Year 2

As part of the new scheme of work that we have introduced this year, the children have worked on a variety of Learning Projects and have been given the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to many different situations.

Each term the children have studied English following the new curriculum guidelines and the Learning Project ideas.

In Mathematics the children have studied number and calculation, shape, space and measures, and data handling.

Approach to Teaching Reading and Phonic Skills

At Tudor Court Primary School our teaching of Phonics is through the Letters and Sounds scheme. The scheme helps to build children’s speech, reading and writing skills. Children are set in phase groups for a daily phonic session consisting of a four-part lesson. The lesson begins by revisiting and renewing previously taught sounds and words. The children are then taught a new sound, have time to practise it and then apply it to reading and writing.  

The Learning Projects

LAND AHOY – Autumn 1st half

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Arr . . .me hearties – it’s a sailors life for me!

Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world – just like Captain Cook.

How do rescue missions happen at sea? Find out about the brave volunteers and young Miss Darling, rowing her boat across stormy seas.

Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the poop deck then search for Captain Longbeard’s hidden treasure.

That’s land ahead, me buckos! Let’s get t’ship t’port.

English

Narrative; Information books; Poetry.  

Geography

Using and making maps; Location knowledge.

Art & Design

Observational drawing.

Computing

Programming; Presentation software.

D&T

Mechanisms; Structures.

History

Historical people.

Music

Sea shanties.

PSHE

Feeling positive.

Science

Everyday materials.

 

 

STREET DETECTIVES – Autumn 2nd half

This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields? Let’s learn about our local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how our streets have changed.

Make maps and plans of the streets, planning our routes. What can you see? What can we find?

When the Lord Mayor writes and asks us to help make our street a better place, it’s time to get your thinking caps on and paint brushes at the ready!

Ready to roll, Street Detectives? Get your clipboards and cameras . . . it’s time to start investigating.

English

Recounts; Adverts; Diary writing. 

History

Changes within living memory.

Art & Design

Famous artists; Drawing, painting or collaging the local area.

Computing

Photo stories; Algorithms.

D&T

Selecting tools and materials; Sign-making. 

Geography

Fieldwork in the local area; Human and physical features.

PSHE

Belonging to a community; Improving the local area.

Science

Identifying and comparing materials.

 

 

MUCK, MESS AND MIXTURES – Spring 1st half

Let’s get messy! Muck and mess is good! In fact, it’s

mega-marvellous.

Dive in and get your hands and feet all sticky and covered in paint. Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods.

Work with paint and other squelchy stuff to create a new gallery space. What will you make? How will you arrange it? How will the gallery make you and your visitors to feel?

Don’t worry about the mess . . . it’ll always wash!

English

Labels, lists and captions; Poetry; Narrative; Leaflets.

Art and Design

Printing; Colour mixing; Working with clay.

Computing

Animation; Digital photography.

D&T

Healthy meals; Origins of food.

PSHE

Safety around medicines and household products.

Science

Everyday materials.

 

 

THE SCENTED GARDEN – Spring 2nd half

Tiptoe through the tulips as your senses discover the blooming foliage and enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs. Round and round the mulberry bush we go, planting bulbs and then watch them grow beneath sunshine and showers.

Explore the astounding world of the scented garden, but be careful, there are some wild and dangerous plants out there that do astonishing things – just don’t touch.

Use the marvellous properties of plants, flowers and herbs to make an exceptional gift for somebody special.

Everything is coming up roses! Why not grow your own?

English

Recounts; Reports; Instructions; Narrative.

Science

Plants.

Art and design

Observational drawing; Sculpture.

Computing

Present information.

D & T

Make fragrant products.

Geography

Plants in the local environment.

Music

Action rhymes.

 

 

WRIGGLE AND CRAWL – Summer 1st half

Grab your coat and pooter – we’re going out and about on a mini-beast hunt!

Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up logs to see who’s home.

Learn about bees and worms and butterflies too. Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Carry out investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches its prey.

Then animate to show how your favourite bug transforms from one form to another.

On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl.

English

Leaflets; Instructions; Information books; Poetry.

Science

Living things and their habitats; Animals including humans.

Art and design

Observational drawing; Model making.

Computing

Creating and debugging programs; Digital presentations.

D & T

Origins of food.

Geography

Fieldwork.

Music

Playing instruments.

PSHE

Feeling positive.

PE

Dance

 

TOWERS, TUNNELS & TURRETS – Summer 2nd half

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower. . .

Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let’s build a brand new one . . .Whose is the tallest? Can you measure it?

What’s that sound? I hear hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap, over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll underneath . . .He likes to gobble up little girls and boys! Make sure your bridge is sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side.

And finally. . . meet the three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf!

No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down!

English

Recounts; Speech; Narrative; Letters.

D & T

Making models.

Art and design

Sculpture using natural materials.

Computing

Create castles using drawing software.

Geography

Structures around the world; Towers and bridges.

History

Castles and castle life.

PE

Defend and attack games; Balance.

PSHE

Dilemmas.

Science

Living things and their habitats; Everyday materials.