St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Lidgett Lane, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 2QD

Year Two

In Year Two our novels for this term are The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy and The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. The children will be creating wonderful pieces of writing based on novels covering many genres.  The children will be challenged to choose ambitious vocabulary to ensure their writing is exciting and they will include a wide range of grammatical features in their writing to suit each genre.

We will also continue to take part in daily Read, Write Inc phonics lessons and learning activities to become fantastic fluent readers and use and apply our ‘Special Friends’ knowledge to spell written words. 

Maths this term will start with money and have lots of practical opportunities to calculate with coins to solve money problems. Through the investigation of the topic, faces, shapes, patterns, we will develop our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes, explore quadrilaterals, lines of symmetry and right angles, while also applying our knowledge of rotation to problem solve. In addition to this, the children will also consolidate their place value knowledge and develop awareness of numbers to 1000, learn about measuring, capacity, and volume, apply addition and subtraction knowledge in different contexts and in preparation for Year Three we will conclude our maths learning this term with multiplication and division and the 3 and 4 multiplication tables.

Our history topic for this term is “They Made a Difference”. Within this topic the children will enjoy learning about individuals from the past (and present including Marcus Rashford) who have made a difference to society.  Studying the human rights heroes Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Malala Yousafzai we will explore why they are truly remarkable and their impact on society today. As we travel through time, we will encounter many acts of kindness and the children’s discovery box home learning challenges will provide opportunities to consolidate learning while also discovering Rosa Park’s recipe.

In Science we will learn about “Protecting the Environment”. As we learn about the world we live in, we will explore air and water pollution, the impact of waste and why recycling is so important. We will consider the many ways we use water every day and why we need to help save our water sources. Through the investigation of energy sources and electricity we will learn all about being          eco-friendly. When exploring why trees are important for all living things, we will revisit prior learning of habitats and take part in a save our trees campaign. We will discover the difference we can make in keeping our planet healthy.