At Elaine Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for pupils when it is planned in a cross curricular way, enabling them to make links throughout their learning. We ensure all our lessons include challenge for all pupils, opportunities for children to learn through hands on experiences, and through feedback from both adults and peers. We have high expectations for both pupils and staff, and always endeavour to achieve outstanding outcomes.
Year Two will begin the school year with exciting new topics and core texts. For the first half term, the children will draw inspiration from Giraffes Can’t Dance! By Giles Andreae. They will explore the themes of diversity, identity and friendship, whilst using PE and the Arts to drive their learning across the curriculum. The children will have the opportunity to write their own descriptions of the characters using increasingly varied and complex vocabulary. In Music, the children will use percussion instruments to express their emotions and identity. This will then be shared with peers in a special assembly at the end of the half term. Throughout the term, the children will be able to build their independence as creative writers. To accompany our published writing, the children will be creating observational drawings of giraffes and using print to create giraffe patterns.
As we move into the second half term, Year Two will continue to draw from the theme of identity with our core text ‘The Fox and the Star’. As a class we will use our Design and Technology skills to create bird feeders to support the wildlife in our local area. We will also develop our story telling skills by creating our own version of the text.
Across the term our Topic Learning will support our cross-curricular ethos as the children explore the common themes and topics from their core texts. In Science, Year Two will be learning about healthy bodies and healthy minds. The children will have the opportunity to learn about ways they can keep themselves healthy as well as calming techniques such as mindfulness. In PE, the children will continue to develop their fundamental movement skills alongside the sport of football.
Our Maths learning in Year Two will be centred around collaboration and problem-solving. We will begin to develop our mental maths skills, as well as our ability to use a range of strategies to solve problems with all four operations. We will continue to take on daily ‘challenges’ in each Maths lesson and we will use our topics and core texts to inspire us with real life problem solving.
In Year Two, children will receive 3 reading books a week. Pupils will get books levelled matched to their levels and picture books to share at home. Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. Please check your child’s book bag for our weekly homework which is due every Wednesday. Our homework consists of a range of Maths and English activities, as well as assignments related to our topic learning. If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.
We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.