A big welcome back to Year Two after the Easter break. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday.
This term we are excited to be starting a brand new topic called, ‘Bright Lights, Big City’.
We will be learning all about London and exploring many of it’s famous landmarks including: St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Queen Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) and Buckingham Palace.
We will then go back in time to the Great Fire of London and learn all about where and how it started and what happened next.
Please see the topic overview for more information on the exciting learning that will be taking place.
This month we will be starting our exploration of London, learning related vocabulary and using the story, Katie in London to inspire us in our own writing.
In Maths, we will be learning about addition and subtraction and revising our knowledge and understanding of related strategies. We will be counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and practising bonds to 10, 20 and 100.
We will be exploring the different materials that are used to create bags and considering the question, what makes a bag a bag? We will then start designing souvenir bags of our own using the artwork of Paul Catherall as inspiration for prints of our own.
A typical day in Year 2
Start of the day
At 8.45am we arrive at school, find our name card or peg in. Hang up our book bags and have the chance to go to the book corner and change our reading book. We find the table where our group are working, sit down and quietly begin our task.
An important part of our learning takes place outside and all children have the opportunity to work in the outside classroom during the morning session.
We all spend some time learning together on the carpet.
Reading & Handwriting
We love to read and we practise our handwriting every day. We are also are thinking hard about leaving finger spaces between words and about capital letters and full stops.
After lunch we return to the classroom and sit quietly on the carpet ready for the afternoon. We begin the afternoon with guided reading, handwriting and phonics. We follow this by the final session of the day which may consist of Art, History, Science or PE.
Ready steady go time
At 9.15am we tidy away our morning activity and go to the carpet area to reflect on the previous day, share news and think about the day ahead.
We begin our first session, which will usually be English or Maths. We begin our lesson with a whole class session on the carpet area, then work in small groups or independently.
Half way through the morning session, we meet together on the carpet for milk and fruit. During milk and fruit we share our learning, then listen to a story or play a game.
We stop for lunch at 12 noon. We either have packed lunches or hot school dinners.
At around 2.40pm we tidy away and gather together on the carpet for a story and celebrate our stars of the day. At 3pm we gather up our jumpers, cardigans, our coats, book bags and any letters, then we line up to go home.