Fantastic Foxes – Y2 (2016/17)

Learn and Be Happy!

Class teacher – Mrs F Fairclough

Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs White and Miss Whittaker

 

School starts everyday with our morning work which consolidates our English and Maths work.  During our school day we have lessons on Phonics, English, Maths, Science, Music, Computing, PE, Music, RE, PSHE and topic work.  At the moment we are learning about Fire.  This includes learning about The Great Fire of London.

 

We bring home a home reader everyday.  It is important to read at home as well as school. We learn lots of new things when reading on our own, with a teacher or in small groups. Please have your reading pack in school every day as you never know when we might get a spare minute to read!

PE is on a Tuesday afternoon and a Wednesday morning. All PE kit should be kept in school. Please note all earrings need to be removed or covered with a plaster.

Home work is sent home on a Thursday and needs to be completed by Tuesday on the following week. It includes some maths work, some English work and talking homework.  Homework will help to consolidate the learning taking place in class.

Autumn 1

Autumn Term 1 2016

ENGLISH

In English our genre is narrative and we have been looking at Stories with a Familiar Setting.  We have been looking at Matilda by Roald Dahl.  We have talked about our favourite stories, character descriptions and settings.  We are looking at nouns, adjectives and verbs in our grammar lessons and learning how we can use these to make our writing more interesting

MATHS

In Maths we are learning about Place Value and why it is important to understand the value of numbers.  We will also be learning about length, mass, addition and subtractions and 2D and 3D shapes.

 

SCIENCE

In Science our topic is Materials.  We are finding out about different materials, what they are used for and we will be investigating different materials.

 

HISTORY

In History we are learning about a significant event and person- the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys.  As part of our learning we will be finding out about the events of the Great Fire; reasons why it happened and the consequences the fire had on London. We also looked at development of the Fire Service and house building since the Fire.  Fire fighters will be visiting us in October to teach us about fire safety.  We will be making bread and writing the instructions in our English lesson.  We will be using the skills we have learnt in art to mix water colours to make fiery backgrounds for our paintings.

RE

In RE our focus is Christianity. We are looking at how we behave towards others and how we can be kind to others.

COMPUTING

In Computing we will be looking at keeping safe online and we will be learning how to create and debug simple programs

ART

In Art we had a go at creating our own self portraits.  We used the colour wheel to help us mix the correct colours.                       

 

Year 2 Fire Safety

Fire fighters visited the Fantastic Foxes on Wednesday 26th October.  They talked to us about how fires happen, how we can help to stop them from happening and what to do if we are in a fire.  They then went on to talk to us about how important smoke alarms are and told us we should talk about a fire plan so we know how to get out of our homes if there is ever a fire. 

We did some role play, taking the role of a family who is woken up by a smoke alarm who follow a fire plan and the role of fire fighters who respond to the fire.

 

 

 

Autumn 2

Autumn Term 2 2016

ENGLISH

In English our genre is narrative and we have been looking at Stories by the same author.  We have been focusing on the author Nick Butterworth, who has written many stories including the Percy the Park Keeper series.  We are looking at using adjectives in our writing to make our writing more interesting, as well as remembering to use full stops and capital letters appropriately in our writing

 

MATHS

In Maths we are learning to apply our understanding of number.  We have looked at using arrays to help us with multiplication and we have investigated satsumas, putting the data we found into tally charts and graphs.  We will also be learning about time, money and fractions this term.

SCIENCE

In Science we are continuing our topic on Materials.  We will be using what we know about materials to explore what the materials can be used for and why, thinking about the properties of materials.

HISTORY

In History we are continuing to learn about a significant event and person- the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys.  We have found out about the events of the Great Fire; reasons why it happened and the consequences the fire had on London. Fire fighters came to visit us in October and helped us to think about fire safety.  We made bread and looked at recipes.  We will be reading about Samuel Pepys and his diary, and we will write our own diary about the Great Fire of London. 

RE

In RE our focus is Christianity and we will be looking at how Christians believe God sent his son Jesus to earth to save the world.  This will be linked to Christmas and the Nativity story. 

