Year 2

Welcome to Lively Laurels and Helpful Hollies

Lively Laurels and Helpful Hollies 2021-22

Lively Laurels

Mrs Dixon

Teacher

Mrs Newbury

Teacher

Mrs Tunnicliffe

Teaching Assistant

Helpful Hollies

Miss O’Connor

Teacher

Miss Torrance

Teaching Assistant

Both of the classrooms provide a calm environment and encourage the children to be independent; the children are able to  find their own resources to support their learning.

Each classroom has a reading corner with a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books for the children to enjoy.

Each child has their own tray where they can keep things to take home and hat/gloves when the weather gets colder. They also have their own peg for their coat during the winter months.

Lively Laurels

Helpful Hollies

Every class has at least one school councillor to help share their classes’ views and make changes across the school.

Helpful Hollies’ School Councillor

Max

Lively Laurels’ School Councillor

Gabby

Every class has at least 1 dojo master. The dojo masters help show visitors around school and explain what they are/have been doing in class.

Helpful Hollies’ Dojo Master

Alessia

Lively Laurels’ Dojo Master

Tobias

TJ

Click on the tabs below to find out more information about each topic. Throughout the year we will also add pictures of memorable experiences and hooks!

This term we will be learning all about London. Through Geography, we will look at the features of London, including its landmarks and what makes it a capital city. In History we will also be learning about a significant event in Londons history – The Great Fire of London. This event cause havoc in London in September 1666. We will be learning about the events surround the fire, how it spread so fast and what Christopher Wren designed afterwards. We will also be hearing about Samuel Pepys and his famous diary. Since the fire started in a bakery we will also be getting the opportunity to bake bread in design and Technology.

Talk for Writing

Fiction

This half term our model text is based off  ‘Katie in London’ by Mairi Hedderwick. The children will be writing a Journey tale and we will be focusing on story structures and using story language.

Non-Fiction

Later in the half term the children will write a non-chronological report, in the form of a newspaper, all about the Great Fire of London.

English Hook

Fiction

A girl called Katie left us some images of her holidays but they were all ruined. We had to put the pictures back together and see if we could figure out where she was visiting

Non-Fiction

We were left an old box. Inside was some old cheese, wine and a diary. Who could it have belonged to?

Memorable Experiences

This term we recreated the great fire of London. 

We made Tudor houses, creating the streets then we set them on fire. We started at the bakery to see how fast the fire spread through the city.

During this Topic we will be learning about Amelia Earhart and how she challenged gender roles at the time, similarly we will also be looking at Nelson Mandela and how he challenged ideas about race.  Through our Environmental Studies we will be looking at Greta Thunberg and how significant she is to fighting climate change. In Design and technology, we will be looking at how imporatnat it is to have a healthy diet and how to prepare dishes. We will also be learning about at were food comes from. In science we are looking at animals including humans.

Talk for Writing

Fiction

For this half term our model text is based off the book ‘Traction Man’ By Mini Grey. We have written a defeating the monster story, focusing on characterisation.

Non-Fiction

The children also be wrote an explanation text about healthy eating.

Hook

Fiction

Something strange has been happening in Mrs Newbury’s house!

Memorable Experience

This term we had a superhero day! We all got to dress up as any superhero we would like to. During the day we did an agility course, made comic book artwork, investigated different ways to make bridges to save people and  cracked a superhero code.

During this topic we will be learning about the oceans and continents in Geography.  In Science we are learning all about animals. we will find out about what animals need to survive, classifying animals and investigate animal lifecycles. We will also be learning about animals food chains and what habitats different animals live in and why.

Talk for Writing

Fiction

Our model text for this half term is based on the book ‘The Tiger who came to tea’ by Judith Kerr. We wrote our own character flaw story focusing on openings and endings.

Non-Fiction

We will wrote recounts to explain the tigers point of view and what he did during his day.

Hook

Fiction

Something came in and destroyed our classroom. I wonder what it could be? We all made a prediction.

Memorable Experience

For our memorable experience this term we were due to visit peak wild life park, However due to covid this was re-arrange so we will be going in the summer term. We will get to investigate the park and see all the animals.

During this topic we will be learning all about plants and gardens through science. We will be learning about seasonal change, growth of seeds and what seeds needs to grow. We will also be learning how to identify, name, and describe common plants and trees. Through Art we will be looking at the work of Georgia O’Keeffe and creating our own observational drawings of flowers. We will also be designing and building our our bug hotels in Design and Technology.

