Welcome to the Year 2 Class Page. Please view the Year 2 Meet and Greet video for this academic year. The video provides you with key information regarding your child’s curriculum for the academic year.
If you have any questions regards the presentation, please email the school office so the questions can be collated and added to the Frequently asked Questions.
What does it mean to persevere?
During the first half of the Autumn term, to welcome the children to Year 2, we start by learning all about perseverance and what it means to persevere. We immerse ourselves in the life of Rosa Parks through drama and large scale timeline work to help us to understand the significance of Rosa Parks as a historical person. Her perseverance in times of great challenge will no doubt inspire our children in the knowledge that small changes can make a big difference.
We will also look at the key text – ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and think about how important it is to not ‘quit’ but to persevere even when times are challenging. The rewards of perseverance far outweigh the challenges.
In learning about the importance of persevering pupils will also deepen their understanding of a Growth Mindset and the difference this can make when we face challenges.
Would we survive the life of a pirate?
During the second half of the Autumn term we will be immersing the children in the life of pirates! They will enjoy a visit from Pearl the Pirate and become pirates for the day themselves. We will also be deepening their understanding of the local area and pupils will solve challenges set by weekly problems from Pirate Pearl. They will classify human and physical features of the school grounds before exploring the local community using simple maps to support their learning.
To deepen their understanding of the world and continents further, pupils will learn about this element of Geography as part of a Pirate Pearl challenge! piece Pirate Pearl’s maps back together.
Spring 1 – Who Rules our Land?
We will begin the Spring term by exploring changes in living memory, researching and learning about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. We will learn about the Royal Family and will write letters to Her Majesty the Queen. We have been really lucky in the past in receiving a reply from the palace too! We will learn about our capital city and the significant landmarks in London by reading a story entitled ‘A Walk in London’ and ‘Katie in London’.
Where Shall I build My Castle?
Our first Year 2 trip will take place during this half term with a visit to Arundel Castle.
The children will experience what it was like to live and work in this huge and magnificent castle and will have the chance to be involved in role play. They will also have the opportunity to visit parts of the castle which are not open to the general public! The children will have the challenge of planning, creating and evaluating their own drawbridges as part of their Design Technology work.
Summer 1 – How has Butlins helped to make Bognor Regis the seaside town it is today?
The Sumer tern brings an exciting topic based around the famous Butlins resort. The children will review their understanding of where in the world we live and then look more closely at the history behind Butlins resorts and the man behind Butlins, Sir Billy Butlin.
The children will enjoy looking at how the resort has changed over the years and the impact Butlins has on Bognor Regis as a seaside town. This topic will build on work undertaken in Year 1 and develop their skills in using evidence to draw conclusions about the past. We would hope to visit the resort during this topic to further enhance our understanding of how Butlins helps to enhance the place we all live.
Summer 2 – Why are Bees Important?
Our final topic of the year will focus on the huge environmental issue of the decline of bees. We will take a visit to West Dean Gardens to see the bees in the wonderful flower gardens there and enjoy learning about the vast array of plants and flowers. We will also focus on where our water comes from, before identifying where the largest rivers in the world can be located. To deepen their understanding of human and physical features, pupils will visit the River Lavant. During our trip to West Dean Gardens we will also look at the tributaries to the streams within the gardens. In learning about bees, pupils will learn more about where food comes from and the importance of bees in pollination.
The children will have the opportunity to see bees working in a section of a hive brought in by a local beekeeper. Hopefully they will even get to see the Queen bee! As part of this topic we will end the year by embarking on an act of ‘Courageous Advocacy’ where we will look at ways to enhance our immediate and local environment and make a change, no matter how small!