COMPUTING

In Computing we will be looking at communication.

November 2016- One Goal Programme

During November we have had a visitor in class every Wednesday afternoon.  Coach Hollingworth from One Goal came into class to work with us on developing the six habits.  The six habits are:

Attitude – always smiling and being happy.

Behaviour – being kind to others and following instructions.

Courage – trying new things and being brave.

Determination – keeping going even if it is hard.

Enthusiasm – trying your best and never giving up.

Friendship – sharing and being a good friend.

These six habits are something that we should all be doing regularly.  We are going to try to develop these.

We have played games such as Caterpillars where we had to get into a group and become a caterpillar and move as a team, like a caterpillar, through a hoop. 

 

We also played a game called Hoop Challenge.  We had to stand in a circle and pass a hoop around the circle, over our body without letting go of hands.

We did lots of group work where we had to work as a team.   We had a dilemma to look at.  Each group had a different card and we had to work together to follow the instructions on the card and to gather our ideas ready to answer our card.

  

 

 

 

We worked as a team to complete the Team Towers challenge.  We had to work together to make the tallest tower we could from just paper and tape.

 

 

 

December 2016

Christmas has begun in Year 2!  We have a lovely Christmas reading area and will be taking part in lots of Christmas writing and creative activities.

 

Christmas around the World

In Year 2 we focused on Italy and found out lots about an Italian Christmas.

On the 6th of December Italians celebrate Saint Nicholas’ Day.  This is when children write their letters to Santa Claus.  We wrote letters to Santa.

On the 8th of December Italians celebrate the birth of Mary, mother of Jesus.  This is when Italians decorate their Christmas trees.  We decorated Christmas trees with baubles and stars.

On Christmas Eve Italians share panettone and hot chocolate.  We had them in Year 2 and they were very nice!

   

In Italy people believe La Befana is a kind witch who brings presents to children on the 5thJanuary – Epiphany Eve.

 

Spring 1

Spring term 1 2017

 

ENGLISH

In English we will be learning about non-chronological reports.  We are visiting Burnley Central Library and will use this visit as a stimulus to write a non-chronological report about a library and how we can use a library.  We will also use our library visit to start our new reading initiative.  The children will become Reading Explorers where they will have the challenge to visit as many different places through their reading.  There will be certificates, medals and prizes for those children who take part.

We will also be looking at stories by the same author.  We will be focusing on the author Julia Donaldson and we will be working towards writing in a similar way.  We are continuing to look at using adjectives in our writing to make our writing more interesting, as well as remembering to use full stops and capital letters appropriately in our writing. 

MATHS

In Maths continuing to learn about number and place value, and will become more confident in using place value in our addition and subtraction work.  We will also learn about mass, 2D and 3D shapes, money, multiplication and division, all linking to problem solving.

SCIENCE

In Science we are continuing our tree study and weather study.  This links to our geography

HISTORY

In History we will be learning about significant people from the past.  We will focus in particular on Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong.  We will compare their explorations and discoveries.

 

GEOGRAPHY

Our Geography will link to our work on Explorers.  We will use an atlas to find the various places we talk about.  We will learn about the seven continents and 5 oceans and will be able to find these on a map.

 

DESIGN AND TEACHNOLOGY

In Design and Technology we will be learning about wheeled vehicles.  We will design and make our own wheeled vehicle that an explorer may be able to use.  These will be tested and the best ones will be used in a competition later in the year – further information will follow!

ART

We will be learning about an artist – Vincent Van Gogh and we will be focusing on his painting The Starry Night.  This will link into our work on Neil Armstrong and exploration, and through this we will learn about different painting techniques, making our own Starry Night painting. 

 

RE

In RE our focus is Judaism.  We will be learning to understand how celebrating Passover and keeping Kashrut (food laws) help Jews show God they value their special relationships with Him.  We will also look at what it means to belong to something.

COMPUTING

In Computing we will be learning about how computers have to be programmed in order to carry out instructions.  We will take part in coding activities and will develop our own codes.

