Year 2

Welcome to Lively Laurels and Helpful Hollies

Lively Laurels and Helpful Hollies 2022-23

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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

Nicolas

Lively Laurels’ School Councillor

Paige

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

David

Elizabeth

Lively Laurels’ Dojo Master

Leo

Tatiana

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!

English Hook

This half term we will be learning about human and physical features or an environment, we will also be looking at maps and creating our own map of a castle based off our trip to Elvaston castle. Through science we will be investigating how seeds grow, their lifecycle and what they need to grow.

In religious education this half term we will be looking at Judaism.

In PE we are doing gymnastics.

Fiction

This half term our model text is based off  the traditional tale “Little Red Riding Hood’. The children will be writing a warning story.

Non-Fiction

Later in the half term the children will write an recount about their trip to Elvaston Castle.

English Hook

Fiction

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Non-Fiction

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Memorable Experiences

This term we will be visiting Elvaston Castle

Come back soon to find out about our memorable experience.

Parental Engagement

Tuesday 4th October

Parents are invited in to create art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.

Come back to see what we created.

Careers

This term we will be inviting an artist into talk to us about their job.

Come back soon to find out more

This half term we will be learning about our place in the world. We will also be exploring aerial photographs and exploring goole earth. Throughout the term we will be looking at testing different materials, learning their properties and deciding which materials are best suited to make a space suit. We will also be making a moon buggy, through Design and Technology we will be learning about axels and wheels enabling us to make our moon buggies move. We will also be using the computers to programme an object.

In Religious Education we are learning about Christianity.

Fiction

For this half term our model text is based off the book ‘Beegu’ By Alexis Deacon. We will be writing a losing tale.

Non-Fiction

We will be focusing on instructions and will be writing instructions explaining how to make a moving vehical.

Hook

Fiction

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Memorable Experience

This term we will be having a planetarium coming into school. Come back soon to find out more.

Parental Engagement

Tuesday 20th December

Parents will be invited in to school so we can show them our D.T work as well as performing ‘ho ho ho’ from Music.

Careers

This term we will be having a Rolls Royce engineer come into school to tell us about their job.

This half term we will be looking at Florence Nightingale and Mary Seattle, who they were, what impact they had in hospitals and the barriers they faced. We will also be doing some art, we will be exploring the work of  Carl Warner and creating our own food scapes. Through this topic we will be also looking at food from around the world and making our own healthy pizzas. Through Science this half term we will be looking at animals including humans. We will be investigating growing and xchanging and how to keep healthy.

Through RE this term we will be thinking about Religious stories.

Fiction

Our model text for this half term is based on the story ‘The Magic Paintbrush’. We wrote our own beating the monster story.

Non-Fiction

We will be writing explanation texts about the life cycle of a frog.

Hook

Fiction

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Memorable Experience

We will be having a messy afternoon. Come back later to find out more

Parental Engagement

W/C 23rd January 2023

Parents will be invited into school to make pizzas with their children

Careers

We will be having a nurse come and visit school this half term to tell us about their job.

This half term we will be learning about Brazil. We will find out where Brazil is, comparing the human and physical features to the UK. We will also be looking at textures and patterns with in art. Through Science we are looking at habitats, we will investigate local habitats, and world habitats. This half term we will also be exploring designing things own the computers.

In Religious Education we will be learning about different celebrations in different faiths

Fiction

This half term we will be looking at a model text based off  ‘The Papaya that Spoke’ . We will be writing a journey story.

Non-Fiction

We will be looking at information texts and writing our own information text about Brazil

Hook

Fiction

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Non-Fiction

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Memorable Experiences

For our memorable experience this term we will having a carnival. Come back soon to find out what we did.

Parental Engagement

W/C 13th March 2023

Parents will be invited into create a picture of an animal and their habitat using the computers.

Careers

We will be haring a police officer come and see us this term to talk about their job.

This half term we will be exploring and learning about our local area. We will be going for a walk so we can see what is in our local area. We will then be looking at maps and the features that are in our area. Eventually we will be creating our own maps of the school. Through Design and Technology we will be using our geography skills to design and build a town using recycled materials. We will also be looking at Joesph Wright who was a local artist . Through Science we will be learning about plants.

In Religious Education we will be learning about Islam.

Fiction

Our model text this half term will be based off the book ‘ Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett. We will be writin a Journey Story.

Non-Fiction

We will also be writing a persuasive text to persuade people to come to Derby.

Hook

Fiction

coming soon

Non-Fiction

Coming Soon.

Memorable Experiences

For our memorable experience this half term we will be going for a walk around our local area.

More coming soon

Parental Engagement

Date to be confirmed

Parents to be invited into school to use digimaps to label local area.

Careers

We will be having a refuse collector coming in to School to talk to us about their job.

This term we will be learning about some explorers. We will also be learning about Grace Darling, what she did and why it is remembered today. We will also be learning about the sea, we will learn the names of the oceans and design and making our own boats. Through Science we will be looking at everyday materials, comparing their suitability.

In Religious Education we will be leaning about how different Religions care for people.

Fiction

This term our focus text is ‘The Story of Pirate Tom’. We will be writing a rags to riches story.

Non-Fiction

We will also be writing a recount about a pirates life.

Hook

Fiction

coming soon

Non-Fiction

Coming soon

Memorable Experiences

coming soon

Parental Engagement

To be confirmed

Careers

We will be having someone from the navy list us this half term to tell us about their job.

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

Autumn 1

Friday 23rd September – Trip to Elvaston Castle.
Tuesday 4th October – Parents invited in to school for an art afternoon.
Date TBC – Artist  to visit school to talk about their job

Autumn 2

Friday 4th November  – Wonderdome Planetarium in school

Tuesday 20th December  – Parents invited into school to see Music and D&T
Date TBC – Engineer to visit school to talk about their job

Spring 1

Date TBC – Messy afternoon

W/C – 23rd January – Parents to be invited to make Pizzas.
Date TBC -Nurse to visit school to talk about their job

Spring 2

W/C Monday 1st May – Year 2 Assessment week

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

Date TBC – Carnival
W/C 13th April – Parents to be invited to allow the children to share their computing work
Date TBC – Police Officer to visit school to talk about their job
Summer 1
Date TBC -Local walk
Date TBC – Parents invited into school to look at the geography of the area.
Date TBC – Refuse collector to visit school to talk about their job

Summer 2

More coming soon 
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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.

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

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Firs Primary School
Raven Street
Derby
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782
admin@firsprimary.derby.sch.uk

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