Year 2

Mathematics

In Year 2, children learn how to:

  • count forwards and backwards in steps of one, two and ten.
  • practise our number bonds up to 10 and our number bonds of 20 and 100.
  • add and subtract by bridging through ten.
  • understand hundreds, tens and units and will compare and order numbers.
  • complete number sequences.
  • use number lines to add and subtract one and two-digit numbers.
  • find the difference between two numbers.
  • partition numbers in different ways and use partitioning to help us add and take away.
  • will understand multiplication as repeated addition, and division as sharing or grouping.
  • learn our 2, 5 and 10 times table facts.
  • recognize halves and quarters.
  • understand the value of coins.
  • name 2D and 3D shapes and describe their properties.
  • measure in centimetres, grams and litres.
  • collect data and record using a pictogram or bar chart.
  • tell the time to o’clock and half past.
  • solve word problems including problems with two steps.
  • work with a partner to solve real-life problems in ‘Thinking Maths’ lessons.

We provide First Class @ Number Maths support to enable children to gain a greater understanding of maths concepts and mathematical language.

English

Reading

Children engage in daily reading activities where they read texts together and discuss the text and

  • use the text to answer questions and look for clues to work out how the characters might be feeling.
  • use a range of texts including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Wellington Square.
  • Some children have RML sessions.

Writing

We learn about information texts, instructions, recounts, traditional stories, stories with familiar settings and creating images through poetry. We try to structure our writing in the correct way according to the genre, and consider the purpose of our writing.

Children participate in the following activities:

  • writing sentences using full stops and capital letters, and also learn about question marks, exclamation marks, commas in lists and speech marks.
  • sing verbs, nouns and adjectives.
  • trying to always choose the most interesting words.
  • using connectives to link our sentences together.
  • trying to start sentences in different ways.
  • learning how to use joined up handwriting.
  • practising different spelling patterns and try to spell high frequency words correctly.
  • enjoying writing in the role-play area.
  • The children have published their writing on our school website and they have written to children in another school.

Religious Education

In Year 2, the children focus on Christianity and Islam:

  • prayer in Christianity and Islam
  • inside a church and a mosque
  • why do Muslim’s fast during Ramadan?
  • the Christmas story
  • the Easter story

Physical education

In year 2 the children:

  • Gymnastics

Learn the 8 basic shapes, how to balance, different ways to roll and how to jump and land safely.

  • Dance

Develop our own sequences of movement based on different themes.  Listen carefully to the beat and perform strong, clear movements.

learn traditional scottish and mexican dances.

  • Games

Develop throwing and catching skills, dribbling skills, and hitting and kicking skills.

Learn how to play as a team and as an individual.

  • San juro

Once a week start the day with san juro martial arts exercises. They help keep them fit and get ready for a day of learning.

We provide a motor skills united group to develop pupils’ gross motor skills.

Science

  • In all science topics children are encouraged to ask questions and investigate ideas scientifically. Children plan investigations and make predictions. They begin to think about making tests fair. They use a table to record results and then draw simple conclusions.
  • Living things in the local area

What is a living thing? What living things can we find in our local area? What are the different parts of a plant called and what are they for? What do plants need to grow? How do new plants grow?

  • Materials and their properties

What are some different properties of materials? How do we decide which material to use? What happens when materials are heated and cooled?

  • Forces and motion

What is force? How can we make objects move faster or slower?

Geography

The children experience a balance of local and world geography. All topics are begun by finding out what the children already know and what they would like to know.

  • Mexico

We use maps and atlases to find out where Mexico is; we learn about life in Mexico by looking at pictures, artefacts and case-studies; we create Mexican art, perform Mexican dances, and eat Mexican food!

  • The local area

We make maps of our local area and think about how we can look after our environment.

History

  • In Year 2 children learn about history using an exciting mix of artefacts, images, drama, books and field trips. Children use timelines to develop an understanding of chronology. They link what we are learning to their own lives, and understand how events from the past have influenced our lives today.
  • The Great Fire of London

They learn how the fire started, what damage it caused and what changes happened in London after the fire. We consider how we know about events from the past.

  • Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole

They learn what these two nurses did and why it is important that we remember them.

ICT

Children learn to:

  • use Microsoft Word to produce information leaflets.
  • paint to create pictures.
  • create stop-frame animations.
  • programme Beebot floor robots.
  • create PowerPoint presentations.
  • make comic strips.

Art

  • Throughout the year we use a range of materials and processes to create art around our connectors. In Year 2 we particularly focus on the skill ‘3D’.
  • Some examples of our work include Fire of London collages, weaving Mexican God’s Eyes, sketching in the school garden and making pastel pictures of fruit.

Design & Technology

The DT actions are linked to other curriculum areas. Children have:

  • made Pudding Lane houses using cardboard boxes and put an electrical circuit into our design to make it light up.
  • designed and make our own chocolate bars.
  • used our sewing skills to make hand puppets.
  • Children are encouraged to always plan our work before we start and when we have finished we think about what went well and what we could improve.

PSHEE & SEAL

The pupils learn about

  • Road safety and fire safety
  • That drugs, including medicines, are substances that change the way you think, feel or behave.
  • The differences between girls and boys and the name of male and female body parts.
  • Pupils experience seal themes throughout the year and are continually reinforcing positive relationships and the peaceful problem solving technique.

Music

The children are taught music by:

  • a specialist music teacher who teaches Key Stage 1 music.

They learn:

  • to sing and play percussion instruments.
  • about rhythm and beats.
  • to read simple musical notes.

Educational Visit

  • Some places that we have visited include Hornsey Fire Station, The Museum of London, The Science Museum, The British Museum, Railway Fields Nature Reserve, Holy Trinity Church and Stroud Green Library.

Modern Foreign Languages (by Carolyn )

Booster clubs

  • RML, Reading for Meaning, Motor Skills United, First Class @ Number.