Year Two Curriculum Letter- Terms One and Two
A summary of the curriculum covered in Year Two in Terms One and Two is outlined below. Please see the ‘Curriculum Overview’ for the work Year Two will be covering throughout this year.
Further information about Year Two can be found on the newsletter for Terms One and Two on the Year Two class page.
Our assessments guide our planning for the class, some children may need further support with areas of the Year One curriculum before they can fully access the Year Two curriculum, whereas other will need challenging and extending.
Spelling Punctuation and Grammar: We will follow a cursive handwriting style, using ‘Letter join’ we will revise the correct formation of each letter. We will start to learn to spell the Year Two ‘Common Exception Words’ and revise the ‘Year One Common Exception Words.’ We will follow the ‘Sirlinkalot’ spelling programme, in class and for homework. Phonics work will be covered through the Letters and Sounds scheme and the ‘Monster Phonics’ programme. In Term One we will study alphabetical order, nouns adjectives, verbs and adverbs. In Term Two we will study statements, questions, commands, conjunctions, exclamations and the use of commas.
Texts: We will be following ‘Talk for writing’ and will be studying various fiction and non fiction texts. Our writing will include recounts, story writing, labelling, commands, book reviews and poetry. We will perform poems and look at the poetry compilation by Michael Rosen, ‘Don’t Put Mustard in the Custard.’ We will encourage the children to write for a variety of purposes.
Reading: The children will read individually using their reading scheme books in Term One and Two. They will have free choice books in addition to their reading scheme books, which will be appropriate to their reading level. The children will read in class during whole class guided reading sessions. Reading comprehensions and book reviews will be part of their reading experience.
We follow the ‘Whiterose’ Maths scheme. Mathematical learning involves mental maths, number work, topic work, problem solving and reasoning. In Term One the children will study ‘number,’ through place value, we will be working with numbers within 100, looking at tens and ones, comparing and ordering numbers and revise counting in twos, fives and tens. Our work on addition and subtraction will involve working with numbers within 100, this will include adding and subtracting tens and ones and adding three one digit numbers. In Term Two we will complete work on addition and subtraction and then study a ‘measurement’ topic on money. This will include counting money in notes and coins, finding the total and the difference and finding change. In Term Two we will also return to ‘number’ by studying multiplication and division. We will make and add equal groups, use arrays and learn the two, five and ten times tables.
Our Science topic for Terms One and Two is ‘Animals Including Humans.’ The children will learn about how humans and other animals are born, grow and change and what we need to survive and be healthy. We will classify different kinds of animal babies, learn about basic needs that are shared by humans and animals and research the differing needs of animals within our care. Focusing on their own experiences, the children will explore the need for humans to eat a varied diet, keep themselves clean and take regular exercise. This will enable the children to make choices that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Art and Design:
In Term One we will be exploring design through making, using a variety of materials. The children will be making their own sketch books. In Term Two we will be exploring the colour wheel through collage and colour mixing. This will be an extension of the work they have covered on the colour wheel in Year One.
Our computing topic in Term One is ‘We are Astronauts’ and in Term Two our topic is ‘We are Games Testers.’ The children will be learning computer programming skills through these topics.
Design and Technology:
We will be studying ‘Food’ in Terms One and Two. Through this they will be encouraged to go through the process of designing, making and evaluating their product.
History will be taught in Term Two, Geography is taught in Term One. Our History topic is ‘Communication: Now and Then.’ We will explore how communication has changed over time to the present day, including early writing, the printing press, sending telegrams, the telephone and the world wide web.
Geography is taught in Term One, History is taught in Term Two. Our Geography topic is ‘Where Do I Live?’ We will study where we live from large scale to small scale : my world, the United Kingdom, my country, my town and my address.
We follow the ‘Charanga Musical School’ programme, this has been adapted to the covid-19 restrictions in school as we are unable to sing in class. In Term One we are following the unit ‘Hands, Feet, Heart. This is an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), and playing percussion instruments are all linked, we will be listening to music from around the world. In Term Two the unit is ‘Ho, Ho, Ho.’ The children will listen and appraise different styles of music and continue to embed the interrelated dimensions of music through games and playing percussion instruments.
In Term One we are learning about gymnastics and Invasion game skills. In Term Two we are learning about football and Infant Agility. The children will be encouraged to develop their skills individually, with a partner, in a small and large group and as a class.
We follow the ‘SCARF’ scheme. In Term One our topic is ‘Me and My Relationships.’ This will include discussing our classroom rules, our feelings and how to be a good friend. In Term Two our topic is ‘Valuing Difference.’ We will look at what makes us who we are, people that are special to us and kindness towards others.
In Term One our topic is ‘Christian Rites of Passage.’ We will be looking at the meaning of a rite of passage and Christian rites of passage such as baptism, marriage and Holy Communion. In Term Two our Topic is ‘Christmas Celebrations.’ We will study the Nativity story to explain why Christmas is celebrated and how Christmas is celebrated around the world.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me
Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to working with you and your children this term.
Year 1 Team
Mrs Saganowska, Ms Alfredson, Mrs Weller and Mrs Mills