Year 2 – The Year of fun, enthusiasm and adventure!

Welcome to Year 2.

Meet the team! 2P is taught by Mrs Joanna Howells (Mon-Wed)  and Mrs Suzanne Smalley (Wed-Fri), and 2S is taught by Mrs Natalie Robertshaw (Mon-Thurs) and Mr Paul Douglass (Friday). We are fortunate to have two teaching assistants based in Year 2 – Mrs Kathryn Baines and Mrs Sally McNicholas. As a team, we ensure that every child receives the support and encouragement they need in order to achieve and succeed across the curriculum.

Year 2 are now the oldest and wisest of the Key Stage! This means that it’s up to 2P and 2S to set a shining example for the younger children moving into Reception and Year 1. We are extremely excited to begin our adventure through this final stage of Key Stage 1 and strive to offer an engaging and stimulating curriculum for all children.

The start of the year will see us walking the plank in our “Land Ahoy” topic. Our pirate “hook” day is always an enjoyable and fun one to start the topic. Throughout the term, children will immerse themselves in learning about the seven continents and take a closer look at some of the countries within them. Children will be learning about the different animals, cultures, foods and landmarks found all over the different parts of the world we live in. We will be constructing a moving vehicle, using wheels and axels, as an alternative type of transportation for a seasick pirate. We will also be having a close encounter with some owls as part of our work around food chains and nonfiction texts.

During the spring term, our topic will be “Into the Woods”. Children will be captivated as they journey into the woods exploring a range of stories in wild settings and fairy tales with a twist. They will be putting their sewing skills to the test and creating their very own puppets in the style of a fairy tale character, which will be used to retell their own narratives. In Geography, children will be learning about the local area (Baildon Moor and Trig Point) and comparing it to somewhere else in the world (Machu Pichu).

Our final topic, “Survival of the Fittest”, takes a closer look at different habitats and the creatures that can be found there. It will involve a fun-filled trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which will allow the pupils to explore the animals that live in different countries, learn about their habitats and adaptations and the process of the food chain. As you may know, the summer term will be especially important as the children will be taking the Key Stage 1 SATs in Writing, Reading and Maths. Closer to the time, we will be providing additional information and addressing any queries you may have regarding the tests.

If you need to contact a member of year 2 staff, please telephone (01274 598115) or email the school office (office@sandal.bradford.sch.uk) and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.