Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

The final year at Templemoor is a very exciting year, with lots of new opportunities for learning. In Year 2 we are able to progress from where we left off in Year 1, and build on the foundations we created. Children in Year 2 continue to follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage One. The transition from Year 1 into Year 2 is an easy step because Key Stage One staff work closely together during the year. Our creative curriculum is continued in this year group along with preparation for moving up to Moorlands Juniors.

Throughout the year we continue to enjoy developing learning through visits to Portland Basin and Chirk castle. We also welcome a number of visitors to support our learning and contribute towards whole school fundraising and charity days. 

Year 2 Imaginative Learning Projects
 
This year (2018/19), the Year 2 children will be learning through the following Imaginative Learning Projects:
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Muck, Mess and Mixtures Moon Zoom Street Detectives Street Detectives Continued Wriggle and Crawl Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
Muck, Mess and Mixtures
 
We’re warning you; this is going to get messy! For our first project in Year 2, we’ll have a messy experience to investigate mixtures, from paint and bubble mixture to jelly and shaving foam. We’ll enjoy the story of 'George’s Marvellous Medicine' and write a food poem and stories of our own. We’ll use our science skills to explore everyday materials. Our artwork will also focus on the work of Andy Goldsworthy and landscape sculptures, where we will create some amazing sculptures of our own.
 
Help your child prepare for their project
 
Muck and mixtures can be messy and magical! Why not make a variety of fun recipes to reveal how mixtures can come together and change? Trifle, gooey cookies and bread would all be good to try. You could also invent a new soft drink. Mix, shake and stir a range of fruit juices, cordials and sparkling water together and taste each one. Pick the best and give it a groovy name. Alternatively, try making different bubble mixtures to see which make the biggest bubbles!
Moon Zoom
 

The countdown has begun. Are you ready for blast off? This half term we’ll travel through space using virtual reality to learn about the Solar System. We’ll write a newspaper report about the first moon landing, looking at Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space. This topic is guaranteed to be out of this world!

 
Help your child prepare for their project
 
There’s so much to learn about space! Why not stay up late and look at the stars? A stargazing app could help you identify well-known constellations. You could also visit the local library and find some exciting space stories and information books to share. Alternatively, create extraordinary aliens using modelling clay or a drawing app.
Street Detectives
 
Grab a magnifying glass, put on your deerstalker and change your name to Sherlock because we’re going to become street detectives! We will be looking at how the local area has changed over time using artefacts such as photographs and maps.  We will look at the inspirational work of Emmeline Pankhurst. We will also create landcapes in the style of local artist L.S. Lowry. 
 
Help your child prepare for their project
 
Become street detectives and explore your local community. Why not visit a local museum to see what the local area was like in days gone by? You could also look up at the roofs of local buildings to spot interesting carvings and chimney shapes. Alternatively, read the book 'A Street Through Time' by Steve Noon together to see how one street has changed over thousands of years.
Wriggle and Crawl
 
Grab your coat and pooter – we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt! Lift up logs to see who’s home. On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl! We will be visited by a range of wonderful minibeasts, where we will be able to get up close and personal with these creatures great and small! We will write a mini beast poem and learn all about living things and their micro habitats. We will even design and make a mini beast hand puppet! 
 
Help your child prepare for their project
 
Minibeasts are fascinating. Why not have a minibeast hunt around your local area? Look out for different minibeasts, take close-up photos and use an app or spotting book to identify any unknown creatures. Alternatively, visit a local museum to see if they have any insect specimens on display. Huge moths, colourful butterflies and armoured beetles are all amazing to see. You could also invent minibeasts of your own. Draw, paint or make models of new minibeasts, then give them a name and describe their special features. 
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
 
Climbing the battlements or tunnelling in the ground, there’s a whole world of adventure and fun to be found! This term, we will visit a real castle (Chirk Castle in Wrexham) to explore the towers, battlements and maybe a secret dungeon or two! We’ll learn all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. We will even design and make a catapult to keep the castle safe from unwanted invaders! 

Help your child prepare for their project

Towers, tunnels and turrets are everywhere! Why not visit a skyscraper or tower in Manchester? Look at the materials the structure is made of to decide why the materials were chosen. You could also use blocks or stones to create tall towers. How high can you go? Alternatively, play Jenga together and see if you can work out how to make the tower stay strong, even when you have removed some of the blocks!
A short video about the Key Stage One Tests
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Key Stage One Tests
 
Please follow the link below for past Key Stage One SAT's papers.