Year 2 Willow Class
Year 2 Class Willow Key Information
Teacher: Mrs. Lyn Malik
Teaching Assistant: Mrs. Emma Kidd
Weekly Spelling Test: After each spelling unit (notification of date via Class Dojo)
PE day: Monday
Long Term Plan:
What’s happening in the Autumn term?
‘Movers and Shakers’ is our history learning project in the autumn term.
This project teaches children about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. They will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance.
This project runs alongside an art learning project called ‘Mix It’ and a science learning project called ‘Human Survival’ We identify technology around us in create digital pictures in computing.
In December, Y2 turn their attention to the Christmas story during RE lessons and perform the Christmas Nativity.
What’s happening in the Spring term?
‘Coastline’ is our geography learning project in the spring term.
This project teaches children about the physical and human features of coastal regions across the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of a coastal town. At the end of March, we take a visit to St Annes on Sea.
This project runs alongside an art learning project called ‘Flowerhead’ and a science learning project called ‘Materials’ In music, we begin to learn to play the glockenspiel and in DT, we work with wood to make a mini beach hut.
What’s happening in the Summer term?
‘Magnificent Monarchs’ is our history learning project in the summer term.
This teaches children about the English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits and other historical sources, they build up an understanding of the monarchs and then research six of the most significant sovereigns.
This project runs alongside a design and technology learning project called ‘Cut, Stich and Join’ and a science learning project called ‘Push and Pull’. In RE we also learn why saying Friday prayers are important to Muslims.
Here’s a selection of some of the great books we read in Y2.
There isn’t a specific list of words to spell in Y2. Instead, the requirement in year 2 is that children are introduced to some specific spelling rules, patterns and common exceptions and that they practice spelling age-appropriate words where these rules apply.
There are some words that don’t fit specific spelling rules and patterns. These are called common exception words.
We expect all children to read at least 5 times each week at home. We send home a RWI Book Bag book to practise phonic skills and the children can also choose to take home a book from our class library. Our hugely popular Book Swap shop is free for children to access during playtimes too.
Of course, children in Y2 still love to be read to at home. Here are some videos explaining why reading to your child is so important and some great tips to help you along the way.
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We use the RWI Spelling programme to learn spelling rules and practise spellings. We select and post on Class Dojo, approx 10 spellings for the children to practise at home over a 2 week period. These spelling are then tested in class. We let you know on Class Dojo the date of each test.