Welcome back Caterpillar Class!

Welcome to Caterpillar Class! Caterpillar class is one of the Year 2 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities. Children have PE on Thursday and Friday and will need to arrive in their PE kits on this day. We will also provide a weekly newsflash to show what we have been learning in the past week.

Who works in our classroom?

Teacher:

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

       

         Mr Sinfield

 

Teaching Assistants

                                      

                 Miss Spence

                                    

In Caterpillar Class, we will be learning:

Subject

Content

English

In English this half term we will be focussing on creating brilliant character descriptions within our writing. We will be using the Talk4Writing approach, beginning with our cold write and hook, before moving through the imitation, innovation and independent stages. Our model text this half term is ‘The Cobbler of Krakow and Smok the Dragon’ which will provide us with a high-quality example. We will be continuing to work on using on our non-negotiables of full stops and capital letters. Furthermore, to improve the content of our writing, we will be recalling tools such as adjectives and similes. We will build on this by learning how to use effective alliteration and adverbs.

Maths

In Maths this half term we will continue our focus on addition and subtraction. Firstly we will continue to learn and embed our knowledge of the column method and then we will apply this knowledge to problem solving questions. After this unit of work we will move on to learning about money including coins, notes and equivalence. The half term will finish with a unit of work on multiplication.

Science 

In science we will be learning about living things in their environment. This will begin by exploring whether living things are alive, dead or have never been alive. We will then move on to learning about habitats and microhabitats. We will delve deep into different habitats including desert, woodland, forest and underground habitats. This will provide us with an opportunity to compare and contrast these differing habitats.

Geography

In history, we will be learning about Ancient Egypt! The children will locate Egypt and learn about the River Nile. They will learn about archaeologists and discuss some artefacts that have been found. They will also learn about hieroglyphics and the Rosetta Stone.

Religious Education

This half term we will explore Christianity, in particular why Christmas is so important to Christians. This will provide us an opportunity to explore the Nativity story including exploring key parts of the story and key characters within it.

Music

In music, children will be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and practice identifying these within a piece of music. They will learn how different characters can be represented by timbre, how emotions can be represented by pitch and how changes in tempo can convey action.

PE

Our two units of work in PE this half term are ‘gymnastics’ and ‘sending and receiving’. Both of these units will allow us to develop our students core skills which will be applied in a range of games and sports.

Computing

In computing children will learn about word processing and how to stay safe online. We will also practise and develop our touch typing skills. We will also introduce important keyboard shortcuts, as well as simple editing tools within a word processor.

Art

This half term we will recap our knowledge of line from Year 1. We will revise different types of line (straight, zig-zag and curved). We will build on this by learning about how to use line to create visual texture.

PSHE

In PSHE, we will be covering anti-bullying. This will provide us with an opportunity to define bullying and anti-bullying. We will also explore the different emotions experienced by those bullied, the bully and bystanders. This will also be connected to the concept of Networks of support. 

 

Knowledge Organisers 

At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to help our children learn more and remember more and to allow parents and carers to support their children's learning. In our knowledge organisers, you will find essential knowledge, key dates, important vocabulary and key figures. The knowledge organisers can also be used as a fun assessment tool which will help children to see what progress they have made.

Art
Computing
History
PSHE
Religious Education
Science

 

Our class text is: 'Traction Man by Mini Grey

Traction Man Is Here (Traction Man, 1): Amazon.co.uk: Grey, Mini:  9780099451099: Books

Weekly Newsflash

W/C: 29.11.21

This week in Year 2, we have had an assessment week and the children have done an amazing job! The hard work that has been put in so far this year is really shining through and the children have learned so much. In English, we have started a new unit of work on writing instructions and we have introduced our model text, How to Look After a Pet Dragon. As well as drawing out text maps, we have learned actions to help us learn our new text. In maths, we have continued learning about money and have been comparing different amounts. In P.S.H.E, we have been learning about keeping our bodies safe and how to use anatomical names when referring to our bodies. Another great week, well done year 2.

W/C: 22.11.21

Year 2 have had another brilliant week. In English, the children planned and wrote their own 'defeating a dragon' story. They focused on using their tools of character description to make their writing the best it could be! In maths, we have moved on to learning about money; we have been counting with coins and with notes. In history, the children learned about hieroglyphics, papyrus and the Rosetta Stone. We have continued practising for our Christmas production this week. Please do continue to practise our songs and any speaking parts at home. Excellent work this week!

W/C: 22.11.21

Year 2 had another brilliant week. In English, the children planned and wrote their own defeating a dragon story. They focused on using their tools of character description to make their writing the best it could be! In maths, we have moved on to learning about money. We have been counting both coins and notes. In history, the children learned about hieroglyphics, papyrus and the Rosetta Stone. We have continued practicing for our Christmas production this week. Please do continue to practice our songs and any speaking parts at home. Excellent work this week!

