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Eaton Park Academy

Year 2


2M2S

Class teacher: Mrs Mellor
Class teaching assistants: Mrs Maskery & Miss Chadwick  

Hello and welcome to 2M’s (M for magical) class page. In our class, we have 31 enthusiastic children, plus our teacher Mrs Mellor and our fabulous teaching assistant Mrs Maskery, who we couldn’t be without. As you can imagine with 31 of us, our classroom is very busy, but it is a brilliant learning environment. We are encouraged to try our best and be confident in ourselves in all aspects of school life. Our teachers love it when we participate and share our own ideas in lessons because it shows we are eager to learn. We understand that when we do this, we may make a few mistakes along the way, but this is acceptable because not only ourselves, but our peers can learn from any mistakes we make together. We are a team, and we are ready to take on the challenges of Year 2 together, having a lot of fun and laughter along the way! 

Topics:   

Each topic begins with an exciting topic launch day, designed to immerse the children into their topic immediately and get them excited for their learning journey ahead. 

Land Ahoy –This topic focuses on pirates and is a fantastic topic to teach the children about the worldinwhich we live. The children will be able to use maps and atlases to locate continents, oceans and countries, just like Captain Cook did, and they will even be able to use a key effectively to discover their own haul of treasure. The children will look at how services have evolved to help people at sea and will look at the historical figure, Grace Darling, and other brave volunteers. 

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets- As the title suggests, this topic looks at many important structures such as castles,tunnels and famous towers. The children will focus on the history of castles and howthey were built. We will look at famous castles within the United Kingdom and the jobs and roles that people had within the castle walls. The children will focus on the great engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, andwhat the Industrial Revolution meant for the future of Britain. 

Street detectives- Grab your clipboard, camera and map, as we explore our local area! We will be looking at our local community, focusing on how it has changed over time and think about what we could do toimprove the area in which we live. The children will use maps to plan routes and learn their address to locate where they live. There will also be a focus on human physical features within the area and the children will learn all about natural and man-made materials that are used and why they are used for a particular purpose. 

Bounce- Throw it, catch it, roll it, bounce it! This is the perfect topic to explore all thingsthat move! We will focus on how the human body moves and what happens toour bodiesduringphysical activity. We will learn the importance of exercise and how to maintain a healthy body;thinking about the foods that we eat and different exercise that we can partake in. The children will explore different ways of moving and compare humans to other animals. We will look at different sports involving things that bounce andthespecial equipment needed for sportspeople to perform effectively. During this topic, it is a great time for us to look at Sir Stanley Matthews as he is our proud potter in Year 2.  

English texts:   

To start the year, the children will learn all about ‘The Dog that ate the World’- a story of a dog who was so greedy that he swallowed the whole world and was left with nothing, whilst the rest of the animals work together to overcome hardships and build a new home for themselves within the dog’s belly. The children will use talk for writing to orally rehearse a story map to retell the beginning of the story.  

Next, the children will delve into the mystical world of dragons when reading ‘Tell Me a Dragon’. This picture book has the most beautiful illustrations and the children will be able to bank some fantastic vocabulary which they will then use to create a detailed description of a dragon of their choice.  

Sleeping Beauty fits perfectly with our topic, ‘Towers, tunnels and turrets’. The children will probably already be familiar with this story, which they will then use to innovate the text and create their own version of the popular story.  

The children in Year 2 are huge fans of Roald Dahl and so we hope that they will enjoy being a part of Fantastic Mr Fox’s family as they do their best to escape those mean farmers. The children will complete a range of reading activities to fully understand the characters, which they will then use to write a recount of an event from the perspective of one of the main characters.  

As well as these texts, the children will explore different types of poetry and complete non-fiction writing about plants, during their science topic, and castles, during their second topic. 

What we are looking forward to this year: 

The children have so much to look forward to this year and we hope to make it the most exciting year yet for themlearning and growing together. Below are some of the things the children would like to tell you about what they are most excited about: 

Sienna – I am looking forward to everything about being a grownup year two pupil.  

