division, multiplication and geometry.  

Science: Plants

The children will: 

  • Know the names of trees and plants.  
  • Understand that plants change season to season. 
  • Know what a plant needs to survive.  
  • Know how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. 
  • Understand the life cycle of a plant.  

Computing:

We are Zoologists 

The children will:  

  • Know how to use tally charts to collect data. 
  • Understand how to create a presentation using ‘PowerPoint’ software. 

We are Photographers 

The children will: 

  • Know how to take focused photos independently. 
  • Know how to use the zoom function on a device.  
  • Know how to edit photos using an editing software. 

Religious Education 

Islam 

The children will: 

  • Understand how Muslims belong to their faith (worshiping, baptism, confirmation).  
  • Understand the Islamic teachings.  
  • Know about the Creation Story and The Night of Power. 
  • Understand the rites of passage to welcome a newborn baby into the Islamic community. 
  • Know what the Qur’an is, why it is a Holy text and how Muslims show respect to the Qur’an. 
  • Understand how the Qur’an is thought to guide Muslim’s decisions through their lifetime.  
  • Know why Muslims believe Prophet Muhammed is an inspirational figure in Islam. 

History 

Beyond living memory 

The children will: 

  • Understand what it was like to go on holiday in the Victorian Era. 
  • Sequence the development of seaside holidays chronologically.  
  • Know why the development of railways were so significant in Lincolnshire. 
  • Know what it was like to go on holiday to Mablethorpe 100 years ago. 
  • Understand why people went on holiday 100 years ago. 
  • Compare seaside holidays in the present with 10 years ago, 50 years ago and 100 years ago.  

Geography 

The children will: 

  • Identify and describe the human features found in the city of Lincoln. 
  • Identify and describe the physical features found in Mablethorpe (coastal town). 
  • Use directional language to describe features and routes on a map. 
  • Compare two contrasting areas of England and Africa- Lincoln and Nairobi. 
  • Understand the positive and negative impact humans have upon the environment. 

Design and Technology 

Cooking and nutrition 

The children will: 

  • Know why it is important to have a balanced diet. 
  • Know why it is important to eat 5 a day.  
  • Use simple, given design criteria to help develop their ideas. 
  • Develop the skill of slicing and peeling. 
  • Make simple judgements about their products and ideas against design criteria. 
  • Recognise what they have done well as their product progresses and recognise faults that can be adapted for the re model of their product (evaluation). 

Music 

In Music, the children will learn how to use body percussion to create a beat, recognising changing pitch and tone and begin to learn how to play the Glockenspiel.  

Life Sim 

Organisation 

During Termlet 5 the children will learn how to organise their backpacks and book bag so they find it easier to hold multiple items at once.  

Personal health  

During Termlet 6 the children will learn how to keep themselves safe in the sun.  

Finally…

We value the support of all parents and carers. If you feel that you can help in any way with the work we are covering, then please let us know or if you would like any further information regarding this term’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact school.

Thank you, Miss Hudson

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