W/C: 15.11.21

Another great week in Year 2 has come to an end. In English, we have continued to learn new writing tools including ‘show don’t tell’ and alliteration. We have also completed a shared piece of writing and innovated writing based on our model text. In maths, we have embedded our knowledge of subtracting 2-digit numbers and have applied this learning to word problems using a bar model. In science, we have focussed on forest and desert habitats. We have considered which animals might live there and what makes each habitat unique. This week has also seen us increase the amount of practise we are doing for our Nativity performance. With lyrics, lines and songs being sent home, it would be great if the children could complete some practise at home too. Thanks for another great week.

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 08.11.21

It has been a lovely week in Year 2. In English, we have started to gather tools for our character description. These include adjectives, similes and adverbs. We have continued to consolidate adding and subtracting one and two-digit numbers in maths. Please practise this at home if you have time. In science, we learned about different habitats. The children had a brilliant time exploring different micro-habitats in our school ground. In RE, we considered why the nativity story is important to Christians. Brilliant work this week!

 

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 01.11.21

It has been great to welcome Year 2 students back to school following the half term break. We have started Autumn B by introducing a range of new unit of work across the curriculum. In English we have introduced our new model text called, The Cobbler of Krakow and Smok the Dragon. We have started to map the text for this story and will finish it early next week. In maths, we have continued our focus on addition and subtraction - particularly on using the column method. We have also started our first history unit and have introduced Ancient Egypt: we explored where Egypt is and learned that the river Nile which flows through it. What a great first week it has been!

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 18.10.21

What a fantastic end to the half term it has been! This week, we wrote our own information texts using the tools we have learned. The children did an amazing job! In our foundation subjects, we have been very busy recapping our knowledge learned this half term and completing end of unit checks. To end our week, the children made their own wraps. It was a very delicious way to end to our unit of work! Well done for all your hard work this half term and we hope you have a relaxing break.

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 11.10.21

In Year 2 this week, we have continued to focus on our new model text: The Abominable Snowman. We have learned the story and have started to innovate using the idea of a forest fairy. As part of this process, we have learned three new non-fiction writing tools: structure, generalisers and sentence signposts. In maths, we have continued to use the column method and have learned how to add a 2-digit number to a 1-digit number including exchanging 1 ten for 10 ones if required. In geography, we have further explored how the use of satellite pictures can be a useful tool for navigation and locating ourselves in the world. This involved using Google Earth to explore both our local and international surroundings. Well done for another great week!

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 04.10.21

This week, Year 2 were introduced to our new model text: The Abominable Snowman. In this non-fiction unit of writing, the children will be working on information text writing and will write a non-chronological report. This week, we created a text map and actions to help us remember our model text. We then built on this knowledge by learning how to use a comma between two adjectives. In maths, we started to use the column method to add a one-digit number to a two-digit number. In geography, we discussed the differences between maps and aerial photographs. The children have really enjoyed exploring these. Well done for another great week!

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 27.09.21

Another great week in Year 2 has come to an end! In writing, we have been planning and writing our own narratives using the writing tools we have learned in this unit of work. In maths, we have started a new unit of work on addition and subtraction; this has included learning about number bonds and applying this to learn number bonds to 100. In science, we have been learning about our circulation system including learning about arteries and veins. In R.E. we have continued our unit of work on Judaism and have learned about Hanukah. Well done once again Year 2.

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 20.09.21

Year 2 have worked very hard this week! They have innovated our class story to create their own versions. It has been lovely to see the children using the tools learned last week to improve their own writing. In maths, the children have recalled their understanding of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as moving on to counting in 3s. In geography, we have been looking at different maps of our school and the surrounding area in Ely. It has been another brilliant week. Well done Year 2!

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 13.09.21

Our second week back has proven to be just as good as the first! We have continued to be amazed at the work being produced by the wonderful year 2s. In English, we have continued to learn our story, The Snow Queen, and using this as our starting point, we have learned about adjectives, similes and how to use exciting verbs in our own writing. In maths, we have continued out work on place value, including representing numbers on a place value chart and comparing numbers. In science, we have been learning about the skeletal and muscular systems and the important role they play. In art we have been applying our knowledge of colour to Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Thanks for another wonderful week!

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 06.09.21

What a great start to the year we have had! It has been wonderful getting to know our new students and seeing the amazing work they have produced. Alongside our 'getting to know you' activities, we have been busy across the curriculum. In English, we have started to learn our new model text: The Snow Queen, we have been hooked by watching a creepy video of her ice palace. We have also finished our story map and have started to learn the story. In maths, we have learned how to represent numbers using a range of maths resources including base ten, part whole models and bead strings. The highlight of our foundation subjects this week has been learning about our school site in geography and also learning about the basic need animals including humans need to both survive and thrive. Thanks for a great first week (and a bit!)

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