Welcome to Year 2's class page! Here you can find information about our classes, topics and curriculum.
Teacher: Miss Potter
TA: Mrs Salthouse & Mrs Smeeton
Teacher: Mr Harding
TA: Miss Stephenson & Mr Robertson
In Year 2, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum to prepare our children for a life in modern Britain.
If you would like to view the curriculum map for the whole year, or for previous half term topics, click on the links below:
Road Safety Week 2021
Team 5 were very lucky to be chosen to watch a special Road Safety show and take part in a workshop afterwards to raise awareness of Road Safety Week. We really enjoyed it and learnt lots. We were shocked to learn that 47 children across the UK are run over every week and the 6 steps we need to follow to make sure we cross the road safely.
The children have been really enjoying our Mastering Numbers in the morning and were extremely excited to use the rekenrek to help them create numbers using number bonds.
Keep the Beat!
For music, Year 2 have been looking at following and keeping a beat. We had lots of fun practising! Team 5 used their different parts of their body to create sound and follow the beat to 'The Greatest Show' from 'The Greatest Showman' whilst Team 6 clapped along to 'We Will Rock You'. We then created our own composition by looking at and listening to different sounds. We talked about how each note has a different pitch and had a discussion about which sounded the best.
Odd Socks Day 2021
To start our celebrations of Anti-Bullying Week 2021, children and staff were invited to come to school in odd socks.
Our Year 2 History topic for Autumn 2 is Remembrance Day. To start our topic, we thought about why people wear poppies at the start of November. We thought about other significant events throughout the year and placed them on a planner.
To commemorate Remembrance Day on 11th November, Year 2 took part in a 2 minutes silence, created some beautiful poppy art and wrote some wonderful descriptions of poppy fields.
Year 2 have been looking at the story book 'Stay!' and have been practising writing letters to Grandpa from the Buster, the trouble making dog. The children have done such a good job of getting into character and recognising the features of a letter.
In Year 2, we looked at the story behind Bonfire Night and why people celebrate. We learnt all about Guy Fawkes and why we see fireworks and bonfires on the 5th November.
We then used pictures of fireworks as inspiration to create our own Bonfire Night pictures. We used chalk and pastels to help us create our amazing art work.
To celebrate Diwali this year, Year 2 looked at how and why the festival is celebrated. We read the story of Rama and Sita before making our own Rangoli patterns. We researched different patterns and talked about what we could see. We then used them for inspiration before making our own using paper plates. We made sure we used bright colours, repeating patterns and different shapes.
Marcus Rashford Day
To celebrate the end of Black History Month at Moston Lane, we decided to look at someone who is considered to be a local hero in Manchester. We looked at Marcus Rashford who has achieved so much both on and off the pitch and talked about why he was thought of as a significant and important individual. The children took part in lots of different activities, including a penalty shootout and writing a poem inspired by Marcus Rashford. Take a look at some of our wonderful work below.
Black History Month
To celebrate Black History Month this year, Year 2 have taken part in lots of different activities. We were lucky enough to take part in a zoom with Mayowa Precious Agbabiaka, who talked to us about her book ‘There’s Rice at Home’ which has been translated into 13 different languages! Mayowa spoke to us about how and why she became an author and where the idea for her story came from. She also read her story in different languages!
We have also looked at Rosa Parks in History and why she is such a significant person in Black History. We used our Art skills to draw a portrait of her as well as researching her to create a fact file.
In Art this month, we celebrated Althea McNish and her amazing textiles and prints. We looked at lots of different prints and spoke about what we liked about her work. We then used Althea’s work as inspiration and used it to create our own tropical prints in our sketchbooks.
Science - Animals including Humans
In Science this half term, we are looking animals including humans. We have spoken about how important it is to look after our bodies and especially how we can be hygienic. We investigated the best way to keep our hands clean by using glitter to represent germs. We used a paper towel to wipe the germs, we cleaned our hands in cold water and we cleaned our hands in warm water with soap to see which was the best way to clean our hands. We found that washing our hands in warm water and with soap got rid of most of the germs!
In PE this half term, Year 2 are focusing on controlling our movements and putting sequences of movements together to form a dance. Take a look at some our incredible moves below!
World Mental Health Day 2021
Year 2 took part in World Mental Health Day this October by watching a stream by author Tom Percival. Tom Percival has written many books about emotions and some of our favourites are ‘Ruby’s Worry’ and ‘Perfectly Norman’. We spoke about how reading is good for our wellbeing and joined in with the ‘Take 10 Reading Challenge’ by spending 10 minutes of our day reading our favourite books.