Year 2

Land and Living

Our new topic is Land and Living


Geography - A local area study of County Durham

We will be comparing a range of places across the county (including villages, towns, cities, coastal and rural locations), identifying human and physical features and the way the land is used. We will also be looking at maps, plans and aerial photographs.


Science – plants and animals (including humans)

First, we will be learning what animals, including humans, need to survive and the importance of exercise, having a balanced diet and good hygiene. We will also be learning about the life cycles of a variety of different animals. After half term, we will be learning to identify some wild and garden plants and learn the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. We will also be looking at the parts of a flowering plant and tree and what they need to grow. Lots of gardening to be done!

Outdoor Education 
This term, we will have 5 weeks of Outdoor Education, linking into our topic. We will be visiting different locations in County Durham, identifying the human and physical features and learning map skills. 
Below is the letter with the dates for each group and the clothing the children will require. 
Our teacher is Mrs Kane
Hello! I have been teaching for 16 years and this is my 7th year at King Street. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and all the learning we will do together. I am also the Special Educational Needs co-ordinator.
I have 2 little girls and, at the weekends, we love going for walks, especially to the beach! 
Our teaching assistants
Mrs Bott and Mrs Atkinson work with us in Year 2. 
This term our P.E days are Wednesday and Thursday. We encourage children to bring their P.E kits in on a Monday and take them home on a Friday. P.E lessons take place both inside and outside (weather permitting). 
For P.E they will need: 
- a t-shirt (white / team colour)
- shorts or leggings
- plimsols or trainers 
- tracksuit for colder weather 
Homework will be a combination of work set on eSchools and in their home learning books depending on the task. Spellings will be given on a Monday to learn ready for their spelling test on a Friday. Other homework tasks will be set during the year relating to our current topics
Reading Books 
Reading continues to be a key focus in school. Please read with your child at least 3 times a week.  When you have, please sign their reading record and use the comments sections if you have any messages or concerns. Once they have finished their book, return it to school and we will send out a new one. You also have access to eBooks online through Bug Club. 
In Key Stage 1, children continue to have access to Continous Provision where they can lead their own learning. Our classroom is organised into different areas including: 
- blocks and small world
- construction 
- creative workshop
- writing area
- Maths area
- reading area 
- role play area. 
This allows children to practice and apply the skills and knowledge they have been learning in a variety of contexts. They often 'blow our socks off' with their independent learning and are always so keen to share their learning with us.