Harvey – My favourite subject is English and I enjoy writing the most.  

Freya – I can’t wait to learn my times tables and get onto the times table rainbow as we didn’t do this in year 1.  

Wema – I am enjoying our topic Land Ahoy so far! I enjoyed the treasure hunt we went on around the school during our topic launch day and learning about how to talk like a pirate.  

Please ask us about our work and learning as we would love to share more with you throughout our busy year. We will always have something to tell you! New for this year, every other Friday afternoon we have Enrichment and this will be a perfect opportunity for the children to try something new or do something they enjoy and thrive in. The children’s responses have been positive so far and the smiles on their faces prove to us how much they enjoy it.  

School roles:  

In 2M, we are extremely lucky and all of the children in some way would be worthy of one of our school roles, however a class vote at the end of Democracy Week ensured for a fair vote for the roles below:  

School Roles 

 

School Council Member 

Molly 

Playground Warrior 

Harvey & Evie 

Class Ambassadors 

Lexie & Riley James 

Wellbeing Warrior 

Marcie  

Library Leaders 

Freya T 

Maths Champion 

Patrick  

Science Ambassador 

Lauren  


The children 
who have been elected have already been seen to take their new roles and responsibilities seriously and it has been a pleasure for all staff to see them rise to the job. We look forward to seeing them grow throughout the year 

Important information about life in Year 2: 

This year will more than likely be a challenging year for our Year 2 pupils. In November, the children will carry out the phonics screening test that they missed at the end of year 1. The children have daily phonics sessions where they are mostly focusing on recapping phase 3 sounds and moving on to learning phase 5 sounds. Now, more than ever, it is so important for the children to complete their homework, focusing on their spellings each week, which will be a revision of the sound that they have been taught that week during their phonics sessions. Maths homework will focus on consolidating teaching from the previous week and recapping important skills from Year 1. The children will sit the statutory SATS tests during May of next year and so reading with your child at least 3 times per week, regularly accessing Bug Club and asking appropriate questions about what your child has read, will be crucial in building the essential reading skills that the children need to become more confident readers and writers. It is very important that we complete this at home, but our teachers are always there if we need any help to get started or with a question we have struggled with. Most of all, we want to ensure that the children are determined, and continue to develop resilience in order to become confident learners, who are well equipped for the future. 

Useful learning links:  

Bug Club

Spelling Shed

TT Rockstars

Phonics Play

Top MarksMaths

Phonics practice

BBC Super Movers

Class teacher: Miss Spooner
Class teaching assistant: Mrs Monaghan
1:1 support: Mrs Payne 

Welcome to 2S. We are a lively bunch (the children’s words, not mine!) here in 2S and everyone has already settled back into Key Stage 1 life and are eager to see what Year 2 has in store for them! We have extremely kind and caring children in our class, many of which will go out of their way to help others around them, as well as also offering to help their teachers. Year 2 has an abundance of dedicated staff who put the needs of the children first and strive to get the best from each individual. We know that year 2 is tricky, but we are working hard to become resilient learners and to always try our best. We have all already had to overcome so many hardships this year but we know that with lots of hard work, determination andhopefully, lots of fun along the way, we can handle anything! 

Topics:   

Each topic begins with an exciting topic launch day, designed to immerse the children into their topic immediately and get them excited for their learning journey ahead. 

Land Ahoy- This topic focuses on pirates and is a fantastic way to teach the children about the world in which we live. The children will be able to use maps and atlases to locate continents, oceans and countries, just like Captain Cook did, and they will even be able to use a key effectively to discover their own haul of treasure. The children will look at how services have evolved to help people at sea and will look at the historical figure, Grace Darling, and other brave volunteers. 

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets- As the title suggests, this topic looks at many important structures such as castles, tunnels and famous towers. The children will focus on the history of castles and how they were built. We will look at famous castles within the United Kingdom and the jobs and roles that people had within the castle walls. The children will focus on the great engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and what the Industrial Revolution meant for the future of Britain. 

