Year 2 - Pearl Class

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Welcome to Year Two
Mrs Richardson and Miss Ratcliffe
Spring Term

Topic: Inventors and inventions

Our Topic
Our exciting topic 'Inventors and Inventions' will lead us to reasearch inventions and pioneers who have changed the world through innovation and invention.
Our Big Question: How have different inventions changed the world?

In History, we will be studying famous people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. The children will 'meet' inventors from history, discuss and order their inventions on a timeline and start to ask 'inventor questions' that lead to inventions.

Design and Technology
We will build models from technical drawings, design our own models and experiment with different fixings and mechanisms for their models. We will test designs, models and mechanisms in role as inventors. We will finally design, draw and make our own inventions, and present them to the class.

Throughout the term we will look at stories related to Inventors. Our Pathways to Write text is 'The Dragon Machine' by Helen Ward and we will read 'The Dragon Sitter' by Josh Lacey. We will use the story 'My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions' by Richard Johnson as a starting point and we will write narratives and simple explanations. The children will be looking closely at statements, commands, questions and exclamations. Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to demarcate sentences will continue to be a key focus in writing. We will be concentrating on developing spelling rules when suffixes are added to a root word. The children will be given extra common words as spelling every 2 weeks to learn.

The children will continue revise their spelling of the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words.

Throughout the term we will recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including recognising odd and even numbers. We will calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (x), division (รท) and equals (=) sign. We will deepen our learning through problem solving activities and use our reasoning skills to explain.

Maths Online Games
Number names
Ordering numbers
Addition Games
Times Tables
Place Value


In Geography, we will be focussing upon geographical knowledge and skills. We will learn to communicate geographically by using and constructing basic symbols in a key and by using simple grid references (A1, B1). We will identify the seven continents and five oceans using maps, atlases, globes and other sources of information such as Google Earth. We will also identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.


In Art, the children will focus on the work of Lowry. We will experiment with charcoal, pencils and pastels creating different tones using light and dark and showing patterns and textures in their drawings. We will experiment with colour mixing with primary colours and shades of colour. We will learn weaving techniques with paper and a range of different materials.

We will learn to develop singing skills and learn traditional songs from around the world. We will sing songs regularly with increasing vocal control. We will change the way music is performed to reflect occasion e.g. lullaby and perform actions confidently and in time to a range of action songs. We will respond to the leader's directions and visual symbols for dynamics and tempo.

Religious Education
In R.E. we will explore Christianity asking questions such as: How do Christians know how to care for others? What is the most important teaching of Jesus? What stories of love and forgiveness did Jesus tell?

We will learn about Animals including humans. We will notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. We will find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air). We will learn aboutLiving things and their habitats, animals and their offspring along withFood chains and habitats.

The children's wellbeing is our priority. We will also be developing our wellbeing toolkit and promoting self-regulation using The Zones of Regulation.

Physical Education
Amaven provide 'Movement of the Day' activities and homework targeted to meet your child's needs. Log in using your child's personal login and then complete homework tasks each week.

Home Learning
Add by making ten
Add a two digit and one digit number crossing ten
Add a two digit and one digit number crossing ten — Activity
Subtraction crossing ten
Week beginning 22.01.2022
Subtract a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number — crossing ten
Activity Subtract a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number — crossing ten
Add two 2-digit numbers — not crossing ten — add ones and add tens
Add two 2-digit numbers — crossing ten — add ones and add tens
Subtract a 2-digit number from a 2-digit number — not crossing ten

RWInc Spelling — Resources attached as a pdf
Unit 1: The or sound spelt a before l and ll.
Unit 2: Soft c.
Unit 3: Adding the suffix -y

Mr Whoops Grammar activities have been attached as a pdf for you to try.

Try a Mini Mission to develop computational thinking. Attached as a pdf.

Cosmic Kids Yoga can be used for meditation and to try out a Yoga Session.

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'Inventors and Inventions!' optional tasks. Your child can choose a task each week from the grid and respond. You could take a photograph of the results and send them to your class teacher via the class email address.

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