Our Library Visit-   Monday 16th January 2017

Today we visited Burnley Central Library.  We walked to the library from school.  When we got to the library the librarians showed us around.  We went into parts of the library that people do not usually see!  We then had a story time, sang some songs and then got to look around the books in the library.  We found out that you can become a member of the library.  If you are a member you can use your library card to borrow books. Below are some photographs of us all reading books.  for some of us we were lucky enough to share books with our parents.

 

 

 

Spring 2

Spring term 2 2017

ENGLISH

Stories in a familiar setting

We will be looking at stories about a farm – in particular Farmer Duck.  We will learn the story using Talk for Writing so that we can orally tell the story, adding actions to help us.  We will write postcards, look at improving our sentence writing, will write a recount of the story and will write a new version.

Persuasion Texts

We will look at how to write persuasively and we will write a letter trying to convince the lazy farmer from Farmer Duck to work with the animals.

Riddles

We will be looking at different riddles.  We will learn about the features and will write our own riddles.  We will perform these to each other.

We are continuing to look at using adjectives and adverbs in our writing to make our writing more interesting, as well as remembering to use full stops and capital letters appropriately in our writing. 

 

MATHS

In Maths we are continuing to learn about number and place value, and will become more confident in using place value in our addition and subtraction work.  We will be extending our understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, consolidating our skills in these areas.  We will also be linking them to problem solving.    We will also learn more about fractions, position, direction and time.

  

SCIENCE

In Science we will be learning about human growth and nutrition.  We will be learning about how we grow and how we can stay fit and healthy.  This will involve looking at a healthy, balanced diet.

We will also be looking at plant growth and we will plant seeds and watch how they develop.

As well as all this, we will continue with our science journals.

DESIGN AND TEACHNOLOGY

In Design and Technology we will continue with our designing and making a wheeled vehicle that an explorer may be able to use.  These will be tested and the best ones will be used in a competition later in the year – further information will follow!

 

 

We will also be looking at the Eatwell plate and what foods we should eat to make our diets healthy and balanced.  We will design, make and evaluate a healthy sandwich.

RE

In RE our focus is Christianity.  We will be learning about why Easter is a special time for Christians, finding out about the Resurrection and why this is so important for Christians.

COMPUTING

In Computing we will be learning about how we can use IT to gather, store and display data.  We will use different programs to make graphs and charts.

Summer

Summer Term 12017

SATS

This is the term where we will complete our SATS tests.  These will be carried out in May.  Mock tests will take place week commencing 8th May, and the real tests will take place the week after, week commencing 15th May.  Please ensure children are at school on time during those weeks, that they have plenty of sleep and a good breakfast before school.

ENGLISH

In English we will be looking at The Wind in the Willows.  We will look at the characters, events and make up our own animal adventure story.  We will be learning to write letters and will be looking at some classic poetry.

We will also be spending time this term revising our comprehension and reading skills and our writing skills in order to prepare us for our SATs tests. 

MATHS

In Maths we will continue to develop our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction, measurements, fractions, position, direction and time and shape.

We will also prepare for our SATs.

SCIENCE

In Science we will be learning about living things and their habitats.  This will link to our work on The Wind in the Willows story.  We will continue working on our science journals and plant work.

 

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

In Design and Technology we will be designing, making and evaluating a hand puppet of an animal from the Wind in the Willows story.  We will be learning to sew fabric together.

RE

In RE our focus is Does going to the mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging? Does it feel special to belong? Who do I believe I am?

We are learning to understand why Muslims visit the mosque and to explore whether this gives them a sense of belonging.

COMPUTING

In Computing we will be learning about how to present information using computers.  We will be developing an information document about animals and their habitats.

Useful documents to download
Topic Web Autumn 1 – Learn & Be Happy
Topic Web Autumn 2
Topic Web Spring 1 – Explorers
Topic Web Spring 2 – The Farm Shop
Topic Web Summer 1 – The Wind in the Willows
Topic Web Summer 2