Street detectives– Grab your clipboard, camera and map, as we explore our local area! We will be looking at our local community, focusing on how it has changed over time and think about what we could do to improve the area in which we live. The children will use maps to plan routes and learn their address to locate where they live. There will also be a focus on human physical features within the area and the children will learn all about natural and man-made materials that are used and why they are used for a particular purpose.  

Bounce– Throw it, catch it, roll it, bounce it! This is the perfect topic to explore all things that move! We will focus on how the human body moves and what happens to our bodies during physical activity. We will learn the importance of exercise and how to maintain a healthy body; thinking about the foods that we eat and different exercise that we can partake in. The children will explore different ways of moving and compare humans to other animals. We will look at different sports involving things that bounce and the special equipment needed for sportspeople to perform effectively. During this topic, it is a great way for us to look at Sir Stanley Matthews, as he is our ‘proud Potter’ in year 2. 

English texts:   

To start the year, the children will learn all about ‘The Dog that ate the World– a story of a dog who was so greedy that he swallowed the whole world and was left with nothing, whilst the rest of the animals work together to overcome hardships and build a new home for themselves within the dog’s belly. The children will use talk for writing to orally rehearse a story map to retell the beginning of the story. 

Next, the children will delve into the mystical world of dragons when reading ‘Tell Me a Dragon’. This picture book has the most beautiful illustrations and the children will be able to bank some fantastic vocabulary which they will then use to create a detailed description of a dragon of their choice. 

Sleeping Beauty fits perfectly with our topic, ‘Towers, tunnels and turrets’. The children will probably already be familiar with this story, which they will then use to innovate the text and create their own version of the popular story. 

The children in Year 2 are huge fans of Roald Dahl and so we hope that they will enjoy being part of Fantastic Mr Fox’s family as they do their best to escape those mean farmers. The children will complete a range of reading activities to fully understand the characters, which they will then use to write a recount of an event from the perspective of one of the main characters. 

As well as these texts, the children will explore different types of poetry and complete non-fiction writing about plants, during their science topicand castles, during their second topic. 

What we are looking forward to this year: The children are already looking forward to some of our topics and texts that we will be exploring in English this year. Many of the children are excited about Tell Me a Dragon and can’t wait to start moving and getting their hearts pumping in our topic, Bounce! We are particularly excited about our enrichment afternoons which take place every other Friday, where the children get to experience two different clubs over a period of weeks, learning new skills and building on prior knowledge. The current enrichment activities that are on offer are art, first aid, yoga and Spanish. We are looking forward to an exciting and fun year ahead; learning and growing together as we prepare for life in Key Stage 2. 

School roles: In 2S, we are very lucky to have lots of fantastic role models. We took a democratic class vote, where the children chose who they wanted to represent our class in lots of different areas. Some of these roles and responsibilities include school council member, playground warrior, maths champion and library leader. If you ask your child, they should be able to tell you if they were selected for one of our key roles.   

Important information about life in Year 2: This year will more than likely be a challenging year for our Year 2 pupils. In November, the children will carry out the phonics screening test that they missed at the end of year 1. The children have daily phonics sessions where they are mostly focusing on recapping phase 3 sounds and moving on to learning phase 5 sounds. Now, more than ever, it is so important for the children to complete their homework, focusing on their spellings each week, which will be a revision of the sound that they have been taught that week during their phonics sessions. Maths homework will focus on consolidating teaching from the previous week and recapping important skills from Year 1. It is very important that we complete this at home, but our teachers are always there if we need any help to get started, or with a question that we may have struggled with. The children will sit the statutory SATS tests during May of next year and so reading with your child at least 3 times per week, regularly accessing Bug Club and asking appropriate questions about what your child has read, will be crucial in building the essential reading skills that the children need to become more confident readers and writers. Most of all, we want to ensure that the children are determined, and continue to develop resilience in order to become confident learners, who are well equipped for the future.  

Useful learning links:  

Bug Club

Spelling Shed

TT Rockstars

Phonics Play

Top MarksMaths

Phonics practice

BBC Super Movers

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