Year 2

Lively Laurels and Helpful Hollies

Lively Laurels and Helpful Hollies 2020-21

Staff

Helpful Hollies

Miss Walker

Teacher

Mrs Tunnicliffe

Teaching Assistant

Lively Laurels

Miss Sheldon

Teacher

Mrs Newbury

Teacher

Mrs Flemming

Teaching Assistant

Classrooms

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.

School Council

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

Helpful Hollies’ School Councillor

Nathaniel

Lively Laurels’ School Councillor

Robyn

Class Dojo Masters

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

Hayley

Helpful Hollies’ Dojo Master

Sam

Lively Laurels’ Dojo Master

Florentina 

Lively Laurels’ Dojo Master

Afdal

Our Curriculum

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!

Quality Texts

This half term our model text is Little Red Riding Hood. The children will be writing a warning tale and our focus be on setting descriptions.

Later in the half term the children will write a recount based on their trip to Elvaston Castle.

Hook

We found a mysterious letter in our classroom, it was addressed to Helpful Hollies and Lively Laurels. When we opened it we found an old map of our school! We followed the route on the map and we discovered a basket of clues in the Junior playground. There was some cake, red material, glasses and a wolf mask. Lots of us thought it has something to do with Little Red Riding Hood.

Memorable Experiences

My Trip to Elvaston Castle

Last week, we went to Elvaston Castle.

First, we walked through damp and dark forest. We identified different trees by looking at their leaves. we saw an Oak tree, a Pine tree and a holly bush.

 

Next, we looked at pattern on the trunks of the trees. We used our crayons to do bark rubbings.

After that, we stopped for lunch under the pine trees. Then we played with the parachute, duck duck goose and Simon says.

Finally, we walked back to the coach. On the way, we listened to a story. It was an amazing day!

In this topic the children will be learning and exploring about our place in the world. We will be looking at aerial photographs from space of Earth and looking at the human and physical features. In Science we will be taking part in some exciting investigations such as ‘which material will make the best spacesuit?’ and a fizzy bottle rocket investigation. We will also be learning about the Lunar rover and designing and making our own.

Quality Texts

For this half term we will be writing a losing tale influenced by the story Beegu.

The children will also be writing instructions on how to make Beegu’s spaceship.

Hook

Something very unsual happened at school after half term… we found evdience that Beegu the Alien had been to visit! She even left us her very own book to read over this half term.

In this topic the children will be learning and exploring our local area. We will be looking at the city of Derby, studying different maps of Derby and the local area around school. Through history we will be looking at the history of the city and changes within living memory. In science we will be studying plants, we will get the opportunity to grow our own cress and experiment what it needs to grow. We will also be making our own street signs and cities using recycled materials. 

Quality Text

The focus text for this term is Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. We will be studying the text and writing our own journey stories. We will then be looking at Persuasive adverts and writing our own persuasive adverts to get more people to visit Derby.

Hook

We have had a visitor come into year 2 this term. It was Sunny! He came with his suitcase and a postcard telling us that he still hadn’t found a nice place to live so through he would come and try Derby. He also asked if we could look after him while he was visiting and he would telling us about all his adventures. We decided that we wanted to write his story down.

Memorable Experience

Due to COVID we haven’t been able to have our memorable experience this term. Hopefully we can re arrange it for another time.

For this topic we will be learning about Brazil, using our geography skills to locate Brazil on a map and then comparing Brazil to the UK. Through this topic we will also be investigating colour mixing and creating our own head-dresses through the technique of weaving. Also in computing we will get the the opportunity to create digital images of jungle animals.

Our science topic this term focus’ on animals and their habitats. We will be looking at a range of habitats, food chains and if things are alive, dead or never alive.

Quality Text

This half term we will be looking at the fiction story ‘The Papaya that Spoke’ retold by Pie Corbett. This is a journey story. We will be focusing on Characterisation and looking how speech is used through the story.

We will then be looking at Information texts. We will be exploring a range of information texts and investigating and identifying the features. We will then use this knowledge to create our own information text about Brazil.

Hook

A strange package appeared in our classroom after lunch. It was from South Africa, we knew this because of the labels it had on it. We tried to guess what it could be but in the end we decided to open the box. Inside we found some Papaya’s!

We investigated the papayas closely and even got to have a taste!

Memorable Experiences

Coming Soon

Through this Topic children will be looking at Florence Nightingale. They will be learning about her life and why she is important to remember. In Art the children will be learning about Carl Warner and will  get the opportunity to recreate some of their own work using his as inspiration. In Science we will be looking at out bodies and what our bodies need to stay healthy. Finally we will be making healthy pizzas in Design and Technology.

The Magic Paintbrush

Our focus fiction text for this half term is ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ This is a defeating the monster story. We will also be doing an explanation text about explaining why Florence Nightingale is Famous?

Hook

Over the holiday an odd paintbrush arrived in the classroom. It was huge! Mrs Newbury and Miss Sheldon decided to try it out (and film it for the classes to see), to their surprise it was magic! Anything that Mrs Newbury drew came alive.

Experiences

For our topic experience we had a messy afternoon! We got to explore different textures like, spaghettiplay dough, paint, cornflour, and jelly. We really did make a mess.

Description of the topic and where it links to different subjects.

Quality Text

Information on the key text to go here, along with what genre of writing you will be doing. Upload an image to image gallery below.

Hook

Information on your hooks here. Upload images to the image gallery below.

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Experiences

Information on any memorable experiences here. Upload images to the image gallery below.

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Our Experiences and Opportunities

We do lots of exciting things throughout the year, this may be part of our topic or additional experiences, click on the tabs below to have a look.

My Trip to Elvaston Castle

Last week, we went to Elvaston Castle.

First, we walked through damp and dark forest. We identified different trees by looking at their leaves. we saw an Oak tree, a Pine tree and a holly bush.

Next, we looked at pattern on the trunks of the trees. We used our crayons to do bark rubbings.

After that, we stopped for lunch under the pine trees. Then we played with the parachute, duck duck goose and Simon says.

Finally, we walked back to the coach. On the way, we listened to a story. It was an amazing day!

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 will earn points. 75 points earns them 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 Wednesday afternoon. Please send your child to school in their PE Kit. Please be mindful of the weather.

Autumn 1

Wednesday 30th September – Memorable experience trip to Elvaston Castle

Autumn 2

Monday 14th December – Christmas Party

Spring 1

Check Class Dojo for all updates this half term

Spring 2

W/C Monday 17th May – Year 2 Assessment week

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

Summer 1

Coming soon!

Summer 2

Coming soon!

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Contact Us

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

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