Welcome to Year Two, a very exciting, important, interesting and busy year at school. We build upon all the children’s good work in Year One and have lots of great new things to learn and experiences to be part of. This is the last year as part of the infants so we have lots of opportunities to share our learning and take part in worships, be leaders across key stage one, learn the recorders, help at playtimes and be part of trips and outings like the local gymnastic festival.
We begin our year learning about us and our community where we think about how people are similar and different, discover more about our local environment and get to compare this to another mystery island home! We are always developing our reading and read some fantastic books throughout Year Two and really get to know the characters and think about understanding what is happening as we read. Our stories often take us to special places and can even help us jump back in time to discover the events of the Great Fire of London and how light is an important part of our life with advent rings and electricity. One of our most special times in our Christian year is creating and performing our Christmas platy and sharing this special time with everyone.
Spring term leads us to be story investigators! After we have read some traditional tales, then it is time to change them a little and write our own which is always great fun! We design our own symmetrical fabric coats and find our about forces and the force of the Titanic that hit an iceberg and the events of that fateful night. Year Two are keen to learn about how we grow and can be healthy so we design our own vitamin packed smoothies which we sell on our smoothie stall in school. Our smoothies have to be made with some Fairtrade fruit as we fly to St Lucia to find out about the fruit that grows there and their Fairtrade work. Our travels are always done safely as Year Two learn to become streets ahead experts when they are out and about with their families.
As well as weighing our different fruits for our smoothies, we also measure length and capacity in Year Two. We develop our knowledge of tens and units and counting in different steps in our maths, get to know different fractions of shapes and numbers and learn to become really confident with adding and subtracting different numbers and begin to multiply and divide. This is really helpful, when we are counting up the different minibeasts that live in our area and as well as growing our own butterflies, we grow plants in our garden and create our own collages from nature. It is great to find our more about habitats as we create our own information reports on creatures that live in our local habitats and as well as being nature detectives, we also become seaside detectives in the summer, finding out about seaside features and how holidays have changed. All really interesting and exciting things to learn before we move into being a junior member of our school.