Year 2 Curriculum Journey 2020/2021

Summer 1

This half term, year 2 have been learning how to use ipads correctly. We have been using the JIT tool in J2e software to make e-books about keeping healthy. We have been learning to search for pictures online and have been creating different templates for pages in our book. 

Here are some examples of our work. 

 

 

Spring 2

Literacy

In Literacy, Year 2 have been looking at the features of a good quality commentary. We have been looking at how David Attenborough commentates his nature programmes and using his techniques with our writing skills to write our own commentary. Here are some Year 2 wrote themselves for their homework.

Science Week

After growing plants Year 2 grew rainbows by choosing paper towels due to it an absorbent material. We looked at how the water is carried in a chain to spread out the colours.

 

During Science Week Year 2 have been having a go at some hydroponic growing, which uses water but no soil. We have planted our bean seeds and are excited to record the bean seed's journey in our dairy.

World Book Week

In class we have been looking at the importance of illustrations in books and the children have had the opportunity to illustrate a piece of text in the style of Quentin Blake. Here are some of our new book covers.

PSHE

In PSHE this half term the topic is Money Matters. Year 2 have been looking at where money comes from, what we use it for and what we might save it for. The children have also been considering whether they should do house jobs out of kindness or for money. The children then explored the things that we want in life and the things we need in life.

Here are some examples.

Science

Year 2 have started a planting experiment to see in which conditions a plant will grow best. Here are our plants.

This half term in Science, Year 2 are looking at plants. We have started the half term off by learning about how a seed turns into a plant like a tree or flower. 

The children have drawn the lifecycles of a plant.

Holiday Project

For Year 2's Spring Holiday Project, the children were asked to research David Attenbrough and make a fact file all about him. Here are some of the fact files the children made.

Spring 1

Chinese New year (Lunar Year of the Ox)

Gong hei fat choy (gong xi fa cai) to all our families celebrating New Year this week. This week year 2 have been learning about Chinese New Year. The children have produced some wonderful work at home. In assembly, we have looked at the Chinese Zodiac and the Lunar Animals. The children were very interested in the origin story about The Jade Emporer and the animals. 

 

PSHE

Year 2 have been learning about what improves and harms our local, natural and built environment and we have been discussing what skills are needed to care for them. After looking at the local area, and discussing some of the problems it facec, such as littering, we thought about what makes it a pleasant place to live in.The children were then set the task to design their own pleasant environment to live in.

Art

To link with our Geography topic of comparing Bournville and Handsworth, the children in Year 2 have been sketching images of their school by considering perspective. Here is some of our work.

 

Children's Mental Health Week 1st-7th February 2021

This week we are looking at why it is important we do things to help keep our minds healthy, be in good condition and feel well. We have been exploring ways to communicate our individuality through self-expression with the use words, dance, music, crafts, sport, clothing, styles and drawing. Here are some of our self-expressions of our thoughts and feelings.

Internet Safety

Year 2 have become experts at using Micrsoft Teams to access their live lessons, but whilst we are on our lessons we need to remembe to be safe. Here are our top 5 tips for staying safe online.

Poetry

This half term the theme of our poems is Our Rivers, Seas and Oceans. The year 2 children started with Pirate Pete by James Carter. After reading the poem the children used all of the imagery to draw their own interpretation of Pirate Pete!

Maths

For our measures topic this half term we are learning about capacity. The children were set a task of finding containers with the measurement of ml, and order them from largest volume to smallest.

Music

In Music, Year 2 have been using The Nutcracker storyboard to invent their own music using percussion and other instruments.

Check out the muscians in action below!

PE

In PE Year 2 are doing gymnastics this half term. One of the areas we are covering is shapes. Check out the shapes we can make with our bodies!

The Cadbury Brothers

This half term, Year 2 are learning about the Cadbury brothers.

The Year 2 children used all the information they had learnt about the brother's work for Bournville to draw what they think it looked like. Here are some of our designs.

After looking at the village of Bournville, created by the brothers, the children were asked to design their ideal village and think about what they would have in their village. Here are some of our ideas.

Autumn 2

The Great Fire of London Dance and Drama Workshop

Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a dance and drama workshop all about The Great Fire of London. Year 2 were taken back to 1666 and acted out what life was life before the fire, during the fire and what happened after the fire. We have some fantastic drama students in our year group!

Home Learning- Percussion instruments

Year 2 have been very creative at home this week. We have made lots of percussion instruments. We shared them with our class on teams to make a class band. 

 

 

 

Anti-Bullying Week 16th November - 20th November

The childrens started off Anti-Bullying week with Odd Socks Day on Monday.

 

The children discussed why we did this and it was to show we are all unique. Throughout the week the children discussed what bullying is and what they should do in different scenarios. Here are some posters Year 2 have made to show what bullying is.

For homework the children wrote acrostic poems using the word 'UNITED' to demonstrate how they are united against bullying. Here is some of their amazing work!

By Aliyza

By Ayaat

By Inaaya

By Yusuf

By Tanisha

By Vivaan

By Sehaj

By Aqsa

We designed individual elephants after hearing the story of Elmer, who was a patchwork elephant and placed them onto crowns. This was to celebrate how unique we all are. 

 

Diwali

To carry on with Diwali celebrations on Monday 16th November 2020 Year 2 were lucky enough to take part in a Diwali Dance Workshop. We had so much fun!

We are so pleased to receive photos of families celebrating Diwali! We hope everyone who celebrated had a fantastic time.

 

Here Tanisha is talking about how she celebrated with her family. 

Children In Need

On Friday 13th November 2020 Grove School wore non-uniform to support Children In Need. The children enjoyed taking part in Joe Wicks' 24 hour PE activities as part of their day raising awareness of children who are in need of our help.

Music

This half term the children are learning all about percussion instruments. Today we used our body as a percussion instrument in music. We stomped, patted, clapped and clicked!

Science

In Science this half term Year 2 are exploring Everyday Materials and their Properties. The children discussed which materials were Man-Made or Natural.

We tested different items to see if we could sqaush them, twist them, bend them and stretch them.

Maths

This half term Year 2 are working on their Place Value fluency. The children have explored different ways of partitioning numbers. 

Holiday Project

Year 2 have had a busy half herm completing lots of research around their History topic this half term, The Great Fire of London. Here are some acrostic poems Year 2 wrote and other information they found out.

Autumn 1 

Maths

Year 2 explored the properties of 2D shapes by making them using craft straws. Here are some of the shapes we made. Can you name them?

When adding two two-digit numbers Year 2 used the partitioning method to help them. Here we are using partitioning frames.

Religious Studies

The children in Year 2 have enjoyed learning all about Islam this half term. We have designed our own prayer mats, we have discussed the importance of dress code, discussed the 5 Pilars of Islam and we have also thought about acts of kindness we could do towards our community.

Literacy

Year 2 made a witch's potion and wrote instructions for it, using our amazing imperative verbs and time openers!

Our Poem theme for this half term was Friendships. Year 2 wrote their own acrostic Friendship poems.

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