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Westleigh Methodist Primary School

Westleigh Methodist Primary School

Year 2

Autumn Term 1 2018

See what's happening this term in Year 2  : Autumn Term 1 Curriculum Map

We have been exploring with our Base 10 to really understand the place value of 1 digit and 2 digit numbers. This has helped us in many ways to progress onto adding numbers together. The children can use a variety of methods to demonstrate their understanding. 
My friend says a lot of things when Year 2 are learning in Maths, however they are not always correct with their method. Luckily, for my friend, the children are great at proving them wrong. We have been working hard on our verbal and written explanations and this will only improve as the year goes on.  


We have had a mucky and VERY messy time in Year 2 since starting our topic. The children have loved it! Year 2 have been  exploring with colours, textures and many different art forms. We took great inspiration from the artist 'Carl Warner' and used his work to create masterpieces of our own. This was celebrated when we changed our classroom into an Art Exhibition area and invited parents/ carers to come and share the children's work. It was a great success! 
Also as part of this topic, we have been studying a Roald Dahl book - 'George's Marvellous Medicine.' We have learnt lots of great adjectives to describe the wicked Grandma , even the children's favourite - your lips are like a dogs bottom.  We have even created our own marvellous medicine (hopefully it won't have the same affect as it did Grandma). 

We have also been very lucky to work with some external agencies this half term, especially in our PE lessons. We had a great time learning a dance themed around The Lion King. The children did a fantastic job learning the dance and then performing it to the rest of the school.  
In addition, we have had a Soccer Through Numeracy day where the children got the chance to expand on their football skills, as well as learning maths infused with popular national football teams. 

Autumn Term 2 2018 

See what's happening this term in Year 2  : Autumn Term 2 Curriculum Map

Year two have had a wonderful half turn learning about their local environment and being street detectives. They have learnt how to read maps and have observed and documented landmarks in the local area which would appear in a local map. They have applied this learning to creating their own maps of their personal journeys to school, drawing local landmarks to help.

They have learnt about directions and have used this new skill to make treasure trails within the classroom for each other to read and follow. They have learnt about how the local artist Lowry celebrated our industrial landscape and discussed his unique style and the mood of his artwork. They then used his work to inspire their own paintings set in Leigh using a variety of mediums including paints, pastels and pencils.

They have also learnt how our landscape has changed in living memory by exploring photos of the past. They have learnt how our homes have changed and interviewed Mrs Parker about how her home life was different when she was the same age as them, documenting what they discovered.

We also learnt about the sacrifices made during the first WW1 by men and women from our local area and celebrated their memories by creating collages and poems.

Spring Term 1 2019

See what's happening this term in Year 2  : Spring Term 1 Curriculum Map

Our topic this half term has been Land Ahoy! We have been learning all about real life pirates. We were shocked to find out that Blackbeard had lit candles in his beard to scare other sailors and we developed our research skills by finding out who James Cook was independently. We also learnt all about the geography of the British Isles and planned a route for the navy to patrol against pirates! We found out about how keys work and compass directions so we could make our own treasure maps for each other to follow. We had to draw them very carefully in order to find the treasure in the playground! We learnt all about sea shanties and performed our own ditties to the class (but luckily we didn’t have to work while singing them like the sailors did). We had a debate about whether the pirates were the good guys or the bad guys, using historical evidence and our learning about British values to help us decide.  

  

Spring Term 2 2019

See what's happening this term in Year 2  : Spring Term 2 Curriculum Map

Our topic this half term has been wriggle and crawl, where we have been studying and investigating all sorts of wonderful creatures. We developed our mapping skills by looking at pictures and maps of the school grounds and applying our scientific knowledge to work out where we thought insects and bugs would be most likely to live. We then planned our journey and researched how to search for minibeasts without disturbing the animals habitats or hurting them. Going on the hunt was really fun and it was amazing how many creatures we found in such a small space! We have also been learning about coding and have worked out how retro games such as space invaders worked. We have edited some games to see what happens, we worked out we could fix the game so one player scored double points! We also used our knowledge of the symmetry of the minibeasts we studied to draw them accurately using different pencil techniques such as crosshatching. 

  

World Book Day - 7th March 2019

Summer Term 1 and 2 2019

See what's happening this term in Year 2  : Summer Term 1 Curriculum Map

See what's happening this term in Year 2  : Summer Term 2 Curriculum Map

Our topic this term has been beach combers. We have been learning all about the amazing coastlines of the UK and have been comparing them to others in the world. We started off small looking at the features of our coasts and finding out about the habitats of the creatures that live there. We then zoomed out on google earth to discover how the continents are positioned and we learned their names using a catchy song! We have also been looking at how coastal holidays have changed in living memory – did you know bathers used to use a carriage to hide in when getting in to the water? In Science we have been learning all about what humans and animals need to survive and keep healthy. We conducted lots of investigations like seeing whether we can jump further as we get older, and monitoring the effect of not washing our hands properly using glitter to represent germs! We found out how to simply record data so we could work out the favourite foods in the class, and we learnt about calories and eating healthily. We also had to be very persuasive to convince the teachers not to get rid of playtime! We wrote some amazing letters and pretended to make our case on the news – luckily our arguments about the health benefits were very swaying! We have also been applying our mathematical knowledge to independent problem solving activities. We really persevered with tricky concepts and had fun at the same time!