Talk for Writing

Fiction

This half term we will be looking at a model text based off  ‘Jack and the Bean Stalk’ . We will be writing a defeating the monster story focusing on setting description.

Non-Fiction

We will them be looking at writing instructions and will also be looking at poetry and creating our own poetry about gardens, flowers and wildlife.

Hook

Fiction

We had a strange package arrive in the classroom. Inside there was a letter from a boy called Jack and some beans.

Non-Fiction

Coming Soon

Memorable Experiences

For our memorable experience this term we will be planting and growing seeds. We will be watching them closely to check how the grow and check on them regularly yo make sure all their needs are met. We will also be keeping a diary. 

More coming soon

During this topic we will be learning about Dinosaurs. Through Science we will be identifying and classifing, living, dead and never alive, we will also look into habitats and food chains. Through our Environmental Studies we will be looking at extinction; looking at other animals now extinct or endangered due to climate change/human development. In history we will look at Jack Horner and Mary Anning, they were palaeontologists. Through Art we will be creating 3D sculptures of dinosaurs using clay.

Talk for Writing

Fiction

Our model text this half term will be based off the book ‘ Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson. We will be writing a tale of fear.

Non-Fiction

We will also be writing a persuasive text.

Hook

Fiction

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Non-Fiction

Coming Soon.

Memorable Experiences

For our memorable experience this half term we will be hosting a dinosaur exhibition. We will be displaying all of our art work that we have made during the term, as well as our writing. We will then be inviting our parents and carers into to school to see what we have discovered about dinosaurs this term.

More coming soon

During the topic, in History, we will be learning about changes within living memory looking specifically at transport over time, including uses of bridges and tunnels. We will also be looking at Isambard Kingdom Brunel who was an architect. He is famous for building the Thames Tunnel. In Design and Technology we will be designing and building a bridge to solve a tricky problem. We will also be comparing transportation, looking into which ones are the most eco-friendly.

Talk for Writing

Fiction

This term our focus text is ‘The Tunnel’. We will be writing a portal story.

Non-Fiction

We will also be writing a recount about our visit to a castle.

Hook

Fiction

coming soon

Non-Fiction

Coming soon

Memorable Experiences

coming soon

Below are all the books that year 2 will be focusing on this year during pleasure for reading time. These books will be read to the children and are also exessable for them to read independently in the book corner. By the end of the year the children will be very familiar with these books.

Thing You Need To Know

It is important that all children continue to practise their learning at home to remember and embed what they have learnt in school that week. For Helpful Hollies and Lively Laurels home learning will be given to the children on a Friday and must be returned by the following Wednesday. The home learning will alternate between Maths and English.

If children are struggling or you are unsure how to support your child, please message your child’s class teacher on Class Dojo.

Children will also have the option of completing a home learning topic grid, where they can choose different activities to do at home. Children completes 4 of the activities they will earn a prize and a certificate at the end of the half term. Each time your child completes a piece of home learning, please bring it into school so it can be displayed.

PE will be every Monday afternoon for Lively Laurels.

Pe will be every Friday afternoon for Helpful Hollies.

Please send your child to school in their PE Kit. Please be mindful of the weather.

Autumn 1

Make Tudor houses and reenact the Great Fire of London. 

Autumn 2

W/C – 9th December – Year 2 Phonics Screening Checks (missed from Year 1)

Wednesday 10th  – Superhero day – Children are invited to wear a superhero costume to school.

Tuesday 23rd November – Parents to be invited to make a healthy dish with their children.

Spring 1

Friday 28th January – Peak wildlife park There will be a voluntary cost to parents to ensure that this visit will go ahead.  – Rescheduled for Summer term

Wednesday 2nd February – Parents to be invited to make a clay animal model with their children
Vet to visit school and explain their job. (to be confirmed)

Spring 2

W/C Monday 16th May – Year 2 Assessment week

It is very important all children have 100% attendance during this week.

Planting seeds this term to watch them grow.
Wednesday 6th April – Parents to be invited to allow the children to share their computing work (programming)
Gardener to talk to the children (to be confirmed)
Summer 1
Wednesday 11th May – Parents to be invited to take part in a music lesson with their child
More coming soon!

Summer 2

Wednesday 6th July – Parents to be invited to take part in a bridges investigation
More coming soon!

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Derby
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